Friday, July 31, 2015

7 Grandmasters to Play in 2015 NJ Open

                                    Joel Benjamin

                                   Alexander Stripunsky

                                   Michael Rohde

                                   John Fedorowicz

                                   Maxim Dlugy

                                   Alexander Fishbein

                                   Mackenzie Molner

The above seven grandmasters will be playing in the 2015 New Jersey Open.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gender Gap in Chess

[photo by Willis Ryder Arnold]

At the New Yorker Open in 2011, I lost games to WFM Hana Itkis and WFM Amanda Mateer.

So I know firsthand that there is no gender gap in playing strength.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Westfield Quads 7/26/2015

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

Round Three: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Michael Yen (USCF 2139), Westfield NJ 7/26/2015

1.e4 e6 2.d3 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.Re1 a6 10.c3 b5 11.axb5 axb5 12.h4 b4 13.Qc2 Qc7 14.Nc4 O-O 15.Bd2 Bd7

16.h5 Rb7 17.h6 Bh8 18.Bf4 e5 19.Bd2 Rfb8 20.Reb1 Be6 21.Ng5 Bxc4 22.dxc4 bxc3 23.bxc3 Rb6 24.Bf1 Bf6 25.Nf3 Kf8 26.Rxb6 Qxb6 27.Ng5 Kg8 28.Nf3 Na5 29.Qd3 Nc8 30.Bh3 Na7 31.Kh2 Be7 32.Bg5 Bf8

33.Rd1 Qb3 34.Bf1 Qa2 35.Rd2 Qa3 36.Rc2 Nc8 37.Bc1 Qa4 38.Qe2 Nb3 39.Bg5 Ne7 40.Ra2 Qd7 41.Bh3 Qc7 42.Rb2 Nc6 43.Qc2 Nba5 44.Rxb8 Qxb8 45.Bd7 Qb7 46.Bxc6 Qxc6 47.Kg2 Qb7 48.Qd3 Qb3 49.Nd2 Qa2

50.Bf6 Nb3 51.Nxb3 Qxb3 52.Bg7 Qb6 53.Bxf8 Kxf8 54.Qd5 Ke7 55.Qa8, draw.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rahway Swiss 7/25/2015

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted pictures from Saturday's tournament.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pix from Marshall Masters 7/21/2015

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Garry Who?

Garry Kasparov's name has been removed from the record book of a Russian sports club.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Marshall Masters 7/21/2015

On Tuesday, I finished with a score of 1-2-1 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Sveshnikov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Ryan Ruiz (USCF 2162), Marshall Chess Club 7/21/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 f5 11.c3 Bg7 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Nc2 O-O 14.Nce3 Be6 15.g3 f5 16.Bh3 Ne7 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.O-O Kh8

19.Qh5 Qf7 20.Qxf7 Rxf7 21.a4 Rb8 22.axb5 axb5 23.Ra6 Bf8 24.Rfa1 Rbb7 25.Ra8 Kg7 26.f4 e4 27.Kf2 b4 28.c4 Kg6 29.b3 Bg7 30.Rd1 Bf8 31.Rda1 Bg7 32.Rd1 Bf8, draw.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gata Kamsky Wins 8th NY International

At the Marshall Chess Club, celebrating its 100th anniversary, the 8th New York International was won by GM Gata Kamsky [pictured].

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rahway Swiss 7/19/2015

11 players showed up at Chess Mates on Sunday for the game/30 tournament.

Monday, July 20, 2015

"Pawn Sacrifice" on Facebook

With less than two months to go before its release date of September 18th, Pawn Sacrifice is on Facebook.