Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Pawn Sacrifice" into Production This Year

The film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, goes into production later this year.

Friday, August 30, 2013

"NY Times" Review of "The Machine"

[photo by Joel Chester Fides]

In The New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas reviews The Machine.

Last Sunday's chess column did not appear in the New York edition of the newspaper.  I phoned their offices on Monday where a man at the Culture Desk told me that an "emergency" decision had been made to replace page A19 with an obituary of the actress Julie Harris.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Split Indecision for NJKO and Knights

On Wednesday, the New Jersey Knockouts answered the opening bell in the 2013 season of the U.S. Chess League by drawing their match against the New York Knights.

Take a look at the games on boards one, two, three, and four.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Chess Mates" Owner at NATO Championship

Owner of Chess Mates in Rahway, NM Art Macaspac [pictured] is a captain in the U.S. Army, serving in Djibouti until September.

At the 2013 NATO chess championship in Poland, Art finished with 4.5 points out of 7 and tied for 8th place.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FIDE Mondays 8/26/2013

Last night, I played this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Six: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2217) - D'Andrea Dey (USCF 1884), Marshall Chess Club 8/26/2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 c5 6.O-O Be7 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Re1+ Be7 9.Bg5 O-O 10.c3 h6 11.Bh4 Nbd7 12.Nbd2 Nc5 13.Bc2 a5 14.Qe2 Be6 15.Rad1 Re8

16.Nd4 g5 17.Nxe6 Nxe6 18.Bg3 Bd6 19.Qd3 Bf4 20.Nf3 Bxg3 21.hxg3 Qb6 22.Qf5 Ng7 23.Qd3 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Re8 25.Rxe8+ Ngxe8 26.Bb3 Kg7 27.Qd4 Qd6 28.Qe5 Qxe5 29.Nxe5 Nd6 30.f3 Nf5 31.Kf2 h5

32.a4 Kf8 33.Bc2 Nd6 34.Bd3 Ke7 35.Ke3 Ke6 36.Kd4 Ng8 37.c4 Ne7 38.cxd5+ Nxd5 39.Nxf7 Nxf7 40.Bc4 Nd6 41.Bxd5+ Kf5 42.Be4+ Ke6 43.f4 Nf5+ 44.Bxf5+ Kxf5 45.fxg5 Kxg5 46.Ke3 Kf5 47.Kf3 Kg5 48.b3 b6 49.Ke3 Kf5 50.Kf3 Kg5 51.Ke2 Kf5 52.Kf1 Ke4 53.Ke2 Kf5, draw.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marshall August Under 2300 8/25/2013

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

Round Three: Caro-Kann Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2217) - Benjamin Medina (USCF 1606), Marshall Chess Club 8/25/2013

1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Nd7 5.g3 Ngf6 6.Bg2 Bd6 7.O-O Nb6 8.Re1 d4 9.a4 a5 10.c3 c5 11.Qc2 Qc7

12.cxd4 cxd4 13.Qxc7 Bxc7 14.b3 O-O 15.Ba3 Re8 16.Rac1 Bb8 17.Rc2 h6 18.Rec1 Bd7 19.Bc5 Ra6 20.Nh4 g6 21.f4 exf4 22.Bxd4 Nh5 23.gxf4 Nxf4 24.Bf1 Bh3 25.Bxb6 Rxb6 26.Bxh3 Nxh3+ 27.Kf1 Rf6+ 28.Ndf3 Bf4 29.Rc8 Bxc1 30.Rxe8+ Kg7

31.e5 Rb6 32.Rc8 Bg5 33.Rc3 Be7 34.d4 Nf4 35.Ng2 Bb4 36.Re3 Nd5 37.Rd3 Ba3 38.Nd2 Rb4 39.Nc4 b6 40.Nxa3 Nc7 41.Nc2 Rxa4 42.bxa4 Ne6 43.Rb3 b5 44.Rxb5 Nxd4 45.Nxd4 f6 46.Rb7+ Kf8 47.Ne6+ Kg8 48.exf6 Kh8 49.f7 g5 50.f8=Q#.

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Round Four: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2217) - Richard Cannon (USCF 1923), Marshall Chess Club 8/25/2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.O-O Ne7 7.Re1 c6 8.h3 Bh5 9.c3 Qc7 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.b4 b6 12.a4 f6 13.Bb2 O-O 14.Qc2 Bg6

15.Nh4 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 f5 17.a5 bxa5 18.Rxa5 Kh8 19.Ndf3 h6 20.Rxe7 Bxe7 21.Ng6+ Kh7 22.Nxe7 Rae8 23.Nxf5 g6 24.Ng3 Rf7 25.Ra1 Rfe7 26.h4 Nf6

27.h5 Ne4 28.hxg6+ Kxg6 29.Ne5+ Rxe5 30.dxe5 Qxe5 31.Nxe4 dxe4 32.Qg3+ Qxg3 33.fxg3 Re7 34.Kf2 Kf5 35.Bc1 h5 36.Be3 Rd7 37.Ra5+ Ke6 38.Rxh5 Rd3 39.Rc5 Kd6 40.g4, Black resigns.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Marshall August Under 2300 8/24/2013

On Saturday, I drew two games as Black at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Suhas Kodali (USCF 1979) - Jim West (USCF 2217), Marshall Chess Club 8/24/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne7 9.e6 O-O 10.c4 c6 11.Qg4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Qb6 13.Be3 Qb2 14.Rd1 Qf6 15.Bd4 Qg6

16.Bc5 Qf6 17.Bd4 Qf5 18.Be2 Qxg4 19.Bxg4 Na6 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Ke2 b6 22.Nf7 Nc7 23.Nd6 Bxe6 24.Bxe6+ Nxe6 25.g3 Nxd4+ 26.Rxd4 Rf6 27.Nb5 Rc6 28.Rd2 Rc5 29.Nd4 Rac8 30.Rc1 Kf7 31.Rb1 Kf6 32.Nb5 a6 33.Nd4 b5 34.a4 Nf5 35.Nxf5 Kxf5 36.axb5 axb5

37.Rb4 Rxc2 38.Rxb5 Rxd2+ 39.Kxd2 Ke5 40.Rb7 Rg8 41.Ra7 h5 42.h4 g6 43.Ra6 Rf8 44.Ke2 Rf6 45.Ra5 Rb6 46, Kd2 Rb2+ 47.Ke3 Rb3+ 48.Kd2 Rd3+ 49.Ke2 Kf5 50.f3 Rxf3 51.Rxd5+ Kg4 52.Rg5+ Kh3 53.Rxg6 Rxg3 54.Re6 Rg4 55.Ke3 Kxh4

56.Re5 Rg5 57.Rxe4+ Kg3 58.Ke2 Kg2 59.Kd2 Rg4 60.Re2+ Kf3 61.Re3+ Kf4 62.Rh3 Kg5 63.Ke2 Ra4 64.Kf2 Ra2+ 65.Kg1 Kg4 66.Rb3 h4 67.Rc3 h3 68.Rc4+ Kg5 69.Rc3 Rg2+ 70.Kh1 Kg4 71.Ra3 Re2 72.Kg1 Re1+ 73.Kh2 Re2+ 74.Kg1 Rd2 75.Kh1 Rf2 76.Kg1 h2+ 77.Kh1 Rb2 78.Rc3 Ra2 79.Rb3, draw.

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Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Ed Kopiecki (USCF 2006) - Jim West (USCF 2217), Marshall Chess Club 8/24/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.exf5 Bxf5 6.O-O Nf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.Nc3 Qd7 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Rxe5 Qxd1+ 12.Nxd1 Bxc2 13.Bg5 Bxd1 14.Rxd1 Kf8 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Red5 Re8 17.Rd7 Re7

18.b3 g6 19.g3 h6 20.h4 Rhh7 21.Rd8+ Re8 22.Rxe8+ Kxe8 23.Bd3 Rg7 24.Be4 b6 25.b4 g5 26.h5 Re7 27.Bg6+ Kf8 28.b5 Re2 29.Rd7 Be7 30.a4 Ra2 31.Rxc7 Rxa4 32.Kg2 a6 33.bxa6 Rxa6 34.Rb7 Ra2 35.Rb8+ Kg7 36.Rb7 Kf8, draw.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

IM Jay Bonin to Lecture at Marshall CC

The Marshall Chess Club, together with Jeremy Graham, presents

IM Jay Bonin Lecture

"Trying Something Different"

International master Jay Bonin is one of the great legends of American chess. Having played and won literally several hundred games a year for decades, Jay is a permanent fixture in the New York chess scene and the most active player of any level in the country.

In honor of the late Marshall Chess Club member, FIDE master Erez Klein, the Marshall is hosting a series of lectures. Thanks to the generosity of Jeremy Graham, this lecture is free to all guests! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Pix from Marshall Masters 8/20/2013

On Tuesday, these pictures were taken by me at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Marshall Masters 8/20/2013

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Fianchetto

Jim West (USCF 2217) - Sarathi Ray (USCF 2115), Marshall Chess Club 8/20/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.f3 d5 10.exd5 Nb4 11.Nde2 a4 12.Nxa4 Nfxd5 13.Bf2 Bf5 14.O-O b5 15.Nac3 Nxc3 16.Nxc3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qxd1 18.Rfxd1 Nxc2

19.Rac1 Na3 20.Bc5 Rfe8 21.Bxa3 Rxa3 22.c4 bxc4 23.Rxc4 Be6 24.Rb4 Bxb3 25.axb3 Ra2 26.h4 Rc8 27.Rc4 Rxc4 28.bxc4 Rc2 29.Rd8+ Kg7 30.Rc8 h5 31.Kh2 Kf6 32.Kg3 Kf5 33.c5 e5 34.c6 Ke6 35.c7 Kf6 36.Kh2 Kf5 37.Kg3 Kf6 38.Kh3 Kf5 39.Kg3 Kf6, draw.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PIx from DOCA 8/18/2013

On Sunday, I took these pictures at the Dean of Chess Academy, during the August grand prix tournament.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pix from Rahway 8/17/2013

On Saturday, I snapped these photos at Chess Mates.