Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USATE 2018, Day 2

On Sunday, I played these games at the USATE 2018.

Round Three: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Asher Mandel (USCF 1818), Parsippany NJ 2/18/2018

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Bd2 Qc7 9.Qe2 e6 10.O-O-O Bd6 11.g4 Bg6 12.g5 Nd5 13.Ne5 Bf5 14.Kb1 Bxe5 15.Qxe5 Qxe5 16.dxe5 Nd7 17.f4 O-O

18.h4 b5 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Be2 a5 21.Be3 b4 22.Bd3 Bxd3 23.Rxd3 Rfe8 24.h5 Re6 25.b3 Kf8 26.Rc1 a4 27.c4 axb3 28.axb3 d4 29.Bxd4 c5 30.Bb2 Ke7 31.Rcd1 Ra7 32.Rd6 g6 33.Rxe6+ Kxe6 34.hxg6 hxg6

35.Rd6+ Kf5 36.Bc1 Ke4 37.Kb2 Kf5 38.Bd2 Ke4 39.e6 fxe6 40.Rxe6+ Kf5 41.Rd6 Rc7 42.Bc1 Ra7 43.Rc6 Ra5 44.Be3 Ke4 45.Re6+ Kf5 46.Re7 Ra7 47.Bxc5 Nxc5 48.Rxa7 Nd3+ 49.Kc2 Nxf4 50.Ra5+ Ke6

51.Rb5 Nh3 52.Kd2 Nf2 53.Ke3 Nh3 54.Kf3 Ng1+ 55.Kg4 Ne2 56.Rxb4 Nd4 57.Rb6+ Kf7 58.b4 Ne6 59.Rxe6 Kxe6 60.Kf4 Kd6 61.Ke4, Black resigns.

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Round Four: King's Indian Defense

Daniel Girsh (USCF 1969) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Parsippany NJ 2/18/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 c6 7.Be2 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nbd7 10.O-O Qa5

11.Bh4 Rae8 12.Rb1 e5 13.b4 Qc7 14.Qc2 a6 15.a4 h6 16.c5, draw.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

USATE 2018, Day 1

Pictured (from left to right) at the USATE 2018 is the team Ferrero Forever: NM Jim West, Ron Saylo, Michael O'Connor, Joe Salvatore.

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Matthew Lerman (USCF 1728), Parsippany NJ 2/17/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.O-O Nge7 8.Re1 O-O 9.e5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nf5 11.c3 d4 12.a4 Rb8 13.Nc4 b6 14.Bf4 Ba6

15.Nfd2 Rbd8 16.g4 Nfe7 17.Bg5 Rd7 18.Nf3 Bxc4 19.dxc4 dxc3 20.bxc3 h6 21.Bxe7 Nxe7 22.Red1 Rfd8 23.Rxd7 Qxd7 24.a5 Nc6 25.axb6 axb6 26.Re1 Qd3 27.Qxd3 Rxd3 28.Rb1 Nxe5 29.Nxe5 Bxe5 

30.Bf1 Rxc3 31.Rxb6 Rc2 32.Rb3 Bd4 33.Rf3 e5 34.Bd3 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 Re1 36.Bc2 e4 37.Rf4 e3 38.fxe3 Bxe3 39.Re4 Rc1 40.Bd3 Bd4 41.Bf1 Kg7 42.h3 Rc2+ 43.Be2 Rc3 44.Bf1 Re3 45.Rxe3 Bxe3 46.Kf3, draw.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 2/12/2018

On Monday, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Marshall CC February 2018 News

See the results of the Marshall Chess Club members survey.

Read about game analysis with IM Jay Bonin.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/50 2/10/2018

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ilye Figler 1947-2018

International master Ilye Figler [pictured] has passed away from cancer.

On a related note, I will be substituting for IM Farai Mandizha tomorrow in the chess class at the Museum of Russian Art, on behalf of 101 Discoveries

Farai will be attending the funeral for Ilye who was his fellow chess coach at Hunter College Campus Schools.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FIDE Mondays 2/12/2018

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

Round Three: King's Indian Defense

Wesley Hellner (USCF 1953) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 2/12/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.d5 e5 8.Bg5 Ne7 9.Qd2 Bg4 10.Be2 Nd7 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 f6 13.Bh6 f5

14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.h4 h6 16.g4 f4 17.h5 g5 18.O-O a5 19.a3 Nc5 20.Qc2 a4 21.Rae1 Qd7 22.Kh2 Ng8 23.Rg1 Nf6 24.Qe2 Nb3 25.Qd3 Nd4 26.Nb5 Nb3 27.Rd1 Nc5 28.Qe2 Rfc8 29.Rd2 Qd8 30.Bg2 Nfd7 31.f3 Nb3 32.R2d1 Ndc5

33.Qc2 Qe7 34.Rge1 Rd8 35.Kh1 c6 36.Nc3 Nd4 37.Qf2 Ncb3 38.Rd3 c5 39.Bf1 Qd7 40.Rdd1 b6 41.Kg2 Qa7 42.Kh2 Qa6 43.Kg2 Rdb8 44.Kh2 Rc8 45.Kg2 Rab8 46.Kh2 Qa5 47.Kg2 Rb7 48.Rb1 Rcb8 49.Red1 Qa6 50.Kh2 Kf6 51.Kg1 Ke7 52.Kg2 Na5

53.Nb5 Nxb5 54.cxb5 Qa7 55.Rdc1 Nb3 56.Rc3 Nd4 57.Bc4 Ra8 58.Qf1 Rbb8 59.Qd3 Qd7 60.b4 axb3 61.Bxb3 Rxa3 62.Bc4 Rxc3 63.Qxc3 Ra8 64.Ra1 Rxa1 65.Qxa1 Nc2 66.Qa2 Ne3+ 67.Kh3 Nxc4 68.Qxc4 Qa7

69.Qb3 Qa1 70.Kg2 Kd7 71.Kh2 Kc7 72.Kg2 Kb8 73.Kh2 Qf1 74.Qa4 Qf2+ 75.Kh1 Qxf3+ 76.Kh2 Qf2+ 77.Kh1 Qe1+ 78.Kh2 Qh4+ 79.Kg1 Qxg4+ 80.Kf1 Qxh5 81.Qa6 Qd1+ 82.Kf2 Qd2+ 83.Kf3 Qa5

84.Kg4 Qxa6 85.bxa6 Ka7 86.Kf5 f3 87.Ke6 f2 88.Kxd6 f1=Q 89.Kc6 Qd3, White resigns.

Monday, February 12, 2018

"Pawn Sacrifice" on Starz Cinema

Pawn Sacrifice will air on Starz Cinema, as follows.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Marshall Saturday Game/50 2/10/2018

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

Round Four: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Sakura Laporte (USCF 1651), Marshall Chess Club 2/10/2018

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Nbd7 4.c4 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.O-O O-O 7.Bxd7 Bxd7 8.Nc3 c6 9.dxc6 Bxc6 10.d3 Qc7 11.h3 Rad8 12.Qe2 Rfe8 13.Rd1 e5 14.Bg5 e4

15.dxe4 Rxd1+ 16.Rxd1 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.b3 Qc6 19.Be3 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Qxf3 21.gxf3 a6 22.Bb6 h5 23.Rd8 Rxd8 24.Bxd8 Kf8 25.Kf1 Ke8 26.Bb6 Kd7 27.Ke2 Kc6 28.Be3 b5 29.Kd3 f5 30.a4 bxa4 31.bxa4 Bf6

32.Kc2 g5 33.Kd3 h4 34.Ke2 Kd6 35.Bb6 Kc6 36.a5 Be7 37.Kf1 Bf6 38.Kg2 Be7 39.f4 g4 40.hxg4 fxg4 41.f5 Bf6 42.Be3 Kc7 43.f3 g3 44.Kh3 Kc6 45.Kg2 Kb7 46.Bh6 Kc6 47.f4 Kc5 48.Bg5 Bg7 49.Be7+ Kxc4 50.f6 Bh6

51.f7 Kd4 52.f8=Q Bxf8 53.Bxf8 Ke4 54.Bd6 Kf5 55.Kf3 Ke6 56.Bc7 Kf5 57.Bd6 Ke6 58.Bb4 Kf5 59.Bd2 Kg6 60.Kg4 Kf6 61.Kxh4 g2 62.Be3 Kf5 63.Kg3 Ke4

64.Kxg2 Kf5 65.Kf3 Kf6 66.Ke4 Ke6 67.f5+ Kf6 68.Bd4+ Kf7 69.Ke5 Ke7 70.f6+ Kf7 71.Kd6 Kf8 72.Kc6, Black resigns.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

John Urschel: From NFL to NM?

Retired NFL player John Urschel [pictured] would like to become a national master.