Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Warren Township Interscholastic

Nearly 30 players competed in the Warren Township interscholastic chess tournament.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jefferson: "Send Me Philidor on Chess"

Chess was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite games.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Marshall February Under 2400 2/25/2018

Playing in the one day schedule on Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-1-1 plus two half point byes in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Julia Miyasaka (USCF 1694), Marshall Chess Club 2/25/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d4 Bg4 7.dxe5 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Bxe5 9.c3 Nf6 10.Nd2 O-O 11.Nc4 Re8 12.Bg5 h6 13.Rad1 Qe7 14.Bh4 g5

15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Bg3 Qe7 17.e5 Nd7 18.Qf5 Nc5 19.f4 Rad8 20.fxg5 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 hxg5 22.b4 Ne6 23.Qf6 Qf8 24.h4 Rd8 25.Rxd8 Qxd8 26.Qxd8+ Nxd8 27.hxg5 Ne6 28.g6 fxg6 29.Kf2 Kf7 30.Ke3 Ke7

31.Bh4+ Kd7 32.a4 Kc8 33.Ke4 Kd7 34.Bf2 b6 35.Be3, draw.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Results of Freeholder at USATE 2018

After an absence of 20 years, Brian Levine [pictured] returned to tournament chess.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hua - Bloise, USATE 2018

Frank Bloise [pictured] sends this game.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pix from USATE 2018

On Presidents Day weekend, I took these pictures at the USATE 2018.


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

USATE 2018, Day 3

On Monday, I drew this game at the USATE 2018.

Round Six: King's Indian Defense

Victor Guzman (USCF 2014) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Parsippany NJ 2/19/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.b3 Nbd7 7.Bb2 e5 8.dxe5 Ng4 9.c4 Ngxe5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Nc3 Nc6 12.Qd2 Be6

13.Nd5 Bxb2 14.Qxb2 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Rb8 16.Bxc6, draw.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USATE 2018, Day 2

On Sunday, I played these games at the USATE 2018.

Round Three: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Asher Mandel (USCF 1818), Parsippany NJ 2/18/2018

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Bd2 Qc7 9.Qe2 e6 10.O-O-O Bd6 11.g4 Bg6 12.g5 Nd5 13.Ne5 Bf5 14.Kb1 Bxe5 15.Qxe5 Qxe5 16.dxe5 Nd7 17.f4 O-O

18.h4 b5 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Be2 a5 21.Be3 b4 22.Bd3 Bxd3 23.Rxd3 Rfe8 24.h5 Re6 25.b3 Kf8 26.Rc1 a4 27.c4 axb3 28.axb3 d4 29.Bxd4 c5 30.Bb2 Ke7 31.Rcd1 Ra7 32.Rd6 g6 33.Rxe6+ Kxe6 34.hxg6 hxg6

35.Rd6+ Kf5 36.Bc1 Ke4 37.Kb2 Kf5 38.Bd2 Ke4 39.e6 fxe6 40.Rxe6+ Kf5 41.Rd6 Rc7 42.Bc1 Ra7 43.Rc6 Ra5 44.Be3 Ke4 45.Re6+ Kf5 46.Re7 Ra7 47.Bxc5 Nxc5 48.Rxa7 Nd3+ 49.Kc2 Nxf4 50.Ra5+ Ke6

51.Rb5 Nh3 52.Kd2 Nf2 53.Ke3 Nh3 54.Kf3 Ng1+ 55.Kg4 Ne2 56.Rxb4 Nd4 57.Rb6+ Kf7 58.b4 Ne6 59.Rxe6 Kxe6 60.Kf4 Kd6 61.Ke4, Black resigns.

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Round Four: King's Indian Defense

Daniel Girsh (USCF 1969) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Parsippany NJ 2/18/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 c6 7.Be2 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nbd7 10.O-O Qa5

11.Bh4 Rae8 12.Rb1 e5 13.b4 Qc7 14.Qc2 a6 15.a4 h6 16.c5, draw.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

USATE 2018, Day 1

Pictured (from left to right) at the USATE 2018 is the team Ferrero Forever: NM Jim West, Ron Saylo, Michael O'Connor, Joe Salvatore.

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Matthew Lerman (USCF 1728), Parsippany NJ 2/17/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.O-O Nge7 8.Re1 O-O 9.e5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nf5 11.c3 d4 12.a4 Rb8 13.Nc4 b6 14.Bf4 Ba6

15.Nfd2 Rbd8 16.g4 Nfe7 17.Bg5 Rd7 18.Nf3 Bxc4 19.dxc4 dxc3 20.bxc3 h6 21.Bxe7 Nxe7 22.Red1 Rfd8 23.Rxd7 Qxd7 24.a5 Nc6 25.axb6 axb6 26.Re1 Qd3 27.Qxd3 Rxd3 28.Rb1 Nxe5 29.Nxe5 Bxe5 

30.Bf1 Rxc3 31.Rxb6 Rc2 32.Rb3 Bd4 33.Rf3 e5 34.Bd3 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 Re1 36.Bc2 e4 37.Rf4 e3 38.fxe3 Bxe3 39.Re4 Rc1 40.Bd3 Bd4 41.Bf1 Kg7 42.h3 Rc2+ 43.Be2 Rc3 44.Bf1 Re3 45.Rxe3 Bxe3 46.Kf3, draw.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 2/12/2018

On Monday, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Marshall CC February 2018 News

See the results of the Marshall Chess Club members survey.

Read about game analysis with IM Jay Bonin.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/50 2/10/2018

Look at these pictures taken by me during Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.