Friday, August 22, 2014

Pix from Sunday Game/45 8/17/2014

On Sunday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NJ All-Girls Chess Camp in November

Dear Jim, 

This is Alice.  I am writing to you to seek your help for a free chess camp I am organizing for girls in New Jersey on November 6-7.  Chess is a great educational tool for kids as it improves their problem solving ability, trains them to be disciplined and patient, helps them concentrate and indirectly enhances their academic performance.  In addition, playing chess also helps kids gain confidence, make friends, learn team work and leadership.

One phenomenon I have observed in years is that there are very few girls in any chess tournaments.  Girls are not encouraged to play chess, though they are performing just as well as boys in other areas that require intelligence.  They are deprived of one of the privileges that should be offered to everyone.  This then gave me the idea of helping promote chess among girls in order to change this reality. 

The basic outline of the camp can be found below: 

Name: NJ All-Girls Chess Camp 
Location: Dean Of Chess, 3150 U.S. 22, Branchburg, NJ 08876 
Date and time: 2 no-school days, November 6-7, 2014 (Thursday-Friday), 9:30am-3:30pm 
Cost: Free; every girl will bring home a camp T-shirt and a chess set so she could continue playing chess at home.

More details can be found in the links below: 

Eventbrite for signing up: 

I have also attached the camp flyer

It would be great if you could help support the camp by posting the flyer or something about the camp on your blog! 

Thank you very much for your help! 

Best regards, 

Alice Dong

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Marshall Masters 8/19/2014

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

Round One: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (FIDE Rapid 2046) - Irina Krush (FIDE Rapid 2474), Marshall Chess Club 8/19/2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bd6 6.Bd3 Nge7 7.O-O Bg4 8.Re1 Qd7 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.h3 Bf5 11.Nf1 Rae8 12.Qc2 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Ng6 14.Bd2 a6

15.Rxe8 Rxe8 16.Re1 Re6 17.Rxe6 fxe6 18.N1h2 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 e5 20.dxe5 Ncxe5 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 22.Qe2 Qf5 23.Be3 Nd3 24.Bd4 Qe4 25.Qxe4 dxe4 26.c4 c5 27.Be3 Nxb2 28.Bxc5 Kf7 29.Kg3 g6 30.Bd4 Nxc4 31.Kf4 Ke6 32.Kxe4 Nd6+ 33.Kd3 Kd5

34.f4 b5 35.g4 b4 36.Bg7 a5 37.Bf8 Nb5 38.Bg7 Nd6 39.Bf8 Ne4 40.f5 gxf5 41.gxf5 Nf2+ 42.Ke3 Nxh3 43.Be7 Ke5 44.f6 Ng5 45.Kd3 Kd5 46.Bd8 a4 47.Be7 b3 48.axb3 axb3 49.Kc3 h5 50.Kxb3 Nf7

51.Bb4 h4 52.Be1 h3 53.Bg3 Ke6 54.Kc3 Kxf6 55.Kd3 Kf5 56.Ke3 Kg4 57.Kf2 Ng5 58.Bb8 Nf3 59.Bc7 Nd2 60.Kg1 Nf3+ 61.Kh1, and drawn in ? moves.

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Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (FIDE Rapid 2046) - Matan Prilleltensky (FIDE Rapid 2202), Marshall Chess Club 8/19/14

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 Be7 5.a3 a5 6.d3 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nf3 Qd6 9.Nbd2 f6 10.Ne4 Qd8 11.Qc2 O-O 12.Be2 Qe8 13.O-O Qg6 14.Kh1 Kh8 15.Rac1 Qh6 16.Rg1 Bg4

17.Nc5 Nd8 18.Qc4 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 Nb6 20.Qb5 Bxc5 21.Qxc5 Ne6 22.Qb5 a4 23.b4 Rab8, draw.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Marshall Sunday Game/45 8/17/2014

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

Round One: Caro-Kann Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Benjamin Medina (USCF 1903), Marshall Chess Club 8/17/2014

1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bg4 5.h3 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 Nf6 7.g3 Bc5 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Nbd7 10.c3 Bb6 11.Re1 d4 12.Nc4 Bc7

13.cxd4 exd4 14.a4 a6 15.a5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Bd2 Nd7 18.Qe2 Nc5 19.Bb4 Bd6 20.e5 Be7 21.Qc2 Nxd3 22.Qxd3 Bxb4 23.Re4 c5 24.Rh4 h6 25.Bxb7 Ra7 26.Bxa6 Qa8 27.Bc4 Rxa5 28.Rxa5 Qxa5

29.Rxh6 gxh6 30.Qg6+ Kh8 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Bd3 f5 33.Bc4+ Rf7 34.Qg6+ Kh8 35.Bxf7 Qd8 36.Qh6#.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rahway Swiss 8/16/2014

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Ashwin Dandamudi (USCF 1706), Rahway NJ 8/16/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.O-O O-O 7.Nbd2 d5 8.Re1 d4 9.a4 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 e5 12.Nd2 Ne8 13.f4 Nd6 14.Nf3 Re8 15.Bd2 a5 16.c3 Qb6

17.cxd4 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 cxd4 19.Rb1 f5 20.b4 Qa6 21.Qb3+ Kh8 22.bxa5 fxe4 23.Bxe4 Nxe4 24.dxe4 Rab8 25.Qb5 Qxb5 26.axb5 b6 27.a6 Ra8 28.fxe5 Rxe5 29.Bf4 Rc5 30.e5 Re8 31.Rec1 Bf8 32.Rxc5 Bxc5

33.Kf1 Kg7 34.Ke2 Kf7 35.Kd3 Ke6 36.h4 Kd5 37.e6 Kxe6 38.Re1+, Black resigns.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pix from 3rd Saturday Swiss

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted pictures that I took at yesterday's tournament, won by FM Boris Privman [pictured, left].

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pix from Sunday Game/45 8/10/2014

During Sunday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I took these pictures.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Why Did Kasparov Lose FIDE Election?

In The New York Times, Steven Lee Myers analyzes Garry Kasparov's lost bid to become the president of FIDE.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Polgar Sisters in the News

Susan Polgar has co-authored Rich As A King.

Judit Polgar has announced her retirement from chess.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pix from Saturday Game/60 8/9/2014

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kasparov Loses FIDE Election

[photo by Rune Stoltz Bertinussen]

On Monday, Garry Kasparov lost the election for the presidency of FIDE by a wide margin.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Marshall Sunday Game/45 8/10/2014

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Alan Bokiev (USCF 1839) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/10/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Ng5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.Bb3 h6 8.Ne6 Bxe6 9.fxe6 Qd6 10.O-O Qxe6 11.f3 Be7 12.Bf4 Qb6 13.fxe4 dxe4 14.Kh1 Nbd7 15.c4 O-O-O 16.d5 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Qxd6 18.Nc3 a6

19.Bc2 Rde8 20.h3 h5 21.Qd4 Ng4 22.Qg1 Ndf6 23.c5 Qe5 24.Rae1 e3 25.g3 Nf2+ 26.Kg2 h4 27.Qh2 hxg3 28.Qxg3 Qxg3+ 29.Kxg3 Rxh3+ 30.Kg2 Rh5 31.Kf3 N2g4 32.Kg2 Nh6 33.Kf3 Nxd5 34.Bg6 Rf8+ 35.Ke2 Nxc3+ 36.bxc3 Rxf1 37.Rxf1 Rxc5 38.Kxe3 Rxc3+ 39.Kd4 Rg3

40.Be4 c6 41.Kc5 Kc7 42.Bb1 b6+ 43.Kc4 b5+ 44.Kc5 Rg5+ 45.Kd4 c5+ 46.Kd3 Kd6 47.Rf8 Rg3+ 48.Kd2 c4 49.Ra8 Kc5 50.Rxa6 b4 51.Be4 Kd4 52.Ba8 c3+ 53.Kc2 Nf5 54.Ra5 Ne3+ 55.Kb3 c2, White forfeits.