Sunday, March 31, 2013

Rahway Swiss 3/30/2013

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

Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Michael O'Connor (USCF 1772) - Jim West (USCF 2211), Rahway NJ 3/30/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Bc4+ Kg7 11.Nf4 h6 12.Be6 Bb4+ 13.c3 Nc6 14.Qf5 Qe8 15.Bxc8 Nxd4

16.Ne6+ Qxe6 17.Bxe6 Nxf5 18.Bxf5 Bc5 19.Be3 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Rhd8 21.Rd1 Rxd1+ 22.Kxd1 Rd8+ 23.Ke2 Rd5 24.Be6 Rb5 25.Bb3 a5 26.Rb1 Rg5 27.Rg1 Rb5 28.Rb1, draw.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pix from Westfield Quads 3/24/2013

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

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pix from Rahway Grand Prix 3/23/2013

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the grand prix tournament at Chess Mates.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Westfield Quads 3/24/2013

On Sunday afternoon, a record 70 players showed up for the quads in Westfield.

Round Two: Philidor Defense

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2174) - Jim West (USCF 2218), Westfield NJ 3/24/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 O-O 9.Be3 c6 10.Qd2 b5 11.Bd3 b4 12.Ne2 c5 13.g4 Bb7 14.Ng3 d5

15.e5 Nd7 16.f4 d4 17.Bf2 Bxh1 18.Nxh1 Bh4 19.Ng3 Bxg3 20.Bxg3 Nb6 21.O-O-O Nd5 22.Qg2 Ne3 23.Qe4 g6 24.Re1 c4 25.Be2 Rc8 26.Bf2 Qd5 27.Bf3 Qxe4 28.Bxe4 b3 29.axb3 cxb3 30.Bxe3 dxe3 31.Rxe3 bxc2 32.Bxc2 Rc4 33.Rf3 Rfc8 34.Rf2 Rd4 35.Kb1 Rc5

36.Bb3 Rd3 37.Bc2 Rxh3 38.Rd2 Rc7 39.f5 gxf5 40.gxf5 Rh1+ 41.Ka2 Rxc2 42.Rxc2 h5 43.f6 Re1 44.Rc8+ Kh7 45.Rc7 Kg6 46.Rxa7 Rxe5 47.Ra8 h4 48.Rg8+ Kxf6 49.b4 h3 50.Rh8 Re4 51.Kb3 Re3+ 52.Kc4 Ke7 53.b5 Kd7 54.Kc5 Kc7 55.Rh7 Re5+ 56.Kb4 Rf5 57.Rxh3 Kb7 58.Ka5 Rf1, draw.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rahway Swiss 3/24/2013

On Sunday morning, I won these games in the game/30 tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2206) - Thomas Elberling (USCF 2036), Rahway NJ 3/24/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O b4 9.Na4 Nxe4 10.f4 Nc5 11.f5 Nxb3 12.axb3 e5 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.Be3 Nd7 15.Ng3 Qc7 16.Rf2 O-O-O

17.c3 bxc3 18.Nxc3 Nf6 19.Rc2 Kb8 20.Nb5 Qd7 21.Nc7 Qxc7 22.Rxc7 Kxc7 23.Qd2 Nd5 24.Bf2 Be7 25.Ne2 Kd7 26.Ra5 Nf6 27.Nc3 Rc8 28.Rxe5 d5 29.Bh4 Bd6 30.Bxf6 gxf6 31.Re2 Bc5+ 32.Kf1 Rcd8

33.Nxd5 Kc6 34.Nb4+ Kb5 35.Nd3 Rd5 36.Qc3 Rxf5+ 37.Ke1 Rc8 38.Qc4+ Kb6 39.Nxc5 Rcxc5 40.Qd4 Bxg2 41.b4, Black resigns.

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Round Two: Dutch Defense

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2191) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Rahway NJ 3/24/2013

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.d5 Be7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.h4 a5 7.d6 cxd6 8.Bxd6 Bxd6 9.Qxd6 Na6 10.e4 fxe4 11.Ng5 Qc7 12.Ngxe4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Qxd6 14.Nxd6 Nb4 15.O-O-O Rxf2

16.c3 Nd5 17.Re1 b6 18.Bc4 Ba6 19.Bxd5 exd5 20.Re7 Raf8 21.Rxd7 Rxg2 22.Re1 h6 23.Re8 Rxe8 24.Nxe8 Bb5 25.Rd8 Bxe8 26.Rxe8+ Kf7 27.Rd8 g5

28.Rxd5 gxh4 29.Rh5 Kg6 30.Rxh4 Kg5 31.Rh1 h5 32.Rd1 h4 33.Rd6 h3 34.Rd8 Kf4 35.Rf8+ Ke5 36.Rh8 h2 37.b4 axb4 38.cxb4 Rg1+, White resigns.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Shongum School Tournament, Winter 2013

On Monday, the winter 2013 session ended at Shongum Elementary School in the after school enrichment program on chess, conducted by Enrich and Grow Academy and coached by me.

The medal winners in the tournament were Jesse Lissaur (first), Gilad Krasner-Cohen (second), and Jessie Hauryluke (third). Gilad received a chess book, as well.

Additional books were awarded to Carter Kielbania, Jake Barninger, Brady Hyland, and Brendan Stulak.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Rahway Grand Prix 3/23/2013

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 3-1-0 in the grand prix tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Taran Idnani (USCF 1690) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Rahway NJ 3/23/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nf7 Qf6 8.Qe2 Bxe6 9.Nxh8 Nc6 10.Nc3 O-O-O 11.Bd2 Nd4 12.Qd1 Nb3

13.Qe2 Nxa1 14.Kd1 Ne7 15.Kc1 Rxh8 16.Kb1 Nxc2 17.Kxc2 Qxf2 18.Qxf2 Bxf2 19.Bg5 Nc6 20.Bb5 Nd4+ 21.Kb1 Nxb5 22.Nxb5 h6 23.Bd2 a6 24.Nc3 e3 25.Be1 Bxe1 26.Rxe1 d4 27.Ne2 Rd8 28.Nf4 Bf5+ 29.Kc1 g5 30.Nh3 d3

31.Rxe3 d2+ 32.Kd1 Bc2+ 33.Kxc2 d1=Q+ 34.Kc2 Qd2+ 35.Kb3 Qxe3+ 36.Kb4 Rd4+ 37.Ka5 Qe5#. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Frederic Fournier Analyzes Dong - West

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier analyzes my game as Black against Alice Dong.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hilldale School Tourney, Winter 2013

Yesterday the winter 2013 session concluded at Hilldale Elementary School, in the after school enrichment class on chess, taught by me through Enrich and Grow Academy.

Karan Chauhan and Anthony Monetti shared first place in the tournament when their tie-break game ended in stalemate.  Trailing by a half point, Seunghyun Lee finished third.  Medals were awarded to all three.

In addition, chess books were given to Meghana Peri, Avanthi Krishnan, Cameran Ko, Angeline Agnel, and Adit Terapanthi.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thursday Night Action 3/21/2013

Last night, I won this PCG in the game/30 tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Fedor Khrapatin (USCF 2200) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 3/21/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Bxg8 Rxg8 6.Ng5 h6 7.Nh7 Na6 8.Nxf8 Kxf8 9.O-O f4 10.d4 Qf6 11.c3 g5 12.f3 g4 13.fxg4 Bxg4 14.Qb3 Rg7

15.Be3 Bh3 16.Rf2 Bxg2 17.Nd2 Bxe4+ 18.Kf1 Bd3+ 19.Ke1 Rg1+ 20.Nf1 Bxf1 21.Kd2 fxe3+ 22.Kxe3 exd4+ 23.cxd4 Re8+ 24.Kd2 Qxf2+ 25.Kc3 Re3#.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Three Bayonne Tournaments in April

In Bayonne NJ, registration is underway for three chess tournaments that will take place next month.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pix from Rahway Grand Prix 3/16/2013

These pictures were taken by me during Saturday's grand prix tournament at Chess Mates.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rahway Swiss 3/17/2013

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 in the game/30 Swiss tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2204) - David Grasso (USCF 2206), Rahway NJ 3/17/2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.h3 Bxe2 8.Bxe2 e6 9.O-O Nf6 10.Bd3 Bd6 11.Nd2 Bh2+

A day earlier, in the grand prix event at Chess Mates, IM Jay Bonin played 11...O-O against me.  The game continued 12.Nf3 Rae8 13.Re1 h6 14.Bd2 a6 15.Re2 e5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Be3 Re7 19.Qb3 Rfe8 20.Rae1 Qc6 21.Bd4 Ne4 22.Bxe5 Rxe5 23.f3 Nd2 24.Qc2 Qb6+ 25.Kh1 Rxe2 26.Rxe2 Rxe2 27.Bxe2 Qe3 28.Qd3, draw.

12.Kh1 Bf4 13.Nf3 Bxc1 14.Rxc1 O-O 15.Re1 Qf4 16.Qd2 Qxd2 17.Nxd2 Rac8 18.Nf3 Nd7 19.Bb5 a6 20.Bxc6 Rxc6 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.Rxe5 b5 23.a3 a5 24.f4 g6 25.g4 b4 26.axb4 axb4 27.f5 Rfc8 28.fxe6 fxe6 29.Kg2 bxc3 30.bxc3 Kf7

31.Rf1+ Ke7 32.R1e1 Kd7 33.R1e3 Rb8 34.Rf3 Ke7 35.g5 Rb2+ 36.Kg3 Rc2 37.Ree3 Rc8, draw.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rahway Grand Prix 3/16/2013

On Saturday, I won this game in the grand prix tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Alice Dong (USCF 2046) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Rahway NJ 3/16/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Nfd2 d5 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 Bc5 8.Nb3 Bb4 9.Bd2 Qe7 10.cxd5 Qxe5 11.dxc6 Nxc6 12.Qe2 Nf6 13.h3 Be6

14.g3 Bxb3 15.f4 Qe7 16.axb3 Nd4 17.Qd1 Nf3+ 18.Kf2 O-O-O 19.Rc1 Rxd2+ 20.Qxd2 Nxd2 21.Nd5+ Bc5+, White resigns.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Three by Fournier

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier [pictured] analyzes my recent games as Black against Juan TicaJoseph Salvatore, and Merrick Chang.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pix from Westfield Quads 3/10/2013

On Sunday, I took these pictures during the quads in Westfield.