Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bobby Fischer 10 Years Ago

Ten years ago, Bobby Fischer passed away.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/60 1/13/2018

Look at these pictures taken by me during Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.








Monday, January 15, 2018

Marshall Saturday Game/60 1/13/2018

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

Round Two:  London System

Elliot Deutou (USCF 1469) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 1/13/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.cxd4 d5 8.O-O Nc6 9.Nbd2 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 e6 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Qb3 Qe7 14.a3 a6


15.Rc2 Na5 16.Qb6 Rxc2 17.Bxc2 Nc4 18.Qb3 b5 19.Rc1 Nh5 20.Bh2 f5 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.dxe5 Rc8 24.Qd3 Qc7 25.Qd4 Qc5 26.Kf1 Qxd4 27.exd4 Rc4 28.g3 Kf8 29.Ke2 Ke7 30.Kd3 Kd8 31.Ra1 Ng7 32.b4 Ne8 33.Bb3 Rc6


34.g4 fxg4 35.hxg4 Rc7 36.a4 Rf7 37.axb5 Rf3+ 38.Kc2 Rxf2+ 39.Kc3 axb5 40.Rh1 Rf7 41.Bc2 Nc7 42.Bd3 Kd7 43.Rc1 Kc6 44.Kd2+ Kb6 45.Ke3 Na6 46.Rb1 g5 47.Be2 Rf4 48.Kd3 Rf2 49.Bd1 Rh2 50.Kc3 Rh3+ 51.Kc2 Nb8 52.Rb3 Rh2+ 53.Kc3 Nc6


54.Bc2 Rg2 55.Rb1 Rxg4 56.Bxh7 Rxd4 57.Bg8 Rc4+ 58.Kd2 Rxb4 59.Rg1 Nxe5, White resigns.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 1/8/2018

On Monday evening, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Pix from January FIDE Weekend 1/6/2018

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



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Invest Like a Grandmaster

[photo by Gabriela Herman]

Grandmaster Lev Alburt [pictured] teaches strategy to the titans of Wall Street.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FIDE Mondays 1/8/2018

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Majur Juac (USCF 2218), Marshall Chess Club 1/8/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.Kh1 Nc6 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.f4 e5 11.f5 Bc5 12.a4 h5 13.Nd2 h4 14.Nc4 Nh5 15.Be3 Qe7


16.Kg1 b5 17.axb5 cxb5 18.Qf2 Bxe3 19.Nxe3 Bb7 20.f6 Qxf6 21.Nf5 Nf4 22.Qc5 Rd8 23.Rad1 g6


24.Bxb5+ axb5 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Rd1+ Bd5 27.Ne3 Ne2+ 28.Kh1 Ng3+ 29.Kg1 Ne2+ 30.Kh1 Ng3+, draw.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Westfield Quads 1/7/2018

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 0-0-3 in the quads at Westfield.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Justin Lee (USCF 2073), Westfield NJ 1/7/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Qe2 d6 8.c4 g6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.Be3 O-O 11.Rac1 b6 12.Rfd1 Bb7 13.f3 Nbd7 14.b3 Rfe8 15.Qf2 Rac8 16.Bf1 Qb8


17.g3 Ba8 18.a4 d5 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Bxa6 Rxc3 21.Rxc3 dxe4 22.Rdc1 exf3 23.Rc8 Qa7 24.Rxe8+ Nxe8 25.Bb5 Nd6 26.Bc6 Ne5


27.Nb5 Nxb5 28.axb5 Nd3 29.Qxf3 Nxc1 30.Bxc1 Qa1 31.Bxa8 Qxc1+ 32.Kg2, draw.



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Round Two: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

Sean Colure (USCF 2224) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 1/7/2018

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d4 d6 6.d5 Ne5 7.Be2 Nxf3+ 8.Bxf3 Nf6 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 a6 11.e4 Nd7 12.Be3 b5 13.cxb5 axb5 14.Qc2 b4 15.Nd1 Ne5 16.Be2 Ba6


17.f4 Bxe2 18.Qxe2 Nd7 19.Bf2 f5 20.exf5 Rxf5 21.g3 Kh8 22.Ne3 Rf7 23.a3 bxa3 24.Rxa3 Rb8 25.b3 Nb6 26.Qd3 Ra8 27.Rxa8 Qxa8 28.Rd1 Rf8 29.Nc4 Nxc4 30.bxc4 Rb8 31.Qe2 Bf6 32.g4 Rb2 33.Rd2 Qa2 34.Rxb2 Qxb2 35.Qxb2 Bxb2


36.Bh4 Bc1 37.f5 g5 38.Be1 Bb2 39.Kf2 Kg7 40.Kf3 Kf6 41.Ke4 Be5 42.h3 Bb2 43.Bd2 h6 44.Be3 Ba1 45.h4 Be5 46.hxg5+ hxg5 47.Kd3 Bb2 48.Kc2 Be5 49.Kd3 Bb2 50.Kc2, draw.



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Round Three: Dutch Defense

Boris Privman (USCF 2291) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 1/7/2018

1.d4 f5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nh3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 d6 7.Nf4 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5+ Kf8 12.Bg2 c6 13.Be3 Na6 14.Nc3 Be6 15.b3 h6 16.h4 Bc5 17.h5 Ke7


18.Rad1 Bxe3 19.fxe3 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Rd8 21.Rxd8 Kxd8 22.e4 Nc5 23.Kf2 fxe4 24.Nxe4 Nxe4 25.Bxe4 Bg4 26.Bf3 Bf5 27.c5 Be6 28.Ke3 Ke7 29.Kd3 Kf6 30.Kc3 Kg5 31.a4 Bg4 32.Kd3 Bxh5 33.Bxh5 Kxh5 34.Ke4 Kg4 35.Kxe5 Kxg3


36.e4 h5 37.Kd6 h4 38.e5 h3 39.e6 h2 40.e7 h1=Q 41.e8=Q Qd5+ 42.Kc7 Qxb3 43.Qe5+ Kf2 44.Qxg7 a5 45.Qf8+ Ke2 46.Qa8 Qxa4 47.Qxb7 Qb5 48.Qxc6 Qxc6+ 49.Kxc6 a4 50.Kd7 a3 51.c6 a2 52.c7 a1=Q 53.c8=Q Qd4+, draw.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Marshall January FIDE Weekend 1/6/2018

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

Round Two: French Defense, Burn Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Victor Chen (USCF 1960), Marshall Chess Club 1/6/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.g3 b6 8.Bg2 c6 9.Ne2 Bb7 10.O-O Nd7 11.c3 Qc7 12.Qc2 h5 13.h4 O-O-O


14.a4 Rdg8 15.a5 Rg7 16.axb6 axb6 17.f4 f5 18.Ng5 Nf6 19.Ra7 Bd6 20.Rfa1 Rhg8 21.b4 Nd5 22.Qd2 Qd7 23.Bxd5 cxd5


24.Qd3 Bb8 25.R7a2 Kd8 26.Qe3 Qc6 27.Kh2 Kd7, draw.


Sunday, January 7, 2018