Sunday, September 30, 2007

Marshall Chess Club Swiss 9/30/2007

Playing the one-day schedule, I won the following game today in a Swiss tournament at the Marshall Chess Club. Castling on move ten was a mistake that left my opponent down in material. The book line is 10...Bd6 11.hxg4 hxg4 12.Nh2 Rxh2 13.Qxg4 Rh4 14.Qf5 with a slight advantage for White.

Round Four: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Ed Kopiecki (USCF 1932), Marshall Chess Club 9/30/2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.d4 Ng6 10.Re1 O-O-O

11.hxg4 hxg4 12.Nh2 Rxh2 13.Qxg4+ Kb8 14.Kxh2 Qxf2 15.Rf1 Qxd4 16.Nf3 Qc4 17.Bg5 f6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.Qxg6 Bc5 20.Qxf6 Rg8 21.Rfd1 Ka7 22.Rd8 Rg4 23.Kh3 Rxe4 24.Re1 Be3 25.Qf5 c5 26.b3 Qb4 27.c3 Qb6 28.Qxe4 Bf4 29.g4 Qh6+ 30.Kg2 Qg7 31.Qf5 Qe7 32.Qxf4 Qxd8 33.Qxe5 b6 34.Re2 Qd7 35.Qe6 Qd1 36.Rd2 Qc1 37.Qc6 a5 38.Qxc7+ Ka6 39.Qc8+ Kb5 40.a4#.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mount Arlington Quads 9/29/2007

Today, at Mount Arlington, I played the following draw against Boris Privman.

Round One: King's Indian Defense

Boris Privman (USCF 2221) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Mount Arlington NJ Quad 9/29/2007

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O Nc6 7.d4 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.b3 c6 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Be3 Be6 13.Rad1 a6 14.Na4 Nd7

15.Rd2 Bf6 16.Rfd1 Be7 17.Nb6 Nxb6 18.Bxb6 Rxd2 19.Rxd2 Kf8 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Ke8 22.e4 Bd8 23.Bc5 Ba5 24.Rd3 Rd8 25.Bf1 Bc7 26.Be3 f6 27.Kf2 Rxd3 28.Bxd3 b5 29.Kf3 Ke7 30.h4 h5 31.a4 Bg4+ 32.Kf2 bxa4 33.bxa4 Bd1 34.a5 Bxa5 35.c5 Bc3 36.Bxa6 Bc2 37.Kf3 Be1 38.Bf2 Bxe4+ 39.Kxe4 Bxf2 40.f5 gxf5+ 41.Kxf5 Bxh4 42.Be2 Bf2 43.Bxh5 Bxc5 44.Bf3, draw.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Garry Kasparov for President

Of Russia!

The United States is not the only country with a presidential election in 2008. On Monday, Kasparov won a primary in Moscow to be the opposition party candidate.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Longest Game

It took a 114-move draw, the longest game in the history of the United States Chess League, but the New Jersey Knockouts finally won their first match!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NJKO versus NY Knights

In the U.S. Chess League, tonight the New Jersey Knockouts try for their first victory of the season when they square off against the New York Knights, whose name coincidentally is the same as Robert Redford's baseball team in The Natural.

These New York Knights may not have Roy Hobbs in their lineup, but they do have the highest rated player in the USCL, grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"King's Gambit" by Hoffman

On Saturday before round one at Hamilton, I had a conversation with chess blogger Atomic Patzer who highly recommends Paul Hoffman's new book King's Gambit.

By coincidence, on the same day that I posted a blog entry on Grob's Attack, Atomic Patzer read Hoffman's chapter on this opening!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Volovich is NJ State Champ

Although GM Alexander Stripunsky finished first with 5 points at the New Jersey Open earlier this month, as a resident of New York he was ineligible for the title of New Jersey state champion.

That distinction fell upon FIDE master Anatoly Volovich with 4.5 points, who won on tie-breaks over five other NJ residents.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Midway at Mexico City

Midway through the 2007 world championship chess tournament in Mexico City, Viswananthan Anand of India leads the pack of eight players by half a point.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hamilton Swiss 9/22/2007

Earlier today, in a 6-man Swiss at Hamilton, I drew a couple of masters with the black pieces.

Round One: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Daniel Yeager (USCF 2327) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Hamilton NJ 9/22/2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.a3 Nxd2 7.Bxd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qc3 O-O 10.O-O-O Re8 11.Rd5 b6 12.e3 Bb7 13.Be2 Rad8 14.Rhd1 Nb8

15.R5d2 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Qxe5 17.Qxe5 Rxe5 18.Rd5 Rde8 19.Rxe5
Rxe5 20.Rd5 Rxd5 21.Bxd5 a5

22.b3 Kf8 23.Kd2 Ke7 24.Kc3 d6 25.f4 Nd7 26.Bf3 Nc5 27.b4
axb4+ 28.axb4 Ne6 29.h4 f6 30.Be4 h6 31.h5 c5 32.b5 Nc7

33.g4 Ke6 34.Bf5+ Ke7 35.e4 Ne6 36.Bxe6 Kxe6 37.Kd3 Ke7
38.Ke3 Ke6 39.Kf3 Ke7 40.Kg3 Ke6 41.Kh4 Ke7

42.Kg3 Ke6 43.Kf2 Ke7 44.Kf3 Ke6 45.Kg3 Ke7 46.Kh3 Ke6
47.Kh4 Ke7 48.Kg3, draw.

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Round Three: Queen's Gambit, Chigorin Defense

Mark Kernighan (USCF 2200) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Hamilton NJ 9/22/2007

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.dxe5 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Bg4 9.Kc2 Nge7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.gxf3 Nxe5

12.Rg1 O-O 13.Rb1 b6 14.Bf4 N7g6 15.Bc1 Rad8 16.f4 Nd7 17.f5 Ne7 18.e4 Kh8 19.Bf4 Nc5 20.f3 Rd7 21.Bb5 c6

22.f6 gxf6 23.Bh6 Rg8 24.Bxc6 Rdd8 25.Bb5 Rg6 26.Be3 Ne6 27.Bd3 Rxg1 28.Rxg1 Ng6 29.Bc4 Rc8 30.Bb3 Ne5

31.f4 Nc4 32.Bxc4 Rxc4 33.Kd3 Rc8 34.Rg4 Nc5+ 35.Bxc5 Rxc5 36.Rg2 Rh5 37.Rg3 Ra5 38.Rg2 Rh5 39.Rg3 Ra5 40.Rg2, draw.

Friday, September 21, 2007

NJKO Lose Match

Luck ran out for the New Jersey Knockouts in week four of the U.S. Chess League.

They suffered their first defeat by a score of 1-2-1 at the hands of the Queens Pioneers, after having drawn their first three matches.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

More PCG with 4.Bc4 and 5.Ng5

At his Contre Gambit Philidor blog, Frederic Fournier analyzes the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.O-O Nxd4 7.c3 f4 8.Nxh7 Ng4, recommending two lines:

a) 9.cxd4 Qh4 (9...Nxh2? 10.Qh5+ +-) 10.h3 Qxh7 11.Qb3 +=;

b) 9.h3 Rxh7 10.cxd4 Qh4 11.Qb3 exd4 12.Bg8 (threatening 13.Qf7+ +/-) Ne5 13.Bxh7 Qxh7 14.Bxf4 Qxe4 15.Bxe5 dxe5 16.Nd2 (with the idea of Rae1 and Nc4) +/-.

But Black does better to omit ...Qh4 until White captures with hxg4. For example, 9.cxd4 Rxh7 10.h3 c6 11.hxg4 (11.Qb3 Nh6=) Qh4 12.f3 Be7 13.Qb3 g6 yields Black a dangerous attack.

The same position arises after 9.h3 Rxh7 10.cxd4 c6 11.hxg4 Qh4, etc.

Instead of 8...Ng4, Fritz8 prefers 8...Bg4 9.f3 Be6 10.Nd2 Bxc4 11.Nxc4 Ne2+ 12.Qxe2 Rxh7 which is slightly better for Black.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Battle of Expansion Teams

Tonight it will be a rematch between the two expansion teams, when the Queens Pioneers battle the New Jersey Knockouts in the U.S. Chess League.

Their previous match from week one ended in a 2-2 tie, as have all three matches played by the NJKO.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ferrero - Minkov

Atlantic Chess News editor Steve Ferrero has long favored Larsen's Opening 1.b3 when playing White. Here he draws against Ari Minkov with it.

Steve Ferrero (USCF 1892) - Ari Minkov (USCF 1943), Westfield NJ Quad 9/9/2007

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 e6 3.e3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.Ne2 Be7 7.d3 c5 8.c4 Nbc6 9.O-O O-O

This position is equal. Occasionally I play Larsen's Opening, but I prefer a reverse Dutch formation with pawn on f4 and knight on f3. Instead of a kingside fianchetto, I usually keep my king bishop on the f1-a6 diagonal.

10.a3 dxc4 11.dxc4 Qc7 12.Qc2 Nd7 13.Nbc3 a6 14.Ne4 Nce5 15.Nd2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Qc6+ 17.Qe4 Qc7

The game is still equal. Black declines the offer to exchange queens, probably because he is higher rated and wants to retain winning chances.

18.Rfd1 f5 19.Qc2 Qc6+ 20.Kg1

White should have played 20.f3.

20...Rad8 21.Nf4 g5 22.Nd3 Nxd3 23.Qxd3 Ne5 24.Qe2 Nd3?!

Black wins after 24...Rxd2! 25.Rxd2 Nf3+ 26.Kf1 Nd4!!, attacking the queen and threatening mate.

25.Bc3 Rd7 26.Nf3 g4 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.Bxe5 Rfd8 29.Bc3 Qe4 30.Rxd7 Rxd7 31.Rd1 Qc6 32.a4 h5 33.Rxd7 Qxd7

Thanks to careless play by his opponent in an advantageous position, White has managed to equalize.

34.h4 Kf7 35.Kf1 Bf6 36.Bxf6 Kxf6 37.Qb2+ e5 38.Ke2 Qc6 39.Qd2, draw.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Guerrero Rodriguez - Zilbermintz

Lev Zilbermintz e-mails me the following Philidor Counter Gambit that he played at the Internet Chess Club against a women's international master from Mexico. He mentions that 10...Qc1+ would have won a move sooner. Instead of 10.Qa4, Zilbermintz gives 10.Qc2 d4 11.Bd2 Qxe5 with advantage to Black.

WIM Alejandra Guerrero Rodriguez (FIDE 2127) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 1976), ICC Simultaneous 9/10/2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qxg5 8.Bxb4 Nc6 9.Bc3 Bg4 10.Qa4 O-O-O 11.h3 Qc1+, White resigns.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Westfield Swiss 9/16/2007

There were 36 players in today's game/30 Swiss at Westfield. I finished in an 8-way tie for third place with a score of 2-0-2.

Here is my game against the highest rated opponent that I faced.

Round Four: King's Indian Defense

Sameer Mujumdar (USCF 2027) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Westfield NJ 9/16/2007

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.e4 e5 8.O-O c6 9.h3 Qb6

10.Rb1 exd4 11.Qxd4 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Nb6 13.b3 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Bxd4 15.Nxd6 Rd8 16.Nxc8 Raxc8 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Rbd1 Rxd1 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Bxd8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ke7 23.h4 a5 24.Kd3 Nd7 25.a3 Bb6 26.Ke2 Bc5 27.Bd2 Bxa3 28.Bxa5 Bc5 29.Bc3 Bd6 30.b4 Ne5 31.Bxe5, draw.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Grob's Attack

The rare Grob's Attack made an appearance last Sunday at the Westfield Quads, with a time control of game/45.

Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 1945) - Steve Ferrero (USCF 1892), Westfield NJ Quad 9/9/2007

1.g4 Nc6

Two options for Black are:

a) 1...d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 h5 4.g5 h4 5.e4 dxe4 6.Nc3 Qa5 7.Nxe4 Bf5 8.Nc3 e6 9.Be4 Nd7 10.Qe2 Bb4 11.Bxf5 Qxf5 12.Ne4 O-O-O 13.a3 Bf8 14.d3 Kb8 15.Bd2 Ne7 16.Nf3 Ng6 17.O-O-O +/=, Skembris-Gheorghiu, Skopje 1984;

1...e5 2.h3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 e4 5.c4 Bd6 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.Bg5 f6
8.Bd2 O-O 9.Qb3 Kh8 10.Rc1 Na6 11.e3 f5 =/+, Basman-Kudrin, Manchester 1981.

2.Bg2 b6 3.h3 Bb7 4.Nf3 Nd4 5.e3 Nxf3+ 6.Bxf3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 d5 8.Nc3 e6

This position is approximately equal, but Black needs to catch up in development.

9.d3 Nf6 10.Bd2 c5 11.e4 a6 12.O-O d4 13.Ne2 e5 14.Qg3 Nd7 15.f4 Bd6 16.f5 f6

White leads in development and has the better bishop.

17.Kg2 Be7 18.h4 Rc8 19.b3 a5 20.a4 Nb8 21.Kf3 Kd7 22.Rh1 Qc7 23.g5 Rcg8 24.Rag1 Qd8

Black plays passively, as though content with a draw. Perhaps he should move his knight to c6 at some point. On the other hand, maybe White should aim for the pawn break on c3.

25.Qh3 Qf8 26.Ng3 Kd8 27.Nh5 Qe8 28.Qg4 Nd7 29.Ke2 Kc8 30.Qf3 Kc7 31.gxf6 Bxf6 32.Bg5 Qf7

Now Black plays to exchange his weaker bishop.

33.Rg2 h6 34.Bxf6 gxf6 35.Rhg1 Rxg2 36.Rxg2 Rg8

Here Black offered a draw which was declined although White has no advantage.

37.Rxg8 Qxg8 38.Qg3 Qxg3 39.Nxg3 Kd6 40.Nf1 Ke7 41.Nh2 Kf7 42.Ng4 Kg7 43.Nf2 h5

This position is dead equal and could have been agreed drawn at this point.

44.Nd1 Kf7 45.Nb2 Nb8 46.Nc4 Nd7 47.Nd6+ Ke7 48.Nc4 Kf7 49.Kd2 Ke7 50.Na3 Kd6 51.Nb5+ Kc6 52.c3 Nb8 53.Kc2 Na6 54.cxd4, draw.

This rather dull and boring example of Grob's Attack does not leave me inclined to try it anytime soon!

Friday, September 14, 2007

PCG with 4.Bc4 and 5.Ng5

At his Contre Gambit Philidor blog, Frederic Fournier thinks that Black's play needs to be improved upon after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.O-O Nxd4 7.c3 f4 8.Nxh7 Ng4 which is what I used against David Newmuis at Cherry Hill last Saturday.

Fournier recommends 8...Ne6 as a better try. But there is nothing wrong with 8...Ng4 provided that I had followed up after 9.Nxf8 with 9...Nxh2! (10.cxd4? Nf3+! 11.Qxf3 Qh4 wins) instead of my 9...Rxh2 10.g3 Qg5.

White missed 11.cxd4!, after which Black has two choices:

(a) 11...Nxf2!? 12.Qf3 Qxg3+ 13.Qxg3 fxg3 14.Rxf2 Rxf2 15.Ne6! Bxe6 16.Bxe6 Ke7 17.Bc4 exd4 18.Nd2 Rh8 19.Nf1 with clear advantage to White;

(b) 11...Rh6! 12.Qf3 Nh2 13.Qg2 Qh5 14.Nd2 Nxf1 15.Bxf1 Kxf8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.b4 when White's advantage is small.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

FIDE World Championship

Later today, the FIDE world championship tournament begins in Mexico City.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

NJKO on the Ropes?

In previewing tonight's match in the U.S. Chess League between the New Jersey Knockouts and Baltimore Kingfishers, Michael Goeller of The Kenilworthian is less than optimistic about the winning chances of the NJKO.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Frank Brady Lecture

This evening at 7:30, Frank Brady will lecture on "Bobby Fischer, the Enigma: the Pride and Sorrow of Chess" at the Marshall Chess Club.

Besides being the author of Fischer's biography Profile of a Prodigy, Brady is also the club's president.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Le Gambit Fajarowicz

By searching on Google and Yahoo! for "Fajarowicz", I found this fascinating article. Here are the original and translated versions.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

September Issue of "Chess Life"

Yesterday in the mail, I received my September 2007 issue of Chess Life, one of the more readable in recent memory.

There were a couple of articles commemorating the 35th anniversary of Bobby Fischer's world championship victory in 1972. Al Lawrence discusses the Fischer fallout, while Susan Polgar and Paul Truong give highlights of the Spassky-Fischer match.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Cherry Hill Swiss 9/8/2007

Only eight players participated in today's game/30 Swiss at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. But three, including myself, were masters. I finished first with a score of 4-0-1. Luckily for me, my third-round opponent was in time trouble and missed 27...Rxe4 which should have won for him.

Round One: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Donald Battle (USCF 1521), Cherry Hill NJ 9/8/2007

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Ne4 Qc7 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 10.Qe2 Nd7 11.O-O-O O-O-O 12.Nh4 Nb6 13.Nxf5 Nxc4 14.Qxc4 exf5 15.g3 Bd6 16.Qd3 Qd7 17.Qf3 h5 18.h4 f4

19.gxf4 Qf5 20.Qh3 Qxh3 21.Rxh3 f5 22.Re1 Rhg8 23.Rg3 Rg4 24.Rxg4 fxg4 25.f5 Kd7 26.Bg5 Re8 27.Rxe8 Kxe8 28.Kd2 a5 29.a4 b5 30.b3 Kd7 31.Kd3 b4 32.c4 bxc3 33.Kxc3 Bh2 34.Kd3 Kd6 35.Bd8 Bg1 36.Ke2 Kd5 37.Bb6 Ke4 38.Kf1 Bh2 39.Bxa5 Kxd4 40.Bb6+ Kc3 41.a5 Bb8 42.a6 Kxb3 43.a7 Bxa7 44.Bxa7 Kc4 45.Ke2 c5 46.Ke3 Kd5 47.f6 Ke6 48.Bxc5 Kxf6 49.Kf4 Kg6 50.Be7 f6 51.Bd8 Kg7 52.Kf5 Kf7 53.Bxf6, Black resigns.

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Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

David Newmuis (USCF 1786) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Cherry Hill NJ 9/8/2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.O-O Nxd4 7.c3 f4 8.Nxh7 Ng4 9.Nxf8 Rxh2 10.g3 Qg5 11.Bxf4 Qh5

12.cxd4 Rh1+ 13.Kg2 Qh3+ 14.Kf3 Nh2+ 15.Ke2 Rxf1 16.Qa4+ Kxf8 17.Be3 Bg4+ 18.Kd2 Rd1+ 19.Kc3 Qg2 20.Bd3 Nf1 21.dxe5 Nxe3 22.fxe3 Rxd3+ 23.Kxd3 Qe2+ 24.Kd4 dxe5+ 25.Kc3 Qxe3+ 26.Kb4 a5+ 27.Kc4 Qd4+ 28.Kb3 Bd1+, White resigns.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Sveshnikov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Andrew Shvartsman (USCF 2084), Cherry Hill NJ 9/8/2007

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 Rc8 16.Bg2 f5 17.f4 e4 18.O-O Ne7

19.Kh1 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 Rc5 21.Ne3 d5 22.Qd2 b4 23.cxb4 Rc7 24.Rfd1 d4 25.g4 fxg4 26.Bxe4 Rxf4 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.Qxf4 Rf7 29.Qxg4 h5 30.Qg2 Bxe4 31.Qxe4 Re7 32.Qg2 d3 33.Rd2 Qd4 34.Rad1 Qxb4 35.h3 Kh7 36.Qf3 Re1+ 37.Rxe1 Qxd2 38.Qxh5+ Qh6 39.Qf5+ Qg6 40.Qxg6+ Kxg6 41.Rd1 Bxb2, Black forfeits.

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Round Four: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Michael Katz (USCF 2232) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Cherry Hill NJ 9/8/2007

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e5 4.dxe5 Ne4 5.Nbd2 Bf5 6.Qb3 Nc5 7.Qe3 Be7 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.Qe5 Qxe5 10.Nxe5 O-O

11.g4 Bf6 12.gxf5 Bxe5 13.Bg2 a5 14.O-O a4 15.Rb1 Nba6 16.b4 axb3 17.axb3 Nb4 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 c6 20.Bd2 Na2 21.Bf3 Rfd8 22.Be3 Nc3 23.Bb6 Rd2 24.Rbc1 Nxe2+ 25.Bxe2 Rxe2 26.Rfe1 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Ra1 28.Rxa1 Bxa1 29.Bc5 g6 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.fxg6 hxg6 32.Kf3 Be5 33.h3 Kf6 34.Ke4 Ke6 35.Bb6 f5+ 36.Ke3 Bf6 37.Bd4 Be7 38.Kf3, draw.

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Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Shaun Pilkington (USCF 1866), Cherry Hill NJ 9/8/2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Na5 11.Bb3 Qc7 12.h5 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Qxc4 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.O-O-O Rfc8 16.Kb1 b5 17.Nde2 Be6 18.Nf4 Bf7

19.Qd3 Qc7 20.Ncd5 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 Qb7 22.Bg5 Re8 23.g4 a5 24.Rh2 b4 25.Rdh1 a4 26.Rxh7 b3 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qc3+ e5 29.Bh6+ Kh8 30.Nf6 bxc2+ 31.Kc1 Bg8 32.Bf8+ Bh7 33.Nxh7 Qxh7 34.Rxh7+ Kxh7 35.Qc7+, Black resigns.