Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pix from July Under 2300 7/23/2017

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






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pix from July Under 2300 7/22/2017

These pictures were taken by me on Saturday during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.





Monday, July 24, 2017

Marshall July Under 2300 7/23/2017

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

George Berg (USCF 2097) - Jim West (USCF 2209), Marshall Chess Club 7/23/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Be6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.a5 Rc8 12.Re1 Nc5 13.Nd2 b5 14.axb6 Qxb6 15.h3 Rfd8 16.Qe2 d5


17.exd5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Bxd5 Rxd5 20.Nc4 Qe6 21.Nxe5 Qxh3 22.Qf3 Qe6 23.Nd3 Rxd3 24.Rxe6 Rxf3 25.Rxe7 Rf6 26.Be3 Kf8 27.Ra7 Rfc6 28.b4 Ne6 29.R1xa6 Rxa6 30.Rxa6 Rxc2 31.Ra8+ Ke7


32.b5 Rb2 33.b6 f5 34.Ra7+ Kd6 35.Rf7 g6 36.Rxh7 g5 37.b7 Nd8 38.Bxg5 Nxb7 39.Kg2 Na5 40.Bf4+ Ke6 41.Rc7 Rb7 42.Rc5 Nb3 43.Rc6+ Ke7 44.Be5 Rb5 45.f4 Nd2 46.g4 fxg4 47.Kg3 Nb3 48.Kxg4 Rd5


49.Rc2 Nc5 50.Re2 Kf7 51.f5 Nd7 52.Bb2 Nf6+ 53.Kg5 Nh7+ 54.Kf4 Nf6 55.Re6 Nd7 56.Rh6 Rd1 57.Kg5, draw.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Marshall July Under 2300 7/22/2017

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

Round Two: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2209) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1929), Marshall Chess Club 7/22/2017

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 g6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Be2 b6 7.O-O Bb7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Na3 a6 10.Qe1 d5 11.h3 Rc8 12.d3 Nd7


13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qc3+ Qf6 15.Qxf6+ Nxf6 16.g4 Rce8 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.fxe5 Nd7 19.d4 f6 20.exf6+ Nxf6 21.Bd3 Nd7 22.Rxf8 Rxf8 23.Rf1 Rxf1+ 24.Bxf1 e5 25.Bg2 e4 26.c3 Kf6 27.Kf2 g5 28.Bf1 Ke7 29.c4 c6 30.b4 Kd6


31.c5+ bxc5 32.bxc5+ Kc7 33.a5 Nb8 34.Nc2 Kd8 35.Nb4 Kc7 36.Ke1 Kd8 37.Kd2 Kc7 38.Kc3 Kd8 39.Be2 Kc7 40.Kb3 Kd8 41.Bf1 Kc7 42.Na2 Nd7 43.Nc3 Nf8 44.Ne2 Bc8 45.Ng3 Kb7 46.Kc3 Be6 47.Nh5 Bf7 48.Ng7 Bg6 49.Kd2 Nd7 50.Ne6 h6


51.Ke1 Nb8 52.Kf2 Kc8 53.Kg3 Bf7 54.Ng7 Bg6 55.h4 Kd7 56.Nf5 gxh4+ 57.Nxh4 Bh7 58.Ng2 Ke6 59.Ne1 Bg6 60.Be2 Be8 61.Nc2 Bd7 62.Nb4 Bc8 63.g5 Kf7 64.gxh6 Kg6 65.Kf4 Kxh6 66.Ke5 Kg5 67.Kd6 Bh3


68.Nxc6 Nd7 69.Kxd5 Nf6+ 70.Kc4 Kh4 71.d5 Kg3 72.Kd4 Kf2 73.Bxa6 Nd7 74.Bc8 Nxc5 75.Bxh3 Nb3+ 76.Kxe4 Nc5+ 77.Kd4 Nb3+ 78.Kc3 Nc5 79.Kc4 Ne4 80.Kd4 Nd6 81.e4, Black resigns.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chess Forum in "West Village Patch"

Shant Shahrigian visits the Chess Forum on Thompson Street.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 7/15/2017

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





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bachmann, Krush in Tie; IM-elect Brodsky

The 10th New York International ended in a tie for first place between grandmasters Axel Bachmann and Irina Krush.

FIDE master David Brodsky fulfilled his final requirement for the international master title.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FIDE Mondays 7/17/2017

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation 

Kadhir Pillai (USCF 2172) - Jim West (USCF 2209), Marshall Chess Club 7/17/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.O-O Nbd7 10.a4 O-O 11.a5 Qc7 12.f3 Rac8 13.Rf2 Rfd8 14.Bf1 d5


15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Rd2 Bxb3 18.cxb3 Bc5 19.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 20.Kh1 Qe7, draw.


Monday, July 17, 2017

"Chess Mates" Games 7/15/2017

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted games from Saturday's club championship.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 7/15/2017

On Saturday, I won these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two:  Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2205) - Anthony Norris (USCF 1948), Marshall Chess Club 7/15/2017

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bg4 3.d3 c5 4.Nd2 Nc6 5.Ngf3 Nf6 6.h3 Bh5 7.g3 d4 8.Bg2 e6 9.O-O Bd6 10.a4 O-O 11.Nc4 Bc7


12.Bc1 Nd5 13.Bd2 f5 14.Ng5 Qf6 15.f4 Rae8 16.Nf3 a6 17.a5 Qg6 18.Kh2 Nc3 19.Bxc3 dxc3 20.Qe1 e5 21.Nh4 Qe6 22.Bf3 exf4 23.Bxh5 fxg3+ 24.Kg2 g6 25.Bf3 Qe7 26.Bd5+ Kg7 27.Qxc3+ Kh6 28.Qd2+ g5


29.Nf3 Qxe2+ 30.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 31.Kg1 Rfe8 32.Bxc6 bxc6 33.Rae1 f4 34.Rxe2 Rxe2 35.Re1 Rxe1+ 36.Nxe1 g4 37.hxg4 Kg5 38.Nf3+ Kxg4 39.Kg2 h5 40.Nce5+ Kf5 41.Nxc6 Ke6 42.c4 Kd6 43.Nce5 Bxa5


44.Ng6 Kd7 45.Nxf4 Bc7 46.Nxh5 Ke6 47.Nxg3 Bf4 48.Kf2 Kd6 49.Ne4+ Kc6 50.Ke2 Bc1 51.Ne5+ Kb6 52.Nd7+ Kc6 53.Ndxc5, Black resigns.



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Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Dylan Challenger (USCF 1760) - Jim West (USCF 2205), Marshall Chess Club 7/15/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be2 Bb4 9.O-O O-O 10.Bg5 c6


11.a3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nbd7 13.Nxd7 Bxd7 14.c4 Be6 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.Rc1 Qa5 17.c4 dxc4 18.Bxc4 Bxc4 19.Rxc4 Qxg5 20.Qb3 Qd5 21.Qc3 b6 22.Rc1 Rad8 23.Qg3 Nh5 24.Qg4 Qf5 25.Qe2 Nf4 26.Qa2 Kh8


27.Rf1 Qg4 28.f3 exf3 29.Rxf3 Nh3+ 30.Kf1 Rxf3+ 31.gxf3 Qxf3+ 32.Ke1 Re8+ 33.Kd2 Qe2+ 34.Kc3 Qxa2 35.d5 Qxa3+ 36.Kd2 Qa2+ 37.Kd3 Nf2+ 38.Kd4 Re4+ 39.Kc3 Qxc4+ 40.Kb2 Re2+ 41.Kb1 Qc2+ 42.Ka1 Qa2#.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Controls Chess Board

Floyd Mayweather Jr. boasts that he controls the chess board in his his upcoming fight against Conor McGregor.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daniel Cruz 7th in Under 1400 Section

 [photo by Montclair Cooperative School]

At this year's World Open, Daniel Cruz [pictured] of the Montclair Cooperative School finished 7th in the under 1400 section.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pix from July FIDE Weekend 7/8/2017

On Saturday, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.





Monday, July 10, 2017

Westfield Swiss 7/9/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-1-0 plus a half point bye in the tournament at Westfield.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Fianchetto

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Michael Berrios (USCF 1867), Westfield NJ 7/9/2017

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 Qxd1 17.Rfxd1 Bxc2 18.Bxc2 Nxc2 19.Rac1 Bxc3 20.Rxc2 Bf6


21.b3 Rfc8 22.Rxc8+ Rxc8 23.Kf1 Rc2 24.Bd4 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Rxa2 26.Rd8+ Kg7 27.Rb8 Rb2 28.Rxb5 Kf6 29.h4 Ke6 30.Kg1 f5 31.f4 Kf6 32.Kh2 h6 33.Rb6+ e6 34.Rb7 g5 35.fxg5+ hxg5 36.h5 g4


37.h6 Rc2 38.h7 Rc8 39.Kg3 e5 40.b4 Kg5 41.Rg7+ Kh6 42.Rc7 Re8 43.b5 e4 44.Kf4 Kg6 45.b6 e3 46.Re7 Rxe7 47.h8=Q e2 48.Qg8+ Kf6 49.Qg5+ Kf7 50.Qxf5+ Ke8 51.Qb5+ Kf8 52.b7 Rxb7 53.Qxe2, Black resigns.



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Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Jed Sloan (USCF 1691) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Westfield NJ 7/9/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qd4 c5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.Qd1 Nge7 10.O-O O-O


11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qe2 Bxc3 13.bxc3 h6 14.Nh3 Bxh3 15.gxh3 Rf3 16.Be3 Ng6 17.Bxc5 Nf4, White resigns.