Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Round Two: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation
Ilye Figler (USCF 2313) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/29/2007
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.Qc3 O-O 10.Rd1 Re8 11.Rd5 b6 12.e3 Bb7 13.Bd3 Rad8 14.h4 Nb8
15.b4 c5 16.Rh3 cxb4 17.axb4 Bxd5 18.cxd5 Rc8 19.Qd4 d6 20.e6 fxe6 21.dxe6 Nc6 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Qe4 d5 24.Qxd5 Qxb4+ 25.Kf1 Qa5 26.Qe4 Qa1+ 27.Ne1 Ne5 28.f4 Rc1 29.fxe5 Rxe1+ 30.Kf2 Rf1+ 31.Kg3 Qe1+ 32.Kg4 Qd1+ 33.Kg5 Qd8+ 34.Kg4 Qd1+ 35.Kg5 Qd8+, draw.
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Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Nelson Farber (USCF 1923), Marshall Chess Club 7/29/2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O Bb7 9.Re1 b4 10.Nd5 exd5 11.Ba4+ Nbd7 12.exd5+ Be7 13.Nf5 O-O 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.Bg5 Qa5
16.Bxd7 Nxd7 17.Bf4 Qc5 18.Nf5 Qxd5 19.Qxd5 Bxd5 20.Bxd6 Rfe8 21.Bxb4 Nf6 22.Bc3 Rad8 23.a3 Be4 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Ne3 Rd2 26.Rad1 Red8 27.Rxd2 Rxd2 28.Rc1 f5 29.Nf1 Rxc2 30.Rxc2 Bxc2 31.Ne3 Bb1 32.b4 Bd3 33.f4 Kg7 34.Kf2 Be4 35.g3 Kf6 36.Ke2 Ke6 37.Kd2 Kd6 38.Kc3 f6 39.Kd4 h5 40.h3 Kc6 41.g4 hxg4 42.hxg4 Kb5 43.gxf5 Bb1 44.Nd5 Kc6 45.Nxf6 Bxf5 46.Nd5 Kb5 47.Nc3+ Kc6 48.Ke5 Bh3 49.a4 Bf1 50.f5 Bc4 51.Kf6 Kd7 52.b5 axb5 53.axb5 Kc7 54.Ke7, Black resigns.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Round Two: Sicilian Defense
Jim West (USCF 2223) - Paul Truong (USCF 2283), Polgar Chess Center 12/3/2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bb3 Bb7
8.f3 Nbd7 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Qd2 e6 11.O-O-O Rc8 12.Kb1 Be7 13.g4 Nxb3 14.axb3?! d5!
15.g5 Nh5 16.exd5 Bxd5?! 17.Nxd5 Qxd5 18.Ne2 Qxd2 19.Rxd2 Bc5 20.Bxc5 Rxc5 21.Rhd1 O-O
A likely conclusion might have been 31.Rxa6 Rxh4 32.Rb6 Rh2+ 33.Kb1 Ra7 34.Rxb5 Rh2+ 35.Kb1 Rh1+ with a repetition of position.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Fabiano Caruana (USCF 1780) - Jim West (USCF 2228), Marshall Chess Club 3/25/2001
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.d5 Nb8
In light of White's next move, it may have been better for Black to interpolate 6...f4 before retreating with 7...Nb8.
7.f4! fxe4 8.O-O Bg4?!
Worthy of consideration is 8...Ng4!?.
9.Qd2 Nf5 10.h3 e3 11.Qd3 e2 12.Re1 h6 13.hxg4 hxg5 14.Qxf5 c6 15.dxc6??
White wins easily after 15.Qg6+.
15...Qb6+, White resigns.
This forgettable game makes both players look bad: me, for getting outplayed in my favorite defense; and Caruana, for allowing a swindle in a winning position.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Eric Mattelson (USCF 1771) - Steve Ferrero (USCF 1886), USATE 2/17/2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 exd4
Ferrero avoids the complications following 5...d5 6.Nxe5 or 6.Neg5.
6.Qxd4 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.O-O-O O-O 9.Nxf6+
Another line, giving White a slight plus, is 9.Bc4+ Kh8 10.Nxf6 Nc6 11.Qe4 Bxf6 12.h4.
9...Bxf6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Bc4+ Be6 12.Rhe1 Bxc4 13.Qxc4+ Qf7 14.Qxf7+ Rxf7 15.Re8+ Rf8 16.Rde1 Nc6 17.Rxa8 Rxa8
Perhaps White has a tiny advantage in this position.
18.c3 h6 19.b4 a6 20.Kc2 Kf7 21.Kd3 b5 22.Nd4 Ne5+ 23.Kc2 g5 24.Rf1 Nc4 25.Re1 Ne5 26.Rf1 Re8 27.f4 gxf4 28.Rxf4+ Kg6 29.Kb3 h5 30.a4 c6
Now the position is equal. But, after White's next move, it is Black who stands slightly better.
31.Re4?! Rf8 32.Ne6 Rf2 33.Rd4?
Black has a clear advantage.
Monday, July 23, 2007
IM Mikhail Zlotnikov (FIDE 2367) - GM Gennadi Zaichik (FIDE 2473), NJ Futurity International 7/10/2007
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.c3 cxd4 6.exd4 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Be2
8...Qc7 9.0–0 e6 10.Ne5 Nxe5
Black should have swapped bishops by 10...Bxe2 11.Qxe2 before exchanging on e5.
11.Bxh5 Nc6 12.Be2 Bd6 13.Bd3 0–0 14.Nf3 Rab8 15.Qe2 Rfe8 16.Re1 e5
Black would like to start a minority attack, but 16...b5? loses a pawn to 17.Bxb5.
17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Be3 Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Bf4 21.Qf3 Bxe3 22.Rxe3 Qb6 23.Rb1 Rxe3 24.Qxe3 Qxe3 25.fxe3 Re8 26.Re1 Kf8
Now both players have a weak center pawn.
27.Re2 Re5 28.Kg1 Ke7 29.Kf2 Nd7 30.g4 h5 31.Bc2 Nf6 32.Kf3 Kd6 33.Rd2 g6 34.Rd4 Nh7 35.gxh5 Rxh5 36.h4 Nf8?
Black should have played 36...Nf6 with an equal position.
37.c4 Ke7 38.cxd5 Kd6 39.Rf4 f5 40.e4 fxe4+ 41.Bxe4 Nd7
Now White forces a winning rook-and-pawn endgame.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Two of my draws were as Black against masters.
Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit
Leroy Dubeck (USCF 2242) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Cherry Hill NJ 7/21/2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 f5 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.d4 e4 6.Qe2 d5 7.Qb5+ Nc6 8.Ne5 Nge7 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Bxe7 Bxe7 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qxc6+ Kf7 13.Nb5 Bd6 14.Nxd6+ cxd6 15.Be2 Qe7 16.O-O Rhc8 17.Qa4 Kg8
18.c3 Qg5 19.f4 Qh6 20.Qc2 Rf8 21.Qd2 Rf7 22.Qe3 Rb8 23.b3 Rbf8 24.g3 Bh3 25.Rfe1 Qg6 26.Bf1 Qe6 27.Bg2 g5 28.Rf1 gxf4 29.Rxf4 Rxf4 30.gxf4 Bxg2 31.Kxg2 Qg4+ 32.Qg3 Rxf4 33.Rf1 Qxg3+ 34.hxg3 Rxf1 35.Kxf1 Kf7 36.Ke2 Ke6 37.Ke3 Kf5 38.c4 dxc4 39.bxc4 h5 40.a4 a5 41.c5 d5 42.Kf2 Ke6 43.Ke3 Kf5 44.Kf2, draw.
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Round Three: Sicilian Defense
Boris Baczynskyj (USCF 2232) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Cherry Hill NJ 7/21/2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3 O-O-O 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Qxg7 Rdf8 15.Qg3 b4 16.Na4 Rhg8 17.Qf2 Nd7
18.c4 Qa5 19.Bc2 Nc5 20.Nb3 Qxa4 21.Nxc5 Qxa2 22.Bb3 Qa5 23.Nxb7 Kxb7 24.e5 Rd8 25.Qf3+ Kb6 26.g3 dxe5 27.Rxe5 Qa1+ 28.Kc2 Qxd1+ 29.Qxd1 Rxd1 30.Kxd1 Bf6 31.Rh5 Bxb2 32.Kc2 Bc3 33.Ba4 f5 34.Rh6 Rg6 35.Rxh7 e5 36.fxe5 Bxe5 37.Rf7 Rf6 38.Rxf6+ Bxf6 39.Bd7 Kc5 40.Kb3 a5 41.Be6 Be5 42.Bxf5 a4+ 43.Kxa4 Kxc4 44.Be6+ Kc3 45.Bf7 Bd6 46.Kb5 Kd4 47.Kc6 Be5 48.Bg6 Ke3 49.Kd5 Bxg3 50.hxg3 Kf3, draw.
Friday, July 20, 2007
There is no need for chess players to worry. It would take eons for computers to solve chess.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The first was USCF Executive Board Election.
And the second was Michael Goeller Interviews Me. I would like to correct an error. In the interview, I mistakenly told Goeller that Ken Potts was the New Jersey state champion in 1985. According to the NJSCF website, it was actually Orest Popovych. Ken Potts won the title in 1980. My memory is good, but short!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
IM Dean Ippolito (FIDE 2395)-NM Mackenzie Molner (FIDE 2293), NJ Futurity International 7/8/2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.d4 c5 5.Bg2 0–0 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.0–0 Qxc5 9.b3 d6 10.Bb2 Qh5 11.Qd2 Bh3 12.Rad1
In hindsight, it may have been better to develop the other rook with 12.Rfd1 Bxg2 13.Kxg2, as in Kavalek-Ghinda, Bochum 1981 which White won in 43 moves.
12...Bh6 13.Qe1 Ne5 14.Nd5 Nfg4?
Correct for Black is 14...Nxd5 with an equal position.
15.Nxe7+ Kg7 16.Rxd6 f6 17.Nh4 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Rae8 19.h3 Rxe7 20.hxg4 Nxg4 21.Rd5 Re5 22.Rd7+ Kh8 23.Bxe5 fxe5 24.Qb4?!
This move lets Black off the hook. After 24.Rxb7, White has an easy win.
24...Ne3+! 25.Kg1 Qxe2 26.Qxf8+ Bxf8 27.fxe3 Bc5 28.Rff7 Qxe3+?!
29.Kg2 Qg1+ 30.Kf3 Qe3+ 31.Kg4 Qe4+ 32.Kh3 Qh1+ 33.Kg4 Qe4+ 34.Kg5 Kg8 35.Rg7+ Kh8 36.Rxh7+, Black resigns.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
GM Magesh Panchanathan (FIDE 2486) - FM Tommy Bartell (FIDE 2398), NJ Futurity International 7/11/2007
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d4 Bf5 6.b3 e6 7.Bb2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Be4!?
Usually Black plays 8...Nxd4.
9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bxe4 Nxe4 11.Nd2 Nf6 12.c4 Be7 13.Qc2 0-0 14.Rfd1 Qb6 15.e3 a5 16.Bd4 Bc5 17.Bxf6
Although there is nothing wrong with this move, it seems ill-advised in light of what follows. White's knight keeps moving around aimlessly, trying to find a good square.
17...gxf6 18.Rab1 f5 19.Nf3 Be7 20.Ne5 Qc7 21.Nd3 Rfc8 22.Nb2 Bf6 23.Na4 Rab8 24.Rbc1 Qd8 25.Qe2 Qf8 26.Rc2 Rd8 27.Kg2 Rd7 28.Qf3 Rbd8 29.Rdc1 Qa3 30.g4 Bg5?! 31.gxf5 d4
Black should have pushed this pawn one move earlier.
32.Rg1 Kh8 33.Kh1?!
Instead, White could have obtained a huge advantage by 33.exd4 Rxd4 34.fxe6 fxe6 35.c5!
33...Qe7 34.fxe6 fxe6 35.exd4 Rxd4 36.Re2 Rh4 37.Rg4 Rf8 38.Qg3 Rxg4 39.Qxg4 Rf4 40.Qg3 Qf6 41.Nc3 Bh4 42.Qd3 Rf3 43.Re3 Rxf2 44.Nd1 Rd2, White resigns.
Monday, July 16, 2007
IM Mikhail Zlotnikov (FIDE 2367) - NM Mackenzie Molner (FIDE 2293), NJ Futurity International 7/9/2007
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.Nf3 e4 5.Nd4 d5 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.Nc2 Qh5 8.h3 Qg6 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Ne3 0-0 11.Qc2 Re8 12.b3 Na6 13.a3 Nc7 14.Bb2?!
This move loses, but it is difficult to suggest anything better as 16.O-O-O runs into 16...Bf5, 17...Rfc8, and 18...b5.
16...Bxg3! 17.fxg3 Qxg3+ 18.Kf1 e3 19.dxe3 Ne4 20.Bxe4 Rxe4 21.Bd4 Bxh3+ 22.Rxh3 Qxh3+ 23.Ke1 Qh1+ 24.Kf2 Qh2+ 25.Kf1 Rxd4, White resigns.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Round Two: Budapest Defense, Fajarowicz Variation
Boris Kanevskiy (USCF 2011) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/15/2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2 Bb4 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.e3 Qe7 7.Bd3 Nxd2 8.Bxd2 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Qc2 h6 12.c5 O-O 13.O-O b6 14.Rac1 Bb7 15.cxb6 cxb6 16.Qd2 Rac8
17.a3 Qg5 18.f3 Rxc1 19.Qxc1 Rc8 20.Qe1 h5 21.Qe2 h4 22.Kh1 h3 23.gxh3 Re8 24.e4 Rc8 25.Rg1 Rc1 26.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 27.Kg2 Qg5+ 28.Kf2 Qh4+ 29.Kg2 Qg5+ 30.Kf2 Qh4+, draw.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Round One: Caro-Kann Defense
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Mark Kernighan (USCF 2200), Hamilton Quad 7/14/2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Qb6 7.Qc2 Bg4 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 10.O-O Nh5 11.Be3 g6 12.Rae1 Bf5 13.Bxf5 gxf5
14.Nc4 dxc4 15.d5 Qa6 16.dxc6 Qxc6 17.Nd4 Qd5 18.Qa4+ Kf8 19.Bh6+ Kg8 20.Qd1 Nf6 21.f3 Bf8 22.Qd2 Ne8 23.Qg5+ Bg7 24.f4 Qd8 25.Qg3 Qf6 26.Bg5 Qg6 27.Qf3 Nd6 28.Nc6 Bf8 29.Ne5 Qg7 30.Nd7 Ne4 31.Rxe4 fxe4 32.Qxe4 f6 33.Qxe6+ Qf7 34.Nxf6+ Kg7 35.Bh6+ Kg6 36.f5+ Kxh6 37.Qxf7 Bc5+ 38.Kh1 Raf8 39.Qh5+ Kg7 40.Nd7, Black resigns.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
NM Evan Ju (FIDE 2173) - GM Gennadi Zaichik (FIDE 2473), New Jersey Futurity International 7/11/2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.f4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 e6
White usually plays 12.O-O-O in this position.
12.exf6 Qxg5 13.Ne4 Qh6
Black should have played 13...Qa5+ 14.c3 Rg8 15.Rd1 Bc6 with 16...Rd8 to follow.
14.Rd1 Bc6 15.fxg7 Bxg7 16.Nd6+ Kf8 17.Qb4 Qe3+ 18.Be2 a5
This is a winning position for White. Simplest is 19.Qxa5, preferred by Fritz8. Ju's continuation is also good enough.
19.Qh4 Bxb2 20.Rd3 Qc1+ 21.Bd1 Rg8 22.Rf1 Be8 23.Nxc8 Rxg2 24.Qd8 Rxc2 25.Qd6+ Kg7 26.Rg1+, Black resigns.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
At the conclusion of the novel, there are these memorable lines:
It was night. I went home and put my old house clothes on and set the chessmen out and mixed a drink and played over another Capablanca. It went forty-nine moves. Beautiful and remorseless chess, almost creepy in its silent implacability.
When it was done I listened at the open window for a while and smelled the night. Then I carried my glass out to the kitchen, and rinsed it and filled it with ice water and stood at the sink sipping it and looking at my face in the mirror.
"You and Capablanca," I said.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
It is obvious to me that the Gambit Club is a fictionalized version of the Marshall Chess Club. This is Archie Goodwin giving directions on how to get there: Headed south on Sixth Avenue....I kept going, clear to Twelfth Street, turned left, stopped half way down the long block, and focused on a four-story brick building....A brass plate to the right of the door, nice and shiny, said Gambit Club.
Except for the fact that Sixth Avenue is now known as Avenue of the Americas, if Archie Goodwin had turned left on Tenth Street (instead of Twelfth Street) he would have arrived at the Marshall Chess Club!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit
Zachary Young (USCF 1870) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/7/2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bd3 fxe4 5.Bxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Bh6+ Kxh8 12.Bxf8 Nc6 13.Be7 Qxe7 14.Qxe7 Nxe7 15.Nd2 Bf5 16.O-O-O Rd8
17.Nc4 Ng4 18.Rd2 b5 19.Ne3 Nxe3 20.fxe3 Nd5 21.Re2 Bg4 22.Ree1 Rf8 23.h3 Bh5 24.g4 Bg6 25.Kd2 Rf3 26.a3 a5 27.h4 b4 28.h5 Be8 29.Rhf1 Bb5 30.Rg1 bxa3 31.bxa3 Rf2+ 32.Kc1 Ba4, White resigns.
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Round Two: French Defense
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Eigen Wang (USCF 2007), Marshall Chess Club 7/7/2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.O-O Bg4 7.Re1+ Nge7 8.c3 Qd7 9.Nbd2 O-O-O 10.b4 Rde8 11.Qa4 Kb8 12.b5 Nd8 13.Ba3 Ne6
14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.dxe5 h5 16.Nb3 Ng6 17.Na5 Ne7 18.f3 Bf5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.Nc6+ bxc6 21.bxc6 Qc8 22.Rab1+ Ka8 23.Rb7 Qxb7 24.cxb7+ Kb8 25.Qd7 Nh6 26.Qxd5 Rd8 27.Qb3 Rd3 28.Bc1 Nf5 29.Qc4 Rhd8 30.a4 g6 31.a5 Kxb7 32.Qb5+ Ka8 33.Qc6+ Kb8 34.a6 Kc8 35.Qb7+ Kd7 36.Qb5+ Kc8 37.Qb7+ Kd7 38.Qxa7 Ke8 39.Qb7 R3d5 40.Ba3 Ne7 41.a7 Ra5 42.Bxe7 Kxe7 43.Qb4+ Rc5 44.Ra1 Ra8 45.Qb7, Black resigns.
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Round Four: Pirc Defense
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Dale Hammer (USCF 2055), Marshall Chess Club 7/7/2007
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 Na6 7.e5 Nd7 8.Ng5 Nb6 9.h4 c5 10.h5 cxd4