Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chess Simul by Freeholder in Bridgewater

On Wednesday, June 28th, Somerset County freeholder Brian Levine will give a chess simul at the library in Bridgewater.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pix from Marshall June Under 2300

Last weekend, I photographed the players during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Family Chess In Jersey City

Family Chess at School 6 in Jersey City features parent versus child.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Chess" Back on Broadway in 2018?

Chess, in a revised version, may return to Broadway in late 2018.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chess Personality

Like Vishwanathan Anand, I have a "natural" chess personality.

How about you?

Take the quiz and find out!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Marshall June Under 2300 6/18/2017

On Sunday, this game was played in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: French Defense, Tarrasch Variation

Jim West (USCF 2206) - Jason Li (USCF 1924), Marshall Chess Club 6/18/2017

1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 e6 6.Ngf3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Bd3 Be7  9.O-O g5

10.dxc5 g4 11.Nd4 Ncxe5 12.Bb5 a6 13.Bxd7+ Bxd7 14.Qe2 Qc7 15.Re1 f6 16.N2b3 Rg8 17.Kh1 Bf8 18.Bf4 Bg7 19.Bg3 Qd8 20.Rad1 Qe7

21.f4 gxf3 22.gxf3 Kf7 23.f4 Ng6 24.f5 exf5 25.Qh5 Qd8 26.Nxf5 Bxf5 27.Qxf5 Re8 28.Rxe8 Qxe8 29.Qxd5+ Kf8 30.Bd6+ Ne7 31.Re1 Rd8 32.Rxe7, Black resigns.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Marshall June Under 2300 6/17/2017

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Rossolimo Variation

Ashutosh Gajbinkar (USCF 1836) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Marshall Chess Club 6/17/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.Nc3 g6 9.b3 Bg7 10.Bb2 O-O 11.O-O Rfc8 12.Qd2 Qd8 13.Rfd1 Qa5

14.f3 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Ng4 16.e5 Nxe5 17.Nd5 Nxf3+ 18.gxf3 Bxd4+ 19.Rxd4 Re8 20.b4 Qd8 21.Re4 e5 22.f4 a5 23.fxe5 dxe5 24.Rae1 f6 25.Rf1 f5 26.Re2 axb4 27.Bxe5 Qg5+ 28.Kh1 Rxe5 29.Rxe5 Rxa2

30.Re8+ Kf7 31.Re7+ Qxe7 32.Nxe7 Kxe7 33.Rb1 Ra4 34.Kg2 Kd6 35.Kf3 Kc5 36.Ke3 Ra3+ 37.Kd2 Ra2+ 38.Kd3 Rxh2 39.Re1 Rh3+ 40.Kc2 Kxc4 41.Re2 b5 42.Re7 Rh2+ 43.Kb1 f4 44.Kc1 g5

45.Rg7 h6 46.Rf7 Kb3 47.Rf5 Rh1+ 48.Kd2 Kb2 49.Rf6 b3 50.Rb6 f3 51.Rf6 g4 52.Rf5 b4 53.Rf4 g3 54.Rxf3 g2 55.Rg3 g1=Q 56.Rxg1 Rxg1 57.Kd3 h5 58.Ke3 h4 59.Kf2 Rg8 60.Kf3 h3 61.Kf4 h2 62.Ke4 h1=Q+

63.Ke5 Rd8 64.Kf4 Re8 65.Kf5 Qf3+ 66.Kg6 Rg8+ 67.Kh7 Qf7+ 68.Kh6 Qg6#.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Summer 2017 Teaching Schedule

This summer, I am scheduled to teach at two chess camps:

1) Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy (July 10th through July 13th) for AlphaBEST Explorations;
2) Hudson Montessori School (July 24th, July 31st, August 7th) for 101 Discoveries.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pix from FIDE Mondays 6/12/2017

These pictures were taken by me on Monday at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Unrated Tourney in Montclair June 18th

The Montclair Cooperative School is hosting an unrated Swiss tournament on Sunday, June 18th.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FIDE Mondays 6/12/2017

On Monday evening, this game was played at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Rossolimo Variation

Elias Stern-Rodriguez (USCF 2036) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Marshall Chess Club 6/12/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nf6 8.f3 g6 9.Be3 Bg7 10.O-O O-O 11.Nc3 Rfc8 12.b3 Qd8 13.Qd2 Qa5 14.Rfd1 a6

15.a4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Qb4 17.Rab1 e6 18.Kf1 Ne8 19.Ne2 Qxd2 20.Rxd2 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Rab8 22.Nc3 Rc6 23.Rbd1 Rb6 24.Rb1 Rc6 25.Rbd1 Rb6 26.Rb1, draw.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

West Orange CC Champion Jason Lu

Congratulations to 11-year-old Jason Lu [pictured, left], the 2017 West Orange Chess Club champion!

He is the youngest champion by far in the 40 year history of the WOCC championship.  First prize was split between Jason, Peter Radomskyj, and Lev Zilbermintz.  But there can be only one club champion.

After a champion wasn't determined in the first stage of the tiebreak playoff at game/100 with 5 second delay, Jason won the next stage at game/30 with 5 second delay against his two much more highly experienced opponents.

And this came the day after finishing second (tied for first, but finished second on tiebreaks) at the three day U.S. Amateur East tournament, including his sixth and final round game on Monday which he won in 6 hours and 13 minutes!

Once again congrats to 2017 WOCC champion Jason Lu on a phenomenal display of chess!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Westfield Quads 6/11/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-1-1 in the quads at Westfield.

Round Two: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Nico Chasin (USCF 2221) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Westfield NJ 6/11/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2 Bb4 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.a3 Bxd2+ 7.Nxd2 Nc5 8.b4 Ne6 9.Nf3 O-O 10.Bd2 f6 11.exf6 Qxf6 12.e3 a5 13.b5 Ne5 14.Be2 b6 15.O-O Bb7 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Rc1 Nc5 18.f3 d6 19.Qc2 a4

20.Rce1 Nb3 21.Bd3 Nxd2 22.Qxd2 Qc5 23.Qb4 Qxb4 24.axb4 a3 25.Ra1 Rfe8 26.e4 Ra4 27.Rfb1 Rea8 28.Bc2 R4a7 29.Bb3 Kf8 30.Ra2 g5 31.Kf2 Kg7 32.Ke3 h5 33.Kd4 Kf6 34.Rf1 Re8 35.Re2 Kg7 36.Kc3 Bc8 37.Ra2 Be6 38.Rfa1 Rea8

39.c5 Bxb3 40.Kxb3 dxc5 41.bxc5 Ra5 42.cxb6 Rxb5+ 43.Kc4 Rxb6 44.Rxa3 Rxa3 45.Rxa3 Rb2 46.g3 Rxh2 47.Kd5 Rh3 48.Rc3 Rxg3 49.Rxc7+ Kg6 50.Rc6+ Kg7 51.e5 Rxf3 52.e6 Kf6 53.Ke4 Rf1

54.Kd5 Rd1+ 55.Kc5 Rc1+ 56.Kd6 Rxc6+ 57.Kxc6 Kxe6 58.Kc5 h4, White resigns.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2204) - Sameer Mujumdar (USCF 2250), Westfield NJ 6/11/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Qe2 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.b3 Bd7 13.Bb2 Rae8

14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 Bd6 16.Nf3 Ng4 17.h3 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Rf5 19.f4 g5 20.c4 Bxe5 21.fxe5 Bc6 22.g4 Rf4 23.Rf1 Ref8 24.Rxf4 Rxf4 25.Rf1 Rxf1+ 26.Kxf1 d4 27.Bxc6 Qxc6 28.Qg2, draw.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Former Student James Altucher

Approximately 30 years ago, James Altucher [pictured] was my first private chess student.  One night a week, I would get out of work and drive to his house in North Brunswick where we would have a 2-hour lesson.  

James was in his late teens at the time and rated about USCF 1900. Soon he was over USCF 2200, but by then James had stopped taking lessons from me.  

I can't take credit for all of his chess success because James told me that he had previously taken lessons from grandmaster Michael Rohde.  

As you can see from this article, James has come a long way since then!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"GQ" Article on Peter Thiel

[illustration by Giordano Poloni]

Helen Holmes gives a less than flattering description of Peter Thiel.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pix from June FIDE Weekend 6/3/2017

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Michael O'Connor: "Music Not Politics"

Class A player Michael O'Connor, lead singer of Mikell's Plot, wrote this letter which was printed in yesterday's edition of the Amboy Guardian.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Donald Trump: Chess Master in Chief?

In The New York Times Magazine, John Herrman asks the question: "Is Donald Trump the chess master in chief?"

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eric Yuhan Li Finishes 3rd @ "ChessKid"

Formerly of Westfield NJ before moving to California, Eric Yuhan Li [pictured] finished third in the age 9-10 section of the 2017 ChessKid Online National Invitational Championships.