Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Macauley Peterson at Marshall CC Tonight

Macauley Peterson is an award winning chess journalist.  He was voted 2008 "Chess Journalist of the Year" by the Chess Journalists of America.  His written work has appeared in Chess Life (United States), Chess Life Online (United States), New in Chess (Netherlands), 64 (Russia), Chess (United Kingdom), and elsewhere.

In 2006, he completed work as an editor on Adam Nemett's independent feature film The Instrument, which appeared at the 2005 Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles and was part of the New Filmmakers series at New York's Anthology Film Archives; and he has produced the DVD releases of A Turnpike Runs Through It (2008) and Excess Hollywood (2006) for the Princeton Triangle Show.

In this lecture and video presentation, Macauley will discuss stories from his travels with the top stars of international chess.  His video archive includes rarely seen footage of the chess elite.

Tuesday, September 30th, in the Great Hall


Refreshments will be served.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281
e-mail admin@marshallchessclub.org

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marshall Saturday Game/45 9/27/2014

On Saturday, I drew a couple of games with the PCG in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Bryan Quick (USCF 1808) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/27/2014

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.c3 O-O-O 11.Nd2 Ne5 12.Nb3 Nd3+ 13.Kd2 Bxf2 

14.Nd4 Bxd4 15.cxd4 Qxd4 16.Qe3 Qxe3+ 17.Kxe3 Nxc1 18.Rxc1 Nf6 19.Kd4 Rxh8 20.Be2 c6 21.b4 Bg4 22.Rhe1 Bxe2 23.Rxe2 a6 24.a4 Kb8 25.b5 axb5 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Rb1 Rc8 28.Rxb5 Rc4+ 29.Ke5 Rc7

30.h3 h5 31.Rb4 Re7+ 32.Kd4 Rd7 33.Rc2 Rc7 34.Ra2 Re7 35.Re2 Rd7 36.Rc2, draw.

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Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Jose De Villa (USCF 1962) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/27/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qe2 h6 11.Nh3 Nbc6 12.Be3 Bxh3 13.gxh3 Nxe5 14.Qb5+ Kf7 15.Qxb7 Nf3+ 16.Ke2 Qd6

17.Qb4 Qc6 18.Qc5 Qxc5 19.Bxc5 Rhb8 20.Ke3 Nf5+ 21.Ke2 Rb5 22.Be3 a5 23.Kd1 Rb7 24.Be2 Rab8 25.Kc1 Nxe3 26.fxe3 Kg7 27.Rd1 c6 28.c4 Rd7 29.cxd5 Rxd5 30.Rxd5 cxd5 31.c3 Nxh2 32.Kc2 Nf3 33.Rd1 Rd8 

34.Bb5 Ne5 35.Rd4 Kf6 36.Ra4 Ra8 37.Be2 Ke6 38.Rd4 h5 39.Rd1 Rb8 40.Rg1 Kf6 41.Rf1+ Ke6 42.Rf4 g5 43.Rf1 g4 44.hxg4 Nxg4 45.Rh1 Nxe3+ 46.Kd2 Nc4+ 47.Bxc4 dxc4 48.Rxh5 Rb2+ 49.Ke3 Rb3 50.Kd4 Rxa3

51.Re5+ Kd6 52.Rxe4 Ra1 53.Rh4 a4 54.Kxc4 a3 55.Kb3 a2 56.Rh2 Rb1+ 57.Kxa2 Rg1 58.Kb3 Rg6 59.Rh4 Kc6 60.Rc4+ Kb6 61.Rb4+ Kc6 62.c4 Rh6 63.Ra4 Kb6 64.Kb4 Rg6 65.c5+ Kc7 66.Kb5 Rh6 67.Ra8 Rg6 68.Rh8 Rf6 69.Rh7+ Kc8

70.c6 Rf1 71.Kb6 Rb1+ 72.Kc5 Rc1+ 73.Kd5 Rd1+ 74.Ke4 Re1+ 75.Kd4 Rd1+ 76.Ke3 Rc1, draw.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Financial Support for GM Lombardy

At a time when he is being portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard in the film Pawn Sacrifice, the real life GM William Lombardy needs your financial support.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pix from Sunday Game/45 9/21/2014

On Sunday, I photographed the players in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.


Friday, September 26, 2014

"The Wrap" Interviews Zwick and Maguire

Sharon Waxman interviews director Ed Zwick and actor Tobey Maguire.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cobras Charmed by NJKO

In week five of the United States Chess Leagues, the New Jersey Knockouts worked their magic on the Carolina Cobras, rendering them harmless.

Listen to the music on boards one, two, three, and four.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marshall Sunday Game/45 9/21/2014

On Sunday, I played this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2205) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1880), Marshall Chess Club 9/21/2014

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nf6 4.f4 Nc6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bb5 Bg7 7.Ne5 Qc7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Qc1 Ba6 11.d3 Rfe8 12.Nd2 Nd7

13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Qa3 Bb7 16.Qxc5 a5 17.a4 Qc7 18.Nf3 e6 19.Rae1 Red8 20.g4 Qd6 21.Qd4+ Kg8 22.g5 c5 23.Qf6 d4 24.Ne5 Qf8 25.Ng4 h5 26.Nh6+ Kh7 27.Qxf7+ Qxf7 28.Nxf7 Rf8 29.Nd6 Bc6

30.exd4 cxd4 31.Rxe6 Rad8 32.Nc4 Bd5 33.Re7+ Kg8 34.Nxa5 Rf5 35.Nc4 Rdf8 36.Re5 Ba8 37.Rxf5 Rxf5 38.h4 Rf8 39.Kh2 Re8 40.Ne5 Kg7 41.Kg3 Rc8 42.Rf2 Bd5 43.Nf3 Be6 44.Nxd4 Bg4 45.Nf3 Re8 46.Ne5 Bf5

47.Rd2 Rc8 48.a5 Ra8 49.Nc4 Rb8 50.d4 Kf8 51.d5 Ke7 52.d6+ Kd8 53.Nb6 Rb7 54.c4 Be6 55.b4, Black resigns.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pix from Cherry Street Open 9/20/2014

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted photos taken by me during the Cherry Street Open tournament.  

National master Art Macaspac [pictured, right] scored the biggest upset by defeating international master Justin Sarkar [pictured, left].

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule

In fall 2014, on behalf of Enrich and Grow Academy, I will be teaching after school enrichment classes on chess at these schools:

Tuesdays - Yavneh Academy;

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cherry Street Open 9/20/2014

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-2-0 in the tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Four: King's Indian Defense

Luke Drennan (USCF 1724) - Jim West (USCF 2205), Rahway NJ 9/20/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bf4 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Be2 Nh5 9.Bg3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 e5 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nb8 13.Qb3 b6 14.Rh2 Nd7 15.O-O-O f5 16.Rdh1 h6

17.Qd1 Nf6 18.f4 Qd7 19.f3 Rae8 20.c5 Qe7 21.c6 e4 22.Rxh6 Bxh6 23.Rxh6 Kg7 24.Qh1 Rh8 25.Rxh8 Rxh8 26.Qg2 exf3 27.Qxf3 Re8 28.Nb5 Qxe3+ 29.Qxe3 Rxe3 30.Nxc7 Rxe2 31.Ne6+ Rxe6 32.dxe6 Ne8

33.a4 Kf6 34.b4 a6 35.b5 axb5 36.axb5 Kxe6 37.Kc2 Nc7 38.Kc3 Nxb5+ 39.Kc4 Nc7 40.Kd4 b5 41.Kc3 Kd5 42.Kb4 Kxc6 43.Kc3 Kc5 44.Kd3 d5 45.Ke3 d4+ 46.Kf3 Kc4 47.g4 fxg4+ 48.Kxg4 Ne6 49.fx5 gxf5+ 50.Kf3 Kc3

51.Ke2 d3+ 52.Kd1 b4 53.Kc1 b3 54.Kd1 b2 55.Ke1 b1=Q+ 56.Kf2 d2 57.Ke3 d1=Q 58.Kf2 Qf1+ 59.Kg3 Qbd3+ 60.Kh2 Qf2+ 61.Kh1 Qd1#.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sinquefield Cup 2014 in "Slate"

[photo by Lennart Ootes]

In Slate, Seth Stevenson reports from the Sinquefield Cup 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Knockouts Weather Storm versus Nor'easters

In week four of the U.S. Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts came in from the rain and drew their match against the New England Nor'easters.

Exciting games are in the forecast for boards one, two, three, and four.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Marshall September Under 2300 9/13/2014

On Saturday, I won these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

John Walton (FIDE 1608) - Jim West (FIDE 2037), Marshall Chess Club 9/13/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Qc2 c6 11.e4 Be6 12.b3 Qc7 13.h3 Rfe8 14.Na4 Nd7 15.Bb2 Rac8 16.Qe2 Bf8 17.Rac1 Nc5

18.Ba3 Nxb3 19.axb3 Bxa3 20.Ra1 Bf8 21.Rfd1 Rcd8 22.Nb2 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Rxd8 Qxd8 25.Qe3 Qd4 26.Qe2 Qc3 27.Nd3 Qxb3 28.Nxe5 Bg7 29.Ng4 Qxc4, White resigns.

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Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2037) - Jason Margiotta (FIDE 1949), Marshall Chess Club 9/13/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O Bg4 8.h3 Be6 9.Re1 Bf6 10.Nbd2 Nb6 11.a4 a5 12.Ne4 Be7 13.Neg5 Bxg5 14.Nxg5 Bd5 15.Nf3 O-O 16.b3 f6 17.Bb2 Qd7

18.Kh2 Rad8 19.Qd2 Be6 20.Rad1 Bd5 21.c4 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Nd4 23.Bxd4 Qxd4 24.Re4 Qc5 25.d4 Qe7 26.Qxa5 Ra8 27.Qc3 Nd7 28.dxe5 Nxe5 29.Bg2 Qa3 30.Re3 c6 31.f4 Nf7 32.c5, Black resigns.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chess Column Moving On-line in October

According to an e-mail from the assistant editor at the Newark Star-Ledger, "the chess column is moving to a new home, but on-line. Beginning in mid-October (a date is being finalized), you can find it every week at www.nj.com/inside-jersey."

Presumably the chess column will be the one written by Steve Doyle and Pete Tamburro because Shelby Lyman's syndicated column does not cover chess inside New Jersey.

[Update from the assistant editor at the Newark Star-Ledger: "I've confirmed with the editor of Inside Jersey magazine that the chess column that will appear on-line beginning in mid-October will be the one prepared by Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle."]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Essex & Union Counties with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] has sent a letter to the Newark Star-Ledger regarding the Sunday chess column.

16 September 2014 

Dear Editor, 

It is with shock and disgust that I learned that the Star-Ledger replaced long-time chess columnists Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle with Shelby Lyman. Excuse me, but the Star-Ledger has no idea how a chess column should be written! 

Both Peter and Steven have been writers of the column for many years. In fact, Mr. Doyle founded the Star-Ledger chess column back in 1987. He also is an esteemed tournament director, having directed numerous chess tournaments in New Jersey/New York area. 

You, editors, have to remember that Peter and Steven attempt to reach out to chess players of all ranks. The games published in their columns are mostly amateur games. I myself had a game published recently. Other chess players began their chess careers reading the chess columns of Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle.

Bring back Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle!! 

Lev D. Zilbermintz 

Chess Champion of Essex County since 1995 

Chess Champion of Union County 2014

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Yesterday afternoon, I phoned NJ Advance Media and spoke with Enrique Lavin, formerly of the Star-Ledger where he was responsible for the Sunday chess column.

Enrique explained that the Star-Ledger is cutting back on its freelance writers because the newspaper can no longer afford the man-hours to edit them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Newark Star-Ledger" Chess Column

Newark Star-Ledger chess columnist Pete Tamburro e-mails, as follows.

To friends of chess in NJ, 

If you bought the Star-Ledger this morning, you will see that Steve and I have been replaced by the syndicated "Chess" column by Shelby Lyman. If you want NJ chess news to appear in the newspaper again, it would be a big help if you wrote to the editor/publisher and the letter to the editor page about this. Some of you have had your games published or your kids' games published or just like to read state chess news. If you have a personal reference, please mention it. Form letters don't work. Please encourage your chess friends to write. 



The respective e-mails: 



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Could the decision by the Star-Ledger be an overreaction to the Thomas Elberling tragedy, which has attracted international attention?

A special fund has been set up to preserve the memory of this talented 11-year-old.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Distributor and Premiere for "Pawn Sacrifice"

[photo by Fred Thornhill]

On Wednesday, the North American rights to Pawn Sacrifice were acquired by Bleecker Street.

A day later, the world premiere of the docudrama took place at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pix from September Grand Prix 9/7/2014

On Sunday, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.