Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FIDE Mondays 7/30/2012

Last night, I outplayed my opponent in the endgame at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Leonid Mykhailevskyi (USCF 1552), Marshall Chess Club 7/30/2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bd6 8.Be3 Ne7 9.Nd2 O-O 10.Qh5 Qe8 11.Qxe8 Rxe8 12.Rae1 c5 13.N4b3 b6 14.f3 Bd7

15.Nc4 Bb5 16.Nxd6 cxd6 17.Rf2 d5 18.Bf4 dxe4 19.fxe4 Nd5 20.Bd2 Nc7 21.Bc3 Re7 22.Rd2 Rae8 23.Rd6 Re6 24.Rxe6 Rxe6 25.Kf2 Bc6 26.Nd2 Nb5 27.g4 Nxc3 28.bxc3 b5 29.Nb3 Re5 30.Kf3 g5 31.Re3 h5 32.h3 f5

33.gxf5 Rxf5+ 34.Ke2 Re5 35.Nd2 g4 36.hxg4 hxg4 37.Rg3 Bd7 38.Ke3 Rh5 39.Nb3 Kg7 40.Kf4 Rh3 41.Nxc5 Bc8 42.e5 Rh2 43.e6 Kf6 44.Re3 Rf2+ 45.Kxg4 Rxc2 46.Kf4 Ke7 47.a3 a5 48.Ke5 b4 49.axb4 axb4 50.cxb4 Rb2 51.Re4 Rb1

52.Kd5 Ra1 53.Kc6 Ra7 54.b5 Ra1 55.b6 Rc1 56.Re5 Ba6 57.b7 Bxb7+ 58.Kxb7 Rb1+ 59.Kc6 Rd1 60.Rd5 Rh1 61.Rd7+ Ke8 62.Rg7 Rh6 63.Kd6 Kf8 64.Rf7+ Ke8 65.Ra7 Kf8 66.Ra8+ Kg7 67.Kd7, Black resigns.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Marshall July Under 2300

On the weekend, I finished with a score of 2-1-1 in the under 2300 Swiss tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Taner Ture (USCF 2042), Marshall Chess Club 7/29/2012

1.b3 c5 2.Bb2 d5 3.e3 a6 4.f4 Nc6 5.Nf3 d4 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.O-O g6 8.a4 Bg7 9.Na3 O-O 10.Nc4 Bg4

11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nd5 13.Be4 e6 14.a5 Rb8 15.g4 f5 16.gxf5 gxf5 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.d3 dxe3 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qxd5 exd5 21.Nxe3 d4 22.Nc4 Nb4 23.Rf2 Kf6 24.Re1 Rg8+ 25.Kh2 Rbe8 26.Rfe2 Rxe2+ 27.Rxe2 Nd5 28.Rf2 Ke6

29.Re2+ Kf6 30.Nd6 Ne3 31.Rf2 Ke6 32.Nc4 Nd5 33.Rf1 Rg7 34.Rf2, draw.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Webster Scholarship Awarded to Alice Dong

For winning the Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational tournament, Alice Dong [pictured] of New Jersey was awarded a $52,000 scholarship to Webster University in Saint Louis.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

FM Victor Shen to Lecture at Marshall CC

The Marshall Chess Club presents a reception and lecture honoring FIDE master Victor Shen.

FIDE master Victor Shen is one of the country’s most promising chess players. His successes include victories at the 2010 World Open (U2400) and the 2012 Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia. Victor just achieved the best tournament performance of his career at the Marshall’s 5th New York International for which he was awarded his final IM - and first GM - norm. His USCF and FIDE ratings reached all time highs of 2569 and 2425 respectively. In his first lecture at the Marshall, Victor will present and analyze his best games of the tournament and talk about his experiences and challenges at the event.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reception at 7pm

Lecture at 7:30pm

Free to club members, guest fee $10

Refreshments will be served.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281

Friday, July 27, 2012

July Game/90, Round 4

On Wednesday, I finished the game/90 Swiss tournament at Chess Mates with a score of 3-0-1.

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Michael O'Connor (USCF 1851), Rahway NJ 7/25/2012

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bg4 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nd2 Nbd7 5.Ngf3 e6 6.h3 Bh5 7.g3 Bc5 8.Bg2 c6 9.O-O O-O 10.a4 Qc7 11.Kh2 Bg6 12.Qe1 Rfe8

13.Ba3 Bxa3 14.Rxa3 Ne5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Nf3 Qd6 17.Ra1 Rad8 18.Qa5 c5 19.c4 d4 20.Nh4 e5 21.Nxg6 hxg6 22.Qxa7 e4 23.Qa5 exd3 24.exd3 Re2 25.Rae1 Rde8 26.Rxe2 Rxe2 27.Qa8+ Kh7 28.Qxb7 Rd2 29.Qf3 Rb2 30.Ra1 Rxb3

31.a5 Qb8 32.a6 Qa7 33.Qa8 Qxa8 34.Bxa8 Nd7 35.Bc6 Nb8 36.a7 Nxc6 37.a8=Q Nb4 38.Qe4, Black resigns.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frederic Fournier Analyzes Smith - West

My recent game as Black against Jeremiah Smith is analyzed by Frederic Fournier, at Contre Gambit Philidor.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FIDE Mondays 7/23/2012

On Monday evening, I won the following game at the Marshall Chess Club, in the FIDE Mondays tournament. 

Here are the standings.

# Name Rtng Post Rd 1 Tot .
1 IM JAY RICHARD BONIN 2406 2408 W18 1.0 .
2 FM KASSA KORLEY 2351 2353 W19 1.0 .
3 RICHARD J TUHRIM 2296 2298 W20 1.0 .
4 JUAN SENA 2245 2246 W21 1.0 .
5 JAMES R WEST 2200 2201 W22 1.0 .
6 FM BRIAN HULSE 2200 2201 W23 1.0 .
7 BENJAMIN KATZ 2164 2165 W24 1.0 .
8 JOEL JE HERNANDEZ 2107 2108 W25 1.0 .
9 ALEXANDER FABBRI 2097 2098 W26 1.0 .
10 DANIEL VULIS 2095 2096 W27 1.0 .
11 MULAZIM MUWWAKKIL 1881 1883 W28 1.0 .
12 LEONID MYKHAILEVSKYI 1552 1606 W17 1.0 .
13 RAVEN M STURT 2387 2380 D15 0.5 .
14 JOHN RIDDELL 2201 2195 D16 0.5 .
15 ZACHARY H COHN 2012 2019 D13 0.5 .
16 RYAN TAM 1814 1824 D14 0.5 .
17 EDWARD P KOPIECKI 2069 2053 L12 0.0 .
18 EDWARD A FRUMKIN 2038 2036 L1 0.0 .
19 BORA YAGIZ 2010 2008 L2 0.0 .
20 EDWARD SCHER 1915 1913 L3 0.0 .
21 SZYMON RUDOWSKI 1840 1838 L4 0.0 .
22 PAVEL GENKIN 1811 1809 L5 0.0 .
23 SAMUEL ENGLARD 1748 1746 L6 0.0 .
24 JONATHAN C CHAN 1719 1717 L7 0.0 .
25 GREGORY ROTSENMAR 1703 1700 L8 0.0 .
26 WILLIAM SCOVILLE 1700 1697 L9 0.0 .
27 JOSHUA WONG 1613 1611 L10 0.0 .
28 -FILLER-ANTELMO MERLIN 1479 1476 L11 0.0 .

Round One: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Pavel Genkin (USCF 1811) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 7/23/2012

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e5 4.dxe5 Ne4 5.Nbd2 Bf5 6.Nxe4 Bxe4 7.e3 Nc6 8.Be2 dxe5 9.O-O Qxd1 10.Bxd1 Bd3 11.Re1 Bxc4 12.Nd2 Be6 13.Ba4 Bd7 14.Nf3 f6 15.Bd2 O-O-O 16.Bc3 Nb4 17.Bb3 Nd3 18.Red1 Nc5 19.Bc2 Bd6

20.a4 g6 21.b4 Ne6 22.Bb3 Ng7 23.Rac1 Be6 24.Bc2 Rhf8 25.h3 Be7 26.Rxd8+ Rxd8 27.b5 Kb8 28.g4 Ne8 29.Kh2 Nd6 30.g5 Nf7 31.gxf6 Bxf6 32.Nd2 g5 33.f4 gxf4 34.exf4 exf4 35.Bxf6 Rxd2+ 36.Kg1 f3

37.Be4 f2+ 38.Kg2 f1=Q+ 39.Kxf1 Bxh3+ 40.Kg1 h6 41.Rc3 Bc8 42.Bf3 Ng5 43.Bg2 Nf7 44.a5 Rd6 45.Bh4 Rd1+ 46.Kh2 Rb1 47.Bg3 Nd6 48.b6 axb6 49.axb6 Rxb6 50.Bf2 Rb2 51.Kg1 b6 52.Bd5 Bb7 53.Bxb7 Kxb7 54.Be3 h5, White resigns.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ron Henley Lecture Tonight at Marshall CC

The Marshall Chess Foundation proudly presents international grandmaster Ron Henley.

"World Champion Chess Tactics"

Grandmaster Henley is one of the country's most distinguished tournament players, authors, and coaches.  As the longtime head coach of the twelfth world chess champion Anatoly Karpov, he has gained rare insights into the thought and decision making processes of chess at the very highest level.  GM Henley will share these insights, as well as some fascinating anecdotes of his eventful life and career.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Lecture fee: members free, non-members $10

Refreshments will be served.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281

Monday, July 23, 2012

Marshall July Grand Prix

On Sunday, playing in the one day schedule, I finished with a score of 2-2-0 in the grand prix tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Jeremiah Smith (USCF 1829) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 7/22/2012

1.e4 e5 2.d4 d6 3.dxe5 dxe5 4.Qxd8+ Kxd8 5.Bc4 f5 6.Bg5+ Nf6 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.O-O-O Ke8 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Rhe1 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Ke7 13.Nc3 Be6 14.Bd5 Bb4

15.Re3 Bxc3 16.Rxc3 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 a6 18.Rb3 Rab8 19.Rc5 Rhc8 20.Rbc3 Rd8 21.R3c4 Rd7 22.Rh4 Ke6 23.Re4 Rbd8 24.Re1 Rd5 25.Rc4 R8d7 26.Rce4 Nd4 27.Nxd4+ Rxd4 28.Rxd4 Rxd4 29.Rd1 c5 30.f3 b5

31.c3 Rxd1+ 32.Kxd1 Kd5 33.b3 a5 34.Ke2 c4 35.Ke3 cxb3 36.axb3 Kc5 37.g4 a4 38.bxa4 bxa4 39.Kd2 Kc4 40.Kc2 a3 41.h4 h6 42.h5 a2 43.Kb2 a1=Q+ 44.Kxa1 Kxc3 45.Kb1 Kd3 46.Kc1 Ke3 47.Kd1 Kxf3 48.g5 fxg5 49.Ke1 Kg4 50.Kf1 Kxh5 51.Kg1 Kg4 52.Kh1 Kg3 53.Kg1 e4 54.Kh1 e3 55.Kg1 e2 56.Kh1 e1=Q#.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rahway Grand Prix 7/21/2012

Sixteen players, including two international masters and one FIDE master, participated in Saturday's grand prix tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Four: Dutch Defense

Art Macaspac (USCF 2144) - Jim West (USCF 2208), Rahway NJ 7/21/2012

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 e6 3.Bg5 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Be7 5.c3 b6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.e4 fxe4 8.Nxe4 Bb7 9.Bd3 Qe7 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.O-O-O O-O-O

12.Ba6 d5 13.Nxf6 Qxf6 14.Bd3 Rde8 15.Rde1 Re7 16.Rhf1 g5 17.Kb1 h5 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Rf8 20.f3 Kd7 21.Qxf6 Rxf6 22.Re5 Rg7 23.Rfe1 h4 24.h3 Kd6 25.Kc2 Bc6 26.Kd2 Bd7 27.b4 c6 28.c4 c5

29.dxc5+ bxc5 30.bxc5+ Kxc5 31.Kc3 Kd6 32.a3 Rf8 33.Kd4 Rf4+ 34.Kc3 Rf8, draw.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pix from Westfield Quads 7/15/2012

On Sunday, these pictures were taken by me during the Westfield quads.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pix from "Chess Mates" 7/14/2012

These photos were taken by me during the Saturday Game/45 Swiss at Chess Mates last weekend.

Don't forget tomorrow's grand prix tournament!

July 21 Luzviminda Machan 2 Open GPP: 15 not 10 Enhanced 4-SS, G/45. Once a month. EF: $40, members $30, GMs free ($25 deducted from prize). $$G200-150-100-50. Prizes to U2200, U1800, U1400, and U1000 (Trophies). Reg.: 1pm-1:30pm. Rds.: 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 5pm, 6:45pm. One bye available, commit at least 15min prior the game. 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ 07065. (732)499-0118/(760)583-8429. NOTE: Chess Mates Summer Camps (June 25-September 7). Please visit www.chessmatesnj.com for details.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July Game/90, Round 3

Last night, I won this game at Chess Mates.

Round Three: Dutch Defense

Serge Adelson (USCF 1858) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 7/18/2012

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Qc2 O-O 6.Bg2 a5 7.Nf3 b6 8.Ne5 Ra7 9.O-O Bxc3 10.Qxc3 Bb7 11.Nf3 Ne4 12.Qc2 d6 13.Rd1 Nd7 14.Be3 Qe7

15.h4 h6 16.a3 a4 17.Ne1 e5 18.d5 Ndc5 19.Nd3 Nb3 20.Rab1 Nec5 21.Nxc5 bxc5 22.f4 exf4 23.Bxf4 Nd4 24.Qd2 Qxe2 25.Re1 Qxd2 26.Bxd2 Ba6 27.Rbc1 Nb3 28.Rc2 Nxd2 29.Rxd2 Bxc4 30.Re7 Rf7 31.Re8+ Kh7 32.Rf2 Rb7

33.g4 Bb5 34.Rd8 Bd7 35.gxf5 Bxf5 36.h5 g6 37.Be4 Rg7 38.Bg2 Bd3 39.Rff8 gxh5 40.Rh8+ Kg6 41.Rde8 Rxb2 42.Re6+ Kf7, White resigns.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GM Van Wely Deported from Newark Airport

Eerily reminiscent of Bobby Fischer's arrest at Narita International Airport in July 2004, grandmaster Loek Van Wely was detained on July 9th at Newark Liberty International Airport and deported.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hamilton Quads Canceled

July 21, CANCELED Hamilton Chess Club Quads 3RR, 40/80 15/30. Full K. Ray Dwier Recreation Center, Bldg. 392, Groveville, NJ 08620. Quads open to all. EF: $10. Prizes: $25 per Quad. Reg.: 9-10:30/am. Rds.: 10:30/am-1:30/pm-4:30/pm. NJ State Chess Federation, no dues magazine Subscription per year, OSA. NS, NC, W.

The Hamilton quads have been canceled for July, August, and September.

Starting Wednesday, August 1st, the Hamilton Chess Club will be meeting in a new location: the McManimon Building at 320 Scully Avenue in Hamilton, NJ.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Westfield Quads 7/15/2012

On Sunday, 63 players showed up at the quads in Westfield.

Round Three: Dutch Defense

Gregory Nolan (USCF 2164) - Jim West (USCF 2214), Westfield NJ 7/15/2012

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.O-O Nf6 6.c4 a5 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.d5 Bxc3 9.bxc3 O-O 10.Nd4 exd5 11.Nxf5 Ne4 12.Bxe4 dxe4 13.Ne3 Na6 14.Ba3 d6 15.Nd5 Kh8

16.Qd4 Bxd5 17.cxd5 Qe7 18.c4 Nc5 19.Rae1 Nd7 20.f3 Rae8 21.Bb2 Nf6 22.f4 Nd7 23.f5 Rf7 24.Rf4 Qf6 25.Qd2 e3 26.Qc1 Qg5 27.Ref1 Kg8 28.R1f3 Rfe7 29.Bd4 Nf6 30.h3 h5 31.Kh2 Re4

32.Bxe3 Rxf4 33.Rf4 h4 34.Rf3 hxg3+ 35.Kg2 Qh5 36.Kxg3 Re4 37.Qc2 Qh4+ 38.Kg2 Rxc4 39.Qd3 Qe4 40.Qxe4 Rxe4 41.Kf2 Nxd5 42.Bd2 Ra4 43.Rd3 Nb4 44.Rd4 Rxa2 45.Bxb4 axb4 46.Rxb4 Ra5 47.e4 Re5

48.Kf3 d5 49.Rd4 dxe4+ 50.Kf4 Re7 51.Ke3 Kf7 52.Rd5 Kf6 53.Rb5 Re5 54.Rb1 Kxf5 55.Rf1+ Ke6 56.Rf8 Rh5 57.Re8+ Kd7 58.Rg8 Rxh3+ 59.Kxe4 Rg3 60.Kf4 Rg1 61.Kf3 c5 62.Rb8 Kc6 63.Ke4 Rd1 64.Rc8+ Kb5 65.Rb8 Ka5

66.Ke5 b5 67.Rb7 Rg1 68.Kd5 c4 69.Kc5 Rg5+ 70.Kc6 Kb4 71.Rf7 c3 72.Rf2 Rc5+ 73.Kb6 c2 74.Rf4+ Rc4, White resigns.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rahway Swiss 7/14/2012

Yesterday I played this game at Chess Mates in the game/45 Swiss tournament.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2230) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2148), Rahway NJ 7/14/2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 Be7 10.Qf3 e5 11.Nde2 Nxb3 12.axb3 b5 13.Bg5 Bb7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.O-O-O O-O

16.Kb1 b4 17.Nd5 a5 18.Qd3 a4 19.Nc1 a3 20.bxa3 Rxa3 21.Qb5 Qa8 22.Qxb4 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Ra1+ 24.Kb2 Bg5 25.Rdd1 Rc8 26.c4 Rb8

27.Qxb8+ Qxb8 28.Kxa1 Bxc1 29.Rxc1 Qxb3 30.Rhe1 Kf8 31.Re2 Qa3+ 32.Kb1 Qb3+ 33.Ka1, draw.