Friday, February 28, 2014

Garry Kasparov in "Smithsonian Magazine"

Garry Kasparov is interviewed by Ron Rosenbaum in Smithsonian Magazine.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Grand Prix 2/23/2014

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-1-2 and a zero point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Philidor Counter Gambit

Bryan Quick (USCF 1686) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 2/23/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 d4 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 e3 10.Nf3 exf2+ 11.Kxf2 dxc3 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.Bg5+ Ke8 14.Nd4 Ne7 15.Bd3 Na6 16.Ke3 c6

17.Rhf1 Nc5 18.Bc2 h6 19.Bh4 Be6 20.Nxe6 Nxe6 21.Rab1 b6 22.Be1 Rf8 23.Bxc3 Rxf1 24.Rxf1 Kd7 25.Rf7 Rf8 26.Bg6 Rxf7 27.Bxf7 g6 28.Bxe6+ Kxe6 29.g4 a6 30.h4 b5 31.Kd4 h5 32.gxh5 gxh5 33.cxb5 axb5

34.Kc5 Nf5 35.Kxc6 Nxh4 36.Be1 Nf3 37.Bg3 Nd4+ 38.Kc5 Nc2 39.Kxb5 Nxa3+ 40.Kc5 Nc2 41.Kc4 Ne3+ 42.Kd3 Nf5 43.Bh2 Kd5 44.Ke2 Ne7 45.Kf3 Ng6 46.Bg3 Nxe5+ 47.Bxe5 Kxe5 48.Kg3 Kf5 49.Kh4 Kg6, draw.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Grand Prix 2/22/2014

On Saturday, these games were played in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit 

Jose De Villa (USCF 2005) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 2/22/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be2 Bb4 9.Bd2 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 O-O 11.O-O Be6 12.Bb4 Re8 13.c4 c6 14.Rc1 Nbd7

15.Bd6 Nb6 16.Ba3 Nxc4 17.Nxc4 dxc4 18.Bxc4 Bxc4 19.Rxc4 Kh8 20.b3 Qd7 21.h3 Rad8 22.Qd2 h6 23.Bb2 a6 24.Rd1 Nd5 25.Re1 Qf5 26.a3 Qf4 27.Qxf4 Nxf4 28.Ba1 Kh7 29.Kh2 g5 30.Re3 Nd5 31.Re1 e3 32.fxe3 Rxe3 33.Rxe3 Nxe3

34.Rc3 Nf5 35.Rf3 Kg6 36.Rd3 Rd5 37.g4 Nd6 38.Re3 Kf7 39.a4 Ne8 40.Kg3 Ng7 41.h4 Ne6 42.Re4 b5 43.hxg5 hxg5 44.Re5 Rxe5 45.dxe5 bxa4 46.bxa4 Nc5 47.a5 Ke6 48.Kf3 Kd5 49.Bc3 Nd7 50.e6 Kxe6

51.Ke4 Nc5+ 52.Kd4 Nb7 53.Bd2 Kf6 54.Kc4 Nd6+ 55.Kd4 Nb7 56.Kc4 Nd6+ 57.Kd4, draw.

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Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (FIDE 2047) - Jason Margiotta (FIDE 1973), Marshall Chess Club 2/22/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.Nc4 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Qxf3 11.gxf3 Ng6 12.Be3 O-O-O 13.Kh1 Bd6 14.Rg1 Rde8

15.a4 Re6 16.a5 Rf6 17.Bg5 Re6 18.c3 Rg8 19.Rad1 Ree8 20.b4 Re6 21.Rg3 Nf4 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Rg5 g6 24.d4 Be7 25.Re5 Rxe5 26.Nxe5 f6 27.Nd3 g5 28.Rg1 Re8 29.h4 Kd8 30.e5 fxe5 31.dxe5 g4 32.fxg4 Bxh4 33.gxh5 Rh8 34.Nxf4 Bxf2 35.Rg7 Be1

36.Ne6+ Kc8 37.Rxc7+ Kb8 38.Rg7 Bxc3 39.Nc5 Rxh5+ 40.Kg2 Bxe5 41.Rxb7+ Kc8 42.Rb6 Kc7 43.Nxa6+ Kc8 44.Rxc6+ Kb7 45.b5 Bd6 46.Rb6+ Ka7 47.Kf3 Re5 48.Kg4 Rd5 49.Kf3 Re5 50.Kg2 Rf5

51.Kg1 Bc5+ 52.Nxc5 Rxc5 53.Kf2 Rc2+ 54.Ke3 Ra2 55.Ra6+ Kb7 56.Kd4 Rc2 57.Rh6 Ra2 58.Rh7+ Kb8 59.Kc5 Rg2 60.b6 Rc2+ 61.Kb5 Rb2+ 62.Ka6, Black resigns.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Marshall Masters 2/18/2014

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

Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (FIDE Rapid 2094) - Zachary Tanenbaum (FIDE 1963), Marshall Chess Club 2/18/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Qd6 6.a4 f6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Qe2 O-O-O 9.Nc4 Qd7 10.d3 h5 11.b3 h4 12.Ba3 h3 13.g3 Bxa3 14.Rxa3 Bg4 15.Qe3 Kb8 16.Nfd2 Ne7

17.f3 Be6 18.Rb1 Qd4 19.Qxd4 Rxd4 20.b4 b6 21.a5 b5 22.Ne3 g5 23.Nd1 Rd7 24.Nb3 Bxb3 25.Raxb3 Rhd8 26.Nf2 Rh8 27.Ng4 Rf8 28.Rc3 Rd6 29.Rc5 Re6 30.Ne3 f5 31.exf5 Nxf5 32.Nxf5 Rxf5 33.Rf1 Ref6

34.g4 Rxf3 35.Rxf3 Rxf3 36.Rxe5 Rf4 37.Re4 Rf6 38.Re5 Rf4 39.Re4 Rf6, draw.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pix from USATE 2/17/2014

On Presidents Day, these pictures were taken by me at the USATE 2014.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pix from USATE 2/16/2014

Last Sunday, I took these pictures at the USATE 2014.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

U.S. Chess Scoop on USATE 2014

Take a look at the U.S. Chess Scoop on the USATE 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

From Internet Chess Club with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] sends a blitz game, from the Internet Chess Club, in which he defeats a grandmaster with the PCG.

Philidor Counter Gambit

Evgeni Vasiukov  - Lev Zilbermintz, Internet Chess Club 2/15/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nc3 e3

8.Qxd5 Qf6 9.Qxc5 Qxf2+ 10.Kd1 e2+ 11.Bxe2 Qxc5 12.Nf7 Bxe6 13.Nxh8 Nc6 14.Bd2 O-O-O 15.Kc1 Nf6, White resigns.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

USATE 2014, Day 3

On Monday, I finished with a score of 4-1-1 at the USATE 2014 in Parsippany.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Closed Variation

Gregory Kaden (USCF 2129) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Parsippany NJ 2/17/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.h3 b4 9.Nd1 e5 10.f4 Nge7 11.Nf3 O-O 12.O-O f5

13.c3 bxc3 14.bxc3 Qa5 15.a4 Ba6 16.Ng5 Nd8 17.Nf2 h6 18.Qa2+ c4 19.Nf3 Ndc6 20.Rac1 Kh7 21.dxc4 Qc7 22.Rfd1 fxe4 23.Nxe4 Nf5 24.Bf2 exf4 25.g4 Ne3 26.Bxe3 fxe3 27.Nxd6 Ne5 28.Nxe5 Bxe5 29.Nb5 Qe7

30.Nd4 Rf2 31.Nc6 Qb7 32.Rb1 Rxa2 33.Rxb7+ Bxb7 34.Rd7+ Kh8 35.Nxb8 Rxg2+ 36.Kf1 e2+, White resigns.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

USATE 2014, Day 2

This game took place on Sunday at the USATE 2014.

Round Three: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Joshua Colas (FIDE 2245) - Jim West (FIDE 2047), Parsippany NJ 2/16/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 c6 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 a5 11.Rb1 Qc7 12.Re1 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5

14.Qd2 a4 15.b4 Ne6 16.Nc2 Nd7 17.f4 Nb6 18.Qd3 Nf8 19.Kh1 f5 20.Nd4 fxe4 21.Nxe4 Bd7 22.c5 dxc5 23.bxc5 Nd5 24.Nd6 Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 Qa5 26.Bxd5+ cxd5 27.Re7 Bf6 28.Nb3 axb3 29.Bxf6 Ne6

30.Rxd7 Qe1+ 31.Kg2 Rxa2+ 32.Kh3 Qh1 33.Rg7+ Nxg7 34.Kg4 Ne6 35.Qe3 h5+, White resigns.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

USATE 2014, Day 1

Pictured from the USATE 2014 is the team Ferrero Forever with Irina Krush, Jim West, Steve Hrop, and Michael O'Connor.

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Daniel Hayon (USCF 1768), Parsippany NJ 2/15/2014

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 e6 7.Bf4 Bd6 8.Qd2 Bxf4 9.Qxf4 Qxf4 10.Nxf4 Nf6 11.O-O O-O 12.Nd2 Rb8

13.a4 b6 14.Rfe1 a6 15.f3 b5 16.axb5 axb5 17.b4 Nd7 18.Nb3 h6 19.h4 Nf6 20.g4 Ne8 21.Ra2 Nd6 22.Rea1 Bb7 23.Nc5 Rfd8 24.Kf2 Nc4 25.g5 hxg5 26.hxg5 e5 27.dxe5 N6xe5 28.Be2 Bc6 29.Nb3 Be8 30.Nd4 Nc6

31.Nxc6 Bxc6 32.Rd1 Rd7 33.Bxc4 bxc4 34.Ne2 R7d8 35.Nd4 Bb7 36.Re1 Re8 37.Rxe8+ Rxe8 38.Ra7 Re7 39.Nc6 Rd7 40.Na5 Bc8 41.Ra8 Rc7 42.Ke3 Kf8 43.b5 Ke7 44.b6 d4+ 45.Kxd4 Rd7+ 46.Kxc4 Bb7 47.Nxb7 Rxb7 48.Ra7, Black resigns.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Garry Kasparov at USATE 2014

Yesterday Garry Kasparov made an appearance at the U.S. Amateur Team East tournament in Parsippany.  

Garry praised world champion Magnus Carlsen for having Karpov's precision and Fischer's determination.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pix from USATE 2/15/2014

On Saturday, I photographed these players of music and chess in the U.S. Amateur Team East tournament at the Hilton Parsippany.