Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Unrated Scholastic in Jersey City

Tomorrow afternoon, on behalf of 101 Discoveries, I will be assisting TD international master Farai Mandizha during an unrated scholastic tournament at the Museum of Russian Art.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FIDE Mondays 12/11/2017

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense

John Brendel (USCF 1913) - Jim West (USCF 2211), Marshall Chess Club 12/11/2017

1.g3 c5 2.Bg2 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.c3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Be3 e5 7.Qd2 Rb8 8.Na3 b5 9.Nc2 b4 10.c4 a5 11.Ne2 Bg4 12.h3 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 Nd4 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Bd2 Nf6


16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.Qf3 Qxf3 19.Bxf3 h5 20.Bd1 h4 21.g4 Bh6 22.Ba4+ Ke7 23.Ke2 Bf4 24.b3 f6, draw.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Westfield Club Championship 12/10/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-0-0 plus two half point byes in the club championship at Westfield.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Alan Hu (USCF 1792) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Westfield NJ 12/10/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Ng5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.Bb3 Bxf5 8.c3 h6 9.Nh3 Bd6 10.Nf4 c6 11.Nh5 O-O 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Be3 Nd7


14.Qd2 Qg6 15.g3 Bg4 16.Bd1 Nf6 17.Bxg4 Nxg4 18.Na3 Nxe3 19.Qxe3 Rf3 20.Qd2 Bxa3 21.bxa3 Raf8 22.O-O b5 23.Rae1 Rd3 24.Qb2 Rff3 25.Re3 h5 26.Rxd3 Rxd3 27.Re1 h4 28.Qc2 hxg3 29.hxg3 Qg4


30.Qc1 e3 31.fxe3 Qxg3+ 32.Kf1 Qh2 33.Rd1 Rxd1+ 34.Qxd1 Qh1+ 35.Ke2 Qxd1+ 36.Kxd1 Kf7 37.Ke2 Kf6 38.Kf2 Kf5 39.Kf3 g5 40.Kg3 Ke4 41.Kg4 Kxe3 42.Kxg5 Kd3 43.Kf5 Kxc3 44.Ke5 a6, White resigns.



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Round Four: Grob Reversed

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2081), Westfield NJ 12/10/2017

1.Nf3 g5 2.Nxg5 e5 3.d3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.e4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d5 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.exd5 Bxd5 10.Nxd5 Qxd5 11.c3 O-O-O 12.Qb3 Qd7 13.O-O-O Rhg8 14.g3 Nd4 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Bg2 c6


17.c4 Kb8 18.Rhe1 h5 19.Be4 Qd6 20.h4 Rde8 21.Kb1 Re5 22.Rc1 Qc5 23.a3 a5 24.Qc2 Ka7 25.Qd2 Qd6 26.Bf3 Rf5 27.Be4 Re5 28.Bh7 Rge8 29.c5 Qc7 30.Rxe5 Rxe5 31.Be4 Be7 32.Qf4 f6 33.Bg6 Qd7 34.Qd2 Qc7 35.b4 Kb8


36.Be4 Bf8 37.f4 Re7 38.Qf2 f5 39.Bxf5 Re3 40.Be4 Qg7 41.Rc4 Be7 42.bxa5 Qg4 43.Qb2 Rxg3 44.a6 Rg1+ 45.Ka2 Qd7 46.Rxd4 Qc7 47.Qxb7+ Qxb7 48.axb7 Bf6 49.Rd6 Ra1+ 50.Kb3 Bxh4 51.Rxc6 Rb1+ 52.Ka4 Rxb7


53.Rb6 Rxb6 54.cxb6 Bf2 55.Kb5 h4 56.a4 h3 57.a5 h2 58.a6 h1=Q 59.a7+ Kc8 60.a8=Q+ Kd7 61.Bxh1 Bd4 62.Qd5+ Kc8 63.Qxd4, Black resigns.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pix from FIDE Mondays 12/4/2017

During Monday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I photographed the players.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pix from Sunday Morning Action 12/3/2017

These pictures were taken by during Sunday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.






Friday, December 8, 2017

Michael Layevskiy 1982-2017

Candidate master Michael Layevskiy [pictured] was my co-worker at Premier Chess.

Bryan Quick, executive director of the Marshall Chess Club, writes in an e-mail dated yesterday:

"Earlier this week we were deeply saddened to learn that Michael Layevskiy has passed away. 

"Michael was a member of the club continuously since 2009.  For many years, he played frequently in tournaments.  He was a fierce competitor, gracious in both victory and defeat, and always happy to analyze a game or position.  One day a few years back, I recall watching him play checkers (using the pawns from two chess sets) in the back room of the club.  It turns out Michael was a checkers Master, in addition to being a life-long lover of chess!  

"A wake will be held tomorrow (Friday, December 8th) from 10:30-11:30am at the Lisovetsky Memorial Home, located at 1283 Convey Island Ave in Brooklyn.  The burial will follow at the Ocean View Cemetery in Staten Island.  All are welcome to attend."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

AlphaZero Beats Stockfish by Score of 28-0-72

While defeating Stockfish in a 100 game match, AlphaZero did not lose even once.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Denker Champion Praveen Balakrishnan

[photo by Jim Doyle]

International master Praveen Balakrishnan [pictured] of New Jersey is the reigning Denker Champion.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FIDE Mondays 12/4/2017

On Monday, I finished with a score of 3-2-1 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Six: Bird's Opening

John Brendel (USCF 1920) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 12/4/2017

1.f4 g6 2.b3 Bg7 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb2 O-O 6.d4 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.exd4 Bg4 9.Qd2 Bxf3 10.gxf3 e6 11.O-O-O Nc6 12.Kb1 Qa5


13.Ne2 Qxd2 14.Rxd2 Rfc8 15.c3 Nh5 16.Rc2 Ne7 17.Bc1 Rc7 18.Ng3 Nxg3 19.hxg3 Nf5 20.g4 Ng3 21.Rg1 Nxf1 22.Rxf1 Rac8 23.Be3 Rxc3 24.Rxc3 Rxc3 25.Re1 b5 26.f5 exf5 27.Bd2 Rc8 28.gxf5 Bxd4 29.fxg6 hxg6 30.Re7 Bb6


31.b4 Kg7 32.Re5 Kf6 33.f4 Bc7 34.Rxd5 Rd8 35.Bc3+ Ke6 36.Rxb5 Bxf4 37.Ra5 Rd7 38.Ra6+ Kf5 39.b5 g5 40.Rf6+ Ke4 41.Kc2 Rc7 42.Kb3 Rxc3+, White resigns.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Marshall Sunday Morning Action 12/3/2017

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Stephen Ye (USCF 1616), Marshall Chess Club 12/3/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 O-O 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.O-O Nc5 11.Qf3 b5


12.Nc6 Qc7 13.Nxe7+ Qxe7 14.e5 Bb7 15.exf6 Qxf6 16.Qe2 b4 17.Na4 Rac8 18.Rad1 Ne4 19.Bd4 Qg6 20.c3 bxc3 21.Nxc3 f5 22.Bc2 e5 23.fxe5 dxe5 24.Bxe4 Bxe4 25.Nxe4 exd4 26.Nf2 Rcd8 27.Nd3 Rfe8


28.Qf3 Rf8 29.Rfe1 Qh6 30.Nf4 Rf6 31.g3 g5 32.Qb3+ Kh8 33.Ne6 Rg8 34.Rxd4 f4 35.Rd8 Rxd8 36.Nxd8 Qf8 37.Qd5 fxg3 38.hxg3 Rf3 39.Qe5+ Kg8 40.Qxg5+ Kh8 41.Qe5+ Kg8 42.Ne6, Black forfeits.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thursday Chess Classes at MORA

From 5pm to 7pm, on Thursday December 7th, I will be the substitute teacher for two chess classes at the Museum of Russian Art, on behalf of 101 Discoveries.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pix from Sunday Game/45 11/26/2017

On Sunday, I photographed the players during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.








Friday, December 1, 2017

Pix from Nathan Jackson Memorial

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.








Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tom Delgado's New York City Chess Tour

Comedian Tom Delgado takes us on a chess tour of Union Square, Washington Square Park, and Thompson Street.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fischer vs. Short, Internet Chess Club 2000?

Was it really Bobby Fischer who defeated Nigel Short by a score of 8-0-0?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Marshall Sunday Game/45 11/26/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a record of 3-1-0 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Pirc Defense

Nazzareno Bertini (USCF 1601) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/26/2017

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.c3 c6 6.h3 Nbd7 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.Be3 e5 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.O-O Re8 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Rc1 Nh5 13.Ng5 Re7 14.Bc4 Nhf6 15.Qe1 h6 16.Ngf3 Nh5


17.Qh4 Bf6 18.Qf2 exd4 19.Bxd4 Bxd4 20.cxd4 Qg3 21.Nh4 Qxf2+ 22.Rxf2 Kg7 23.Rf3 Nb6 24.Bb3 Be6 25.Re1 Bxb3 26.Nxb3 Rae8 27.e5 Kg8 28.g4 Ng7 29.Rfe3 Nd5 30.Re4 Ne6


31.Ng2 Ng5 32.Kf2 Nxe4 33.Rxe4 Nc7 34.a4 Ne6 35.h4 Kg7 36.Kf3 b6 37.Ne3 Rd8 38.Nc2 Red7 39.Ke3 c5 40.dxc5 Rd3+, White resigns.



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Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Taimanov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Jose De Villa (USCF 1983), Marshall Chess Club 11/26/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.N1c3 a6 11.Na3 Be6 12.Nc4 b5 13.Ne3 O-O 14.Bd3 Kh8 15.O-O Rg8 16.Kh1 Qf8


17.Ncd5 Bd8 18.c3 Qg7 19.Rg1 Qg5 20.Qf3 Rg6 21.Rad1 Rh6 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.Qxf5 Ne7 24.Qxg5 fxg5 25.Nxe7 Bxe7 26.f3 Rg8 27.Rgf1 Bd8 28.Bc2 Bb6 29.Bb3 Kg7 30.h3 Be3 31.Rd3 Bf4 32.Rfd1 Rd8 33.Kg1 Bg3 34.Kf1 Rf6


35.c4 bxc4 36.Bxc4 h5 37.Kg1 Bf4 38.Ra3 g4 39.fxg4 hxg4 40.hxg4 a5 41.Rh3 Rb8 42.b3 Rg6 43.a4 Rb6 44.Rd5 Rxg4 45.Rxa5 Rb7 46.Ra8 Bg5 47.Rah8 Rxe4 48.Bd5 Reb4 49.Bxb7 Rxb7


50.Rc8 e4 51.Re8 Rb4 52.a5 e3 53.Rhxe3 Bxe3 54.Rxe3 Rb5 55.Rd3 Rxa5 56.Rxd6 Rb5 57.Rd3 Kf6 58.Kf2 Ke5 59.Ke3 f5 60.g3 Rb4 61.Kd2 Ke4 62.Rc3 Rd4+ 63.Kc2 Rd7 64.b4 Rd4 65.Kb3 Rd1 66.Kc4 Rd8


67.Kb5 Rb8+ 68.Ka4 Ra8+ 69.Kb3 Rb8 70.Rc4+ Kd5 71.g4 fxg4 72.Rxg4 Rc8 73.Rg5+ Kd4 74.b5 Rc1 75.Kb4 Ra1 76.Rg8 Rb1+ 77.Ka5 Ra1+ 78.Kb6 Rb1 79.Rc8 Kd5 80.Rc2 Kd6, Black forfeits.