Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shankland 28-0-2 in Marshall CC Simul

At, William Guskind [pictured] has posted games from Sam Shankland's simul at the Marshall Chess Club, including his own.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 3, 7/13/2019

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 at the quads in Edison.

Round Three: King's Fianchetto Opening

Mina Awad (USCF 1330) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Edison NJ 7/13/2019

1.g3 c5 2.Bg2 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.Nge2 e5 6.O-O Nge7 7.a3 O-O 8.b3 d5 9.Rb1 d4 10.exd4 cxd4 11.Na2 Rb8 12.Bb2 Be6 13.Nac1 Bd5

14.f3 f5 15.Nd3 b6 16.c4 Bf7 17.Nf2 Kh8 18.d3 a5 19.Qc1 Qd7 20.Kh1 b5 21.Ba1 bxc4 22.bxc4 Rxb1 23.Qxb1 Rb8 24.Qc1 Kg8 25.Qd2 Rb3 26.Qc2 Rxa3 27.Rb1 Nb4 28.Qc1 Ra2 29.Rb2 Qa4 30.Rxa2 Qxa2 31.Bb2 Qb3

32.Qd2 Qc2 33.Bc1 Qxd2 34.Bxd2 Nec6 35.Nc1 a4 36.Bf1 a3 37.Nb3 Nc2 38.Nc1 Bf8 39.Be2 Bb4 40.Bxb4 N6xb4 41.Bd1 Ne3 42.Bb3 Kf8 43.h4 Ke7 44.Kg1 Kd7 45.Nh3 h6 46.Nf2 Kc6 47.Nh3 Kc5

48.Nf2 Be6 49.Nh3 f4 50.g4 Bd7 51.Nf2 Bc6 52.g5 hxg5 53.hxg5 Bxf3 54.Kh2 Nf1+ 55.Kg1 Nd2 56.Kh2, White forfeits.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 2, 7/13/2019

On Saturday, I drew this game at the quads in Edison.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Errol Singh (USCF 1965) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Edison NJ 7/13/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 O-O 9.Qd2 Be6 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.Kb1 b5 12.a3 Nb6 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.g4 Rfc8 15.h4 b4 16.axb4 Qxb4 17.g5 Nh5

18.Nd5 Qxd2 19.Nxe7+ Kf8 20.Ng6+ hxg6 21.Rxd2 Ng3 22.Rg1 Nxf1 23.Rxf1 Bxb3 24.cxb3 Ke7 25.Rfd1 Rc6 26.f4 exf4 27.Rf1 Rb6 28.Rd3 Rb4 29.Rxf4 f5 30.gxf6 gxf6 31.Rg3 Rg8 32.Rfg4 Kf7

33.Kc2 Rb5 34.Rc3 Ke6 35.Rcg3 Rh5 36.Kd3 g5 37.hxg5 Rhxg5 38.Rxg5 Rxg5 39.Rf3 Rg2 40.Kc3 Re2 41.Rf4 Re3+ 42.Kc4 Re2 43.Kc3 a5 44.Rh4 Re3+ 45.Kd4 Rxb3 46.Rh5 Rb4+ 47.Kd3 a4

48.Ra5 Kd7 49.Rf5 Rxb2 50.Rxf6 a3 51.Rf7+ Ke6 52.Ra7 a2 53.Kd4 Rh2 54.Ra6 Rg2 55.Ra7 Rb2 56.Ra6 Rb4+ 57.Kd3 Ke5 58.Ra5+ Kf4 59.Rxa2 Rxe4 60.Rf2+ Ke5 61.Rf8 Rh4 62.Re8+ Kd5 63.Rd8 Rh3+ 64.Kd2 Ke5

65.Re8+ Kd4 66.Re2 Ra3 67.Re8 Ra2+ 68.Kd1 d5 69.Rh8 Kc4 70.Rh7 d4 71.Rh8 Kc3 72.Rd8 Kd3 73.Ke1 Ra1+ 74.Kf2, and drawn in ? moves.

                                       Final Position

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 1, 7/13/2019

On Saturday, I played this game at the quads in Edison.

Round One: Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Aleksey Sergeev (USCF 1466), Edison NJ 7/13/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O d6 5.Re1 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3 Bg4 8.c3 Be7 9.d3 O-O 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.h3 Bh5 12.Nf1 d5

13.Ng3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 d4 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Nh5 Qd6 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.Qxf6 gxf6 20.Bd5 Ne7 21.Bxa8 Rxa8 22.cxd4 exd4 23.Rac1 Rc8 24.b4 c6 25.Rc5 Ng6 26.e5 Nxe5 27.Rexe5 fxe5 28.Rxe5 Kg7

29.Kf1 Rc7 30.f4 f6 31.Re8 c5 32.bxc5 Rxc5 33.Re2 Rc3 34.Rd2 a5 35.Ke2 b4 36.g4 a4 37.Kf3 b3 38.axb3 axb3 39.Ke4 Rc2 40.Rd1 b2 41.Rb1 Kg6 42.Kxd4 f5 43.Kd5 fxg4 44.hxg4 Kf6 45.d4 Rg2

46.Ke4 Re2+ 47.Kd3 Rg2 48.Ke3 Ke6 49.Ke4 Re2+ 50.Kf3 Rc2 51.g5 hxg5 52.fxg5 Kf5 53.g6 Kxg6 54.Ke4 Kf6 55.Kd3 Rg2 56.Kc3 Ke6 57.Rxb2 Rxb2 58.Kxb2 Kd5 59.Kc3 Kd6 60.Kc4 Kc6

61.d5+ Kd6 62.Kd4 Kd7 63.Ke5 Ke7 64.d6+ Kd7 65.Kd5 Kd8 66.Ke6 Ke8 67.d7+ Kd8 68.Kd6, stalemate.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

FIDE Mondays 7/8/2019

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

Round Three: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Wesley Hellner (USCF 1879) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/8/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 O-O 5.Be2 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.O-O Nc6 9.h3 Bf5 10.Bd3 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 e6 12.Nbd2 Rc8 13.Rab1 a6 14.Rfe1 Re8

15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Nd7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Nf3 Qc7 19.Ne5 Nxe5 20.Rxe5 Qc4 21.Qxc4 Rxc4 22.Rbe1 Rb8 23.f4 b5 24.a3 a5 25.g4 b4 26.cxb4 axb4 27.f5 bxa3 28.bxa3 exf5 29.gxf5 Rxd4 30.fxg6 hxg6

31.R1e3 Rb2 32.Rf3 f5 33.Re1 Re4 34.Rc1 Kf6 35.Rc6+ Re6 36.Rxe6+ Kxe6 37.Rg3 Kf6 38.Rd3 Ke5 39.Rg3 Rb6 40.Kf2 d4 41.Ke2 Ke4 42.Kd2 f4 43.Rg4 Rb2+ 44.Kc1 Rb3 45.Rxg6 Rxa3

46.Re6+ Kf5 47.Rd6 Rxh3 48.Rxd4 Re3 49.Kd2 Kg4 50.Rd8 Kf3 51.Rf8 Re7 52.Rg8 Kf2 53.Kd3 f3 54.Rf8 Kg2 55.Kd2 f2 56.Rg8+ Kf1 57.Rh8 Rd7+ 58.Kc1 Rd5 59.Rg8 Ke2 60.Re8+ Kf3 61.Rf8+ Ke3 62.Re8+ Kf4, White resigns.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Weekend Open, Round 4, 7/7/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Sozin Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Jose De Villa (USCF 1983), Marshall Chess Club 7/7/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bd7 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Bb3 Nxd4 9.Bxd4 e5 10.Be3 Be7 11.Bg5 Bc6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.O-O Qc7 14.Qd3 a6 15.Rad1 Rd8

16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 O-O 18.Rd3 Rd7 19.Rfd1 Rfd8 20.a4 h6 21.Rc3 Qb6 22.a5 Qb5 23.Qxb5 axb5 24.Rd5 Ra8 25.Rxb5 Bd8 26.Bd5 Rxa5 27.Rxa5 Bxa5 28.Rc8+ Kh7 29.c3 Bd8 30.Bxf7 b5 31.g3 Bg5

32.Be8 Rb7 33.Bc6 Rb6 34.b4 Bd2 35.Bd7 Kg6 36.Rc6 Rxc6 37.Bxc6 Bxc3 38.Bxb5 Bxb4 39.Bc4 Bc5 40.Kg2, draw.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Weekend Open, Round 3, 7/6/2019

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

Round Three: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

William Tse (USCF 1933) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/6/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Nxd2 6.Nbxd2 Nc6 7.a3 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.g3 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Bg2 O-O 12.O-O d6 13.Rac1 Rb8 14.b4 b6 15.e3 Bb7

16.Bxb7 Rxb7 17.Qd5 Rbb8 18.Qxe5 dxe5 19.Rfd1 Rfd8 20.Rd5 f6 21.Rcd1 Rxd5 22.Rxd5 Rf8 23.Kg2 g6 24.b5 Rf7 25.Kf3 Kf8 26.Rd8+ Ke7 27.Ra8 Kd6 28.Rxa7 Kc5 29.Ra4 f5 30.Ke2 Rd7 31.Rb4 e4

32.h4 h6 33.Ra4 g5 34.h5 g4 35.Ra8 Rg7 36.Rh8 Rg5 37.Rxh6 Kxc4 38.Rh7 Kxb5 39.h6 Rh5 40.Rh8 c5 41.h7 Kc4 42.Kd2 Rh2 43.Kc1 Kc3 44.Kb1 c4 45.a4 Kb3 46.Kc1 c3 47.Rd8 Rxh7 48.Rd5 Rh1+ 49.Rd1 Rxd1+ 50.Kxd1 Kxa4

51.Kc2 Kb4 52.Kc1 Kc4 53.Kc2 b5 54.Kc1 b4 55.Kc2 b3+ 56.Kc1 Kd3 57.Kb1 Ke2 58.f4 exf3 59.e4 fxe4 60.Kc1 Kf2 61.Kd1 e3 62.Kc1 Kxg3 63.Kd1 Kf2 64.Kc1 e2 65.Kb1 e1=Q#.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Weekend Open, Round 2, 7/6/2019

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

Round Two: Dutch Defense, Stonewall Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1871), Marshall Chess Club 7/6/2019

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 f5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d4 Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.b3 O-O 8.Ba3 Bxa3 9.Nxa3 Bd7 10.Nb1 Be8 11.Nc3 Bh5 12.Ne5 Nbd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Qd2 Rae8

15.f4 Qd6 16.c5 Qc7 17.b4 Rb8 18.Qe3 Rfe8 19.Bf3 Bf7 20.Rab1 a6 21.a4 Ra8 22.a5 Nd7 23.Na4 Rad8 24.Nb2 Bg6 25.Nd3 Re7 26.Kg2 Rf8 27.Rf2 Qd8 28.Ne5 Nxe5 29.Qxe5 Qc7 30.Qxc7 Rxc7

31.Rb3 Re7 32.Re3 Rf6 33.Re5 Be8 34.Rf1 Bd7 35.Rc1 Ref7 36.Bh5 Rf8 37.Rc3 Rh6 38.Bf3 Rhf6 39.Rce3 Kh8 40.h4 Kg8 41.Kh2 Kh8 42.Rc3 Kg8 43.Rc1 Kh8 44.Re3 Kg8 45.Kg2 Kh8 46.Rh1 Kg8 47.Rc3 Ra8 48.e3 Kh8

49.Kf2 Raf8 50.Rcc1 Be8 51.Rcg1 h5 52.Be2 g6 53.Ra1 Bd7 54.Bd3 Kg7 55.Rhc1 Ra8, draw.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Independence Day Action, 6, 7/4/2019

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

Round Six: Sicilian Defense, Sveshnikov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2208) - John Walton (USCF 1658), Marshall Chess Club 7/4/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 Be6 11.c3 f5 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Nc2 Be6 14.Nce3 Rc8 15.g3 Bg7 16.Bg2 O-O 17.O-O Ne7

18.a4 f5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.Bd5 f4 22.Bxe6+ Qxe6 23.Qd5 Rce8 24.Qxe6+ Rxe6 25.Nd5 fxg3 26.hxg3 e4 27.Ra5 Rb8 28.Rfa1 Re5 29.Ra8 Ree8 30.Rxb8 Rxb8 31.Ra6 Be5 32.Ne7+ Kf7 33.Nc6 Re8

34.Nxe5+ Rxe5 35.Rxd6 e3 36.fxe3 Rxe3 37.Kf2 Re5 38.Rb6 Rd5 39.Ke3 h5 40.Ke4 Rg5 41.Kf4 Rg4+ 42.Kf3 Rg5 43.b4 Rf5+ 44.Ke4 Rg5 45.Kf4 Rg4+ 46.Kf3 Rg5 47.Rc6 Ke7 48.Rc5 Rxc5 49.bxc5 Ke6

50.Ke4 Kd7 51.Kd5 Kc7 52.c6 Kd8 53.Kc5, Black resigns.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Independence Day Action, 4, 7/4/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense

Bora Yagiz (USCF 2027) - Jim West (USCF 2208), Marshall Chess Club 7/4/2019

1.e4 c5 2.b3 d6 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.f4 Bg7 6.Nf3 O-O 7.d3 Nc6 8.Be2 Bg4 9.O-O Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nd4 11.Ne2 Nxf3+ 12.Rxf3 c4

13.Kh1 cxd3 14.cxd3 Rc8 15.Qd2 Qb6 16.Bd4 Qa6 17.f5 Rc7 18.fxg6 fxg6 19.e5 dxe5 20.Bxe5 Rcc8 21.Raf1 Nd7 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Qb2+ Kg8 24.Rxf8+ Rxf8 25.Rxf8+ Nxf8 26.d4 Qd3 27.h3 Ne6

28.Kh2 Qe4 29.Kg1 Qe3+ 30.Kh2 Qe4 31.Kg1 Qe3+ 32.Kh2, draw.