Saturday, June 30, 2018

More Chess Satire in "The Onion"

No one defeats the Grim Reaper in a game of chess!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 6/25/2018

On Monday, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Analysis by IM Jay Bonin on Thursdays

In an e-mail to Marshall Chess Club members, executive director Bryan Quick writes:

In a continued effort to make available for members our game analysis with IM Jay Bonin, we are moving this weekly offering back to Thursdays.  It will now be held from 5-7pm each Thursday evening.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Premier Chess CEO in Tanzania

Premier Chess CEO and national master Evan Rabin partnered with Make a Difference Now and led 5 volunteers to teach 55 students at the Royal School in Himo, Tanzania last week!

At the beginning of the week, the students did not know how any of the pieces move.  By the end, the kids learned basic opening principles, endgames, strategy, and more.

Stay tuned for more information about our next trip to Tanzania, which will most likely happen in July 2019!

If you wish to support the amazing cause, please do so here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Westfield Quads 6/24/2018

On Sunday, I drew these games at the quads in Westfield.

Round One: Petroff Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Mark Kernighan (USCF 2260), Westfield NJ 6/24/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Qxe2+ 8.Bxe2 Be7 9.Nc3 h6 10.Bh4 Nbd7 11.O-O-O c6 12.d4 d5 13.Bd3 Nf8 14.Rhe1 Ne6 15.Bg3 Nh5

16.Be5 Nhf4 17.Bf1 f6 18.Bxf4 Nxf4 19.Re3 Kf7 20.Rde1 Bd6 21.Kb1 Bg4 22.h3 Bd7 23.a3 h5 24.Ne2 Ng6 25.Nc1 Ne7 26.Bd3 h4 27.Nb3 Nf5 28.R3e2 Bc8 29.Na5 Ne7 30.c4 b6 31.Rxe7+ Bxe7 32.Nxc6 Bd6 33.cxd5 Bd7

34.Nce5+ fxe5 35.dxe5 Bc5 36.e6+ Ke7 37.exd7+ Kxd7 38.Ne5+ Kc7 39.Rc1 Kb7 40.d6 Bxd6 41.Nf7 Bc5 42.Be4+ Ka6 43.Bd3+ Kb7 44.Be4+ Ka6 45.Bd3+, draw.

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Round Three: Trompovsky Attack

Peter Radomskyj (USCF 2200) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 6/24/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Bc1 d6 5.Nc3 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Nf3 O-O 8.Be2 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nbd7 11.a4 a6 12.O-O Rab8 13.Re1 Qc7

14.a5 b5 15.axb6 Rxb6 16.Be2 Ra8 17.Ra2 Ne8 18.Bf1 Qb8 19.Na4 Rb7 20.b3 Nb6 21.Bb2 Nxa4 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Rxa4 Rba7 24.Bxa6 Nc7 25.Bf1 Rxa4 26.bxa4 Rxa4 27.e5 Rd4 28.Qa1 Qa8 29.exd6 Qxa1 30.Rxa1 exd6 31.c4 Ne8

32.Ra8 Nf6 33.f3 Nd7 34.Rd8 Ne5 35.Rxd6 Nxc4 36.Bxc4 Rxc4 37.Rc6 Kf8 38.Rc7, draw.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Chess Life Online" Article by FM Resika

Read this CLO article by FIDE master and opera singer Nathan Resika [pictured].

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Summer 2018 Teaching Schedule

For 101 Discoveries, I will teach a chess class at Hudson Montessori School on Wednesdays (June 27th, August 1st, August 8th) from 12:45pm to 2:45pm.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Political Columnist and Chess Player

[photo by Michael Temchine]

Best known as a political columnist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, Charles Krauthammer [pictured] played at the Atlantic Open in 2002.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Donald Trump and Bobby Fischer

Charlie Kirk compares Donald Trump's bold moves to Bobby Fischer's game of the century.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 6/18/2018

On Monday evening, these pictures were taken by me at the Marshall Chess Club.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

FIDE Mondays 6/18/2018

This game was played on Monday at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2207) - Eitan Genger (USCF 2024), Marshall Chess Club 6/18/2018

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Na3 e6 9.Qb3 Nf6 10.Bf4 Qd7 11.O-O Be7 12.Rae1 O-O

13.Nb1 Na5 14.Qb5 Qxb5 15.Bxb5 a6 16.Bd3 b5 17.Bc7 Nc4 18.b3 Rfc8 19.Bf4 Nd6 20.f3 Bg6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Nc1 b4 23.cxb4 Nf5 24.Be5 Bxb4 25.Re2 Nd7 26.Nd3 Nxe5 27.Nxb4 Nc6 28.Nxc6 Rxc6

29.Rd2 Rac8 30.Na3 Kf8 31.Kf2 Ke7 32.g4 Nd6 33.Re1, draw.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Westfield Quads 6/17/2018

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 0-0-3 in the quads at Westfield.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2207) - Taran Idnani (USCF 2164), Westfield NJ 6/17/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 Nbd7 9.Qf3 Nc5 10.f5 O-O 11.Be3 e5 12.Nde2 b5 13.Ng3 Bb7 14.O-O Nxb3 15.axb3 d5

16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qxd5 18.Qxd5 Bxd5 19.Rfd1 Bc6 20.c3 a5 21.Bb6 a4 22.b4 f6, draw.

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Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Sean Colure (USCF 2242) - Jim West (USCF 2207), Westfield NJ 6/17/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Be3 a5 9.O-O Re8 10.Nd2 Nc5 11.a3 Na6 12.b4 b6

13.Rb1 axb4 14.axb4 h6 15.f3 Nh5 16.g3 f5 17.Bf2 Nf6 18.Qb3 fxe4 19.Ndxe4 Nxe4 20.Nxe4 Kh7 21.Ra1 Bb7 22.Rfd1 Qc8 23.Ra2 Nb8 24.Rxa8 Bxa8 25.c5 bxc5 26.bxc5 dxc5 27.Nxc5 Nd7 28.Nxd7 Qxd7

29.Bb5 Rb8 30.Bxd7 Rxb3 31.Kg2 Bf8 32.Be6 Rb5, draw.

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Round Three: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Peter Radomskyj (USCF 2200) - Jim West (USCF 2207), Westfield NJ 6/17/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6 10.d5 cxd5 11.cxd5 Nc5 12.Nd2 Bd7 13.a4 a5 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.b3 Rfc8

16.Be3 Nxb3 17.Qxb3 Qxc4 18.Qxc4 Rxc4 19.Rfc1 Rac8 20.Bd2 h5 21.Rab1 Rb4 22.f3 Ne8 23.Bf1 Kh7 24.Rxb4 axb4 25.Nb5 Rxc1 26.Bxc1 Bh6 27.f4 h4 28.gxh4 Bxf4 29.Bxf4 exf4 30.Kg2 Kh6 31.Be2 Bxb5 32.axb5 g5

33.hxg5+ Kxg5 34.Kf3 b3 35.h4+ Kxh4 36.Kxf4 b2 37.Bd3 Nc7 38.b6 Nb5 39.e5 Nc3 40.exd6 Nxd5+ 41.Ke5 Nxb6 42.Kf6 Kg3 43.Kxf7 Kf4 44.Ke7 Ke3 45.Bh7 Kd4 46.d7 Nxd7 47.Kxd7 b5 48.Kc6 b4

49.Kb5 Kc3 50.Ka4 Kd2 51.Kxb4 Kc1 52.Kc3 b1=Q 53.Bxb1 Kxb1, draw.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Newsday" Article on NM Warren Wang

National master Warren Wang is featured in this article by Michael R. Ebert.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 6/11/2018

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Camps by Premier Chess

This summer, Premier Chess will be conducting camps on the Upper West Side and in Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

AlphaZero and Investing

John Rekenthaler predicts that computer chess will revolutionize investing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

11th New York International at Marshall CC

The 11th New York International starts today at the Marshall Chess Club.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FIDE Mondays 6/11/2018

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

[photo by Eric Dluhos]

Round Two: Larsen's Opening

John Brendel (USCF 1876) - Jim West (USCF 2207), Marshall Chess Club 6/11/2018

1.b3 d5 2.f4 c5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bb2 Be7 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.d3 O-O 9.Nbd2 Ng4 10.Qe2 Bf6 11.O-O-O Bxb2+ 12.Kxb2 Ngf6

13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Nd7 15.d4 Qb6 16.c3 a5 17.a4 c4 18.Ka3 cxb3 19.Rb1 Qc6 20.Rxb3 f6 21.exf6 Rxf6 22.Nf3 Nb6 23.Qb5 Nc4+ 24.Ka2 Qxb5 25.Rxb5 b6 26.Re1 Rb8 27.Rb3 h6 28.Re2 g5 29.e4 Rf4

30.exd5 exd5 31.h3 Kg7 32.Rb5 Re4 33.Rxe4 dxe4 34.Ne5 Nxe5 35.Rxe5 Rf8 36.Rxe4 Rf2+ 37.Kb3 Rxg2 38.Re3 g4 39.hxg4 Rxg4 40.Kc4 Rg6 41.d5 h5 42.Kd4 h4 43.c4 Rh6 44.Rh3 Kf6 45.d6 Ke6 46.c5 bxc5+ 47.Kxc5 Kd7

48.Kb6 Rh5 49.Rd3 h3 50.Rd1 h2 51.Rh1 Kxd6 52.Rd1+ Ke5 53.Kxa5 h1=Q 54.Rxh1 Rxh1 55.Kb6 Kd6 56.a5 Rb1+ 57.Ka7 Kc7, White resigns.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/50 6/9/2018

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