Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Marshall FIDE Mondays 8/22/2016

On Monday, at the Marshall Chess Club, I claimed a draw by third occurrence of position after my intended 11.Bg5.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Kalashnikov Variation

Jim West (FIDE 2045) - Karan Bhatty (FIDE 2102), Marshall Chess Club 8/22/2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.Be3 Nf6


7.Bg5 Qa5+ 8.Bd2 Qd8 9.Bg5 Qa5+ 10.Bd2 Qd8, draw.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Marshall August Under 2300 8/21/2016

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 4-1-0 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense

Jim West (USCF 2207) - Derek Clasby (USCF 1982), Marshall Chess Club 8/21/2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Be7 8.Nc3 a6 9.Bd3 d6 10.h3 Re8 11.a3 Bf8


12.e5 Nd7 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Ng5+ Kg8 15.Qh5 Qxg5 16.Bxg5 g6 17.Qh4 Be7 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.exd6 Nf5 20.Qf4 Nxd6 21.Rfe1 Nf8 22.Rxe8 Nxe8 23.d5 Nd6 24.Re1 Bf5 25.g4 Bd3 26.Qd2 Bc4 27.Ne4 Bb5


28.Nf6+ Kg7 29.Qd4 Kh6 30.h4 g5 31.hxg5+ Kxg5 32.f4+ Kg6 33.Nh5, Black resigns.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Marshall August Under 2300 8/20/2016

On Saturday, I won these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2207) - Alec Touhey (USCF 1646), Marshall Chess Club 8/20/2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O Bb7 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Bg5 Be7


11.Bxe6 Nc5 12.Bd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 O-O 14.Nc6, Black resigns.



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Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Petrosian System

Zachary Martin (USCF 2094) - Jim West (USCF 2207), Marshall Chess Club 8/21/2016

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Nf3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.Qd2 Nf4 12.Bxf4 exf4 13.h4 Nc5 14.hxg5 hxg5 15.Nd4 Qf6 16.Nb3 Nxb3 17.axb3 Bd7 18.O-O-O a6


19.Bd3 Rfe8 20.g3 f3 21.g4 b5 22.Rh5 Re5 23.Rh3 b4 24.Na4 a5 25.Rg1 Rae8 26.Rgg3 Qf4 27.Qxf4 gxf4 28.Rg1 Rg5 29.Kb1 Be5 30.Bc2 Kg7 31.Bd1 Bd4 32.Rh2 Rh8 33.Rxh8 Kxh8 34.Bxf3 Bxf2 35.Rh1+ Kg7


36.Rh2 Bg3 37.Rh5 Rxh5 38.gxh5 f6 39.Kc2 Kh6 40.Kd3 Bf2 41.c5 Be8 42.Kc4 Bxh5 43.Bxh5 Kxh5 44.Nb6 Bxc5 45.Nd7 Kg5 46.Kd3 f3 47.Nf8 Kg4, White resigns.



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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2207) - Jonathan Maxwell (USCF 2104), Marshall Chess Club 8/20/2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 Be7 10.Qf3 O-O 11.Be3 Qc7 12.O-O b5 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Qh3 Nxb3 15.axb3 b4 16.Na4 e5 17.Nf5 Rb8


18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.Qh4 Qc7 20.Bg5 Qxc2 21.Bxf6 Rxf6 22.Rxf6 gxf6 23.Qxf6 Qxe4 24.Qxd6 Qd4+ 25.Qxd4 exd4 26.Rd1 Rb5 27.Rxd4 Kf7 28.Rc4 Be6 29.Rc7+ Kf6 30.Nc5 Bd5 31.Nxa6 h5 32.Rc5 Rxc5 33.Nxc5 Ke5


34.Nd3+ Kd4 35.Nxb4 Bxb3 36.Nc6+ Kc5 37.Ne5 Kd4 38.Nf3+ Kd3 39.Kf2 Ba4 40.Kg3 Be8 41.Kh4 Kc2 42.b4 Kd3 43.b5 Bxb5 44.Kxh5 Ke4 45.Ng5+ Kf4 46.g3+ Kf5 47.g4+ Kf6 48.Nh3 Kg7 49.g5 Ba4 50.Nf4 Bb3


51.Kg4 Bd1+ 52.Kg3 Bb3 53.h4 Bd1 54.h5 Bb3 55.Kg4 Bc2 56.Kf3 Bf5 57.Ke3 Bg4 58.Ke4 Bd1 59.Ke5 Bf3 60.Kf5 Bd1 61.h6+ Kh7 62.Kf6 Bc2 63.Ne6 Kg8 64.g6 Bb3 65.Ng5, Black resigns.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fischer Greater than Kasparov?

Personally I agree with this letter to the editor in The Washington Post.

Bobby Fischer was greater than Garry Kasparov by virtue of his peak performance in 1970 and 1971 when he defeated 20 consecutive grandmasters.

But if you measure greatness by number of years at the top, Kasparov arguably had the better career.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Radomskyj - Kernighan, Westfield 8/7/2016

From the quads in Westfield, NM Peter Radomskyj annotates his victory against NM Mark Kernighan.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pix from Sunday Game/45 8/14/2016

These pictures were taken by me during Sunday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pix from Saturday Game/60 8/13/2016

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



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Marshall Sunday Game/45 8/14/2016

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

I stopped keeping score around move 50 and reconstructed the remainder of the game afterwards.  

The final position is correct.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Adi Morgescu (USCF 1969) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/14/2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nxe4 Be7 8.Qg4 g6 9.Ng5 Nf6 10.Qh3 Bc5 11.Bd3 O-O 12.O-O Nc6 13.Nc3 Qe7 14.b3 Nd8


15.Re1 Bxf2+ 16.Kxf2 Ne4+ 17.Kg1 Nxg5 18.Bxg5 Qxg5 19.Re2 Qf6 20.Bb5 Nxe6 21.Qf3 Qd4+ 22.Qe3 Qxe3+ 23.Rxe3 d4 24.Rxe6 Bxe6 25.Ne4 Bf5 26.Bd3 Bxe4 27.Bxe4 c6 28.Rd1 Rad8 29.g3 Rfe8 30.Bd3 c5


31.Kg2 b6 32.a4 Kg7 33.Rf1 Rf8 34.Re1 Rde8 35.Rd1 Re3 36.Rc1 a5 37.Rd1 Rfe8 38.Kf2 g5 39.Rc1 g4 40.Rd1 h5 41.Bb5 R8e7 42.Bd3 Kf6 43.Bb5 Kg5 44.Bd3 h4 45.Rf1 hxg3+ 46.hxg3 Rf7+ 47.Kg2 Rxf1 48.Bxf1 Kf6 49.Kf2 Rf3+ 50.Kg2 Rc3

 
51.Bd3 c4 52.Bxc4 Rxc2+ 53.Kf1 Rxc4 54.bxc4 Ke5 55.Ke2 Ke4 56.Kd2 d3 57.Kd1 Kd4 58.Kd2 Kxc4 59.Kd1 Kb4 60.Kd2 Kxa4, White resigns.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Marshall Saturday Game/60 8/13/2016

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Fikirte Hunt (USCF 1808), Marshall Chess Club 8/13/2016

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O Bb7 9.Re1 Be7 10.Bxe6 Nbd7 11.Bd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 O-O 13.Nf5 Re8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Bh6 g6


16.Rxe8+ Qxe8 17.Nxd6 Qe7 18.Nxb7 Re8 19.Rf1 Ne5 20.Qf4 g5 21.Qf5 Ng6 22.d6 Nh4 23.Qd5 Qd7 24.Ne4 Be5 25.Qxe5, Black resigns.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pix from Thursday Night Action 8/11/2016

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



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pix from FIDE Mondays 8/8/2016

These pictures were taken by me on Monday evening at the Marshall Chess Club.