Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday Night Action 4/18/2019

On Thursday, I finished with a score of 2-2-0 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Victor Ying (USCF 2145) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/18/2019

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Qe2 Bg4 8.c3 O-O 9.Nbd2 Qd7 10.Re1 e5 11.a4 a6 12.Nc4 Qc7 13.a5 Nd7 14.Bg5 h6 15.Be3 Be6 16.Nfd2 f5 17.f4 Rae8 18.Rf1 Kh7


19.Qd1 exf4 20.gxf4 Nf6 21.e5 dxe5 22.Bxc5 exf4 23.Bxf8 Bxf8 24.Qf3 g5 25.Rae1 Qf7 26.Ne5 Nxe5 27.Rxe5 Bd6 28.Re2 Bd5 29.Qf2 Ng4 30.Qe1 Rxe2 31.Qxe2 Bxg2 32.Qxg2 Ne3 33.Qf3 Nxf1 34.Kxf1 g4


35.Qf2 Qd5 36.d4 Qxa5 37.Nc4 Qa1+ 38.Ke2 f3+ 39.Kd2 Bf4+ 40.Kc2 b5 41.Na3 Qc1+ 42.Kb3 Qd1+ 43.Kb4 Bd6+ 44.Ka5 Bxa3 45.bxa3 Qa4+ 46.Kb6 Qxa3 47.Qe3 Qd6+ 48.Ka5 Kg6 49.Qe8+ Kg5 50.Qg8+ Kf4 51.d5 f2


52.Qg7 f1=Q 53.Qd4+ Kg5 54.Qg7+ Kh4, White resigns.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pix from Sunday Game/50 4/14/2019

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












Tuesday, April 16, 2019

WOCC Championship Starts Tonight

Dates (5 round Swiss System tournament):

Round 1 - April 16
Round 2 - April 23*
Round 3 - April 30
Round 4 - May 7
Round 5 (final round) - May 14

*All rounds are set to start at 8:00 PM with the exception of Round 2 on April 23rd which will be starting at 8:30 PM as the club won't be opening till 8:00 PM due to a late running event at the Toby Katz Center where the club meets.

Note the tournament runs for five consecutive weeks with no off week for the Garden State Chess League.

Entry Fee: $25.00 (yearly West Orange Chess Club (WOCC) membership also required: $10.00 ages 18-65 and non West Orange resident, $5.00 over 65 or under 18, $5.00 West Orange resident). Those who have already paid club membership dues for 2019 only have to pay the entry fee. Advance entries accepted by emailing Chief Tournament Director (TD) John Hagerty at buickchess@gmail.com or by calling him at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM. On site registration: 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM on Tuesday April 16 (as well as the following Tuesday for late entries). For anyone entering at the start of Round 2 (April 23), in order to be paired for Round 2 entry must be made via email or phone no later than 4:30 PM on Tuesday April 23. One can enter as late as the start of Round 3 (April 30) but Round 3 entry must be made via email or phone no later than 4:30 PM on Tuesday April 30. Official pairings for Rounds 2 through 5 to be made at 4:30 PM on the night of the round. United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership must be paid up through to the last day of the tournament.

Time Control: Game 100 minutes with 5 second delay before every move. If no digital clock is available then the time control is Game 105 minutes. There is no increment time control for this tournament.

Two 1/2 point byes allowed in any round but we must be informed of any bye requests before Round 3 is paired. For any late entrant, one of their available 1/2 point byes must be used for each missed round. Zero point byes will be given out if necessary if one's two 1/2 point byes have already been taken or if it is too late to request a 1/2 point bye. Forfeits may be awarded if necessary but the tournament committee will do its best to make "off site" playing arrangements that would have to be agreeable to both parties.

If one can't make it to the club for a round and would like to receive one of their allotted 1/2 point byes rather than be paired and receive a forfeit loss please either let Chief TD John Hagerty know at the club ahead of time, email him at buickchess@gmail.com or give him a call at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM. He must be informed by 4:30 PM on the night of the round in order not to be paired.

And even if one has already used their two allotted 1/2 point byes or it is too late to request a 1/2 point bye (remember all 1/2 point bye requests must be made before Round 3 is paired, which is by 4:30 PM on Tuesday April 30) please let us know by 4:30 PM on the night of the round if you can't make it so we don't pair you, causing you to lose by forfeit and your opponent to not have a game as well as come to the club for nothing. In this case one will receive a zero point bye without the penalty of being withdrawn from the tournament. We appreciate everyone's cooperation. Thank you.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and various Best Under based on rating distribution. Money values of prizes also based on total number of players. Prizes will be awarded based on USCF guidelines. Tiebreakers will not be used in the awarding of prize money. In the event of two or more players being tied for 1st place after the final round, a playoff (method and dates to be determined at the end of the tournament based on the number of participants in the playoff) will be used to determine the Club Champion.

The Tournament Committee, as allowed by USCF affiliate rules, reserves the right to make changes and modifications to the above specifications for the proper governance of the tournament.

Chief TD - John Hagerty
Assistant TD - Doran Race

Monday, April 15, 2019

Marshall Sunday Game/50 4/14/2019

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

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Noah Beck (USCF 1721) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/14/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Neg5 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bb4+ 8.c3 Qe7+ 9.Qe2 Bd6 10.Be3 Nf6 11.h3 O-O 12.O-O-O Nc6


13.Re1 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Qxe2 15.Bxe2 Bf4+ 16.Be3 Bxe3+ 17.fxe3 h6 18.Nf3 Bf5 19.Nd4 Bd7 20.Bf3 c6 21.e4 dxe4 22.Bxe4 Nxe4 23.Rxe4 Rae8 24.Rhe1 Rxe4 25.Rxe4 Rf1+ 26.Kd2 Rf2+ 27.Re2 Rxe2+ 28.Kxe2 c5 29.Nf3 Bc6


30.Ke3 Bxf3 31.Kxf3 Kf7 32.Kf4 Kf6, draw.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

"Chess Mates" Quad 4/13/2019

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted my game against Timothy Xie [pictured left, playing against NM Mauricio Camejo] from yesterday's quad.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 4/11/2019

Look at these pictures taken by me during Thursday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.









Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday Night Action 4/11/2019

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

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Derin Goktepe (USCF 1691) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/11/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Nfd2 Bxf5 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Be2 d5 8.Nf1 Bb4 9.Bd2 Nc6 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Bxc3 O-O 12.Ng3 Be6 13.O-O Qd7 14.Qd2 Bg4


15.Bxg4 Nxg4 16.h3 Nf6 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Bb4 Nxb4 19.Qxb4 c6 20.c4 dxc4 21.Qxc4+ Qd5 22.Qxd5+ cxd5 23.Rc1 g6 24.Rc7 Rf7 25.Rfc1 Ree7 26.Rxe7 Rxe7 27.Rc3 h5 28.Kf1 Kf7 29.Ke2 h4 30.Nf1 Nh5


31.g3 hxg3 32.fxg3 Ng7 33.Ne3 Ke6 34.g4 Ne8 35.Ng2 g5 36.Ne3 Rc7 37.Rxc7 Nxc7, draw.



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Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Alexander Ashok (USCF 2103), Marshall Chess Club 4/11/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 dxe4 5.dxe4 e6 6.g3 Be7 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.O-O O-O 9.c3 Qc7 10.Qc2 b6 11.Re1 Ba6 12.Bf1 Bxf1 13.Nxf1 Rfd8 14.Bf4 e5 15.Bg5 h6


16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Rad1 Rxd1 18.Rxd1 Rd8 19.Rxd8+ Qxd8 20.Ne3 Ne7 21.Ng4 Ng6 22.Qd2 Qxd2 23.Nxf6+ gxf6 24.Nxd2 Kf8 25.Kf1 Ke7 26.Ke2 Ke6 27.a4 f5 28.exf5+ Kxf5 29.Nc4 Ke6 30.a5 b5 31.Na3 a6


32.Nxb5 Kd7 33.Na3 Kc6 34.b4 cxb4 35.cxb4 Ne7 36.Kd3 Kd5 37.b5 axb5 38.Nxb5 Nc6 39.Nc7+, draw.



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Round Three: Pirc Defense

Nura Baalla (USCF 1852) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/11/2019

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 Nbd7 6.Qd2 b5 7.h4 h5 8.Nh3 Nb6 9.Bd3 Bg7 10.Ng5 b4 11.Ne2 a5 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Nfd5


14.e6 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 Nd5 16.Qc1 f5 17.Nf7 Qb6 18.Nxh8 Bxh8 19.Qh6 Bxb2 20.Qxg6+ Kd8 21.Rd1 Kc7 22.Bxf5 Qe3 23.Rd3 Qc5 24.Be4 Ba6 25.Rd2 Bxe2 26.Rxe2 Bc3+ 27.Kd1 Ne3+ 28.Kc1 Rd8


29.Qg5 Qd4 30.Qxa5+ Kb8 31.Rxe3 Qd2+, White resigns.



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Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Michael Glick (USCF 2214), Marshall Chess Club 4/11/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.Qd2 Rc8 11.h4 Ne5 12.O-O-O Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Nde2 Qa5


17.Bh6 Rfc8 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.Rd3 Be6 21.g5 Nh5 22.Ng3 Qe5 23.Nxh5 gxh5 24.Rxh5 Qg7 25.f4 Qxh6 26.Rxh6 b5 27.f5 b4 28.Rdh3 f6 29.Rxh7 fxg5 30.Rh8+ Kg7 31.R3h7+ Kf6


32.Rh6+ Kg7 33.R8h7+ Kg8 34.Rh8+ Kg7, draw.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Texas Rio Grande Valley Wins Final Four

The team [pictured] from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has won the 2019 final four of college chess.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pix from Garwood Swiss 4/6/2019

During Saturday's tournament in Garwood, I snapped these photos.
 



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

West Orange Chess Club Closed Tonight

The West Orange Chess Club will be closed Tuesday, April 9th, due to a reserved event at the Toby Katz building where the club normally meets.

For any questions regarding this closure, please contact club president John Hagerty, either by e-mail at buickchess@gmail.com or by phone at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 4/4/2019

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