Thursday, October 8, 2015

L-Shaped Result for Knights against NJKO

In week seven of the United States Chess League, the New York Knights tried to jump over the New Jersey Knockouts, but the result was a capital L (as in Loss).

The Knights were grim on boards one and two, and dim on boards three and four.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hunter's Bullet in Boris Spassky's Chair?

During the 1972 world championship, was a hunter's bullet lodged in the wooden frame of Boris Spassky's chair?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Marshall October Weekend FIDE 10/4/2015

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

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (FIDE 2063) - William Hu (FIDE 1864), Marshall Chess Club 10/4/2015

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 a6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.f4 e6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.O-O Be7 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.d3 Qb6 11.Qe2 a5 12.a4 Ba6 13.Nd2 Bd6 14.Kh1 Rc8 15.Rae1 Qb4 16.e4 O-O

17.Nxf7 Rxf7 18.e5 Be7 19.exf6 Bxf6 20.Bxf6 Rxf6 21.g3 Re8 22.Nf3 Qb7 23.Ne5 Qc7 24.Qe3 Qd6 25.Qd2 Qc7 26.Qc3 c4 27.dxc4 c5 28.Kg1 d4 29.Qd2 Bb7 30.h4 Rh6 31.Kh2 Qe7 32.Nf3 Qd8 33.Re5 Qc7 34.Qe2 Rf6 35.Ne1 Rh6 36.Nd3 Qe7 37.Qf2 Rc8

38.Rfe1 Rc6 39.Rg5 Rf6 40.Rge5 Bc8 41.R1e2 Qd6 42.Qe1 Qc7 43.f5 Rxf5 44.Rxf5 exf5 45.Re7 Qd6 46.Qe5 Qxe5 47.Rxe5 Re6 48.Rxe6 Bxe6 49.Nxc5 Bc8 50.Kg2 Kf7 51.Kf3 Ke7 52.Kf4 Kd6 53.Nd3 g6 

54.Ne5 Bb7 55.Nf3 Kc5 56.Ng5 Kb4 57.Ne6 Kc3 58.Ke5 Kxc2 59.Nxd4+ Kc3 60.c5 Bc8 61.c6, Black resigns.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Marshall October Weekend FIDE 10/3/2015

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

Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Akira Nakada (FIDE 1831) - Jim West (FIDE 2063), Marshall Chess Club 10/3/2015

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Nf3 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Nd3 Ng6 14.c5 Nf6 15.Rc1 Rf7 16.Kh1 Bf8

17.cxd6 cxd6 18.a4 h5 19.Rg1 g4 20.g3 Rg7 21.Qd2 gxf3 22.Bxf3 Bg4 23.Bxg4 Nxg4 24.gxf4 Be7 25.Bg3 exf4 26.Nxf4 Nxf4 27.Bxf4 Qb6 28.Rcf1 Bf6 29.Bh6 Nxh6 30.Qxh6 Rf8 31.Rxg7+ Bxg7 32.Qe6+ Kh8

33.Rxf8+ Bxf8 34.Qf5 Kg8 35.Qg6+ Bg7 36.Qe8+ Bf8 37.Qg6+ Bg7 38.Qe8+, draw.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bobby Fischer and Patti Smith

[photo by Jesse Dittmar]

According to Michiko Kakutani's book review of M Train, Patti Smith [pictured] "traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, for a meeting, and stayed on to photograph the table used in the 1972 chess match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.  A meeting was arranged with Mr. Fischer and after she stood up to one of his obscene tirades — 'I can be just as repellent as you, only about different subjects,' she recalls saying — they end up spending several hours singing Buddy Holly songs and other tracks together, much to the surprise of his bodyguard."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pix from Sunday Game/45 9/27/2015

On Sunday, these pictures were taken by me during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pix from Saturday Game/60 9/26/2015

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cobras Slither Past Knockouts

In week six of the USCL, the Carolina Cobras made asps of the New Jersey Knockouts by winning their match.

It was a snake pit on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Marshall Sunday Game/45 9/27/2015

On Sunday, I played this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Zachary Calderon (USCF 2017) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/27/2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Nxd8 7.Nc3 fxe4 8.Nxe4 Nf6 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Be3 Be6 11.Bb3 O-O 12.Ng5 Bxb3 13.axb3 h6 14.Nge4 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Nc6 16.O-O-O Rad8

17.f3 a6 18.Bc5 Nd4 19.Nxd6 cxd6 20.Bxd4 exd4 21.Rxd4 Rfe8 22.Rhd1 Re2 23.R4d2 Rxd2 24.Rxd2 Kf7 25.c4 Ke7 26.Kc2 Rf8 27.Kc3 Rf5 28.Rd5 Rxd5 29.cxd5 Kf6 30.Kd4 Kf5 31.g3 h5 32.f4 h4 33.gxh4 Kxf4

34.b4 b6 35.b3 g6 36.b5 a5 37.Kd3 Ke5 38.Ke3 Kxd5 39.Kf4 Ke6 40.Kg5 d5 41.Kf4 Kd6 42.h3 Kc5 43.Ke5 Kxb5 44.Kxd5 Kb4 45.Ke5 Kxb3 46.Kf6 a4 47.Kxg6 a3 48.Kh7 a2 49.h5 a1=Q 50.h6 Qf6 51.h4 Qxh4

52.Kg7 b5 53.h7 b4 54.h8=Q Qxh8+ 55.Kxh8 Kc4, White resigns.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Marshall Saturday Game/60 9/26/2015

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

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Abhinav Mathur (USCF 1781) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/26/2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bg5 Bb4 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Qd2 O-O 11.Bb5 c6 12.Ba4 Bd6 13.O-O-O Bxe5 14.dxe5 Qxe5 15.Bb3 Kh8 16.Rde1 Na6 17.f3 Bf5

18.fxe4 Bxe4 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Qe3 Qf4 21.Qxf4 Rxf4 22.g3 Rff8 23.Rxe4 Nc5 24.Re7 Rae8 25.Rhe1 Rxe7 26.Rxe7 h6 27.Bf7 a5 28.Re8 Rxe8 29.Bxe8 Kg8 30.Kd2 Kf8 31.Bg6 Ke7 32.Ke3 Kf6 33.Bh5 Ke5

34.Bf3 Na4 35.b3 Nc3 36.a4 Nd5+ 37.Bxd5 Kxd5 38.c3 b5 39.axb5 cxb5 40.Kd3 Kc5 41.g4 g5 42.Kc2 Kd5 43.Kd3 Ke5 44.Ke3 a4 45.bxa4 bxa4 46.Kd3 Kd5 47.c4+ Kc5 48.Kc3 a3 49.Kb3 a2 50.Kxa2 Kxc4

51.Kb2 Kd3 52.Kc1 Ke2 53.Kc2 Kf3 54.Kd3 Kxg4 55.Ke4 Kh3 56.Kf5 Kxh2 57.Kg4 Kg2, White resigns.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tobey Maguire on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tobey Maguire talks about Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen.