Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rahway Quad 12/3/2016

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-1-0 in the quad at Chess Mates.

Round Two: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2000), Rahway NJ 12/3/2016

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bf5 7.Bc4 Nd7 8.Bd2 Qc7 9.Qe2 Bxc2 10.Rc1 Bg6 11.d5 Qd8 12.O-O Ngf6

13.d6 b5 14.Bxb5 e6 15.Bxc6 Bxd6 16.Bxa8 Qxa8 17.Nb5 Bb8 18.Bb4 Qb7 19.Rfd1 Be4 20.Ng5 Nb6 21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.Bxd6 Na8 23.Qc4 Kd7 24.Ba3+, Black resigns.

Monday, December 5, 2016

O'Connor - Macaspac in "BCM"

In the October 2016 issue of British Chess Magazine, Pete Tamburro analyzes the Smith-Morra Gambit contest between Michael O'Connor and NM Art Macaspac.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Play It Again, Sammy

Did you know that Humphrey Bogart once achieved a draw against Sammy Reshevsky in a simul?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pix from Sunday Game/45 11/27/2016

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pix from Saturday Game/60 11/26/2016

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Washington Avenue Tourney, Fall 2016

On Monday, the fall 2016 session concluded at Washington Avenue School in the after school enrichment class on chess, coached by me for AlphaBEST Explorations.

All seven students participated in the tournament, ending in a first place tie between Eliza Reed and Olive Yaun. 

Gabriel Chellakumar finished third.

Medals were awarded to the top three players.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Carlsen - Karjakin vs. Spassky - Fischer

[photo by J. Walter Green]

In The New York Times, Serge Schmemann compares and contrasts the world chess championship 2016 with the Spassky - Fischer match in 1972.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Marshall Sunday Game/45 11/27/2016

On Sunday, I played these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Samantha Dong (USCF 1895) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/27/2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Ng5 Qc7 8.Bf7+ Kf8 9.exf5 Bxf5 10.f4 exf4 11.Rxf4 h6 12.Ne6+ Bxe6 13.Bxe6 d5 14.Qh5 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Qe7 16.Qf5 Na6

17.d4 Bd6 18.Rf3 Nc7 19.Re3 Nxe6 20.Rxe6 Qd8 21.Be3 Kf7 22.Qh3 Re8 23.Rxe8 Qxe8 24.Nd2 Qe6 25.Qxe6+ Kxe6, draw.

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Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Andrew Zheng (USCF 1796) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/27/2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be2 Bd6 9.O-O O-O 10.c4 c6

11.Ng4 Nxg4 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.Qxg4 Bxg3 14.hxg3 Qf6 15.Be3 Qf5 16.Qxf5 Rxf5 17.cxd5 Rxd5 18.f3 exf3 19.gxf3 Nd7 20.Rfe1 Re8 21.Bf2 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Kf7 23.Kg2 Ra5 24.a3 Rb5 25.Re2 Rb3 26.Be1 Nb6

27.Kf2 Na4 28.Bb4 Rxb2 29.Rxb2 Nxb2 30.Ke3 Nc4+ 31.Kf4 Nb6 32.Ke5 Nc4+ 33.Ke4 Ke6 34.f4 g6 35.Bf8 h5 36.Bb4 b5 37.Bc5 a5 38.Bf8 Nd6+ 39.Bxd6 Kxd6 40.f5 gxf5+ 41.Kxf5 b4 42.axb4 axb4

43.Ke4 c5 44.Kd3 Kd5 45.dxc5 Kxc5 46.Kc2 Kc4 47.Kb2 b3 48.Kb1 Kc3 49.Kc1 b2+ 50.Kb1 Kb3 51.g4 h4 52.g5 h3, White resigns.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Marshall Saturday Game/60 11/26/2016

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

Round Two: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Paris Prestia (USCF 1857), Marshall Chess Club 11/26/2016

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.f4 Qc7 5.Nf3 f6 6.Bb5 e6 7.O-O Bd6 8.a4 Nge7 9.Nc3 a6 10.Bd3 O-O 11.Rf2 Nb4 12.Bf1 e5

13.fxe5 fxe5 14.e4 d4 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.Ng5 Bd7 17.Qh5 h6 18.Raf1 Rxf2 19.Rxf2 Nf5 20.Nf7+ Kh7 21.exf5 Be8 22.Qg6+ Kg8 23.f6 Bf8 24.Ng5+ Bf7 25.Qh7#.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"NY Times": Dead Heat at World Championship

After eleven games, the match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is in a dead heat.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Computer Version of QuickChess

[photo by Butler Associates PR]

Retired firefighter and police officer Joe Miccio [pictured] is working on a computer version of his chess-teaching program QuickChess.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Donald Trump & World Chess Championship

What does Donald Trump's visit to The New York Times have in common with the reporting of Carlsen"s match versus Karjakin?