Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 4, 5/16/2019

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

Round Four: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Max Yarmolinsky (USCF 2068) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Marshall Chess Club 5/16/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 b6 5.Nf3 Bb7 6.Nbd2 Nc5 7.b4 Ne6 8.e3 a5 9.b5 d6 10.exd6 Bxd6 11.Bb2 O-O 12.Be2 Nd7 13.Nb3 Ndc5 14.Nbd4 Be4 


15.Nc6 Bxc6 16.bxc6 a4 17.Nd4 Qg5 18.O-O Rad8 19.Bf3 Rfe8 20.Bd5 Nxd4 21.Bxd4 Nb3 22.Ra2 Nxd4 23.exd4 b5 24.Qf3 Qf4 25.Qxf4 Bxf4


26.g3 bxc4 27.Bxc4 Rxd4 28.Be2 Bd6 29.Rb1 g6 30.Kf1 Kg7 31.Rb5, draw.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 2, 5/16/2019

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

Round Two: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

Michael Rohde (USCF 2476) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Marshall Chess Club 5/16/2019

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3 Nge7 7.Rb1 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.O-O O-O 10.d3 b6 11.Bd2 d4 12.Na4 Bb7 13.b4 cxb4 14.axb4 Qd7


15.Qb3 h5 16.Rfc1 Nf5 17.Nb2 b5 18.Rc5 a6 19.Bh3 Nce7 20.Rbc1 Rac8 21.Bg5 Bd5 22.Qd1 Rxc5 23.Rxc5 Qb7 24.Bf4 Rc8 25.Qc2 Rxc5 26.Qxc5 Qc6 27.Qxc6 Bxc6


28.Ne5 Be8 29.g4 hxg4 30.Bxg4 Nd5 31.Bd2 Bf8 32.e4, draw.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 5/16/2019

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

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Liam Murphy (USCF 1825), Marshall Chess Club 5/16/2019

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O Be7 5.d3 c5 6.Nbd2 Nc6 7.e4 O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Qe2 b6 11.Nf1 Ba6 12.Bf4 Rac8 13.h4 Nd4


14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Rac1 Nc5 16.b3 Bb7 17.Nh2 Na6 18.Nf3 Ba3 19.Nxd4 Bxc1 20.Rxc1 Qd7 21.h5 h6 22.a4 Nc7 23.Qe3 Kh7 24.g4 f6 25.exf6 Rxf6


26.Be5 Rf7 27.g5 hxg5 28.Qxg5 Ne8 29.Qg6+ Kg8 30.Bh3 Rc6 31.Nxc6, Black resigns.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Kasparov on Cybersecurity

At Bloomberg, watch this interview of Garry Kasparov.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Roulette Champion & Chess Dad

Read this article by Zachary Crockett on Richard Jarecki, husband of international arbiter Carol and national master John.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pix from Saturday Game/50 5/11/2019

During Saturday's tournament, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.













Monday, May 13, 2019

Adewumi on NBC Nightly News

Meet the 8-year-old chess champion.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Marshall Saturday Game/50 5/11/2019

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2214) - Stephen Wefer (USCF 1603), Marshall Chess Club 5/11/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 Bg7 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nf6 7.Nbd2 Bg4 8.a4 O-O 9.c3 Rb8 10.Nc4 Qd7 11.Re1 Ne8 12.Qc2 Nc7 13.Bd2 b5 14.axb5 Nxb5


15.Ra6 Be6 16.Rea1 Bxc4 17.dxc4 Nc7 18.R6a3 e5 19.Nh4 Ne6 20.Bh1 Bf6 21.Ng2 Rb7 22.Ne3 Nc7 23.Bc1 Bg5 


24.Nd5 Nxd5 25.cxd5 Bxc1 26.dxc6 Qxc6 27.Qxc1 Rfb8 28.R1a2 Rb5 29.Rxa7, Black resigns.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 5/9/2019

During Thursday's tournament, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.









Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday Night Action 5/9/2019

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense

Roman Rychkov (USCF 2123) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 5/9/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 a6 6.c4 g6 7.h3 Bg7 8.Nc3 Bd7 9.Be3 Nc6 10.O-O O-O 11.Rc1 Rc8


12.a3 Ne5 13.Qe2 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Bc6 15.b4 b6 16.Nxc6 Rxc6 17.Na4 Nd7 18.f4 Qc7 19.Rfd1 Rd8 20.Nc3 e6 21.Ne2 Rc8 22.b5 axb5 23.cxb5 Rxc1 24.Nxc1 Nc5 25.Qxd6 Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Nxe4


27.Rc6 Rd8 28.Kf1 Bd4 29.Bxd4 Rxd4 30.Ke2 Ra4 31.Rxb6 Rxa3 32.Rb8+ Kg7 33.b6 Ra1 34.b7 Rb1 35.Nd3 Nd6 36.Nc5 Rb2+ 37.Kf3 h5 38.h4 Rb5 39.Ke3 Nf5+ 40.Kd3 Rxc5 41.Rg8+ Kxg8 42.b8=Q+ Kg7


43.Qb2+ Kg8 44.Qb8+ Kg7 45.Qb2+ Kg8 46.Qb8+ Kg7 47.Qb2+, draw.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kronsteen vs. Macadams on "YouTube"

This is the famous chess scene in From Russia With Love.