Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Marshall Saturday Game/30 6/27/2015

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 3-1-0 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Max Li (USCF 2020), Marshall Chess Club 6/27/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 g6 8.a4 Bg7 9.c3 Ba6 10.Qc2 d5 11.Re1 O-O 12.Bf1 d4

13.Nc4 dxc3 14.bxc3 Nb4 15.Qd2 Bxc4 16.dxc4 Qxd2 17.Bxd2 Nc2 18.Rec1 Nxa1 19.Rxa1 Nc6 20.Re1 Rad8 21.Bg5 f6 22.Bf4 e5 23.Bc1 Rd6 24.Nh4 Na5 25.Ng2 f5 26.Ne3 fxe4 27.Nd5 Rd7 28.Bh3 Rfd8

29.Bg5 Nxc4 30.Bxd8 Rxd8 31.Rxe4 Nd2 32.Re2 Nf3+ 33.Kh1 Ng5 34.Bg2 c4 35.h4 Nf7 36.a5 b5 37.a6 Rd7 38.Nb4 e4 39.Bxe4 Bxc3 40.Nd5 Bd4 41.Rd2 Be5 42.Nf6+ Bxf6 43.Rxd7 Nh6 44.Rxa7 Bd4 45.Rb7 Ng4

46.f3 Nf2+ 47.Kg2 Nxe4 48.fxe4 c3 49.a7 Bxa7 50.Rxa7 b4 51.Rc7 Kf8 52.Kf2 Ke8 53.Ke2 Kd8 54.Rc4, Black resigns.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Chess at Hudson Montessori School

For the next three Wednesday mornings, starting July 1st, I will be the substitute chess teacher on behalf of 101 Discoveries at the Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Walter Browne 1949-2015

[photo by John Kenney]

Between rounds of the first World Open in July 1973, at the old McAlpin Hotel near the Empire State Building, I remember watching Walter Browne play backgammon.

He won the tournament.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pix from Marshall June Under 2300

Last weekend, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.



Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Chess Class at Parsippany PAL

For six weeks, starting July 11th, I will teach a Saturday afternoon chess class for Enrich and Grow Academy at the Police Athletic League in Parsippany.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Judit Polgar at Marshall Chess Club

When Judit Polgar was just a kid, I had the privilege of playing at the next board while she defeated a much older international master in one of Jose Cuchi's New York Open tournaments.  I will never forget the look of incredulity on the IM's face as he lost to this young girl.

Now Judit is teaching her philosophy of chess to a group of kids at the Marshall Chess Club.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Balakrishnan - Yudasin at "Inside Jersey"

The game between NM Praveen Balakrishnan [pictured, top left] and GM Leonid Yudasin [pictured, bottom right] is analyzed at Inside Jersey.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Marshall June Under 2300 6/21/2015

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

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Leon Deng (USCF 1959) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 6/21/2015

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qd2 Bg7 12.Rad1 c6 13.Ne4 Qc7

14.c5 Kh7 15.Qc2 Nf6 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Rd6 Be6 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.b4 Be7 20.Rxd8 Rxd8 21.Rxd8 Bxd8 22.Qb2 Bf6 23.Nd2 Bg7 24.Ne4 f5 25.Nd6 e4 26.Qa3 a6 27.Qa4 Be5 28.Qc2 Bxd6 29.cxd6 Qxd6

30.a3 Qd4 31.e3 Qa1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4 Bxc4 34.Qxc4 Kg7 35.Kg2 g5 36.Qc1 h5 37.Qd1 Qe8 38.Qd4+ Kf7 39.Qd6 Qe6 40.Qd8 f4 41.Qxg5 f3+ 42.Kg1 Qh3 43.Qf4+, draw.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Marshall June Under 2300 6/20/2015

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - John Walton (USCF 1722), Marshall Chess Club 6/20/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nbd2 Rb8 8.a4 a6 9.Re1 Ng4 10.h3 Nge5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.f4 Nc6 13.c3 b5 14.axb5 axb5 15.e5 d5 16.Nf1 e6 17.Be3 Qe7

18.c4 bxc4 19.dxc4 Nb4 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5 Bxh3 22.Be4 O-O 23.Qc1 Rfc8 24.Nd2 Be6 25.Nc4 f6 26.Rd1 fxe5 27.fxe5 Nc6 28.Nd6 Rc7 29.Bg5 Qf8 30.Rf1 Bf7 31.Nxf7 Rxf7 32.Bxc6 Rxf1+ 33.Qxf1 Bxe5

34.Bd5+ Kg7 35.Ra7+ Kh8 36.Qxf8+ Rxf8 37.Be3 Bxb2 38.Bxc5 Rc8 39.Be3 Be5 40.Kg2 Rc2+ 41.Kf3 Rc3 42.Ke4 Bf6 43.Ra8+ Kg7 44.Rg8#.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Trenton Chess Club

William C. Sullivan Sr. reminisces about the Trenton Chess Club.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Games Analyzed Recently at "Inside Jersey"

These games have been analyzed recently at Inside Jersey:

1) Dina Brustein - Katie Lin (May 31st);
2) Michael Yen - Sam Sloan, and Michael Yen - Roshan Idnani (June 7th);
3) Leonard Chipkin - Jonathan Chin (June 14th).

Friday, June 19, 2015

Game/45 at Presidential Debates

The Annenberg Working Group on Presidential Campaign Debate Reform has suggested a chess clock model at the presidential debates in which each candidate would be allotted 45 minutes.