Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Marshall Sunday Game/50 11/11/2018

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

Round Three: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Mustafa Atakay (USCF 2009) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/11/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 b6 5.Nf3 Bb7 6.Nbd2 Nc5 7.b4 Ne6 8.Bb2 a5 9.Qb3 axb4 10.axb4 Nc6 11.c5 Rxa1+ 12.Bxa1 Qa8 13.Bb2 bxc5

14.b5 Ncd4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 cxd4 17.f3 Bc5 18.Qd3 O-O 19.g3 Re8 20.Bg2 Rxe5 21.Nc4 Re8 22.O-O Qa2 23.Re1 Bd5, White resigns.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Marshall Saturday Game/50 11/10/2018

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Aston Roberts (USCF 1560), Marshall Chess Club 11/10/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 a6 4.g3 Qc7 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.a4 Nf6 7.c3 d5 8.Nbd2 Bd6 9.Qc2 O-O 10.O-O Qe7 11.Re1 e5

12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nc4 Qe6 14.Ng5 Qf6 15.Bxd5 Bc7 16.Bg2 Bf5 17.Ne4 Qe7 18.Be3 Bxe4 19.dxe4 Rad8 20.Rad1 f6 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Rd1 Kf7 23.Rxd8 Nxd8 24.Qd2 Ne6 25.Bh3 Ng5 26.Qd5+ Ke8 27.Qg8+ Qf8

28.Qxf8+ Kxf8 29.Bxc5+ Kf7 30.Bg2 Ne6 31.Nd6+ Kg8 32.Nxb7 Nxc5 33.Nxc5 a5 34.Bf1 Kf7 35.Bc4+ Ke7 36.Ne6 g5 37.Nxc7 Kd6 38.Nd5 Ke6 39.Ne3+ Kd6 40.Bg8 h5 41.Nc4+ Kc5 42.Nxa5 Kb6 43.b4 Ka7

44.h4 g4 45.Bf7 f5 46.exf5 e4 47.Bxh5 e3 48.fxe3 Ka8 49.Bxg4 Ka7 50.f6 Kb8 51.f7 Ka7 52.f8=Q Ka6 53.Be2+ Ka7 54.Qc5+ Kb8 55.Qe7 Ka8 56.Qb7#.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 11/8/2018

Look at these pictures that I took during Thursday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursday Night Action 11/8/2018

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

Round One: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - William O'Brien (USCF 1589), Marshall Chess Club 11/8/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 Nf6 5.g3 Be6 6.Bg2 h5 7.h4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Bc5 9.O-O Qd7 10.c3 O-O-O

11.b4 Bd6 12.Qa4 Kb8 13.Ng5 Ng4 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Nc4 Be7 16.b5 Nd4 17.cxd4 Qxd4 18.Bb2 Qc5 19.Ba3, Black resigns.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Playboy" Nov.-Dec. 2018 Article on Chess

American Chess Masters, an Illustrated History:
A Gallery of Greatness and Madness - and a Millennial Master Who Just Might Break the Cycle

by Brin-Jonathan Butler
Illustrations by Nathan Gelgud

This November, an American will have a shot of becoming the undisputed world chess champion - the first such opportunity since Bobby Fischer captured the world's imagination in 1972.  Fabiano Caruana, 26 years old and currently the world's second-highest-rated player, will face 27-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, reigning world champion and the highest-rated player in history.  Caruana has the chance to step out from under the long, dark shadow cast by Fischer and other tormented geniuses of American chess.  Join us as we profile Caruana and five others, weaving a tale of prodigious talent and unchecked obsession.

Paul Morphy

The rise of chess in America begins in antebellum New Orleans.  Paul Morphy was born wealthy in 1837 and was already a spooky child prodigy by the age of nine.  He traveled across Europe and toured royal courts, leaving a trail of vanquished adversaries.  American media declared a state of "Morphy mania." In 1859, Morphy, then 22, returned home a hero - and suddenly announced his retirement.  He started a law practice but, according to legend, alienated his clients with obsessive rants about chess.  After the practice went under, Morphy wandered the streets of New Orleans, talking to himself in French and thwarting his family's attempts to commit him to a mental asylum.  Reports abound that Morphy was found dead in his bathtub surrounded by a circle of women's shoes - all of which gives "Morphy mania" a very different meaning.

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Wilhelm Steinitz

Born in Prague in 1836, Wilhelm Steinitz learned the game at 12 and by his mid-20s was known as "the Austrian Morphy."  Steinitz settled in New York in 1883, three years before he became the first undisputed world champion.  He would lose that title in 1894 to Emanuel Lasker, who was 32 years younger.  In his 60s, Steinitz suffered a complete mental collapse and was institutionalized in Moscow for 40 days.  During his confinement he incessantly challenged fellow patients to games of chess; by the time of his death, three years later, he was bragging about playing chess with God over an invisible telephone.

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Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer was only 13 when he played his famous "Game of the Century" at the Marshall Chess Club, displaying one of the most electifying queen sacrifices in history.  The ensuing years would see him go from America's cold war hero to a fugitive from justice: in 1992 he violated U.S. economic sanctions in order to compete in Yugoslavia.  Fischer became a Unabomber-like character who removed his dental work to foil suspected FBI surveillance and, following the 9/11 attacks, called in to a Philippines radio station to say: "This is all wonderful news.  It's time for the f***ing U.S. to get their heads kicked in."  Fischer died in 2008 at the age of 64 - poetically living a year for every square on a chessboard.

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Peter Winston

"Boy Genius" proclaimed the cover of the December 19, 1964 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.  The story's subject was first-grade mathematics prodigy Peter Winston, who at the time had not yet encountered a chessboard.  A decade later, at the U.S. Junior Championships, Winston tied for first place against future grandmaster Larry Christiansen.  Two years later, Winston was reportedly diagnosed as schizophrenic; the medication he was prescribed severely hampered his chess game.  In early 1978, without I.D., money or even a jacket, Winston wandered into one of the most notorious blizzards ever to strike New York.  Four decades later, his body has not been recovered.

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Josh Waitzkin

Back in 1988, New Yorker Josh Waitzkin was an 11-year-old chess phenomenon frequently touted as the next Bobby Fischer.  The top player for his age in America, he became one of two kids to earn a draw against world champion Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game. In his defense, Kasparov was simultaneously battling 58 other strong players.  Waitzkin did not become the next Fischer and abandoned competitive chess by the close of the 20th century.  However, Waitzkin's father wrote a book about their father-son journey into the chess world.  Searching for Bobby Fischer became a best-seller and then a critically acclaimed film.  Waitzkin would later find success in publishing and as a martial artist, winning a world title in tai chi push hands - and avoiding Fischer's dark legacy.

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Fabiano Caruana

At the age of four, Fabiano Caruana moved from Miami to Brooklyn and took up chess at his synagogue's after-school program, a mile away from where Fischer had learned the game in his mother's apartment.  Starting when he was five, Caruana dedicated his life to chess, becoming the youngest American grandmaster by the time he was 14.  For the first time since Fischer gained global attention, a U.S. grandmaster is fighting to  become the undisputed world chess champion.  Caruana, currently number two in the world and the top American grandmaster, will play for the game's most coveted prize against the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a 12-game match in London in November.  Beyond the seven-figure purse and the world title, Caruana is perhaps also fighting to break free from the long shadow of Bobby Fischer and the rest of his tormented forebears.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Searching for Next Bobby Fischer

Pia Peterson searches for Fabiano Caruana.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Kopiecki - Zilbermintz, Queens CC 2018

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz sends this game.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Ed Kopiecki (USCF 1993) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2082), Queens Chess Club 9/7/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 b5 5.Bxb5+ c6 6.Be2 fxe4 7.Ng5 d5 8.dxe5 Bc5 9.e6 Qf6 10.O-O Bxe6 11.Bh5+ g6 12.Nxe6 Qxe6 

13.Bg4 Qf6 14.Bc8 Nd7 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Bd2 Ne7 17.Bc3 d4 18.b4 Bb6 19.a4 a6 20.Nd2 Qe6 21.Nb3 Nf5 22.a5 Ba7 23.g4 Qc4 24.Bb2 Nh4 25.Nd2 Qd5 

26.c4 dxc3 27.Nxe4 Bd4 28.Bxc3 Rhf8 29.Bxd4 Nf3+ 30.Kh1 Qxe4 31.Bc5+ Ke8 32.Bxf8 Kxf8 33.Qd6+ Kg8 34.Qg3 Rf8 35.Qg2 Qxb4, draw.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Funding for Ed Kopiecki

Ed Kopiecki [pictured] is a two-time champion of the Queens Chess Club.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 11/1/2018

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Thursday Night Action 11/1/2018

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

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

James Kolodny (USCF 1664) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Marshall Chess Club 11/1/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bg5 Bd6 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O Qe8 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Bh5 Qe7 13.Ng4 f5 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Qxe5

16.f4 Qe6 17.c3 Nd7 18.Qb3 Qb6+ 19.Qxb6 axb6 20.a3 Nf6 21.Be2 Be6 22.Rad1 Rad8 23.Rd2 c6 24.Rfd1 b5 25.c4 bxc4 26.Bxc4 Rd7 27.Bb3 Rg7 28.Ne2 Kh8 29.Nd4 Bd7 30.Ba2 Rfg8 31.g3 h5 32.Kh1 h4

33.gxh4 Rg4 34.Nb3 Rxh4 35.Nc5 Bc8 36.Rf1 Nh5 37.Rdf2 Ng3+, White resigns.

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Round Three: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Joel Fagliano (USCF 1898), Marshall Chess Club 11/1/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 f6 8.c3 Bf5 9.Bxf5 Nxf5 10.Qd3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 c6 12.Nf1 Na6 13.Bd2 Nc7 14.Ng3 Nxg3 15.hxg3 Ne6 16.Re2 Rae8 17.Rae1 Nc7

18.Kf1 Rxe2 19.Rxe2 Re8 20.Rxe8+ Nxe8 21.Nh4 Bc7 22.Qf5 Qxf5 23.Nxf5 g6 24.Nh4 Kf7 25.Ke2 Ke6 26.Kd3 b5 27.b3 a6 28.Nf3 h5 29.Ne1 g5 30.Nc2 a5 31.Ne3 Nd6 32.c4 Ne4 33.Be1 f5 34.cxd5+ cxd5

35.a4 bxa4 36.bxa4 f4 37.gxf4 gxf4 38.Nf1 Kf5 39.f3 Ng3 40.Bxg3 fxg3 41.Ne3+ Ke6 42.Nc2 Bf4 43.Na1 h4 44.Ke2 h3 45.gxh3 g2 46.Kf2 Be3+ 47.Kxg2 Bxd4 48.Nb3 Bc3 49.Kf2 Kf5 50.Ke3 Kg5 51.Kd3 Be1

52.Kd4 Kf4 53.Kxd5 Kxf3 54.Kc4 Kg3 55.Kb5 Kxh3 56.Nxa5 Kg4 57.Nc6 Kf4 58.Nb4 Kf5 59.a5 Bf2 60.Nd3 Bg1 61.Nc5 Ke5 62.a6 Kd5 63.a7 Bxc5 64.a8=Q+ Kd4 65.Qd8+, Black resigns.

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Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Anthony Kozikowski (USCF 2102), Marshall Chess Club 11/1/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 Nbd7 7.O-O Qc7 8.Bb3 Nc5 9.Re1 Nxb3 10.axb3 e6 11.Bg5 Be7

12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Ndb5 axb5 14.Rxa8 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qxc3 16.Re3 Qc6 17.Rd3 Ke7 18.Qd2 f6 19.Rc3 Qd7 20.Qd4 Rd8 21.Qb6 Kf8 22.Qxd8+ Qxd8, Black resigns.