Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Goeller Says Goodbye

In his farewell to blogging, Michael Goeller of The Kenilworthian quotes from Sir Walter Scott.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Millionaire Chess Organizers Will Lose $

The organizers of the Millionaire Chess tournament at the Planet Hollywood Casino expect to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pix from New Jersey Open 8/30/2014

On Saturday, I took these pictures at the Headquarters Plaza Hyatt where the New Jersey Open is in progress.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FIDE Could Strip Title from Carlsen

[photo by Alvaro Barrientos] 

By tomorrow's deadline, Magnus Carlsen must agree to play the world championship rematch in November or risk forfeiting his title.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Frost Interviews Kasparov

David Frost interviews Garry Kasparov.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Game of Thrones" Author & Bobby Fischer

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, a native of Bayonne NJ, owes his writing career to Bobby Fischer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Success for Applesauce vs. NJKO

In week one of the United States Chess League, the Manhattan Applesauce found sweet success against the New Jersey Knockouts.  

Savor the games on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Westfield Quads 8/24/2014

On Sunday, I drew this game in the quads at Westfield.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Pete Radomskyj (USCF 2270), Westfield NJ 8/24/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.Re1 d6 9.a4 e5 10.c3 h6 11.h4 Bg4 12.Qc2 Qd7 13.Nc4 Rad8

14.a5 Bh3 15.Kh2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 f5 17.Qb3 Kh8 18.Rh1 d5 19.exd5 Qxd5 20.Ncd2 Qxd3 21.Ng5 Qd5+ 22.Qxd5 Rxd5 23.Ne6 Rf6 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.Nc4 Rf8 26.Re1 Rfd8 27.Be3 Nc8 28.Ra3 Nd6 29.Nxd6 R8xd6

30.c4 Rd3 31.Bxc5 Rxa3 32.Bxd6 Rb3, draw.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Marshall August Under 2300 8/23/2014

On Saturday, I played three draws in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2205) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1880), Marshall Chess Club 8/23/2014

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Bd6 6.Bg2 Nge7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nh4 Be5 9.f4 Bc7 10.e5 Nd4 11.Ndf3 Nef5 12.Nxf5 Nxf5 13.a4 Rb8 14.g4 Ne7 15.c3 Bd7 16.d4 b6 17.Be3 c4

18.h4 Qe8 19.h5 h6 20.Bh3 Kh8 21.g5 Nf5 22.Bxf5 exf5 23.Nh4 Qe6 24.Qf3 Bd8 25.Kh2 Be7 26.Qh3 b5 27.axb5 Rxb5 28.Rf2 Rfb8 29.Rxa7 Rxb2 30.Qg2 Rxf2 31.Qxf2 hxg5 32.Rxd7 Qxd7 33.fxg5, draw.

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Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Saemisch Variation

Dennis Moore (USCF 2005) - Jim West (USCF 2205), Marshall Chess Club 8/23/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Be3 b6 7.Qd2 c5 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.Rd1 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nd5 Be6 12.Nec3 Bxd5 13.cxd5 Nd4 14.Bg5 Qd7 15.a4 Ne8 16.Bb5 Nxb5 17.Nxb5 a6 18.Nc3 Nd6 19.O-O b5 20.axb5 axb5

21.b3 c4 22.bxc4 Nxc4 23.Qc2 h6 24.Bc1 Nd6 25.Qb3 Rfb8 26.Bb2 b4 27.Nb1 Qa7+ 28.Kh1 Qa2 29.Rd3 Qxb3 30.Rxb3 f5 31.Nd2 h5 32.Rd1 Rb7 33.Kg1 Rc8 34.exf5 gxf5 35.Nf1 Rc5 36.Kf2 Rbb5 37.Rd2 Bh6 38.Rd1 Rc2+ 39.Kg3 Bf4+ 40.Kh3 Nc4

41.Ba1 e4 42.fxe4 fxe4 43.g3 Bg5 44.d6 Bd8 45.Ne3 Nxe3 46.Rxe3 Rc4 47.Rde1 b3 48.Rxe4 Rxe4 49.Rxe4 Kf7 50.Bb2 Rd5 51.Re3 Rxd6 52.Rxb3 Kg6 53.g4 hxg4+ 54.Kxg4 Bf6 55.Bxf6 Rxf6 56.Rb8 Ra6

57.Rg8+ Kh7 58.Rg5 Rg6 59.h4 Rxg5 60.hxg5 Kg6 61.Kf4 Kg7 62.Kf5 Kf7 63.g6+ Kg7 64.Kg5 Kg8 65.Kh6 Kh8, draw.

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Round Three: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2037) - William Hu (FIDE 1895), Marshall Chess Club 8/23/2014

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Bc5 6.Ngf3 dxe4 7.dxe4 e5 8.O-O O-O 9.h3 Qe7 10.c3 a5 11.a4 Rd8 12.Qc2 b6 13.Re1 Ba6 14.Bf1 Bxf1 15.Kxf1 Qd7 16.Kg2 Qd3 17.Qxd3 Rxd3

18.Nc4 Nd7 19.Be3 Bxe3 20.Rxe3 Rxe3 21.Nxe3 Nc5 22.Nd5 Nxe4 23.Nxc7 Rd8 24.Re1 Nc5 25.Nxe5 Nxe5 26.Rxe5 f6 27.Re2 Nxa4 28.Nb5 Kf7 29.Nd4, draw.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pix from Marshall Masters 8/19/2014

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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FIDE Election Analyzed in "WSJ"

[photo by Agence France-Press]

In the Wall Street Journal, Peter Nicholas analyzes the recent election for the presidency of FIDE.

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.