Sunday, October 31, 2010

Photos from Flemington Super Center

Earlier today I visited the new Dean of Chess Academy in Flemington where I played a rated match versus Atlantic Chess News editor Steve Ferrero, who is featured in some of these photos along with tournament director Noreen Davisson and her son Richard.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ziping Wins Westfield Quad

On Sunday, Ziping Liu won quad four in Westfield with a final score of 2-0-1.

Round One: King's Indian Attack

Ziping Liu (USCF 1756) - Thomas Knoff (USCF 1717), Westfield NJ 10/24/2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O O-O 7.c3 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Bd7 9.a4 a6 10.Nc4 b5 11.axb5 axb5 12.Rxa8 Qxa8 13.Ne3 Qa7

14.h4 Qc7 15.Nh2 Ra8 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Na7 18.h5 Nc8 19.f4 Nb6 20.Qf3 Qd8 21.f5 gxf5 22.g4 fxg4 23.Qxf7+ Kh8

24.h6 Bf6 25.Rxf6 Qg8 26.Qxe7 Re8 27.Qxd6 Re1+ 28.Rf1 Rxf1+ 29.Nxf1 Qg6 30.Qf8+ Qg8 31.Qf6+ Qg7 32.Qxg7#.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pix from Westfield Quads 10/24/2010

These pictures were taken by me during Sunday's quads in Westfield.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pix from Hamilton Quads 10/23/2010

During Saturday's quads in Hamilton, I took these pictures.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Improvements for Black in Blank - West

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier gives improvements for Black in my game against Richard Blank [pictured].

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NJ Knocked Out of Playoffs by Baltimore

In week ten of the U.S. Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts failed to make the playoffs when they lost to the Baltimore Kingfishers.

These are the games from boards one, two, three, and four.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Westfield Quads 10/24/2010

At Sunday's quads in Westfield, I drew the following game in the PCG.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Richard Blank (USCF 2090) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Westfield NJ 10/24/2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nf6 6.Nc4 d5 7.Ne5 Bb4 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O c6 10.f3 Nbd7

11.fxe4 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nxe4 13.Ba3 Rxf1+ 14.Qxf1 Qf6 15.Nxd7 Qxf1+ 16.Rxf1 Bxd7 17.c4 Nd2 18.Rd1 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.Re1 Re8 21.Re5 Rxe5 22.dxe5 Kf7 23.Kf2 Ke6 24.Bd6 Kd5 25.Ke3 b5 26.c3 c5 27.a3 a5 28.g3 h5 29.h4 g6 30.Bf8 Bf5

31.Kd2 Ke4 32.e6 Kf3 33.Bd6 Bxe6 34.Kc1 Bf5 35.Kb2 Be4 36.Kc1 g5 37.hxg5 b4 38.Kb2 b3 39.Bc7 a4 40.Bd6 Kg4 41.Bc7 Kxg5 42.Bd6 Kg4 43.Bc7, draw.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hamilton Quads 10/23/2010

Yesterday I drew this game at the Hamilton quads.

Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Dragan Milovanovic (USCF 2291), Hamilton NJ 10/23/2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 c5 8.Nb3 Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Bg4 10.f3 Bd7 11.Be3 b6 12.Nc3 O-O-O 13.a4 a5 14.Nd5 Ne7

15.Bf4 Nxd5 16.Rxd5 c4 17.Nc1 Bc5+ 18.Kf1 Bc6 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Ke2 Bd4 21.Ra2 g5 22.Bg3 f5 23.exf5 Re8+ 24.Kf1 Rf8 25.Ne2 Bc5 26.Bf2 Rxf5 27.Bxc5 Rxc5 28.Nc3 Re5 29.Ra1 Be8 30.Re1 Rxe1+ 31.Kxe1 Bg6 32.Kd2 Kd7

33.Nd5 Kd6 34.Ne3 Kc5 35.Kc3 Bf7 36.Ng4 Be6 37.Nf6 h6 38.Ne4+ Kd5 39.Nd2 Kc5 40.Ne4+ Kd5 41.Nd2 Kc5, draw.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Marshall Chess Academy

The Marshall Chess Foundation announces the inauguration of the Marshall Chess Academy.

Devoted to the pursuit of chess excellence, the Marshall Chess Academy is where players can learn how to improve their games through instruction by top players and experienced teachers. The curriculum will consist of such lessons as attacking chess and sacrifices, endgame mastery, latest opening theory, strategic positional planning, practical play, and instructional games.

Admission: open to tournament players of all ages and ratings.

Faculty: grandmasters in residence Nick De Firmian and John Fedorowicz.

Sections: limited to small groups.

Dates: starting Friday, November 5, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm.

Subsequent sections: Friday, November 12th and Friday, November 19th from 4pm to 6pm. Future dates to be announced.

Tuition: $60 for the two-hour class. Discounts will be available for three or more classes, paid in advance. $250 for five sessions.

Application: call, visit, or write to the
Marshall Chess Club, 23 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10011. Improve your game at the world’s most famous chess club! Sign up now. Space is severely limited.

NICK DE FIRMIAN [pictured left] is acclaimed as the world's leading expert on chess openings. He "taught" the supercomputer Deep Blue the opening moves it used to defeat world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Three-time United States chess champion, he has also represented the United States in seven chess Olympiads and three world championship cycles.

JOHN FEDOROWICZ [picured right] is one of the leading players in the United States, chalking up victories at Cannes 1987, Sesimbra 1987, Wijk Aan Zee 1990, New York Open 1989, and the U.S. Open and the World Open in Philadelphia. Fedorowicz has captained the U.S. Olympiad team on two occasions and has frequently acted as a second or advisor to world championship candidate Gata Kamsky.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Premier Issue of "Chess Player Magazine"

Sign up for a free subscription to Chess Player Magazine.

Here is a preview of the premier issue.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Checkmate Children on "Today"

Here is a video from the Today show featuring children playing chess.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ATKM Super Sunday Quads

ATKM Super Sunday Quads in Pitman NJ on October 24th.
First round begins at 11am.
Seating is limited.
Pre-register at

Stephen Arnold Dick
All the King's Men Chess & Games
President/Chess Instructor
Telephone: 856-582-8222
Toll Free: 877-265-6583
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Knockouts Win Joust with Knights

In week nine of the United States Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts won their match against the New York Knights.

These are the games from boards one, two, three, and four.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marshall October Grand Prix, Day 2

On Sunday, I won the following game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Isaac Barayev (USCF 1970), Marshall Chess Club 10/17/2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.c3 Nbc6 10.Qc2 h6 11.Bf4 Be6 12.Nbd2 Rc8 13.Rad1 Bd6

14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Nc4 Qb8 16.Nce5 Nb4 17.Bh7+ Kh8 18.Qb1 Nbc6 19.Bc2 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Nc6 21.Nxc6 Rxc6 22.Bb3 Rd6 23.Rd4 Rfd8 24.Red1 a6 25.a3 b5 26.Qd3 R6d7 27.Bc2 g6 28.Qe3 Kg7 29.Rh4 Rh8 30.Qd4+ Kg8 31.Qf6 Qd8

32.Qxd8+ Rxd8 33.Bb3 Kg7 34.Rhd4 Rhe8 35.Kf1 Re7 36.Bxd5 Bxd5 37.Rxd5 Rxd5 38.Rxd5 Re6 39.a4 bxa4 40.Ra5 Rb6 41.Rxa4 Rxb2 42.Rxa6 Rb7 43.Ke2 Re7+ 44.Kd2 Rd7+ 45.Kc2 Re7 46.Rd6 Re2+ 47.Rd2 Re7 48.c4 Rc7 49.Kc3 Kf6

50.Kb4 Rb7+ 51.Ka5 Rc7 52.Kb5 Ke7 53.c5 Rb7+ 54.Kc6 Ra7 55.Kb6 Ra1 56.c6 Rb1+ 57.Kc7 Rc1 58.Re2+ Kf8 59.Kd7 Rd1+ 60.Kc8 Rc1 61.c7 Rc3 62.Re4 Rb3 63.Kd7 Rd3+ 64.Kc6 Rc3+ 65.Kd6 f6 66.Rb4 Rd3+ 67.Kc5 Rc3+ 68.Rc4, Black resigns.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marshall October Grand Prix, Day 1

On Saturday, I won this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Ed Kopiecki (FIDE 2097) - Jim West (FIDE 2104), Marshall Chess Club 10/16/2010

1,e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3 O-O-O

13.Bxb5 axb5 14.Ndxb5 Qb6 15.e5 Nc5 16.exf6 gxf6 17.Bh4 Rhg8 18.Qe3 Rxg2 19.Kb1 Nd7 20.Bg3 f5 21.Rd4 Kb8 22.a4 Nf6 23.Qd3 Nh5 24.Rd1 Nxg3 25.hxg3 d5 26.Qf3 Rh2 27.Qe3 Bf6 28.Qg1 Bxd4 29.Qxh2 Bxc3 30.Nxc3 Rc8

31.Qd2 Rg8 32.Qe1 Ba6 33.Qe5+ Qc7 34.Qe3 Qa7 35.Qe5+ Ka8 36.Rd4 Rxg3 37.Rb4 Rg8 38.Qd6 d4 39.Rxd4 Rb8 40.Rb4 Rxb4 41.Qxb4 Qc7 42.a5 h5 43.Na4 Bb7 44.Nc5 Bc8 45.Qb5 h4 46.b4 h3 47.Qf1 e5 48.Qxh3 e4 49.Qe3 Be6 50.Kb2 Qd6 51.c3 Qd5

52.Qd4 Qa2+ 53.Kc1 Qa1+ 54.Kd2 Qb2+ 55.Ke3 Qc1+ 56.Qd2 Qg1+ 57.Qf2 Qc1+ 58.Kd4 Qd1+ 59.Ke5 Qd5+ 60.Kf6 Qd8+ 61.Kg7 Qe7 62.Nxe6 Qxe6 63.Qd4 e3 64.Qd8+ Kb7 65.Qd3 e2 66.Qb5+ Ka7 67.Qc5+ Ka8 68.Qf8+ Kb7

69.b5 e1=Q 70.a6+ Kb6 71.Qd8+ Kxb5 72.Qb8+ Kxa6 73.Qa8+ Kb5 74.Qb7+ Qb6 75.c4+ Kc5 76.Qd5+ Kb4, White forfeits.