Sunday, February 15, 2015

USATE 2015, Day 1

Pictured are the members of Ferrero Forever, honoring former team captain Steve Ferrero, in reverse board order: Michael O'Connor, Steve Hrop, NM Jim West, and IM Dean Ippolito.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Matheu Jefferson (USCF 2129) - Jim West (USCF 2208), Parsippany NJ 2/14/2015

1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 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.Be2 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.e5 Bb7 13.exf6 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 Bxf6 15.Bc6+ Kf8 16.Bxa8 Bxd4 17.Rxd4 Qa7 18.Rhd1 Qxa8

19.Rxd6 Ke7 20.Rd7+ Kf6 21.R1d6 Qxg2 22.Nd5+ Qxd5 23.Rxd5 exd5 24.Rxd5 Re8 25.Rd6+ Re6 26.Rd7 Re7 27.Rxe7 Kxe7 28.Kd2 Ke6 29.Ke3 Kd5 30.Kd3 f6 31.Ke3 g5 32.Kf3 h5 33.fxg5 fxg5 34.Ke3 Ke5

35.c3 a5 36.b3 a4 37.c4 bxc4 38.bxa4 g4 39.a5 Kd5 40.a6 Kc6 41.a7 Kb7 42.Ke2 Kxa7, White resigns.

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Round Two: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2208) - Max Schwartz (USCF 2132), Parsippany NJ 2/14/2015

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 dxe4 6.dxe4 e5 7.Ngf3 Bc5 8.O-O O-O 9.c3 a5 10.a4 Qe7 11.Qc2 b6 12.h3 Rd8

13.Nb3 Ba6 14,Rd1 Rxd1+ 15.Qxd1 Nxe4 16.Nxc5 Nxc5 17.Qd5 Bb7 18.Qc4 e4 19.Bg5 Qe6 20.Nd2 Ne5 21.Qxe6 Nxe6 22.Nxe4 Nxg5 23.Nxg5 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 h6 26.Nf3 Nxf3 27.Kxf3, draw.