Friday, October 31, 2014

Why "Deep Blue" Played Like a Human

[photo by Stan Honda]

David Auerbach thinks that randomness may be the key to creativity.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

End Run Around Blitz by NJKO

In week ten of the United States Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts executed an end run around the Boston Blitz to draw their match and advance to the playoffs.

The play is under review on boards one, two, three, and four!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kacheishvili Lecture Tonight at Marshall CC

Former Georgian national champion, grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili, will lecture tonight at the Marshall Chess Club on a topic of his own choosing.

Born in 1977, Giorgi Kacheishvili became an international master in 1994 and a grandmaster in 1997. He won the national championship of Georgia before emigrating to the United States.  He has also enjoyed great success as a chess coach.  Two of his students, grandmasters Alex Lenderman and Irina Krush, placed first in the most recent U.S. Championship.

Tuesday, October 28th

7pm in the Great Hall

Open to members and their guests

Refreshments will be served.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marshall Sunday Game/45 10/26/2014

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

Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Ed Kopiecki (USCF 2044), Marshall Chess Club 10/26/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Bc5 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 f6 6.c3 Be6 7.b4 Bb6 8.a4 a5 9.b5 Nce7 10.c4 Qd7 11.Nc3 h5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Bh3 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.Qe2 O-O-O 16.Be3 Bc5 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.O-O-O Nh6

19.Nd2 Nf7 20.b6 cxb6 21.Nc4 Kc7 22.Qb2 Rd6 23.f3 h4 24.Nxd6 Nxd6 25.Qf2 hxg3 26.Qxg3 Qh6+ 27.Kb1 g5 28.Qg2 Qh5 29.Rd2 Qe8 30.Ra2 b5 31.Qc2 b6 32.axb5 Nxb5 33.Rc1 Nd4 34.Qc4 Kb7 35.Rb2 Ka7

36.Rxb6 Kxb6 37.Qxc5+ Ka6 38.Qd6+ Kb5 39.Qc5+ Ka6 40.Qd6+ Kb5 41.Qc5+, draw.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rahway Swiss 10/25/2014

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-1-1 in the tournament at Chess Mates.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pix from October Under 2300 10/19/2014

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

"My Thoughts on Movies" Interview

Pawn Sacrifice director Ed Zwick and actor Tobey Maguire are interviewed at My Thoughts on Movies.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barbosa, Paragua at "Chess Mates" Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, October 26th, grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua will give a lesson and simultaneous exhibition at Chess Mates.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweepless in Seattle

In week nine of the USCL, the heavyweight bout between the New Jersey Knockouts and the Seattle Sluggers proved to be not much of a contest.

With but a single draw, NJKO nearly got swept on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marshall October Under 2300 10/19/2014

On Sunday, my opponent blundered a piece in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2044) - Paul Rachlin (FIDE 1900), Marshall Chess Club 10/19/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Re8 10.h4 b6 11.Nf1 Bb7 12.Bf4 h6 13.h5 f6 14.Bh3 Nf8

15.N1h2 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Bg5 17.Qg4 Bxf4 18.Qxf4 Qf6 19.Qe3 Nxe5 20.Qxe5 Qxe5 21.Rxe5 d4 22.Rae1 Bd5 23.f4 Kf7 24.f5 exf5 25.Rxf5+ Kg8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rxd5, Black resigns.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marshall October Under 2300 10/18/2014

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jose De Villa (FIDE 1847) - Jim West (FIDE 2044), Marshall Chess Club 10/18/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Qe2 Nbd7 9.h3 b5 10.Be3 Bb7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Rd1 O-O 13.O-O Re8 14.Nh2 Nc5

15.Bxc5 Rxc5 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.Qxg4 Qc8 18.Qg3 Qe6 19.Be2 Qg6 20.Qd3 Rec8 21.Bg4 Rxc3 22.bxc3 Bxe4 23.Qg3 f5 24.Bf3 Qxg3 25.fxg3 Rxc3 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Rfe1 Rxa3 28.Rxe4 Kf7 29.Kh2 Ke6

30.Re2 d5 31.Red2 d4 32.Rd3 Ra2 33.c3 Bf6 34.cxd4 exd4 35.Rc1 Kd5 36.Rc8 b4 37.Rb3 a5 38.Rf3 a4 39.Rf5+ Ke6 40.Rb5 b3 41.Rc6+ Kf7 42.Rb7+ Kg6 43.h4 h5 44.Rb5 Rc2 45.Ra6 Rc4 46.Rg5+ Kh6

47.Rb5 d3 48.Rd5 b2 49.Rb6 a3 50.Rxd3 a2 51.g4 Rxg4, White resigns.