Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Round Three: Pirc Defense
Kimberly Ding (USCF 1682) - Ziping Liu (USCF 1753), Branchburg NJ 9/27/2009
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 O-O 6.Bc4 c6 7.O-O Bg4 8.Be2 Nbd7 9.Qd2 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Qc7 13.Rad1 Rfd8
14.Qe2 Nf8 15.Rxd8 Rxd8 16.Rd1 Ne6 17.Rd2 Nd4 18.Qd1 Nxf3+ 19.Qxf3 Rxd2 20.Bxd2 Qd7 21.Bg5 Ne8 22.Be3 b6 23.Qe2 Nc7 24.Kf1 Ne6 25.Nd1 Kf8 26.Qd2 Ke8 27.Ke2 Nd4+ 28.Bxd4 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 exd4 30.Kd3 Kd7 31.c3 c5 32.cxd4 Bxd4 33.f3 Kd6
34.Nc3 Ke5 35.g3 a6 36.b3 Bxc3 37.Kxc3 b5 38.Kd3 f5 39.exf5 Kxf5 40.f4 h6 41.Ke3 c4 42.bxc4 bxc4 43.Kd4 c3 44.Kxc3 Ke4 45.Kb4 Kf3 46.Ka5 Kxg3 47.Kxa6 Kxh3 48.Kb6 g5 49.f5 g4 50.f6 g3 51.f7 g2 52.f8=Q g1=Q+ 53.Kb5 Qb1+, draw.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Bierkens will analyze Geller - Euwe and Euwe - Najdorf. The lecture begins at 7:30pm and is free to club members ($10 non-members).
Sunday, September 27, 2009
In the above photo, TD Steve Immitt makes an announcement before round one, as GM Michael Rohde enters the room. Rohde won his first four games, before losing to tournament winner IM Justin Sarkar in the final round.
Here is my drawn game. In what looked like a winning position, I took a draw because I had less than 20 seconds on my clock.
Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation
Jim West (USCF 2211) - Aaron Landesman (USCF 2140), Marshall Chess Club 9/26/2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.O-O-O Rfc8 13.Kb1 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.Nb3 Qa6
16.e5 Ne8 17.exd6 Qxd6 18.Qe2 Qe6 19.Nc5 Rxc5 20.Bxc5 Qc6 21.Qxe7 Be6 22.Rd8 Rxd8 23.Qxd8 Bf6 24.Be7 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Qb5+ 26.Bb4 b6 27.Qe7 h5 28.Re1 a5 29.a4 Qxa4 30.Rxe6 fxe6 31.Qxe6+ Kg7 32.Qe5+ Kg8 33.Be7 Qc6 34.Ba3 Qd7
35.c4 Qd1+ 36.Kb2 Qd7 37.Qd5+ Qf7 38.Kb3 Nc7 39.Qd8+ Kh7 40.Bb2 a4+ 41.Ka3 Ne8 42.Qd4 Qe7+ 43.Ka2 g5 44.hxg5 Qf7 45.g4 hxg4 46.fxg4 Qg8 47.Qd3+ Qg6 48.Qd7+ Kg8 49.Qd5+ Kh7 50.Qf5 Nd6
51.Qd7+ Kg8 52.Qd8+ Ne8 53.Qd5+ Kh7, draw.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Round Three: Petroff Defense
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Mark Kernighan (USCF 2222), Hamilton NJ 9/19/2009
1.e4 e5 Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qxe2+ 8.Bxe2 Be7 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.O-O-O h6 11.Bh4 Bf5 12.d4 Nb4 13.Rd2 Ne4
14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Bxe7 Kxe7 16.a3 Nd5 17.Re1 Kf6 18.Bd1 Bf5 19.Nh4 Bd7 20.g3 Rhe8 21.Rde2 Rxe2 22.Rxe2 g5 23.Ng2 Re8 24.Rxe8 Bxe8 25.Kd2 Ke6 26.c3 Nf6 27.h4 Bc6 28.Bb3+ Ke7 29.Ne3 Be4 30.hxg5 hxg5 31.f4 gxf4 32.gxf4 c6
33.Bd1 Nd5 34.Nxd5 Bxd5 35.Ke3 Kf6 36.b4 Kf5 37.Be2 b6 38.Bh5 c5 39.dxc5 dxc5 40.Bd1 Ke6 41.Bc2 Bc4 42.Kf3 Bd5+ 43.Kg4 Kf6 44.Bd3 Be6+ 45.f5 Bd7 46.Kf4 cxb4 47.cxb4 Bc8
48.a4 Bd7 49.a5 bxa5 50.bxa5 Bc8 51.Bc4 Bxf5 52.Bxf7 Kxf7 53.Kxf5 Ke7, draw.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
In addition to being the 2005 MVP in the USCL, Charbonneau is a two-time Canadian chess champion [2002 and 2004]. He has been a member of the Canadian Olympiad team since 2000 and defeated GM Viswanathan Anand at the 2006 Olympiad.
The lecture begins at 7pm and is free to club members [$10 non-members].
Thursday, September 17, 2009
At long last, I am able to see my article on the Philidor Counter Gambit in the 2006 #4 issue!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I received an e-mail from The Week in Chess explaining how the error occurred. Although each player is supposed to have a unique identifier, the software program at TWIC tends to select the weaker player whenever there are two persons with the same first initial and last name. Since Jonathan West's FIDE rating  was lower than mine , it chose him instead of me.
The corrected crosstable appears in issue 775.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Round Three: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation
Gregory Nolan (USCF 2181) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 9/13/2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Qd3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Nxd2 6.Nxd2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qe7 8.a3 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.e3 d6 12.Rc1 O-O 13.Be2 a5 14.Bf3 Rb8 15.O-O b6
16.Bc6 Qc5 17.Bd5 a4 18.Qc2 Bd7 19.Rfd1 Rfe8 20.Rd4 Re5 21.Rcd1 b5 22.Rf4 Rf8 23.h3 b4 24.axb4 Qxb4 25.Rh4 h6 26.Rxh6 Bf5 27.e4 gxh6 28.exf5 Re1+ 29.Kh2 Rxd1 30.Qxd1 Qxb2
31.Qg4+ Qg7 32.Qf3 Qf6 33.g4 Rb8 34.Kg2 Rb3 35.Qe2 Qe5 36.Qd2 Kg7 37.g5 Qxf5 38.gxh6+ Kh7 39.f3 Rd3 40.Qe2 Qg5+, White resigns.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tournament director Ken Thomas watches Paul Joseph and Ilya Zhurbinskiy, as they set up an unusually large chessboard for their third round game. Zhurbinskiy won the Under 1900 section on tie-breaks.
TD Ken Thomas addresses the players before round five.
The 2009 U.S. Amateur East Champion, Sandi Hutama, plays his game as Black in the sixth round.
Friday, September 11, 2009
In her debut with the NJKO, Anna Matlin [pictured above] was awarded the Week 2 Upset Prize for her victory against Rahul Swaminathan.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I finished the tournament with a score of 2-2-2, drawing twice on day three. Here are the games.
Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Taimanov Variation
Jim West (USCF 2200) - David Hua (USCF 2080), NJ Open 9/7/2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 b5 8.O-O Bb7 9.Bf4 e5 10.Nd5 Qb8
11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Be3 Qb7 13.Qh5 d6 14.Rad1 g6 15.Qe2 Bxd5 16.exd5 f5 17.f4 e4 18.Bd4 Bg7 19.Bxg7 Qxg7 20.c4 Nf6 21.cxb5 O-O 22.bxa6 Qa7+ 23.Kh1 Qxa6 24.Qxa6 Rxa6 25.a3 Rb8 26.Rf2 Ng4 27.Re2 Rb3 28.Rc1 Rab6
29.h3 Nf6 30.Rc8+ Kg7 31.Rc7+ Kh6 32.g4 fxg4 33.hxg4 Nxg4 34.Bxe4 Rxb2 35.Rxb2 Rxb2 36.Kg1 Nf6 37.Bg2 Rb5 38.Rc4 Nxd5 39.Rd4 Nc3 40.Rxd6 Ra5 41.Kf2 Rxa3 42.f5 Ra5 43.fxg6 hxg6 44.Rc6 Rf5+ 45.Ke1 Nb5 46.Rxg6+ Kxg6 47.Be4, draw.
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Round Six: Dutch Defense
George Maxfield (USCF 2003) - Jim West (USCF 2200), NJ Open 9/7/2009
1.c4 f5 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 a5 6.Bg2 b6 7.O-O Bb7 8.Nc3 O-O 9.Qb3 Qc8 10.Rad1 Kh8 11.Nb1 Bxd2 12.Nbxd2 d6 13.Ne1 Nbd7
14.Bxb7 Qxb7 15.Nd3 e5 16.d5 e4 17.Nf4 Nc5 18.Qc3 Rae8 19.Nb3 Nxb3 20.Qxb3 Nd7 21.Qc3 Nc5 22.b3 Re7 23.a3 e3 24.f3 Rfe8 25.Ra1 a4 26.b4 Nb3 27.Ra2 b5 28.Rc2 Nd2 29.c5 Nxf1 30.c6 Qb6 31.Kxf1 Kg8
32.Rc1 Re5 33.Rd1 Kf7 34.Rd4 g6 35.Nd3 R5e7 36.Rh4 h5 37.Rd4 Kg8 38.Rh4 Kf7 39.Ke1 Qb8 40.Kf1 Rh8 41.Rf4 Qg8 42.Nc1 Qg7 43.Qxg7+ Kxg7 44.Na2 Re5 45.Nc3 Rb8 46.Rh4 Kh6 47.Rd4 g5 48.h4 gxh4 49.Rxh4 Re7 50.Kg2 Rg7 51,f4 Rg4
52.Rh3 h4 53.Rxh4+ Rxh4 54.gxh4 Kh5 55.Kh3 Kg6 56.Kg3 Kh5 57.Kh3 Kg6 58.Kg3, draw.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Joseph Manuli (USCF 1644), NJ Open 9/6/2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 O-O 9.Qf3 Qc7 10.f5 e5 11.Nde2 Nbd7 12.Bg5 b5 13.O-O Bb7
14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Ng3 a5 16.a4 Qc5+ 17.Kh1 b4 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 f6 20.Rad1 Ba6 21.Rfe1 Ra7 22.Ne4 Qb6 23.g4 Bc8 24.Bc4 Bd7 25.b3 Qd8 26.Qe3 Rc7 27.Ra1 Qb8 28.Re2 Be8 29.c3 Bf7 30.cxb4 Qxb4 31.Qc3 Qb6 32.Qd3 Rfc8 33.h4 Qb4 34.Rc2 h6
35.Rf1 Be8 36.g5 Bxa4 37.gxf6 Bd8 38.fxg7 Rxc4 39.Rxc4 Rxc4 40.bxc4 Bb3 41.f6 Bxf6 42.Nxf6+ Kxg7 43.Qh7+, Black resigns.