Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 2/14/2019

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday Night Action 2/14/2019

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Sveshnikov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2204) - Bartosz Kocwin (USCF 2292), Marshall Chess Club 2/14/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Na3 b5 11.Nd5 Rb8 12.c3 f5 13.exf5 Bxf5 14.Nc2 Bg7 15.Nce3 Bg6 16.g3 O-O 17.Bg2 f5 18.O-O f4

19.gxf4 exf4 20.Nxf4 Rxf4 21.Bxc6 Kh8 22.Kh1 Qf6 23.Qd2 Rf8 24.Rad1 Rxf2 25.Rxf2 Qxf2 26.Qxf2 Rxf2 27.Rxd6 Bf8 28.Rd8 Kg7 29.Rd7+ Kh8 30.Rd8 Kg7 31.Rd7+ Kh8, draw.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pix from Sunday Game/50 2/10/2019

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

West Orange Kings at USATE 2019

At the USATE 2019, I will be playing on board 2 for the West Orange Kings from the WOCC:

Mark Kernighan 2222
James West 2202
Lev Zilbermintz (captain) 2066
Matthew Boxer 1900
Steve Moctezuma (alternate) 1566.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Marshall Sunday Game/50 2/10/2019

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

Round Four: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

Liam Murphy (USCF 1825) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 2/10/2019

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.O-O Nge7 7.d3 O-O 8.a3 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bd2 b6 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.h4 h5 13.Ng5 Rc8

14.Qb3 Nd4 15.Qd1 Nxc3 16.Bxc3 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Qd7 18.Re1 Rfd8 19.Rb1 a5 20.Kg1 Qc6 21.Qd2 a4 22.Qf4 Qc7 23.Qe4 Qd7 24.Rbc1 Qd5 25.Qf4 e5 26.Qe4 Qxe4 27.Nxe4 f5 28.Nd2 Bh6 29.Kg2 Nc6 30.Rcd1 b5 31.Nf3 Re8

32.Bd2 Bxd2 33.Rxd2 Nd4 34.Nxd4 cxd4 35.Red1 Re7 36.Kf3 Rec7 37.e3 Kf7 38.exd4 exd4 39.Re1 Rc2 40.Ree2 Rxd2 41.Rxd2 Rc1 42.Kf4 Kf6 43.Kf3 g5 44.hxg5+ Kxg5 45.Kg2 f4 46.Kf3 fxg3 47.fxg3 Re1

48.Re2 Rxe2 49.Kxe2 Kg4 50.Kf2 Kg5 51.Kf3 Kf5 52.Kf2 Kg4 53.Kg2 Kf5 54.Kf3 Kg5 55.Kf2, draw.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ed Kopiecki 1955-2019

Candidate master Ed Kopiecki [pictured] has passed away, after four months in a coma from a heart attack in October.

Ed was my teammate in 2012 when we won the Marshall CC Amateur Team Championship.

In true Marshall Chess Club style, his favorite defense against the Ruy Lopez was the Marshall Attack.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 2/7/2019

During Thursday's tournament, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday Night Action 2/7/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Eric Balck (USCF 2087) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 2/7/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.O-O-O Bd7 10.Qe3 Nc6 11.Nde2 Qg5 12.f4 Qa5 13.Kb1 Be7 14.h4 O-O-O 15.Nc1 Kb8

16.Nb3 Qc7 17.Na4 Nb4 18.Nc3 Bf6 19.Nd4 Rc8 20.a3 Nc6 21.Nf3 Rhd8 22.g3 Na5 23.e5 dxe5 24.fxe5 Be7 25.Bd3 Bxa3 26.Ne4 Bc5 27.Qf4 Be8 28.Rc1 Qb6 29.Nxc5 Qxc5 30.Nd2 Nc6 31.Rhe1 Nb4

32.Be4 Qa5 33.Rcd1 Qa2+ 34.Kc1 Qa1+, White resigns.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"Forbes" Article by Magnus Carlsen

According to Magnus Carlsen, chess needs to be modernized.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Marshall CC Legal Advisory Committee

The Board of Governors of the Marshall Chess Club is looking to create a Legal Advisory Committee.

This committee will comprise qualified individuals to guide the club with its legal needs.

The club is looking for lawyers willing to contribute their expertises on a pro bono basis.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Westfield Quads 2/3/2019

On Sunday, I played this game in the quads at Westfield.

Round Two: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Daniel Girsh (USCF 2158) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 2/3/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.a3 Bxd2+ 7.Bxd2 Nxd2 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qc3 O-O 10.O-O-O Re8 11.Rd5 b6 12.g3 Bb7 13.Bg2 Rad8 14.Re1 a5 15.Kb1 Nb8 16.Rd4 Na6 17.Rg4 Nc5

18.Qc2 g6 19.h4 h5 20.Rd4 a4 21.Bh3 d6 22.exd6 Rxd6 23.Rxd6 cxd6 24.Ng5 Qxg5 25.hxg5 Be4 26.Bg2 Bxc2+ 27.Kxc2 Ne6 28.f4 Nd4+ 29.Kd3 Nf5 30.Bc6 Re3+ 31.Kd2 Rxg3 32.Bxa4 Ne3 33.b3 h4

34.Bc6 Nf5 35.e3 h3 36.Be4 h2 37.Bxf5 gxf5 38.Rh1 Rg2+ 39.Kd3 Kf8 40.e4 Rg3+ 41.Kd4 fxe4 42.Rxh2 Rxb3 43.Kxe4 Rxa3 44.Kd5 Ke7 45.f5 Ra5+ 46.Ke4 Re5+ 47.Kf4 Rc5 48.f6+ Kd7 49.Re2 Rxc4+ 50.Kf5 Rc5+ 51.Kf4 Re5

52.Rxe5 dxe5+ 53.Kxe5 b5 54.Kf5 b4 55.g6 fxg6+ 56.Kxg6 b3 57.f7 b2 58.f8=Q b1=Q+ 59.Qf5+ Qxf5+ 60.Kxf5, draw.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Wanted: Montclair Players for Photo Shoot

Photographer Kate Albright ( of Montclair Local is looking for adult chess players from Montclair NJ to appear in a photo shoot, taken as as they play chess against each other, for a Valentines Day story on love and friendship.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Pix from Thursday Night Action 1/31/2019

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