Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Marshall Saturday Game/30 6/27/2015

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 3-1-0 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Max Li (USCF 2020), Marshall Chess Club 6/27/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 g6 8.a4 Bg7 9.c3 Ba6 10.Qc2 d5 11.Re1 O-O 12.Bf1 d4

13.Nc4 dxc3 14.bxc3 Nb4 15.Qd2 Bxc4 16.dxc4 Qxd2 17.Bxd2 Nc2 18.Rec1 Nxa1 19.Rxa1 Nc6 20.Re1 Rad8 21.Bg5 f6 22.Bf4 e5 23.Bc1 Rd6 24.Nh4 Na5 25.Ng2 f5 26.Ne3 fxe4 27.Nd5 Rd7 28.Bh3 Rfd8

29.Bg5 Nxc4 30.Bxd8 Rxd8 31.Rxe4 Nd2 32.Re2 Nf3+ 33.Kh1 Ng5 34.Bg2 c4 35.h4 Nf7 36.a5 b5 37.a6 Rd7 38.Nb4 e4 39.Bxe4 Bxc3 40.Nd5 Bd4 41.Rd2 Be5 42.Nf6+ Bxf6 43.Rxd7 Nh6 44.Rxa7 Bd4 45.Rb7 Ng4

46.f3 Nf2+ 47.Kg2 Nxe4 48.fxe4 c3 49.a7 Bxa7 50.Rxa7 b4 51.Rc7 Kf8 52.Kf2 Ke8 53.Ke2 Kd8 54.Rc4, Black resigns.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Chess at Hudson Montessori School

For the next three Wednesday mornings, starting July 1st, I will be the substitute chess teacher on behalf of 101 Discoveries at the Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Walter Browne 1949-2015

[photo by John Kenney]

Between rounds of the first World Open in July 1973, at the old McAlpin Hotel near the Empire State Building, I remember watching Walter Browne play backgammon.

He won the tournament.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pix from Marshall June Under 2300

Last weekend, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.



Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Chess Class at Parsippany PAL

For six weeks, starting July 11th, I will teach a Saturday afternoon chess class for Enrich and Grow Academy at the Police Athletic League in Parsippany.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Judit Polgar at Marshall Chess Club

When Judit Polgar was just a kid, I had the privilege of playing at the next board while she defeated a much older international master in one of Jose Cuchi's New York Open tournaments.  I will never forget the look of incredulity on the IM's face as he lost to this young girl.

Now Judit is teaching her philosophy of chess to a group of kids at the Marshall Chess Club.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Balakrishnan - Yudasin at "Inside Jersey"

The game between NM Praveen Balakrishnan [pictured, top left] and GM Leonid Yudasin [pictured, bottom right] is analyzed at Inside Jersey.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Marshall June Under 2300 6/21/2015

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

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Leon Deng (USCF 1959) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 6/21/2015

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qd2 Bg7 12.Rad1 c6 13.Ne4 Qc7

14.c5 Kh7 15.Qc2 Nf6 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Rd6 Be6 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.b4 Be7 20.Rxd8 Rxd8 21.Rxd8 Bxd8 22.Qb2 Bf6 23.Nd2 Bg7 24.Ne4 f5 25.Nd6 e4 26.Qa3 a6 27.Qa4 Be5 28.Qc2 Bxd6 29.cxd6 Qxd6

30.a3 Qd4 31.e3 Qa1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4 Bxc4 34.Qxc4 Kg7 35.Kg2 g5 36.Qc1 h5 37.Qd1 Qe8 38.Qd4+ Kf7 39.Qd6 Qe6 40.Qd8 f4 41.Qxg5 f3+ 42.Kg1 Qh3 43.Qf4+, draw.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Marshall June Under 2300 6/20/2015

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - John Walton (USCF 1722), Marshall Chess Club 6/20/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nbd2 Rb8 8.a4 a6 9.Re1 Ng4 10.h3 Nge5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.f4 Nc6 13.c3 b5 14.axb5 axb5 15.e5 d5 16.Nf1 e6 17.Be3 Qe7

18.c4 bxc4 19.dxc4 Nb4 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Bxd5 Bxh3 22.Be4 O-O 23.Qc1 Rfc8 24.Nd2 Be6 25.Nc4 f6 26.Rd1 fxe5 27.fxe5 Nc6 28.Nd6 Rc7 29.Bg5 Qf8 30.Rf1 Bf7 31.Nxf7 Rxf7 32.Bxc6 Rxf1+ 33.Qxf1 Bxe5

34.Bd5+ Kg7 35.Ra7+ Kh8 36.Qxf8+ Rxf8 37.Be3 Bxb2 38.Bxc5 Rc8 39.Be3 Be5 40.Kg2 Rc2+ 41.Kf3 Rc3 42.Ke4 Bf6 43.Ra8+ Kg7 44.Rg8#.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Trenton Chess Club

William C. Sullivan Sr. reminisces about the Trenton Chess Club.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Games Analyzed Recently at "Inside Jersey"

These games have been analyzed recently at Inside Jersey:

1) Dina Brustein - Katie Lin (May 31st);
2) Michael Yen - Sam Sloan, and Michael Yen - Roshan Idnani (June 7th);
3) Leonard Chipkin - Jonathan Chin (June 14th).

Friday, June 19, 2015

Game/45 at Presidential Debates

The Annenberg Working Group on Presidential Campaign Debate Reform has suggested a chess clock model at the presidential debates in which each candidate would be allotted 45 minutes.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

GM Lenderman to Lecture at "Chess Mates"

GM Alex Lenderman will be giving a lecture at Chess Mates on Saturday, June 27th, from 10:30-11:45 am, prior to the club's Championship/Super Swiss #3.

The cost to view the lecture is $10 for Chess Mates members, $15 for non-members.

USCF Junior Grand Prix! JUNE 27-28 OR 28 Chess Mates Championship/Super Swiss #3 TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 5-SS. 75 East Cherry St., Suite 10A, Rahway, NJ 07065. 2 Schedules: 2-day: 6/27-28. All games G/75 d10. 1-day: 6/28. Rounds 1-3: G/25 d5 Rounds 4-5: G/75 d10. 3 Sections: Open, U2100, U1600. EF: $90 if received by 6/13, $100 by 6/26, $110 at site. GMs 50% off. IMs 25% off. Re-entry $40. Total Prizes: $4,000. 60% guaranteed (Will be 100% if there are 50 or more participants.). Open Section: $550-300-200, U2350 $250-100. +Trophy to top-scoring CM member. U2100 Section: $500-300-150, U1850 $250-100. U1600 Section: $500-300-150, U1350: $250-$100. 2-Day: Reg. 11:15-11:55 a.m. on 6/27. Rds. 12:00 noon, 3:15, 6:30 p.m. on 6/27. 3:15, 6:30 p.m. on 6/28. 1-day: Reg. 11:00-11:25 on 6/28. Rds. 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:00, 3:15 (schedules merge), 6:30 p.m. on 6/28. Byes: 2 half-point byes allowed. Must commit before the 3rd round. Info: www.chessmatesnj.com, chessmates@chessmatesnj.com, 732-499-0118, 760-583-8429.ss #3.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Marshall Sunday Game/60 6/14/2015

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

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Ella Papanek (USCF 1843) - Jim West (USCF 2219), Marshall Chess Club 6/14/2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 f5 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.d4 e4 6.Nfd2 Nf6 7.Be2 d5 8.Nb3 Bd6 9.Bg5 O-O 10.O-O c6 11.c4 Qc7 12.h3 Nbd7 13.Nc3 Bf4

14.Bxf4 Qxf4 15.Qd2 Qxd2 16.Nxd2 a6 17.a3 Rae8 18.Rac1 h6 19.cxd5 cxd5 20.Bd1 Be6 21.Re1 Bf7 22.Nf1 b5 23.Ne3 Be6 24.Bb3 Nb6 25.Ne2 Nc4 26.Rc2 g5 27.a4 Rb8 28.Nxc4 bxc4 29.Ba2 Rb4 30.Nc3 Rfb8

31.Ree2 Kf7 32.a5 Ke7 33.Red2 Kd6 34.Kf1 Nh5 35.Bb1 Nf4 36.Nd1 Ra4 37.Rc3 Rxa5 38.Bc2 Rab5 39.Ra3 R5b6 40.Kg1 Nd3 41.Bxd3 cxd3 42.f3 exf3 43.Raxd3 fxg2 44.Kxg2 Bf5 45.Rc3 Be4+ 46.Kg3 Rb3

47.Kg4 Rxc3 48.bxc3 Rb1 49.Nf2 Bg6 50.Ra2 Rb6 51.Nd1 Bd3 52.Ne3 Ke6 53.Kh5 Bc4 54.Ra1 Kf7 55.Ra5 Re6 56.Nxc4 dxc4 57.Rf5+ Kg7 58.Kg4 Re3 59.Ra5 Rxc3 60.Rxa6 Rd3 61.Ra7+ Kg6 62.Ra6+ Kg7

63.Ra7+ Kg8 64.Ra8+ Kf7 65.Ra7+ Ke6 66.Ra6+ Kd5 67.Rxh6 Rxd4+ 68.Kxg5 c3 69.Rh8 Rc4 70.Rd8+ Ke6 71.Rd1 c2 72.Rc1 Kf7 73.h4 Kg7 74.Kf5 Kh6 75.Ke5 Kh5 76.Kd5 Rc8 77.Kd4 Kxh4 78.Kd3, draw.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rahway Swiss 6/13/2015

On Saturday, I played this game in the tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2223) - Paul Joseph (USCF 1906), Rahway NJ 6/13/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.O-O dxe4 8.dxe4 e5 9.Re1 Be6 10.a4 h6 11.c3 Qd7 12.Qc2 O-O

13.Nf1 Rad8 14.Be3 Qd3 15.Qxd3 Rxd3 16.Nh4 Ng4 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 Rfd8 19.Be4 R3d7 20.Bf3 Nxe3 21.Nxe3 Rd2 22.Nc4 R2d7 23.Bxc6 bxc6 24.Nxe5 Rc7 25.Rad1 Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Bf6 27.Nc4 Be7 28.f4 f6

29.Kf2 Kf7 30.Re1 Ke8 31.h4 h5 32.Kf3 Rd7 33.Re6 Rd3+ 34.Kf2 Kd7 35.Re2 Bd8 36.Rd2 Rd5 37.Ke2 Bc7 38.Ne3 Rxd2+ 39.Kxd2 Kd6 40.Kd3 Bd8 41.Kc4 Ba5 42.Nd1 Bb6 43.Nf2 a5 44.Ne4+ Ke7 

45.Nxc5 Kd6 46.Ne4+ Ke7 47.b4 Kd8 48.bxa5 Bxa5 49.Nc5 Ke7 50.Ne6 g6 51.Nd4 Bb6 52.fxg6, Black forfeits.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pix from Sunday Game/60 6/14/2015

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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pix from Luzviminda Machan Open 6/13/2015

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted photos from Saturday's tournament.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Chess Class at MORA

Starting next Wednesday, June 17th, I will be teaching a weekly chess class for 101 Discoveries at the Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Time" Article by Kasparov on FIFA & FIDE

Garry Kasparov compares Sepp Blatter to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.