Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chess Enthusiast: Le'Veon Bell of NY Jets

Running back Le'Veon Bell says the lessons he has learned on the chessboard have helped him on the football field.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

End of Golden Era

Read the article by Peter Nicholas.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday Open 9/12/2019

On Thursday, I played this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Sicilian Defense

Jeffrey Tannenbaum (USCF 1900) - Jim West (USCF 2205), Marshall Chess Club 9/12/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2 a6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.O-O Bg7 9.Nde2 Nf6 10.h3 O-O 11.Kh2 Rc8 12.a4 Qa5

13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Ne5 15.Ra2 Qc5 16.b3 Bf5 17.Be3 Bxc2 18.Qd2 Nc4 19.bxc4 Qxc4 20.Nc1 Bxa4 21.Bh6 Bb5, draw.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

My Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule

In the fall 2019 session of after school enrichment classes on chess, I will be teaching at the following schools:

Mondays - Washington School [AlphaBEST];
Tuesdays - Cherry Lane Elementary School [Premier Chess];
Wednesdays - Hudson Montessori School [101 Discoveries];
Thursdays - Hamilton Park Montessori School [101 Discoveries].

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Westfield Quads, Round 2, 9/8/2019

On Sunday, I played this game at the quads in Westfield.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Justin Lee (USCF 2176), Westfield NJ 9/8/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 Nf6 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 g6 7.O-O Bg7 8.Re1 O-O 9.a4 b6 10.c3 a5 11.Qc2 Ba6 12.Bf1 Qc7 13.b3 Rac8 14.Bb2 Rfd8 15.Rad1 b5 16.axb5 Bxb5

17.e5 Nd7 18.d4 Bxf1 19.Rxf1 cxd4 20.cxd4 Nxd4 21.Qxc7 Nxf3+ 22.Nxf3 Rxc7 23.Ra1 Rb8 24.Nd4 Nxe5 25.Rxa5 Nf3+ 26.Nxf3 Bxb2 27.Rb1 Rxb3 28.Nd4 Rbb7 29.Nb5 Rc1+ 30.Rxc1 Bxc1 31.Ra8+ Kg7

32.Nd6 Rb1 33.Kg2 d4 34.Ra7 Kf6 35.Rxf7+ Ke5 36.Rd7 Rb4 37.f4+ Kd5 38.Ne8+ Ke4 39.Nf6+ Kd3 40.Ng4 Ke2 41.Rd6 d3 42.Rxe6+ Kd1 43.Nf2+ Kc2 44.Rc6+ Kd2 45.Rxc1 Rd4 46.Rd1+ Ke2 47.Rxd3 Rxd3 48.Nxd3 Kxd3 49.Kf3 Kd4

50.g4 h6 51.h3 Kd5 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Ke4 Kf6 54.h4 Ke6 55.g5 hxg5 56.hxg5 Ke7 57.Ke5 Kf7 58.Kd6 Kf8 59.Ke6 Kg7 60.Ke7 Kh7 61.Kf7 Kh8 62.Kxg6 Kg8 63.f5 Kf8 64.Kh7 Kf7 65.g6+ Kf6 66.g7 Kxf5 67.g8=Q Ke5 68.Qg4, and White wins in ? moves.

                                       Final Position

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Westfield Quads, Round 1, 9/8/2019

On Sunday, I won this game at the quads in Westfield.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Aryeh Shlionsky (USCF 2140) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 9/8/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Be3 Be6 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.f3 Rc8 12.Rad1 b5 13.a3 Nb6 14.Nc1 Nc4

15.Bxc4 Bxc4 16.Rfe1 Qc7 17.Nd3 d5 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Qxd5 Qxd5 22.Rxd5 Rxc2 23.Bd4 Bf6 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.b4 Ra2 26.Rd3 Rc8 27.f4 Kf8 28.Rg3 Rcc2 29.h4 h5 30.Rd1 Rd2 31.Rxd2 Rxd2

32.Re3 Rd4 33.g3 Rd2 34.Kf1 Ra2 35.Ke1 Kg7 36.f5 Kf8 37.Kd1 Kg7 38.Kc1 Kf8 39.Rc3 Ke7 40.Rc7+ Ke8 41.Rc6 Rxa3 42.Rxf6 Rxg3 43.Rxa6 Rg4 44.Rb6 Rxb4 45.f6 Rxh4 46.Rb7 Rf4 47.Rxb5 Rxf6 48.Rxh5 Rd6

49.Kc2 Ke7 50.Ra5 Ke6 51.Rh5 f6 52.Kc3 Rd8 53.Ra5 f5 54.Rb5 Kf6 55.Ra5 Kg5 56.Ra1 f4 57.Rg1+ Kf5 58.Kc2 f3 59.Rg7 Kf4 60.Rf7+ Ke3 61.Re7+ Kf2 62.Rf7 Ke2 63.Re7+ Kf1 64.Rf7 f2 65.Rg7 Rd5

66.Rg8 Ke2 67.Re8+ Kf3 68.Rf8+ Ke3 69.Rf7 Rd4 70.Re7+ Kf3 71.Rf7+, White resigns.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 3, 9/5/2019

On Thursday, I finished with a score of 1-1-2 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Michael Rohde (USCF 2473), Marshall Chess Club 9/5/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.a4 Qc7 9.Re1 b6 10.Nc4 Bb7 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nfxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Nd5 15.Bd2 Bf6 16.Nc4 Rad8 17.Qf3 Rd7 18.Rab1 Rfd8

19.Ne3 Nxe3 20.fxe3 c4 21.d4 e5 22.c3 Re7 23.Rf1 e4 24.Qg4 Qc6 25.Ra1 g6 26.a5 b5 27.a6 h5 28.Qf4 Kg7 29.g4 hxg4 30.Qxg4 Rd5 31.Kh1 Rg5 32.Qe2 Re8 33.Rg1 Rxg1+ 34.Kxg1 Rh8 35.Be1 Bh4

36.Qg4 Bxe1 37.Rxe1 Rh5 38.Rf1 Qd5 39.Kh1 Rg5 40.Qh3 Qd6 41.Qh4 Rh5 42.Qf4 Qxf4 43.Rxf4 f5 44.Kg2 Kf6 45.h4 Rh8 46.Kg3 Rb8 47.Rf1 b4 48.cxb4 Rxb4 49.Rc1 Ke6 50.Kf4 Kd5 51.Rc2 Rb6 52.Rh2 Rxa6 53.h5 gxh5 54.Rxh5 Rf6

55.Rh7 a6 56.Rd7+ Kc6 57.Rd8 Rf7 58.Rc8+ Kb5 59.Rc5+ Kb4 60.Rxf5, draw.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 2, 9/5/2019

On Thursday, I drew this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Aigboje Aregbeyen (USCF 1728) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/5/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.c3 c5 6.Nbd2 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.O-O Bf5 10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.Qc2 e6 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Ne4 14.Bf4 Nxd2 15.Qxd2 Kh8

16.Rfe1 Rg8 17.Re3 Bf6 18.Rg3 Qe7 19.Re1 Rxg3 20.Bxg3 Rg8 21.Qe3 Qf8 22.Be5 Bxe5 23.Qxe5+ Qg7 24.Re3 Qxe5 25.Rxe5 b5 26.a3 a5 27.Re3 Rb8 28.Re1 b4 29.axb4 axb4 30.Rc1 bxc3 31.bxc3 Kg7

32.g3 f6 33.c4 dxc4 34.Rxc4 Rd8 35.f4 Rd5 36.Kf2 e5 37.fxe5 fxe5 38.dxe5 Rxe5 39.g4 fxg4 40.Rxg4+ Kh6, draw.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 9/5/2019

On Thursday, I won this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Danny Inzinga (USCF 1837), Marshall Chess Club 9/5/2019

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 b5 5.Bb3 a5 6.a3 Bg4 7.Nf3 Nxd5 8.Nc3 c6 9.O-O e6 10.Bxd5 exd5 11.Re1+ Be7 12.d4 O-O 13.Qd3 Nd7 14.Bf4 Bf6

15.Bd6 Re8 16.Rxe8+ Qxe8 17.Re1 Qd8 18.Be5 b4 19.Na4 g6 20.axb4 axb4 21.b3 Bf5 22.Qd2 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Be7 24.Nd4 Bd7 25.e6 Be8

26.exf7+ Kxf7 27.Qh6 Bf6 28.Qxh7+ Bg7 29.Ne6 Qf6 30.Nxg7 Qxg7 31.Re7+, Black resigns.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Labor Day Action, Round 5, 9/2/2019

On Monday, I finished with a score of 2-1-1 plus two half point byes in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Larsen's Opening

Bora Yagiz (USCF 2005) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/2/2019

1.b3 b6 2.Bb2 Bb7 3.e3 e6 4.c4 Nf6 5.f4 Be7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.Be2 d5 8.Na3 c5 9.O-O Nc6 10.Nc2 Rc8 11.Nce1 dxc4 12.bxc4 Nd7 13.d4 cxd4 14.exd4 Na5 15.Rc1 Qc7 16.Nd2 Bf6 17.Nd3 Rfd8

18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.fxe5 Bg5 20.d5 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 exd5 22.Bh5 Bxd2 23.Bxf7+ Kh8 24.Qxd2 Nxc4 25.Qg5 Qe3 26.Qxe3 Nxe3 27.Rfe1 Rxc1 28.Bxc1 Nc2 29.Re2 Nd4 30.Re1 Nc2 31.Re2 Nd4 32.Rf2 Rc8 33.Bb2 Nb5

34.a4 Nc7 35.h4 Bc6 36.Rf4 Be8 37.e6 Bxf7 38.exf7 Ne6 39.Be5 Nxf4 40.Bxf4 Rf8 41.g3 Rxf7 42.Kg2 Kg8 43.Kf3 Kf8 44.Ke3 Ke7 45.Kd4 Ke6 46.h5 Rxf4+ 47.gxf4 g6 48.h6 a6 49.a5 bxa5 50.Kc5 a4

51.Kb4 Kf5 52.Kxa4 Kxf4 53.Kb4 Ke3 54.Kc5 d4 55.Kd6 d3 56.Ke7 d2 57.Kf7 d1=Q 58.Kg7 Qd7+ 58.Kg8 g5 59.Kf8 g4 60.Kg8 g3 61.Kf8 g2 62.Kg8 g1=Q+ 63.Kh8 Qe8#.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Labor Day Action, Round 4, 9/2/2019

On Monday, I drew this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Philidor Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Adam Marianacci (USCF 1802), Marshall Chess Club 9/2/2019

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O c6 7.a4 a5 8.h3 h6 9.Be3 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nf8 11.Rfd1 g5 12.Nh2 Ng6 13.f3 Nf4 14.Bxf4 gxf4 15.d5 Rg8 16.Kh1 Qb6 17.Rab1 Nh5 

18.Nf1 Bd7 19.dxc6 bxc6 20.Kh2 Rg6 21.Na2 Qc7 22.b4 axb4 23.Nxb4 Bh4 24.Na6 Qc8 25.Rb6 Bg3+ 26.Kg1 Bxh3 27.Rxc6 Qb7 28.a5 Bh2+ 29.Nxh2 Rxg2+ 30.Qxg2 Bxg2 31.Rc7 Qb2 32.Bxf7+ Kf8

33.Bxh5 Rxa6 34.Kxg2 Qb8 35.Rf7+ Kg8 36.Re7 Qb2 37.Rc7, draw.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Labor Day Action, Round 3, 9/2/2019

On Monday, I won this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Pirc Defense

Harvey Li (USCF 1467) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/2/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Nb6 8.g4 b4 9.Nce2 a5 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Nfd5 12.Bh6 e6 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Bh6 Rg8

15.h4 Bxh4+ 16.Kd1 Be7 17.Be3 Nxe3+ 18.Qxe3 Nd5 19.Qd2 Rh8 20.Qh6 Bf8 21.Qd2 Qb6 22.Nf4 Qe3 23.Nxd5 Qxd2+ 24.Kxd2 cxd5 25.Ne2 Ba6 26.a3 Bxd3 27.Kxd3 bxa3 28.bxa3 Bg7 29.f4 h5 30.gxh5 gxh5

31.Rh3 Bf8 32.a4 Be7 33.Rah1 Rc8 34.Nc3 h4 35.Nb5 Rc4 36.Nc3 Rxf4 37.Ke3 Rc4 38.Kd2 Bb4 39.Rb1 Ke7 40.Rb3 Rhc8 41.Rf3 Rxc3 42.Rbxc3 d4 43.Rh3 Rxc3 44.Rxc3 Bxc3+ 45.Ke2 f6 46.exf6+ Kxf6 47.Kf3 e5 48.Kg4 Be1, White resigns.