Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marshall July Under 2300, 7/28/2013

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

Round Four: Caro-Kann Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Tyrone Ferrara (USCF 1608), Marshall Chess Club 7/28/2013

1.e4 d5 2.d3 c6 3.Nd2 Nd7 4.Ngf3 e6 5.g3 Qc7 6.Bg2 Ngf6 7.O-O Bc5 8.c3 dxe4 9.dxe4 O-O 10.Qc2 a6 11.a4 Ba7

12.a5 Nc5 13.b4 Ncd7 14.Nc4 Ng4 15.Bf4 e5 16.Bd2 Re8 17.h3 Ngf6 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.Nxe3 b5 20.axb6 Nxb6 21.Rfd1 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Nxe5 Qe8 24.N5c4 Nxc4 25.Nxc4 Bxh3 26.Bxh3 Qxe4 27.Qxe4 Nxe4 28.Rc1 Rd8 29.Bg2 f5 30.Bxe4 fxe4

31.Kf1 c5 32.bxc5 Rc8 33.Re1 Rxc5 34.Rxe4 a5 35.Ke2 a4 36.Kd3 Rd5+ 37.Rd4 Rf5 38.Rd8+ Kf7 39.Nd6+, Black resigns.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Marshall July Under 2300, 7/27/2013

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

Round One: Pirc Defense

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Henry Qi (USCF 1913), Marshall Chess Club 7/27/2013

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Bd3 Qxc5 8.Qe2 Bg4 9.Be3 Qc7 10.O-O Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nc6 12.a3 O-O 13.Rab1 a6 14.Kh1 Rac8

15.h3 e6 16.Qf2 Nd7 17.Ne2 Na5 18.b3 Nc6 19.b4 d5 20.e5 f6 21.exf6 Rxf6 22.Qg1 Rff8 23.a4 Qd6 24.b5 Nb4 25.bxa6 bxa6 26.Rfc1 Nxd3 27.cxd3 Qa3 28.Nd4 Qxd3 29.Nxe6 Rxc1 30.Rxc1 Re8 31.Nc5 Qxe3 32.Qxe3 Rxe3 33.Nxd7 Re4

34.Rc8+ Kf7 35.Nc5 Rxf4 36.Rc7+ Kg8 37.Rxg7+ Kxg7 38.Ne6+ Kf6 39.Nxf4 Ke5 40.Ne2 d4 41.Kg1 Kd5 42.Kf2 Kc4 43.Ke1 Kb4 44.Nxd4 Kxa4 45.Kd2 Kb4 46.Kd3 Kc5 47.g4 Kd5 48.Nb3 Ke5 49.Ke3 h5 50.Na5 hxg4 51.hxg4 g5

52.Nc4+ Kd5 53.Kd3 Kc5 54.Nd2 Kd5 55.Nf3 a5 56.Nxg5 a4 57.Nf3, Black resigns.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Android App for Correspondence Chess

Asim Pereira [pictured] has released a new Android app for correspondence chess.  The app is free and shows ads under the board.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Weiss - West @ "Contre Gambit Philidor"

At Contre Gambit Philidor. Frederic Fournier analyzes my game as Black against Howard Weiss.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Zilbermintz Strikes Again with PCG

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz sends this game from Saturday's tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Brandon Jacobson (USCF 1894) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2162), Rahway NJ 7/20/2013

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.Bh6+ Kxh6 12.Nxh8 Bb4+ 13.c3 Qxh8 14.h4 Kg7 15.Qxc7+ Nbd7 16.cxb4 Qf8 17.a3 Kh8

18.O-O Nb6 19.Ba2 Bg4 20.Qxb7 Qh6 21.a4 Rd8 22.Qxa7 Nbd5 23.Bxd5 Nxd5 24.b5 Qxh4 25.b6 Nf4 26.Qc7 Ne2#.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

FIDE Mondays 7/22/2013

On Monday evening, this game was played at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (FIDE 2108) - Stephen Jablon (FIDE 1868), Marshall Chess Club 7/22/2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qc2 Qb6 10.a4 Qb3 11.Qxb3 Nxb3 12.Ra2 Nh5 13.Be3 Na5 14.Nd2 e6 15.Ngf3 Bd6 16.Ne5 Nc6 17.Ndf3 f6

18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.b4 Nf4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4 21.O-O O-O 22.Re1 Rfc8 23.a5 Rc7 24.Rae2 Re8 25.h4 Bc8 26.g3 Bh6 27.Kg2 g6 28.Nh2 Bg7 29.f4 Rce7 30.Nf3 Kf7 31.h5 e5 32.hxg6+ hxg6 33.fxe5 Bg4 34.exf6 Rxe2+ 35.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bxf3 37.Bxf3 Bh6

38.Bxd5+ Kxf6 39.Bxc6 Bd2 40.b5 Bxc3 41.b6 Bxd4 42.b7 Be5 43.g4 g5 44.Kf3 Ke7 45.Ke4 Bf4 46.Kf5 Kd8 47.b8=Q+ Bxb8 48.Kxg5 a6 49.Bb7 Bc7 50.Bxa6 Bxa5 51.Kf6 Bd2, draw.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Marshall Sunday Game/45 7/21/2013

On Sunday, I played my favorite defenses in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Holly McRoberts (USCF 1773) - Jim West (USCF 2237), Marshall Chess Club 7/21/2013

1.e4 e5 2.d4 d6 3.dxe5 dxe5 4.Qxd8+ Kxd8 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.Bc4 f5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Bg5+ Nf6 9.O-O-O Ke8 10.Rhe1 Nxe4 11.Nb5 Nxg5 12.Nxg5 Ke7 13.Nf7 Rf8

14.Nfxd6 cxd6 15.Nxd6 Rd8 16.Nb5 Rxd1+ 17.Kxd1 Be6 18.Na3 Rd8+ 19.Kc1 Bxc4 20.Nxc4 Kf6 21.c3 b5 22.Na3 a6 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Kxd1 e4 25.Kd2 Ke5 26.g3 g5 27.Nc2 f4 28.g4 Kd5 29.b3 a5 30.h3 b4 31.cxb4 Nxb4 32.a3 Nxc2 33.Kxc2 Kd4 34.Kd2 h6 35.Kc2 e3

36.f3 e2 37.Kd2 e1=Q+ 38.Kxe1 Kc3 39.b4 axb4 40.axb4 Kxb4 41.Kd2 Kc4 42.Kc2 Kd4 43.Kd2 Kc4 44.Kc2 Kb4 45.Kb2 Ka4 46.Ka2, draw.

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Round Four: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Ariel Shusterman (USCF 2000) - Jim West (USCF 2237), Marshall Chess Club 7/21/2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.a3 Bxd2+ 7.Bxd2 Nxd2 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qc3 O-O 10.e3 Re8 11.Bd3 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Qc2 h6 14.O-O d6 15.Rad1 b6

16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Rd5 Qe7 18.Bf5 Bb7 19.Rd4 a5 20.Rfd1 a4 21.c5 dxc5 22.Rd7 Qe5 23.Rxf7 Rf8 24.Rdd7 Rxf7 25.Rxf7 Qd5 26.Be4 Qxe4 27.Qxe4 Bxe4 28.Rxc7 Rd8 29.f3 Rd1+ 30.Kf2 Bc2 31.Rc6 Bb3 32.Rxb6 Rd2+ 33.Kg3 Rxb2 34.e4 Re2

35.Rb5 c4 36.Rc5 Kg8 37.e5 c3 38.Rxc3 Rxe5 39.Rc1 Re2 40.Ra1 g5 41.Kh3 Kg7 42.g3 Rf2 43.f4 Be6+ 44.g4 Rxf4 45.Kg3 Rxg4+ 46.Kf3 Rh4 47.Re1 Kf6 48.Kg2 h5 49.Re3 Bd5+ 50.Kg3 Rg4+ 51.Kf2 Rg2+ 52.Kf1 Rxh2

53.Kg1 Rg2+ 54.Kf1 h4 55.Ke1 g4 56.Rd3 Ke5 57.Re3+ Be4 58.Kf1 h3 59.Rc3 h2 60.Rc5+ Kd4 61.Rh5 Rg1+ 62.Kf2 g3+ 63.Ke2 h1=Q 64.Kd2 Rg2#.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lecture by Norowitz Tonight at Marshall CC

The Marshall Chess Club presents a new lecture series in honor of the late FM Erez Klein.

IM Yaacov Norowitz

FIDE international master Yaacov Norowitz is one of New York’s most sought after chess coaches. His highly original lectures will make you think about chess in an entirely new way. In his third lecture at the Marshall Chess Club, Yaacov will use architectural concepts and vocabulary to expand on the development of a harmonious position and a sound game plan. The success of Yaacov’s approach to chess is evidenced in his own rapid improvement as a top level tournament player with a current USCF rating of 2614. Please join us at the club for what is certain to be an interesting lecture by an accomplished player.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


This lecture is free, made possible by a generous donation from Marshall Chess Club member Jeremy Graham.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rahway Swiss 7/20/2013

On Saturday, I had two draws in the game/45 tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Brandon Jacobson (USCF 1857), Rahway NJ 7/20/2013

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 Rc8 11.Bb3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Qa5 13.O-O-O b5 14.Kb1 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Ba4

17.Rc1 Rxc2 18.Rxc2 Bxc2+ 19.Kxc2 b3+ 20.Bxb3 Qxd2+ 21.Kxd2 Bxd4 22.Kc2 a5 23.h5 Rc8+ 24.Kb1 Rb8 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.Rd1 Be5 27.Rd2 Rb4 28.Bd5 Rb6 29.a4 Kg7 30.b3 Kf6 31.Bc4 e6 32.Bb5 Kg5 33.Kc2 Kf4

34.Kd3 Rb8 35.Rc2 Kg3 36.Rc7 Rf8 37.Rc2 Rd8 38.Rc7 Rf8, draw.

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Round Four: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Aaron Jacobson (USCF 1990), Rahway NJ 7/20/2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.h3 Bd7 8.Na3 a6 9.Nc2 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Ncd4 Nxd3+ 12.Qxd3 Bd6 13.O-O Ne7 14.Bd2 O-O 15.Rae1 Qc4 16.Nc1 Nc6

17.Nxc6 Bxc6 18.Qxc4 dxc4 19.Be3 Rfe8 20.Rd1 Bc7 21.Rfe1 f6 22.Kf1 Kf7 23.Ne2 Rad8 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Bd4 Re8 26.f3 b5 27.a3 Bd7 28.g4 Bc6 29.Kf2 Kg6 30.Be3 Be5 31.Bf4 h5

32.Bxe5 fxe5 33.Rd1 Re6 34.Ng3 hxg4 35.hxg4 Kg5 36.Rh1 Rh6 37.Rxh6 gxh6 38.Ke3 Kf6 39.Nh5+ Kg5 40.Ng3 Kf6 41.Nh5+ Kg5 42.Ng7 Kf6 43.Nh5+, draw.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Mikhail Tal" Movie

The movie Mikhail Tal, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Tal's wife Angelina, is likely to be filmed and released by the end of 2014.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pix from Marshall Masters 7/16/2013

These pictures were taken by me on Tuesday, at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, July 19, 2013

From Rahway with Lev

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier analyzes victories by Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] as Black against Taran Idnani and Howard Weiss, in last Saturday's tournament at Chess Mates.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pix from Rahway Swiss 7/13/2013

During Saturday's game/45 tournament at Chess Mates, I took these pictures.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Marshall Masters 7/16/2013

On Tuesday evening, I drew this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Samuel Kahn (USCF 2021), Marshall Chess Club 7/16/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 f6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.Nc4 Be6 10.Nxd6+ cxd6 11.c4 O-O 12.Bf4 d5 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.exd5 Qxd5

15.Bd6 Rfd8 16.Bxe7 Qxd4 17.Nxd4 Rxd4 18.b3 Kf7 19.Bc5 Rd2 20.Be3 Rc2 21.Rfc1 Rac8 22.Kf1 Ke7 23.Ke1 Bf5, draw.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tri-State Chess III at Bryant Park

On Sunday, July 21st, the Tri-State Chess Championship III will take place alongside the Fountain Plaza at Bryant Park.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wednesday Class for 101 Discoveries

On July 17th at 5pm, I am scheduled to coach a chess class for 101 Discoveries, at the Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rahway Swiss 7/13/2013

Yesterday was a good day for the PCG in the game/45 tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Howard Weiss (USCF 2055) - Jim West (USCF 2243), Rahway NJ 7/13/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be2 Bb4 9.O-O O-O 10.a3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 c6 12.a4 Nbd7 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Ng4 Nxg4 15.Bxg4 Nf6 16.Bxc8 Rxc8 17.Qd2 Qc7 18.h3 b6 19.Rfe1 Re6 20.Re2 Rce8

21.Bc1 e3 22.Rxe3 Rxe3 23.fxe3 Qg3 24.Qf2 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Ne4+ 26.Kg1 Nxc3 27.Bd2 Ne4 28.Be1 h5 29.Rc1 b5 30.axb5 cxb5 31.Ra1 Rc8 32.Ra2 Rc6 33.Kf1 a6 34.Ke2 g5 35.Kd3 h4 36.Bb4 Kf7 37.Ra1 Rf6 38.Be1 Ke8 39.Rb1 Kd7 40.Rb2 Kc6 41.Rb1 Rf1 42.Ra1 Kb7 43.Rb1 Ka7

44.Ra1 Rg1 45.Bc3 Rxg2 46.Rf1 Rf2 47.Rg1 Rf3 48.Ba5 Rf7 49.Rb1 Nf2+ 50.Ke2 Nxh3 51.Be1 Ng1+, White resigns.

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Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Taran Idnani (USCF 1820) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2150), Rahway NJ 7/13/2013

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.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Nf7 Kxf7 12.Bc4+ Kg7 13.Bg5 Be7 14.O-O-O Nbd7 15.Qg3 Kh8

16.f3 b6 17.fxe4 Bb7 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.Rhe1 Bxe4 20.Qe5 Bd6 21.Qe6 Qe7 22.Qxe7 Bxe7 23.Rxe4 Nxe4 24.Bd5 Bg5+ 25.Kb1 Re8 26.Bc6 Nd2+ 27.Ka1 Rf8 28.Bb5 Rf2 29.Bc6 Nc4

30.Bd5 Ne3 31.Rg1 Nxd5 32.Kb1 Ne3 33.c3 Rxg2 34.Rh1 Nc4 35.b3 Na3+ 36.Ka1 Nb5 37.Re1 Nxc3 38.Re8+ Kg7 39.Re7+ Bxe7 40.a3 Ra2#.

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Pictured is the game between Howard Weiss and Lev Zilbermintz.  

Howard may be the first player in chess history to lose twice to the PCG, in a rated over-the-board tournament, on the same day!  

Lev's scoresheet is inaccurate.  I have tried my best to reconstruct it.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Howard Weiss (USCF 2055) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2150), Rahway NJ 7/13/2013

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.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Bh6+ Kxh8 12.Bxf8 Qxf8 13.O-O-O Qd6 14.Bc4 Nc6 15.Qg5 Bd7 16.f3 Rf8

17.Rhf1 e3 18.Qxe3 Nd5 19.Qg5 Rf5 20.Qd2 Nb6 21.Bb3 Na5 22.g4 Nxb3+ 23.axb3 Rf8 24.d5 Qf4 25.c4 Nc8 26.Rde1 b6 27.Kc2 a5 28.Qxf4 Rxf4 29.Kd3 Rf7 30.h3 Nd6 31.f4 Nb7 32.Re5 Nc5+ 33.Kc2 Kg7 34.f5 Kf6 35.Rfe1 h6

36.R5e3 Rg7 37.Re5 Nb7 38.Kc3 Nc5 39.R5e3 Nb7 40.b4 axb4+ 41.Kxb4 Nc5 42.Rd1 Nb7 43.Kc3 Rg8 44.Rde1 Rg7 45.b4 h5 46.gxh5 Bxf5 47.Rf1 Nd6 48.Re6+ Kf7 49.h6 Rg3+ 50.Kd2 Nxc4+ 51.Kc1, White forfeits.