Thursday, August 31, 2017

FIDE Mondays 8/28/2017

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

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Karan Bhatty (USCF 2110) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/28/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.b3 d6 6.Bb2 e5 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.Na3 Nc6 9.Qd2 Ncxe5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.c4 Ng4 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.O-O a6

14.Nc2 Rb8 15.Rad1 Qe7 16.Nb4 Nf6 17.Rfe1 h5 18.e4 h4 19.f4 hxg3 20.hxg3 a5 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Qf6 23.Qxa5 b6 24.Qd2 Bg4 25.Rc1 Ra8 26.a4 Rfe8 27.Re3 Bd7 28.Bf3 Rxe3 29.Qxe3 Re8 30.Qc3 Qxc3 31.Rxc3 Re1+ 32.Kf2 Rb1

33.g4 Rb2+ 34.Kg3 Kf6 35.g5+ Kg7 36.Bg4 Bxg4 37.Kxg4 Rb1 38.Re3 Rg1+ 39.Kf3 Rb1 40.Ke4 Rf1 41.Rf3 Rg1 42.Re3 Rf1 43.Re2 Rb1 44.Re3, draw.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Marshall Sunday Game/45 8/27/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Toshinori Underwood (USCF 1747) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/27/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.O-O f4 9.h3 Qe7 10.d4 Be6 11.d5 Bf7 12.Bb3 O-O

13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Nd2 Rd8 15.Bxf7+ Qxf7 16.Qe2 Nd7 17.f3 Nf8 18.Nd1 d5 19.Nf2 g5 20.Ng4 Qg7 21.Qa6 h5 22.Nxf6+ Qxf6 23.exd5 Rxd5 24.Ne4 Qg6 25.Qb7 Rad8 26.Qe7 Nh7 27.Kh1 R5d7 28.Qc5 Rd5 29.Qxa7 g4

30.Qf2 Nf6 31.Nxf6+ Qxf6 32.Rfe1 g3 33.Qf1 Qd6 34.a4 Qb4 35.b3 Qc3 36.Rac1 Rd2 37.Re2 Qb2 38.Rxd2 Rxd2 39.Qc4+ Kg7 40.Rg1 Qxc2 41.Qe6 Qc5 42.Re1 Qd6 43.Qf5 Rd1 44.Qg5+ Kf8 45.Qf5+, draw.

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Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation 

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Krish Bhandari (USCF 1665), Marshall Chess Club 8/27/2017

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O

11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd7 13.Qc2 h6 14.h3 Bh5 15.g4 Bg6 16.Bxg6 fxg6 17.Bg3 g5 18.Nb3 Nc5 19.Nxc5 Bxc5 20.Qe2 Bb6 21.Kh2 Qc5 22.f3 Qe3 23.Rae1 Qxe2+ 24.Rxe2 Rac8 25.Kg2 Rf7 26.Bf2 Bxf2 27.Rfxf2 Rf4

28.Rd2 Kf7 29.Rd3 Rc7 30.Rfd2 b5 31.Rd4 Rxd4 32.Rxd4 Rc4 33.Rxc4 dxc4 34.Kf2 Ke7 35.Ke3 Kd7 36.f4 gxf4+ 37.Kxf4 g6 38.Ke4 Kc6 39.Kd4 g5 40.a4 a5 41.Ke4 Kc5 42.axb5 Kxb5 43.Kd4 a4 44.Ke3 Ka5 45.Kd4 Kb5 46.Ke3 Kc5 47.Ke4, draw.

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Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Drago Dimitrov (USCF 1722) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/27/2017

1.g3 Nf6 2.Bg2 g6 3.d3 Bg7 4.e3 O-O 5.Ne2 c5 6.Nd2 Nc6 7.b3 d5 8.Bb2 e5 9.a3 Re8 10.h3 d4 11.e4 Be6 12.O-O Qd7 13.Kh2 h5

14.f4 h4 15.g4 Bxg4 16.Qe1 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Nh5 18.f5 Ng3 19.Qg4 gxf5 20.exf5 Kf8 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.Bxe4 Bf6 23.Qf3 Ke7 24.Rg1 Rg8 25.Rg4 Rxg4 26.hxg4 Rg8 27.Bxc6 Qxc6 28.Qxc6 bxc6 29.Kh3 Bg5 30.Bc1 Kf6

31.Bxg5+ Kxg5 32.Re1 f6 33.Re4 a5 34.a4 Rb8 35.Kg2 h3+ 36.Kxh3 Rh8+ 37.Kg2 Rh4 38.Kf3 Rh2 39.Re1 Rh3+ 40.Kg2 Rh4 41.Kf3 Rxg4 42.Re4 Rf4+ 43.Rxf4 exf4 44.Ke4 Kg4 45.b4 cxb4 46.Kxd4 f3

47.Kc5 f2 48.Kxc6 f1=Q 49.d4 Qg2+ 50.Kd6 Qxc2 51.Ke7 Kxf5 52.d5 Qxa4 53.d6 b3 54.Kf8 Qd7, White resigns.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 8/26/2017

These pictures were taken by me during Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 8/26/2017

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 plus a half point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Schuster Tanger (USCF 1771) - Jim West (USCF 2211), Marshall Chess Club 8/26/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Be2 O-O 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Nd5 c6 9.Nxf6+ Rxf6 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.O-O Nd7 12.Nd2 d5

13.Bg4 Bxg4 14.Qxg4 Rg6 15.Qe2 Qg5 16.g3 Rf8 17.Nf3 Qg4 18.Kg2 e4 19.dxe4 dxe4 20.Nd4 Qxe2 21.Nxe2 Rd6 22.Rad1 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Nf6 24.Nc3 Re8 25.h3 h5 26.Re1 Kf7 27.Re2 b5 28.f3 exf3+ 29.Kxf3 Rxe2 30.Nxe2 c5

31.a3 g5 32.g4 hxg4+ 33.hxg4 a6 34.Nc3 c4 35.Ne4 Nxe4 36.Kxe4 Ke6 37.Kd4 Kd6, draw.

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Round Two: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2211) - David Kantey (USCF 1717), Marshall Chess Club 8/26/2017

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bg4 3.d3 e6 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.Ngf3 Be7 6.h3 Bh5 7.g3 c5 8.Bg2 Nc6 9.O-O O-O 10.a4 Qc7 11.Re1 Rad8

12.g4 Bg6 13.Nh4 e5 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.e4 d4 16.Nc4 b6 17.Bc1 a6 18.Bd2 Rb8 19.f4 exf4 20.e5 Nh7 21.Bxf4 g5 22.Bh2 Rbd8 23.e6 Qb7 24.Ne5 Rc8 25.Bxc6 Rxc6 26.exf7+ Rxf7 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.Qf3+ Nf6 29.Re2 Qd7 30.Rae1 Bf8

31.Re5 Kg8 32.Qf5 Qb7 33.Re6 Rc8 34.Rxb6 Qa8 35.Rxf6 gxf6 36.Qg6+ Kh8 37.Qxf6+ Bg7 38.Qxg5 Qf3 39.Qh5+ Kg8 40.Re8+ Rxe8 41.Qxe8+ Bf8 42.Qe6+ Kh8 43.Be5+, Black resigns.

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Round Three: Trompovsky Attack

Eugene Yoo (USCF 2032) - Jim West (USCF 2209), Marshall Chess Club 8/26/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.e3 Qb6 5.b3 cxd4 6.exd4 f5 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.c3 d6 9.Bd3 e6 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.O-O Nf6 12.a4 Bd7 13.Re1 O-O

14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qd2 Bc6 16.Qf4 Nd5 17.Qd2 Nf6 18.Qf4 Nd5 19.Qd2, draw.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chess in Comic Books

The World Chess Hall of Fame features comic books that use chess as a narrative theme.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pix from August Under 2300 8/20/2017

During the tournament on Sunday, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pix from August Under 2300 8/19/2017

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"New Yorker" Article on Kasparov's Return

Louisa Thomas breaks down Garry's rapid and blitz games in Saint Louis.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

FIDE Mondays 8/21/2017

On Monday, I drew this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2211) - Robert Olsen (USCF 2049), Marshall Chess Club 8/21/2017

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O O-O 5.d3 d5 6.Nbd2 c5 7.e4 Nc6 8.c3 e5

9.Qb3 Re8 10.Re1 d4 11.Nc4 h6 12.cxd4, draw.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Marshall August Under 2300 8/20/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-0-2 plus a full point bye in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

I got the bye when no one else showed up for the two day schedule.

Round Four: Pribyl Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Asa Hoffmann (USCF 2275), Marshall Chess Club 8/20/2017

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.Bd3 e5 6.Nf3 exd4 7.Nxd4 Qb6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.Qe2 O-O 10.h3 Nbd7 11.Qf2 Nc5 12.O-O Re8 13.Rb1 Bf8 14.Be3 Nxd3 15.cxd3 Qa6 16.Rfd1 b5

17.a3 Qb7 18.e5 Nd7 19.d4 d5 20.Nd2 Nb6 21.f5 a5 22.f6 b4 23.fxg7 Bxg7 24.Ne2 Nd7 25.Ng3 Nf8 26.Nh5 Qe7 27.Qg3 Ng6 28.Bg5 Qf8 29.axb4 Bf5 30.Rbc1 Re6 31.bxa5 Rxa5 32.Nb3 Rb5

33.Nc5 Rxc5 34.Rxc5 Bxe5 35.Qf2, Black resigns.

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Round Five: Queen Pawn Opening

Payam Parhami (USCF 2221) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/20/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 h6 5.Bh4 d5 6.e3 Bg4 7.Be2 O-O 8.Ne5 Bxe2 9.Qxe2 c6 10.O-O Nbd7 11.f4 Qb6 12.Rab1 e6 13.c3 c5 14.Kh1 cxd4 15.exd4 Qa6

16.Qxa6 bxa6 17.Nb3 Nxe5 18.fxe5 Ne4 19.Be7 Rfe8 20.Bb4 Bf8 21.a3 Rab8 22.Ra1 h5 23.g3 Be7 24.Kg2 Bd8 25.Ra2 Rb7 26.Rd1 Bc7 27.a4 a5 28.Nxa5 Bxa5 29.Bxa5 Reb8 30.Bb4 a5 31.Ba3 Rb3 32.Rd3 Rc8 33.Ra1 Rc4 34.Kf3 Rxa4

35.Ke3 Rc4 36.Ra2 Ra4 37.Ra1 Rc4 38.Rc1 Kg7 39.Rc2 f6 40.exf6+ Nxf6 41.Kf4 Nd7 42.Bd6 Kf6 43.Rf3 e5+ 44.Ke3+ Ke6 45.Bxe5 Nxe5 46.dxe5 Re4+ 47.Kd3 Rxe5 48.Rf8 Ke7 49.Rcf2 Rxb2 50.R8f7+ Ke8 51.Rf8+ Ke7 52.Rxb2 Kxf8 53.Ra2 Ke7 54.Rxa5 Kf6

55.Kd4 Re4+ 56.Kd3 Re5 57.Rb5 h4 58.Rb6+ Kf5 59.gxh4 Re4 60.Rb4 Re1 61.Kd4 Rd1+ 62.Ke3 Re1+ 63.Kd4 Rd1+ 64.Kc5 Rd3 65.Rb2 Rxc3+ 66.Kxd5 Rd3+ 67.Kc4 Rh3 68.Rf2+ Kg4 69.Rg2+ Kxh4 70.Rxg6 Rxh2, draw.