Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chess in Sparta NJ

Laurie Gordon reports on chess in Sparta NJ.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

North Hunterdon High Wins NJ Title

The junior varsity section of the New Jersey 2017 High School chess championship was won by the team from North Hunterdon High School.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Marshall March Under 2300 3/19/2017

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Matheu Jefferson (USCF 2107) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 3/19/2017

1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Be2 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qg3 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nd7


15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Qxg7 Qxe5 17.Bh5+ Qxh5 18.Qxh8+ Bf8 19.Qd4 O-O-O 20.Kb1 Bc5 21.Qd2 Qg6 22.Rhe1 Qxg2 23.Qd3 Qg6 24.Ne4 Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Bb6 26.Qc3+ Kb7 27.Qf3 Ka7 28.Ree1 e5


29.a4 bxa4 30.Qc3 Qe6 31.Qa3 Rc8 32.Qd6 Qxd6 33.Rxd6 Rc7 34.Rh6 a3 35.bxa3 Bd4 36.Rxh7 Rb7+ 37.Kc1 Bb2+ 38.Kd2 Bxa3 39.h4 Bb2 40.Rb1 Bc3+ 41.Kxc3 Rxb1 42.Rxd7+ Kb6


43.Re7 Rh1 44.Re6+  Kb7 45.Re7+ Kb6 46.Re6+, draw.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Marshall March Under 2300 3/18/2017

On Saturday, I played this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Cameron Hull (USCF 1862), Marshall Chess Club 3/18/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.c4 Nec6 7.Nb3 g6 8.O-O Bg7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Be3 d6 11.Rc1 b6 12.Qd2 Bb7 13.Rfd1 f5 14.f3 Nd7


15.exf5 Nce5 16.Be2 Rxf5 17.Qxd6 Qe8 18.f4 Rd8 19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Qd2 Qe7 21.Qe1 Rdf8 22.Nd4 R5f7 23.Nf3 Bc7 24.Qh4 Nf6 25.b3 Bb8 26.Kh1 h5 27.h3 Qc7 28.Bg1 Ng4 29.Rf1 Qf4


30.Qg5 Bxf3 31.Qxf4 Bxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Bxf4 33.hxg4 Bxc1 34.Rxc1 hxg4 35.Bxg4 Rf6 36.Ne4 Rf4 37.Bxe6+ Kg7 38.Bd4+ Kh7 39.Rh1+, Black resigns.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Article on Chess Club in Ventnor NJ

[photo by Craig Matthews]

The Checkmates Chess Club is featured in this article.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pix from Sunday Game/45 3/12/2017

During Sunday's tournament, I took these pictures at the Marshall Chess Club.








Friday, March 17, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 3/11/2017

On Saturday, I photographed the players during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Scholastic Tournament in Florham Park

On Saturday, April 1st, a round-robin chess tournament for students grades 3-8 will be held in Florham Park NJ.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GM Caruana 34-1 at Toms River Simul

Candidate master Sean Finn was the only winner against GM Fabiano Caruana at the Ocean County College simul on March 4th.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Marshall Sunday Game/45 3/12/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Ed Kopiecki (USCF 2022) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 3/12/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3 O-O-O


13.Bxb5 axb5 14.Ndxb5 Qb6 15.e5 Nc5 16.Qh3 dxe5 17.fxe5 Ba6 18.exf6 gxf6 19.Be3 Bxb5 20.b4 Bc6 21.bxc5 Bxc5 22.Bxc5 Qxc5 23.Ne4 Rxd1+ 24.Kxd1 Rd8+ 25.Kc1 Qe5 26.Qc3 Qxc3 27.Nxc3 Bxg2 28.Rg1 Bf3 29.Rg7 h5 30.Rxf7 f5


31.Re7 Rd6 32.Nb5 Kd8 33.Nxd6 Kxe7 34.Nb5 e5 35.Kd2 Bc6 36.c4 f4 37.a4 e4 38.a5 Bxb5 39.cxb5 Kd7 40.a6 Kc7 41.a7 Kb7 42.b6 e3+, draw.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 3/11/2017

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-2-0 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Pirc Defense

Nicole Zlotchevsky (USCF 1876) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 3/11/2017

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 b5 6.Qd2 Nbd7 7.h4 h5 8.Nh3 Nb6 9.Ng5 b4 10.Ne2 Nc4 11.Qd3 Nxe3 12.Qxe3 a5 13.Qb3 d5 14.e5 Nh7 15.Nf4 Nxg5 16.hxg5 e6


17.Qd3 Qxg5 18.Nh3 Qg3+ 19.Nf2 Ba6 20.Qe3 Bh6 21.Qb3 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 Qf4 23.Rd1 Kd7 24.c3 Rhb8 25.Nd3 Qg5 26.cxb4 axb4 27.Rc1 Bf8 28.Qc2 Ra6 29.Kf2 Qd8 30.b3 Qb6 31.Qb2 Rba8 32.Ra1 Qa7 33.Nc1 Bh6


34.a4 bxa3 35.Qc3 Bxc1 36.Rhxc1 Qb6 37.Qe3 Qb4 38.Qf4 Rf8 39.Qe3 Rb6 40.Rc3 Ra8 41.Rd3 a2 42.Qf4 Qe7 43.Qd2 Rba6 44.Rc3 Qb4 45.Qe3 Ra3 46.Rd3 Rb8 47.Qf4 Qe7 48.Qe3 Rb4 49.Rc3 Qh4+ 50.Ke2 Qxd4


51.Qc1 Qxe5+ 52.Kf1 Raxb3 53.Rxb3 Rxb3 54.Rxa2 Qc3 55.Ra7+ Kc8 56.Qh6 Rb1+ 57.Kf2 Qe1#.