Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PRO Chess League Qualifier for NY Marshalls

Yesterday I received this e-mail.

Dear Marshall Member:

We are pleased to announce that this Saturday, November 3rd at 11am, the Marshall Chess Club has assembled a team to attempt to qualify for the PRO Chess League!  Partnered with, and now in its 3rd season, the PRO Chess League features 32 teams of elite players from across the globe who compete in a 10 match season from January to March. 

Our qualifying team—the New York Marshalls—features club members GM Sergei Azerov, GM Tamaz Gelashvili, and NM Grant Xu, and a "free agent" player from Poland, GM Wojciech Moranda.  The match will consist of 13 rounds of blitz chess (G/3 +2) and perhaps bonus games if necessary.  Eight teams will qualify to compete in the league. 

To help popularize this exciting event, the club is debuting its brand new sixty-five inch TV to stream the games live!  We encourage you to come watch at 23 West 10th St and support our team.  But if you'd rather watch from home... the games will be broadcast and analyzed live by IM Levy Rozman on his Twitch channel,

Stay tuned for the results next week, and for exciting information regarding the upcoming World Championship Match! 

Bryan Quick 
Executive Director

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Marshall Sunday Game/50 10/28/2018

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - John Walton (USCF 1686), Marshall Chess Club 10/28/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 Qc7 10.O-O Bd7 11.f5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.Bf2 Bc6 14.Qf3 b5 15.a3 Qb7 16.Rfe1 O-O

17.g4 h6 18.h4 a5 19.g5 hxg5 20.hxg5 Nh7 21.g6 Ng5 22.gxf7+ Nxf7 23.Nd5 Rae8 24.c3 Kh7 25.Kg2 Nh6 26.Rh1 Bg5 27.Rh5 Bf4 28.Re1 Bxd5 29.Bxd5 Qe7 30.Reh1 b4 31.axb4 axb4 32.c4 Qd8

33.Be3 Bxe3 34.Qxe3 Rf6 35.Ra1 Qc7 36.Ra7 Qc5 37.Rxg7+ Kxg7 38.Qg5+ Kh7 39.Qxf6 Qe3 40.Qg6+ Kh8 41.Rxh6+, Black resigns.

Monday, October 29, 2018

"Yahoo! Finance" Article on GM Caruana

Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana is featured in this article.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rex Sinquefield on HBO "Real Sports"

Rex Sinquefield is interviewed by Soledad O'Brien.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 10/25/2018

During Thursday's tournament, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Thursday Night Action 10/25/2018

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

Round Four: King's Indian Defense

Aigboje Aregbeyen (USCF 1700) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/25/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.c4 d6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Be2 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e5 10.Bg3 exd4 11.exd4 Re8+ 12.Be2 Ne4

13.O-O Nxg3 14.fxg3 Bxd4+ 15.Kh2 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qe7 17.Bf3 Rab8 18.Bd5 Ne5 19.Qa4 c6 20.Bf3 a6 21.Rad1 Nxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Rbd8 23.Rdf1 f5 24.Qc2 Qe4 25.Qb3 Rd7 26.Rf4 Qe5 27.c5+ d5 28.Rb4 Ree7 29.Rb1 Qe3

30.Rd4 Re4 31.Rbd1 f4 32.gxf4 Qxf4+ 33.Kg1 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Rxd4 35.cxd4 Qxb3 36.axb3 Re7 37.Rd3 Re2 38.Kh2 Rb2 39.Kg3 Kf7 40.Kf3 Ke6 41.g3 h5 42.g4 Kf6 43.Kg3 hxg4 44.Kxg4 Rg2+ 45.Kf3 Rg1

46.Kf2 Rb1 47.Kg3 Kg5 48.Re3 Rd1 49.b4 Rxd4 50.b5 axb5 51.Re5+ Kf6 52.Re8 Rc4 53.Rb8 Rxc5 54.Rxb7 Kg5 55.h4+ Kf5 56.Rf7+ Ke6 57.Rf8 b4 58.Kg4 b3 59.Rf1 b2 60.Kg5 Rc1, White resigns.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pix from October Under 2400 10/21/2018

Look at these pictures taken by me on Sunday, during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pix from October Under 2400 10/20/2018

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Marshall October Under 2400 10/21/2018

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

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Wesley Hellner (USCF 1901), Marshall Chess Club 10/21/2018

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.f4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Nf3 e6 7.O-O Be7 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Ne5 O-O 10.d3 Rc8 11.Nd2 b5 12.a4 b4

13.Nxc6 Rxc6 14.Qe2 a5 15.e4 d4 16.Nc4 Qc7 17.Bc1 h6 18.f5 exf5 19.Rxf5 Re6 20.Bf4 Qd8 21.Bd2 Nd5 22.Qf3 Ne3 23.Nxe3 dxe3 24.Bxe3 Bf6 25.Rf1 Bd4 26.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 27.Qf2 Rc6

28.Qxd4 cxd4 29.R1f2 g6 30.Rxa5 Rfc8 31.Rb5 Rxc2 32.Rxc2 Rxc2 33.Rxb4 Rc3 34.Rxd4 Rxb3 35.Kf2 Kf8 36.h4 h5 37.Ke3 Ke7 38.g3 Ke6 39.Rc4 Rb1 40.Kd4 Rg1 41.a5 Kd6 42.Ra4 Kc7 43.a6 Kb8

44.Rb4+ Ka7 45.Rb7+ Kxa6 46.Rxf7 Rxg3 47.e5 Kb6 48.e6 Kc6 49.Rf4 Kd6 50.Re4 Ke7 51.Kc4 Rg4 52.Kd5 Rxe4 53.dxe4 g5 54.hxg5 h4 55.g6 Kf8 56.Kd6 h3 57.e7+, Black resigns.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Marshall October Under 2400 10/20/2018

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Matthew Tripodi (USCF 2044) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/20/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 Qc7 9.Bb3 Nbd7 10.a4 O-O 11.O-O b6 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.Bc4 Nc5

14.Bxc5 Qxc5 15.Nd2 Rfc8 16.Bd3 Bf8 17.Nc4 d5 18.exd5 Bxd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Qxe5 Re8 21.Qg5 h6 22.Qg4 Rac8 23.c3 b5 24.axb5 axb5 25.Ra5 Qc6 26.Na3 Qc7 27.Rxb5 Nf6

28.Qf5 Bxa3 29.bxa3 Qxc3 30.Rb6 Rcd8 31.Bb1 Re1 32.Qc2 Rxf1+ 33.Kxf1 Qxa3 34.Rc6, draw.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

"Mikell's Plot" 20th Anniversary Press Release


October 10, 2018 Parlin, NJ:

In celebration of the band's 20th Anniversary Mikell's Plot will be having a party bash!

The event is being hosted and sponsored by DAA Entertainment and NJ's Rock Radio 92.9 FM.

The party will include guest performances by some of NJ'S greatest bands. Rebels United, Tilted, Pale Horse, Metal Land, Jernee Mill and Glenn Garr.

"Making original music for 20 years is a milestone that we had to acknowledge and what better way to do it then with this party?" said Michael O'Connor, lead singer of Mikell's Plot.

Saturday November 3, 2018 starting at 5 PM located at Brighton Bar
121 Brighton Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740

The party is open to all ages,
21+ to Drink.

There will be catered food and a cash bar.  Come and enjoy the celebration and be part of this event with Michael O'Connor and George Rivera and the rest of the band.

Tickets are 10.00$ in Advance and 12.00$ at the door.
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 10/18/2018

During Thursday's tournament, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thursday Night Action 10/18/2018

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

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Michael Fuglesang (USCF 1795) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Marshall Chess Club 10/18/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nxe5 dxe4 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Qxh8 Qd5 11.Bxe7 Kxe7 12.Qg7+ Qf7 13.Qe5+ Kf8 14.Qc5+ Qe7 15.Qb5 c6 16.Qb3 Be6

17.Bc4 Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Na6 19.O-O Nf6 20.Rae1 Re8 21.Qb3 Qb4 22.Qg3 Kg7 23.c3 Qe7 24.c4 Qc7 25.Qg5 Rh8 26.g3 Rh5 27.Qd2 Qa5 28.Qe3 Rxh2 29.f3 Qh5 30.Qf4 Rh1+ 31.Kf2 Rxf1+ 32.Rxf1 exf3

33.Kg1 Qg4 34.Qxg4 Nxg4 35.Rxf3 Nc7 36.Kg2 Nf6 37.Kf2 Ne6 38.Ke3 Ng5 39.Rf1 Ne6 40.b4 a6 41.a4 b5 42.axb5 axb5 43.cxb5 cxb5 44.Kd3 g5 45.Rf5 Kg6 46.Rxb5 Nh5 47.g4 Nhf4+ 48.Kc4 Ne2 

49.Kb3 N2xd4+ 50.Kc4 Nxb5 51.Kxb5 Kf6 52.Kb6 Ke5 53.Kc6 Kf4 54.Kd6 Nd4 55.Kc5 Ke4 56.Kc4 Nc2 57.Kb3 Nxb4 58.Kxb4 Kf4 59.Kc3 Kxg4 60.Kd3 Kf3, White resigns.

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Round Four: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2206) - Boris Privman (USCF 2249), Marshall Chess Club 10/18/2018

1.Nf3 d6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 O-O 6.e4 c5 7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.a4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nc4 Nb6 11.Nfd2 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.a5 Nd5 14.Nc4 Bc7 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Qd2 Rb8

17.Rfe1 b5 18.axb6 axb6 19.Ne5 Bb7 20.Ra7 f6 21.Rxb7 fxe5 22.Bxd5+ e6 23.Rxb8 Qxb8 24.Be4 Bd6 25.Qg5 Be7 26.Qg4 Kf7 27.Re3 Bf6 28.Rf3 Ke7 29.Bg5 Bxg5 30.Qxg5+ Kd6 31.Rf7 Qc8 32.f4 exf4 33.Qxf4+ e5 34.Qf6+ Re6 35.Qg7 c4

36.Rf6 cxd3 37.Rxe6+ Kxe6 38.Bxd3 Qc5+ 39.Kg2 Qd5+ 40.Kh3 Qd8 41.Qxh7 Kd5 42.Qf7+ Kd4 43.Qc4+ Ke3 44.Qe4+ Kd2 45.Qe2+ Kc1 46.Qe1+ Kxb2 47.Qxe5+ Kc1 48.Bxg6, and White wins in ? moves.

                                          Final Position                            

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pix from Sunday Game/50 10/14/2018

During Sunday's tournament, I snapped these photos at the Marshall Chess Club.