Wednesday, August 12, 2020

15/10 Ruy Lopez 8/11/2020

 Ruy Lopez

JimWest ( 1849) - manueldu30 ( 1806), 8/11/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.O-O Bd7 6.c3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bg5 Nge7 9.Bb3 O-O 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Kh7 12.d5 Nb8 13.Nh2 f5 14.f3 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.c4 b6 17.Nc3 h5

18.Bc2 Bh6 19.b4 Rg8 20.c5 bxc5 21.bxc5 Be8 22.c6 a5 23.Bd3 Na6 24.Bxa6 Rxa6 25.a4 Bf7 26.Rb1 Rb6 27.Bxb6 cxb6 28.Nb5 g4 29.hxg4 hxg4 30.Nxg4 Kg6

31.Nxh6 Rh8 32.Nxf7 Kxf7 33.Kf2 Ng6 34.Rh1 Nh4 35.c7 Qg5 36.Rxh4 Qg3+ 37.Ke2 Qxh4 38.c8=Q, Black resigns.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

From Lichess with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz won this Newark Gambit.

Philidor Counter Gambit

PQVarus (lichess 2341) - Lev Zilbermintz (lichess 2259), lichess 8/8/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 b5

5.Bxb5+ c6 6.Bd3 fxe4 7.Bxe4 d5 8.Nxe5 dxe4 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Qxg6+ Kd7 12.Bf4 Qf6 13.Qxe4 Qe6 14.Be5 Nf6 15.Qe2 Ba6, White resigns.

Monday, August 10, 2020

"Critical Thinking" Trailer


Watch the trailer for Critical Thinking.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

PCG with 5...Nf6

Philidor Counter Gambit

Amina Kairbekova (FIDE 2065) - Arne Moll (FIDE 2217), 6/2/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6
6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 d5 8.Nxe5 dxe4 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Qxh8 Bf5 12.Be3 Nd7 13.O-O Qe7 14.h3 O-O-O 15.Bh6 Qh4
16.g4 Bxh6 17.Qh7 Bxg4 18.hxg4 Qxg4+ 19.Kh1 Qh3+ 20.Kg1 Nf6 21.Qe7 Bf4 22.Rfe1 Bh2+ 23.Kh1 Bg3+ 24.Kg1 Qh2+, White resigns.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

15/10 Ruy Lopez 8/7/2020

Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

JimWest ( 1836) - cedricinigo055 ( 1704), 8/7/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6 6.d4 Bg4 7.dxe5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 fxe5 9.Rd3 Bd6 10.Nbd2 O-O-O 11.Nc4 Bxf3 12.gxf3 h6 13.f4 exf4 14.Nxd6+ Rxd6 15.Rxd6 cxd6 16.Bxf4 Nf6

17.f3 Rd8 18.Rd1 Ne8 19.c4 d5 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Rc1+ Kd7 22.exd5 Rc8 23.Rxc8 Kxc8 24.Be5 Kd7 25.Kf2 Nd6 26.Bxg7 h5 27.b3 Nf7 28.Bf8 Ne5 29.Ke3 b5 30.h3 a5 

31.f4 Ng6 32.Bc5 a4 33.bxa4 bxa4 34.Ke4, Black resigns.

Friday, August 7, 2020

15/10 English 8/6/2020

 English Opening

vum-vrum ( 1760) - JimWest ( 1831), 8/6/2020

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 a5 5.a3 Be7 6.Rb1 O-O 7.b4 axb4 8.axb4 Na6 9.Ba3 Nc5 10.Bc1 Nce4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Qb3 Kh8 13.d3 Nf6 14.Nf3 b6 15.Nd4 Rb8 16.e4 Bb7 17.f3 fxe4 18.dxe4 Qe8 19.O-O Qh5

20.Bb2 g5 21.Ne2 Kg8 22.e5 Ne8 23.Qc3 Qg6 24.Rbd1 Rd8 25.c5 bxc5 26.bxc5 Ba6 27.Rfe1 Bxe2 28.Rxe2 Ng7 29.g4 c6 30.Red2 Rf7 31.Ba3 Bf8 32.Bb4 Rb8 33.Ba5 Rb7 34.Bb6 h5 35.h3 h4 36.Bf1 Ne8 37.Ba6 Rb8 38.Qe3 Qg7 39.Qe4 Ra8 49.Be2 Ra3

50.Rxd7 Rxd7 51.Rxd7 Qxd7 52.Qg6+ Ng7 53.Bc7 Qxc7 54.Bd3 Rxd3, White resigns.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

GM Robert Hess Interview

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Grandmaster Robert Hess [pictured] is interviewed.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

15/10 Falkbeer 8/4/2020

Falkbeer Counter Gambit

wahidhilal ( 1795) - JimWest ( 1830), 8/4/2020

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.d4 Qxd5 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Qxd4 8.Bd2 O-O 9.O-O-O Bg4
10.Nf3 exf3 11.gxf3 Re8 12.Qg2 Bf5 13.Qg5 Bg6 14.Bg2 Qd3 15.Ne4 Qxc4+ 16.Kb1 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Bxe4+ 18.Bxe4 Qxe4+ 19.Ka1 Bxd2 20.Rxd2 Qxh1+, White resigns.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

PCG with 9.Qd2 and 10.Qf4

Philidor Counter Gambit

Cedoda (lichess 2155) - JimWest (lichess 2157), lichess 8/3/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nf7 Qf6 8.Qd2 Bxe6 9.Nxh8 Nh6 10.Qf4 Ng4

11.Qxf6 gxf6 12.Be3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 Bxe3 14.Nc3 c6 15.Be2 Kf8 16.Rf1 Kg7 17.Nd1 Bh6 18.Nf2 Nd7 19.Ng4 Bxg4 20.Bxg4 Ne5 21.Bh5 Rxh8 22.b3 Rf8 23.g3 f5 24.Ke2 d4

25.Rad1 d3+ 26.cxd3 exd3+ 27.Rxd3 Nxd3 28.Kxd3 Rd8+ 29.Kc3 Bd2+ 30.Kc2 Kf6 31.Bg4 f4 32.gxf4 Rd4 33.Bc8 Bxf4 34.Bxb7 Ke5 35.Rf2 Kd6 36.Kc3 Re4 37.Ba6 Be5+ 38.Kc2 Rh4 39.Rd2+ Kc7 40.Re2 Rxh2 41.Rxh2 Bxh2

42.Kd3 Kd6 43.Ke4 Kc5 44.a3 Kb6 45.Be2 Bd6 46.b4 a5 47.bxa5+ Kxa5 48.Bd3 Bxa3 49.Kd4 h5 50.Kc4 h4 51.Bf5 Bd6 52.Bd7 Kb6 53.Bh3 Bg3 54.Bd7 c5 55.Bh3 Kc6 56.Bg2+ Kd6 57.Bh3 Bf2 58.Kd3 Ke5

59.Ke2 Bd4 60.Kf3 c4 61.Bf1 c3 62.Bd3 Kd5 63.Kg4 Bf6 64.Kh3 Kd4 65.Bh7 Ke3 66.Kg2 Kd2 67.Kh3 c2 68.Bxc2 Kxc2 69.Kg2 Kd2 70.Kh1 Ke2 71.Kg2 Bg5 72.Kg1 Kf3 73.Kh2 Bf4+ 74.Kh1 Kg3 75.Kg1 h3 76.Kh1 Be3, stalemate.

Monday, August 3, 2020

PCG with 4.exf5 e4 5.Ng5 Bxf5

Philidor Counter Gambit

Oliver Wartiovaara (FIDE 2190) - Arne Moll (FIDE 2217), 5/4/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Ng5 Bxf5 

6.g4 h6 7.Nh3 Bd7 8.Nf4 Nf6 9.Be2 Nc6 10.Ng6 Rg8 11.f4 d5 12.O-O Bd6 13.f5 Ne7 14.Nf4 g5 15.fxg6 Nxg6 16.Nxg6 Rxg6 17.Kh1 Qe7 18.h3 O-O-O 

19.Nc3 Rdg8 20.Bf4 h5 21.gxh5 Rg3 22.Bxg3 Rxg3 23.Bg4 Nxg4, White resigns.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

15/10 Sicilian 8/1/2020

Sicilian Defense, Grand Prix Attack

weraq315 ( 1759) - JimWest ( 1837), 8/1/2020

1.f4 g6 2.e4 c5 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.c3 e6 6.O-O Nge7 7.Na3 O-O 8.Nb5 d5 9.Bd3 a6 10.Na3 dxe4 11.Bxe4 Qc7 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nh3 e5

14.f5 Bxf5 15.Bxf5 Nxf5 16.Nc2 Rad8 17.Qg4 h5 18.Qf3 Rfe8 19.Ng5 Qe7 20.Ne4 c4 21.Ne3 Nxe3 22.dxe3 f5 23.Nf2 e4 24.Qg3 Ne5 25.a4 Bh6 26.b4 Qg5 27.b5 Qxg3 28.hxg3 Nd3

29.Ba3 Bxe3 30.bxa6 bxa6 31.Ra2 Nxf2 32.Rfxf2 Rd3 33.Bb4 Red8 34.Kf1 Bxf2 35.Rxf2 Rd1+ 36.Ke2 R1d2+ 37.Ke1 Rxf2 38.Kxf2 Rd2+ 39.Kf1 Kf7 40.a5 Ke6, White resigns.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

PCG with 6.e6 Nc6

Philidor Counter Gambit

Myroslava Hrabinska (FIDE 2235) - Arne Moll (FIDE 2217), 7/7/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Nc6

7.Nf7 Qf6 8.Nxh8 Bc5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qxh7 Qxf2+ 11.Kd1 Bxe6 12.Qxg6+ Kd7 13.Bb5 Nge7 14.Qg3 Qd4+ 15.Bd2 e3 16.c3 Qxh8

17.Bxe3 Nf5 18.Bxc6+ bxc6 19.Qf3 Nxe3+ 20.Kc1 Qh7 21.Qe2 Rf8 22.b4 Bg4 23.Qd2 Nc4 24.Qc2 Be3+ 25.Nd2 Bxd2+, White resigns.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Grudge Match in 1986

34 years ago, the world championship showdown between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov was called a grudge match.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Marshall CC August Classes

In August, the Marshall Chess Club is offering a whole new slate of classes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

15/10 PCG 7/28/2020

Philidor Counter Gambit

SreihtV ( 1766) - JimWest ( 1836), 7/28/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Nf7 Kxf7 13.Bc4+ Kg7 14.O-O-O Nc6 15.Qf4 Bd6

16.Bh6+ Kh8 17.Qg5 Qe7 18.Rhe1 Bd7 19.a3 Ng4 20.Rxe4 Qxg5 21.Bxg5 Rf8 22.f3 Nf2 23.Rde1 Nxe4 24.Rxe4 Bf5 25.Re8 Kg7 26.Rxf8 Kxf8 27.Bh6+ Ke7 28.Bg5+ Kd7 29.g4 Bg6 30.c3 Bxh2 31.f4 Be4 32.Kd2 Bg1

33.f5 Nxd4 34.cxd4 Bxd4 35.Be6+ Ke8 36.Bg8 h5 37.gxh5 Bxf5 38.b3 a5 39.h6 Kf8 40.h7 Kg7 41.Be3 Bxe3+ 42.Kxe3 Bxh7 43.Bxh7 Kxh7 44.Kd4 Kg6 45.Kc5 Kf5 46.Kb5 Ke4 47.Kxa5 Kd4 48.a4 Kc5

49.b4+ Kc6 50.b5+ Kc5 51.b6 cxb6#.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

5D Chess with Multiverse Time Travel

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Chess gets more difficult when you can use time travel to send your chess pieces into the past.

Monday, July 27, 2020

15/10 KIA 7/26/2020

King's Indian Attack

JimWest ( 1830) - spasovskilazo ( 1721), 7/26/2020

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O O-O 5.d3 d5 6.Nbd2 c5 7.e4 d4 8.a4 Nc6 9.Nc4 Nd7 10.Bd2 e5 11.c3 Rb8 12.cxd4 exd4 13.a5 b5 14.axb6 axb6

15.Bf4 Rb7 16.Nd6 Ra7 17.Rxa7 Nxa7 18.Qa4 Qc7 19.Nxc8 Qxc8 20.Qxa7 Rd8 21.Bh3 Qc6 22.Bxd7 Rxd7 23.Qb8+ Bf8 24.Ne5 Qc7 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.Bh6 Qd6 27.Qxf8+ Qxf8 28.Bxf8 Kxf8 29.Ra1, Black resigns.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

15/10 Dutch 7/25/2020

Dutch Defense

JunaidSohail0099 ( 1814) - JimWest ( 1834), 7/25/2020

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 a5 6.Nh3 O-O 7.O-O Ra7 8.a3 Bxd2 9.Nxd2 b6 10.e4 fxe4 11.Nxe4 Bb7 12.Nhg5 h6 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Ne4 Qf5 15.Nc3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Na6 17.b4 Raa8

18.bxa5 Qxa5 19.Qd3 Qf5 20.Qxf5 Rxf5 21.Nb5 d5 22.Rac1 dxc4 23.a4 c6 24.Nd6 Rd5 25.Nxc4 Rxd4 26.Nb6 Re8 27.Rxc6 Nb4 28.Rc4 Rxc4 29.Nxc4 Ra8 30.a5 Rc8 31.Nb6 Rc5 32.Ra1 Na6 33.Kf3 Kf7

34.Ke3 g5 35.Ra4 Rb5 36.Kd3 Rb2 39.Ke3 Rb3+ 40.Ke4 Nc5+, White resigns.

Saturday, July 25, 2020


In PogChamps, all the participants are bad at chess.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Kasparov Backs Bitcoin

Garry Kasparov, who once called Bitcoin "fake money", is now a supporter of cryptocurrencies.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

15/10 Hungarian 7/22/2020

Hungarian Defense

SpyderGambit ( 1802) - JimWest ( 1824), 7/22/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Ne2 Nf6 4.Nbc3 Be7 5.d4 O-O 6.O-O exd4 7.Nxd4 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.f4 Be6 10.Be2 Qb8 11.f5 Qb6+ 12.Kh1 Bc8 13.Bf3 Ba6 14.Re1 Rfd8 15.Be3 Qxb2 16.Bd4 Qa3 17.Re3 Qa5

18.Ne2 Bxe2 19,Qxe2 c5 20.Bc3 Qb6 21.e5 dxe5 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.Bxe5 Nd5 24.Rb3 Qc6 25.c4 Nf6 26.Rab1 h6 27.Rb8+ Rxb8 28.Rxb8+ Kh7 29.Rc8 Qb7 30.Bg3 Qxc8 31.Qxe7 Qxf5 32.h3 Qf1+ 33.Kh2 Qxc4

34.Bxc7 Qxa2 35.Qxc5 Qa6 36.Bb8 Qb6 37.Bxa7 Qxc5 38.Bxc5 g6 39.g4 h5 40.g5 Ne4 41.Be7 Kg7 42.h4 f6 43.Bxf6+ Nxf6 44.gxf6+ Kxf6 45.Kg3 Kf5 46.Kf3 g5 47.hxg5 Kxg5 48.Kg2 h4+ 49.Kh3 Kh5

50.Kg2 Kg4 51.Kh2 h3 52.Kg1 Kg3 53.Kh1 h2, stalemate.