Monday, May 23, 2016

Marshall May Under 2300 5/21/2016

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - John Walton (USCF 1710), Marshall Chess Club 5/21/2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 Qc7 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Be3 b5 11.Bxe6 Nc5 12.Bxc8 Rxc8 13.Nf5 O-O

14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5 Rfd8 16.Bd4 Ne6 17.Bxg7 Nxg7 18.Nh6+ Kh8 19.Nxf7+ Kg8 20.Nh6+, Black resigns.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Pawn Sacrifice" in Israel

Sheldon Kirshner reviews the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pix from Sunday Game/45 5/15/2016

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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Substitute Chess Teacher at Gregory School

Yesterday I was the substitute teacher at Gregory Elementary School in the after school enrichment class on chess.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fabiano Caruana vs. John Urschel at LSC

[photo by George Gojkovich] 

At the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, GM Fabiano Caruana will play a blitz game of chess tomorrow against John Urschel [pictured] of the Baltimore Ravens.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pix from Saturday Game/60 5/14/2016

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

101 Discoveries Tournament on June 5th

101 Discoveries will be running an unrated scholastic chess tournament on Sunday, June 5th, at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Jersey City.

Players must register in advance.

Students of mine will receive a 15% discount by entering the code JIMWESTROCKS during on-line registration.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Marshall Sunday Game/45 5/15/2016

On Sunday, I drew these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Pirc Defense

Aaron Jacobson (USCF 2302) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 5/15/2016

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Qd2 c6 6.a4 Qa5 7.f3 Nbd7 8.h4 h5 9.Nh3 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Be3 Qb4 12.Ra3 O-O 13.Rb3 Qa5 14.Ng5 Nc5 15.Ra3 Ne6 16.Bc4 Nd4

17.Bxd4 exd4 18.Qxd4 Nd5 19.Qd2 Nxc3 20.Rxc3 Bxc3 21.Qxc3 Qxc3 22.bxc3 Kg7 23.Ke2 f6 24.Ne6+ Bxe6 25.Bxe6 Rae8 26.Bc4 f5 27.Bd3 fxe4 28.Bxe4 b5 29.a5 a6 30.Rd1 Re7 31.Rd6 Rf6 32.Rd8 c5

33.Rc8 c4 34.Rd8 Rf8 35.Rd6 Rf6 36.Rd8 Rf8 37.Rd6, draw.

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Round Three: Philidor Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Boris Privman (USCF 2273), Marshall Chess Club 5/15/2016

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 e5 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 c5 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.a4 Nc6 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Nc4 Be6 10.Re1 a6 11.Nh4 b5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Qxa8 14.Ne3 Re8 15.Nd5 Qc8 16.Bd2 Bh3

17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Nf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 Nd4 20.g4 c4 21.Bc3 cxd3 22.Qxd3 b4 23.Bxd4 exd4 24.Rxe8+ Qxe8 25.Qe4 Qb5 26.b3 Kh7 27.Bf1 Qe5 28.Qxe5 dxe5 29.Bc4 h5 30.h3 Kh6 31.f3 Kg5 32.Bxf7 h4 33.Bd5 Kf4

34.Kf2 Bd8 35.Be4 Be7 36.Bd3 Bc5 37.Kg2 Ke3 38.Be4 Be7 39.Bd3 Bg5 40.Be4 Bf4 41.Bd3 Kd2 42.Be4 Bg5, draw.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Marshall Saturday Game/60 5/14/2016

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

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Daniel Yassky (USCF 1953), Marshall Chess Club 5/14/2016

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 3.e3 e6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Be2 h6 7.O-O Bd6 8.c4 Qe7 9.Nc3 Nbd7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nd4 Bh7 12.Bg4 Bd3 13.Nf5 Qf8 14.Nxd6+ Qxd6 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 O-O

17.Ng3 Qe6 18.Qc2 c5 19.Qf5 Rfe8 20.Qxe6 Rxe6 21.Rad1 Kh7 22.Rf3 Rae8 23.Nf1 Ne4 24.d3 Nef6 25.h3 Ra6 26.Ra1 b5 27.g4 Rc6 28.g5 Nh5 29.Rc1 f6 30.h4 c4 31.dxc4 dxc4 32.bxc4 bxc4 33.Bd4 a6

34.Ng3 Nxg3 35.Rxg3 hxg5 36.hxg5 Rec8 37.Rc2 fxg5 38.Rxg5 Nf6 39.Rh2+ Kg8 40.Rhg2 R8c7 41.Rg6 Ne8 42.Rxc6 Rxc6 43.Be5 Kf7 44.Rc2 Nf6 45.Bxf6 gxf6 46.e4 c3 47.Kf2 Ke6 48.Ke3 f5 49.exf5+ Kxf5

50.Kd4 Kxf4 51.Rf2+ Kg5 52.Kd3 c2 53.Rxc2 Rxc2 54.Kxc2 Kf5 55.Kc3 Ke5 56.Kb4 Kd6 57.Ka5 Kc5 58.a4 Kc6 59.Kxa6 Kc7 60.Ka7 Kc8 61.a5 Kc7 62.a6 Kc8 63.Ka8 Kc7, draw.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Trailer for Disney's "Queen of Katwe"

Watch the trailer for Disney's Queen of Katwe.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fischer, Karpov Linked to Panama Papers

[photo by John Lent]

[photo by Emilio Morenatti]

Former world champions Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov have been linked to the Panama Papers scandal.