Thursday, September 21, 2017

"ESPN" Article on Hou Yifan

In an ESPN article, Alex W. Palmer profiles GM Hou Yifan.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FIDE Mondays 9/18/2017

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Wing Gambit Deferred

John Brendel (USCF 1883) - Jim West (USCF 2215), Marshall Chess Club 9/18/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.b4 Nf6 4.bxc5 Nxe4 5.cxd6 Nxd6 6.c4 e6 7.d4 Be7 8.Bd3 Nf5 9.Be3 Nxe3 10.fxe3 O-O 11.O-O Nd7 12.Nbd2 b6 13.Qc2 h6

14.Be4 Rb8 15.Qa4 Qc7 16.Qc6 Qxc6 17.Bxc6 Rd8 18.a4 Bb7 19.Bxd7 Rxd7 20.Ne5 Rc7 21.Rxf7 Rbc8 22.a5 Bg5 23.Rxc7 Bxe3+ 24.Kf1 Rxc7 25.axb6 axb6 26.Ndf3 Bxf3 27.Nxf3 Rxc4 28.Ra8+ Kh7

29.Rd8 Rc2 30.Rd6 Rf2+ 31.Ke1 Rxg2 32.Rxe6 Bxd4 33.Nxd4 Rxh2 34.Rxb6 Rg2 35.Kf1 Rg4 36.Ne6 Re4 37.Kg2 Re5 38.Nxg7 Kxg7 39.Kg3 Ra5 40.Kg4 Ra4+ 41.Kh5 Ra5+ 42.Kg4 Rg5+ 43.Kh4 Ra5 44.Kg4, draw.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Marshall September Under 2300 9/17/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 3-0-1 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Luidmila Mokriak (USCF 2127) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/17/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.g4 a5 11.Nd3 b6 12.a3 Nc5 13.Rb1 f5

14.Nxc5 bxc5 15.b4 axb4 16.axb4 cxb4 17.Rxb4 Bd7 18.c5 dxc5 19.Rc4 Nc8 20.Rxc5 Nd6 21.f3 fxg4 22.fxg4 Rxf1+ 23.Qxf1 Ra1 24.Nb5 Nxb5 25.Bxb5 Bf8 26.Rc2 Bxb5 27.Qxb5 Qg5

28.Qc6 Qxg4+ 29.Kf2 Qh4+ 30.Kf3 Qh3+ 31.Ke2 Qg2+ 32.Kd3 Qf3+ 33.Be3 Ra3+ 34.Rc3 Rxc3+ 35.Qxc3 Bh6, White resigns.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marshall September Under 2300 9/16/2017

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

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Liam Putnam (USCF 1929) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/16/2017

1.Nf3 c5 2.e3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.exd4 Bg7 5.Bd3 d5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Nf6 8.Bf4 O-O 9.Nbd2 Bf5

10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd7 13.Nf3 e6 14.Re1 Re8 15.Re3 Nf8 16.h4 Ng6 17.g3 Rc8 18.h5 Nxf4 19.gxf4 Bh6 20.Ng5 Bxg5 21.Rg3 Kh8 22.fxg5 Rg8 23.Qd2 Rc4

24.g6 fxg6 25.hxg6 Qh4 26.Kg2 Rxg6 27.Rxg6 hxg6 28.Rh1 Rg4+, White resigns.

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Round Three: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Iris Mou (USCF 1725), Marshall Chess Club 9/16/2017

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 Ng6 10.hxg4 hxg4 11.Bg5 Qe6 12.Nh2 g3 13.fxg3 b5 14.Qg4 Qxg4 15.Nxg4 bxc4

16.dxc4 f6 17.Be3 a5 18.a4 Rb8 19.b3 Bb4 20.Rad1 Ke7 21.Nf2 Rhd8 22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Nxd1 Nf8 25.c3 Ba3 26.b4 Nd7 27.bxa5 Nc5 28.Bxc5 Bxc5+ 29.Kf1 Kd8 30.Nb2 Kc8 31.Nd3 Be7

32.Nb4 Kb7 33.a6+ Kc8 34.Nxc6 Bc5 35.Ke2 g6 36.Kf3 Bd6 37.Kg4 Bc5 38.Kh4 Bf8 39.g4 Bd6 40.g5 f5 41.exf5 gxf5 42.g6 Bf8 43.Nxe5, Black resigns.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Fall 2017 Teaching Schedule

This fall, on behalf of 101 Discoveries, I will be teaching these after school enrichment classes on chess:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fischer - Karpov 1975 & "Thrilla in Manila"

In 1975, boxing's "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took the place of the Fischer - Karpov chess match that never happened.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pix from Sunday Game/45 9/10/2017

These photos were snapped by me during Sunday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 9/9/2017

During Saturday's tournament, I took these pictures at the Marshall Chess Club.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Marshall Sunday Game/45 9/10/2017

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

Round Three: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1901), Marshall Chess Club 9/10/2017

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 a6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Be2 h6 7.O-O e6 8.a4 Be7 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.fxe5 Nh7 11.d4 Bg5 12.Qd2 Qd7 13.Bd3 Nf8 14.Bxf5 exf5 15.Qd3 g6 16.Nd2 Ne6

17.Nf3 Be7 18.Ba3 Ng5 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Nxg5 hxg5 21.c4 c6 22.cxd5 cxd5 23.Rac1 O-O 24.Rc5 Rad8 25.Rfc1 Rd7 26.Qc3 g4 27.g3 Qg5 28.Qd2 Kg7 29.Rc8 Qe7 30.Rxf8 Qxf8 31.a5 Qa3 32.b4 Qa4

33.Rc5 Qa1+ 34.Qc1 Qa2 35.Qc2 Qa1+ 36.Qc1, draw.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 9/9/2017

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-0-1 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Edison Huang (USCF 1641), Marshall Chess Club 9/9/2017

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 dxe4 6.dxe4 Bc5 7.Ngf3 Qb6 8.O-O Ng4 9.Qe2 Nxf2 10.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 11.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 12.Kxf2 O-O 13.Kg1 Rd8

14.b3 Na6 15.Ba3 c5 16.c4 e5 17.Nf1 f6 18.Ne3 Be6 19.Nd5 b6 20.h4 Rd7 21.Kh2 Nc7 22.Bh3 Re8 23.Nxc7 Rxc7 24.Bxe6 Rxe6 25.Rd1 Ree7 26.Rd5 Red7 27.g4 Rxd5 28.cxd5 Kf7 29.Nd2 b5 30.Kg2 Ke7 31.Kf2 Kd6 32.Ke3 g6 33.Kd3 f5

34.gxf5 gxf5 35.exf5 Kxd5 36.f6 Rf7 37.Ne4 c4+ 38.bxc4 bxc4+ 39.Ke3 h6 40.Be7 Ke6 41.Nd6 Rh7 42.Nxc4 Rh8 43.Nxe5 Rc8 44.Nd3 Rc4 45.h5 Rh4 46.Nf4+ Kf7 47.a3 a6 48.Ke4 Rh1 49.Kf5 Rh4 50.Bf8 Rh2 51.Bxh6 Rh1

52.Bg7 Rh2 53.h6 Rh1 54.Nd3 Rh5+ 55.Ke4 Ke6 56.Nf4+ Kf7 57.Nxh5 a5 58.h7, Black resigns.

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Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Grand Prix Attack

David Liu (USCF 1874) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/9/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.O-O a6 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.d3 Nc6 9.Kh1 e6 10.Bd2 Nge7 11.Qe1 Nd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Ne2 Rc8 14.c3 Nc6 15.f5 Be5 16.fxe6 Qxe6 17.Nf4 Bxf4 18.Rxf4 O-O

19.cxd4 Nxd4 20.Bc3 Rxc3 21.bxc3 Nc2 22.Qf1 Nxa1 23.Qxa1 b5 24.d4 Qc4 25.Rf6 Rc8 26.Rxd6 Qxc3 27.Qxc3 Rxc3 28.h3 Ra3 29.Rd8+ Kg7 30.e5 Rxa2 31.d5 Re2 32.Re8 Rd2 33.d6 b4 34.Rb8 Rd5 35.Rxb4 Rxe5

36.Ra4 a5 37.Rd4 Re8 38.Rd5 Rd8 39.Rxa5 Rxd6 40.Ra7 h5 41.Kh2 h4 42.Kg1 Rd2 43.Kf1 g5 44.Ra6 f6 45.Rb6 Kg6 46.Ra6 Kf5 47.Rb6 Ke5 48.Rb5+ Rd5 49.Rb4 Rd4 50.Rb8 Kf4 51.Rb3 f5 52.Kf2 g4 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Kg1 g3 55.Rb1 Ke3

56.Re1+ Kd2 57.Ra1 Ke2 58.Ra2+ Rd2 59.Rxd2+ Kxd2 60.Kh1 Ke2 61.Kg1 Ke3 62.Kh1 Kf4 63.Kg1 Ke3 64.Kh1 h3 65.Kg1 hxg2 66.Kxg2 Kf4 67.Kg1 Kf3 68.Kf1 g2+ 69.Kg1 Kg3, stalemate.

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Round Three: King's Indian Defense, Saemisch Variation

Liam Putnam (USCF 1920) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/9/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 b6 7.Qd2 c5 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.g3 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Bg2 Bh3 12.O-O Bxg2 13.Kxg2 a6

14.Bxd4 cxd4 15.Nd1 b5 16.Rc1 Rc8 17.b3 bxc4 18.Rxc4 Rxc4 19.bxc4 Qc7 20.Nb2 Rb8 21.Nc1 Bh6 22.Qc2 Bxc1 23.Rxc1 Nd7 24.Nd3 Nc5 25.Nxc5 Qxc5 26.Qd3 Rb2+ 27.Kh1 Rxa2 28.Qb3 Ra3 29.Qb8+ Kg7

30.Kg2 Ra2+ 31.Kh1 Qa3 32.Rf1 Qd3 33.Qb1 Qe2, White resigns.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pix from New Jersey Open, Day 3

On Labor Day, I photographed the players at the New Jersey Open.