Monday, August 31, 2020

15/10 KIA 8/30/2020

 King's Indian Attack

JimWest ( 1880) - DATTATRAYA169 ( 1864), 8/30/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 dxe4 6.dxe4 Bc5 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O Bg4 9.c3 Qd3 10.Re1 Rad8 11.Qe2 a6 12.Qxd3 Rxd3 13.Nh4 Rfd8 14.Nf1 h6 15.Be3 Bxe3 16.Nxe3 Bc8

17.Rad1 Rxd1 18.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 19.Nxd1 g5 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.exf5 Nd8 22.Ne3 b5 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Kf8 25.Kg2 Ke7 26.Kf3 h5 27.h4 g4+ 28.Ke3 Kd6 29.Be4 f6 30.f3 a5 31.fxg4 hxg4

32.Bd3 Nf7 33.Bxb5 Nh6 34.Ke4 Kc5 35.Be2 c6 36.b3 Kd6 37.b4 axb4 38.cxb4 c5 39.b5 Kc7 40.a4 Kb6 41.Bc4 Ka5 42.Be6 Kb6 43.Kd5 Ka5 44.Kxc5, Black resigns.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper Plays Chess

[photo by Ric Tapia]

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper [pictured] is a master of deception whose favorite chess piece is the knight.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

15/10 Budapest 8/28/2020

 Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

CmanBst ( 1919) - JimWest ( 1867), 8/28/2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2 Bb4 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 Nxd2 7.Qxd2 Nc6 8.f4 O-O 9.Nf3 f6 10.exf6 Qxf6 11.e3 d6 12.Bd3 h6 13.O-O Bd7 14.b4 a5

15.b5 Ne7 16.Nd4 b6 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Bc2 Bc8 19.Qd3 g6 20.e4 Qg7 21.f5 Qe5 22.Nf3 Qc5+ 23.Qd4 gxf5 24.exf5 Nxf5 25.Qxc5 dxc5 26.Be4 Nd4 27.Bd5+ Kg7

28.Nxd4 cxd4 29.Rxf8 Rxe1+, White resigns.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

10/5 Sicilian 8/26/2020

 Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

JimWest (lichess 2190) - to_supriatna (lichess 2065), lichess 8/26/2020

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.Be3 Bd7 9.O-O Qc7 10.f4 Nc6 11.Qf3 Rc8 12.f5 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 e5 14.Bf2 Bc6

15.g4 h6 16.h4 b5 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 Nd7 19.g6 f6 20.Bf7+ Kf8 21.Rac1 Qb7 22.Bd5 Nb6 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 24.Bxb6 Qxb6+ 25.Kg2 Qd4 26.Rfd1 Qb4 27.Rb1 Rh4 28.Rh1 Rxh1 29.Rxh1 Ke8 30.Rh8+ Kd7 31.Rxc8 Kxc8 32.b3 Qd4 33.Qd3 Qxd3 34.cxd3 Kd7

35.Nd5 Bd8 36.Kf3 Kc6 37.Ke2 a5 38.a4 b4 39.Ne3 Kc5 40.Kd2 Bb6 41.Nd5 Bd8 42.Ke3 Kc6 43.d4 Kd7 44.Kd3 Kc6 45.Kc4 Kd7 46.dxe5 fxe5 47.Kb5 Ke8 48.Ne3 Ke7 49.Nc4 Kd7

50.Nxa5 Bxa5 51.Kxa5 Ke7 52.Kxb4 d5 53.exd5 Kd6 54.Kc4, Black resigns.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

15/10 Evans 8/25/2020

 Evans Gambit

JimWest ( 1845) - Awadhesh_Johari ( 1668), 8/25/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 d6 8.O-O Nf6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.a4 a6 11.a5 Re8 12.Qb3 Rf8 13.Rd1 Bg4 14.Qxb7 Qd7

15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Nxd4 18.Rxd4 Bf6 19.Rda4 Bxa1 20.Rxa1 Rfb8 21.Qc6 Qd8 22.Qc4 Ra7 23.Be3 c5 24.Rd1 Qf6 25.f4 Rb5 26.e5 Qg6+ 27.Kh1 Rb1 28.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 29.Kg2 dxe5

30.Qxc5 Qg6+ 31.Kf1 Qd3+ 32.Ke1 Qb1+ 33.Ke2 Qb2+ 34.Kf3 e4+ 35.Bxe4, Black resigns.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

10/5 PCG 8/24/2020

 Philidor Counter Gambit

AccidentalHaikuist (lichess 2156) - JimWest (lichess 2186), lichess 8/24/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.O-O Nf6 6.Re1 Be7 7.Ng5 Qd7 8.Bf7+ Kf8 9.Bb3 h6 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.a3 g5 12.d4 e4 13.d5 Na5

14.Nd4 Nxb3 15.cxb3 Nxd5 16.Nd2 Nf6 17.Nxf5 Qxf5 18.Qc2 Rc8 19.f3 d5 20.fxe4 dxe4 21.Nxe4 Kg7 22.Qc3 Kg6 23.Ng3 Qc5+ 24.Be3 Qxc3 25.bxc3 Bd6 26.Bd4 Rhe8 27.Bxf6 Kxf6 28.Ne4+ Kg6 29.Nxd6 cxd6 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.Rd1 Rd8

32.c4 Kf6 33.Kf2 b6 34.Kf3 Ke5 35.Rd5+ Ke6 36.Kg4 Rf8 37.Rd2 Rf4+ 38.Kh3 h5 39.g3 Rf3 40.Rd5 Rf5 41.Rd4 Rf2 42.Rd5 g4+ 43.Kh4 Rxh2+ 44.Kg5 Rh3 45.Kf4 Rh1 46.Rg5 Rf1+ 47.Ke4 Rf3 48.Rg6+ Kd7 49.Rg7+ Kc6 50.Rxa7 Rxg3

51.b4 d5+ 52.cxd5+ Kb5 53.d6 Rg1 54.d7 Rd1 55.Kf4 Rd3 56.Kg5 g3 57.Kxh5 g2 58.d8=Q Rxd8 59.Rg7 Rh8+, White resigns.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Donald Trump: Chess Master

 Donald Trump compares himself to a chess master.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Danny Rensch Interview

[photo courtesy of]

Devanshi Rathi interviews IM Danny Rensch [pictured].

Saturday, August 22, 2020

15/10 PCG 8/21/2020

 Philidor Counter Gambit

bavagnoli ( 1879) - JimWest ( 1867), 8/21/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.c4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qxg5 8.Bxb4 d4 9.Qxd4 Nc6

10.Qd2 e3 11.fxe3 Nxb4 12.Qxb4 Qxe3+ 13.Kd1 Bg4+ 14.Kc2 Bf5+ 15.Kd1 O-O-O+ 16.Nd2, White forfeits.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Thursday, August 20, 2020

10/5 Budapest 8/19/2020

Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

sudhiradalja (lichess 2047) - JimWest (lichess 2183), lichess 8/19/2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Nxd2 6.Nxd2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qe7 8.a3 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qxe5 11.Bg2 O-O 12.O-O d6 13.f4 Qc5+ 14.Kh1 a5 15.Rac1 a4 16.e4 Ra7 

17.Qb4 Qxb4 18.axb4 b6 19.Ra1 Bd7 20.Rfd1 f6 21.c5 bxc5 22.bxc5 Bg4 23.Rdc1 Rb8 24.cxd6 cxd6 25.h3 Be6 26.f5 Bf7 27.Rc6 Rxb2 28.Rxd6 h6 29.Ra3 Rb3 30.Rxb3 Bxb3 31.Rc6 a3 32.Rc1 a2 33.Ra1 Bc2 34.Bf3 Bb1

35.Kg2 Kf7 36.g4 Ke7 37.Be2 Kd6 38.Bc4 Bxe4+ 39.Kg3 Bb1 40.h4 Ke5 41.Be6 Ra3+ 42.Kf2 g5 43.hxg5 hxg5 44.Bd7 Kf4 45.Be6 Kxg4 46.Bd7 Bxf5 47.Bc6 Bb1 48.Bd7+ Kf4 49.Be6 f5 50.Bd7 g4 51.Be6 g3+ 52.Kg2 Be4+ 53.Kg1 Bb1

54.Kg2 Kg5 55.Bd5 f4 56.Bf3 Kf5 57.Bc6 Be4+, White resigns.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Chess as Mental Preparation for Football

[photo by Eric Christian Smith]

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson [pictured] has been using chess as mental preparation for the 2020 football season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

15/10 Budapest 8/17/2020

 Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Dungeons_And_Dragons ( 1950) - JimWest ( 1860), 8/17/2020

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 b6 5.g3 Bb7 6.Nf3 d6 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.exd6 Bxd6 9.O-O O-O 10.Qc2 Re8 11.Rd1 Qf6 12.Be3 a5 13.Nbd2 Nxd2 14.Rxd2 h6 15.Nd4 Bc5

16.Rad1 Bxd4 17.Bxd4 Nxd4 18.Rxd4 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 a4 20.e3 g6 21.Rd5 h5 22.h4 Kg7 23.Qd2 Re4 24.Rd4 Rae8 25.Qc2 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 c5 27.Rd5 Ra8 28.Qc3 Qxc3 29.bxc3 Rb8 30.Kf3 Kf6 31.e4 Ke6 32.Ke3 b5

33.Rxc5 bxc4 34.Rxc4 Rb3 35.Rxa4 Rxc3+ 36.Kf4 f6 37.Ra6+ Ke7 38.a4 Ra3 39.g4 hxg4 40.Kxg4 Ra2 41.f3 Rg2+ 42.Kf4 Rh2 43.Kg3 Ra2 44.a5 Ra1 45.Ra7+ Ke6 46.a6 Rg1+ 47.Kf2 Rh1 48.Kg3 Rg1+ 49.Kh2 Rf1 50.Kg2 Ra1

51.Ra8 Ke5 52.Rg8 Kf4 53.Rxg6 Ra2+ 54.Kh3 Rxa6 55.Rg3 Ra1 56.Kh2 Ra2+ 57.Rg2 Ra3 58.Rf2 f5 59.exf5 Kxf5 60.Kg3 Ra1 61.Rb2 Rg1+ 62.Kf2 Rh1 63.Rb4 Kg6 64.Kg2 Ra1 65.Rb5 Ra4 66.Kg3 Rc4 67.Re5 Rc1

68.h5+ Kh6 69.f4 Rg1+ 70.Kf3 Rh1 71.Ke4 Ra1 72.Kd5 Ra5+ 73.Ke6 Ra6+ 74.Kf7 Ra7+ 75.Kf6 Ra6+ 76.Re6 Ra5 77.f5 Kxh5 78.Re8 Ra6+ 79.Kf7 Kg5 80.Re5 Rf6+ 81.Ke7 Rxf5 82.Rxf5+ Kxf5, draw.


Monday, August 17, 2020

15/10 PCG 8/16/2020

 Philidor Counter Gambit

mohamedmmmooo ( 1803) - JimWest ( 1863), 8/16/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.O-O f4 6.d4 Qc7 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Bxg8 Rxg8 9.a4 Bg4 10.Kh1 Nd7 11.a5 a6 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 O-O-O 14.Nc3 Bc5

15.Na4 Ba7 16.c4 Qxa5 17.Rd1 Nc5 18.Bd2 Rxd2 19.Nb6+ Qxb6 20.Rxd2 Nb3 21.Qg4+ Kb8 22.Qe6 Rc8 23.c5 Qb4 24.Qxe5+ Ka8 25.Qe6 Rb8 26.Rdd1 Nxa1 27.Rxa1 Qxb2 28.Ra2 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Qxc5 30.Qf7 Qe5 31.f3 h5

32.Qc4 Qg5 33.Ra1 Qg3+ 34.Kh1 g5 35.Qe6 g4 36.hxg4 hxg4, White resigns.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

15/10 PCG 8/15/2020

 Philidor Counter Gambit

harryren ( 1855) - JimWest ( 1856), 8/15/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.c4 c6 9.Bg5 Bb4+ 10.Ke2 O-O 11.Qb3 Be7 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.h3 Nc6 14.Rd1 Qb6

15.Qxb6 axb6 16.a3 Ra4 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Be3 c5 19.Ke1 c4 20.Be2 b5 21.Kd2 b4 22.axb4 Bxb4+ 23.Kc2 Bd7 24.Ra1 Rfa8 25.Rxa4 Bxa4+ 26.Kb1 g6 27.Bd1 Bxd1 28.Rxd1 Bd6 29.Ne2 Kf7 30.Nc3 Ke6

31.f3 exf3 32.gxf3 Bb4 33.Na2 Ba5 34.Kc2 Kf5 35.Ra1 Re8 36.Bd2 Bxd2 37.Kxd2 Kf4 38.Nc3 Rb8 39.Kc2 Rb6 40.Ra5 Rd6 41.Nb5 Rc6 42.Nc3 Kxf3 43.Nxd5 Nxd5 44.Rxd5 Kg3 45.Rd7 h5 46.d5 Rc5 47.Rg7 Rxd5 48.Rxg6+ Kxh3 49.Kc3 Rc5

50.b3 cxb3+ 51.Kxb3 h4 52.Rg7 Kh2 53.Kb2 h3 54.Rg8 Kh1 55.Rg7 h2 56.Rg8 Rf5 57.Kc1 Rf2 58.Kd1 Rg2 59.Re8 Kg1 60.Re1+ Kf2, White resigns.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

10/5 Caro-Kann 8/14/2020

 Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

JimWest (lichess 2170) - BNroadto2000 (lichess 2099), lichess 8/14/2020

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Nh5 10.Be3 Be7 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Nxf3 O-O 13.O-O a6 14.Rae1 Rac8

15.Qd1 b5 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qxh5+ Kg8 19.Qxe5 Bd6 20.Qh5 f5 21.f4 Rf6 22.a3 Rh6 23.Qf3 Kf7 24.Kh1 Rch8 25.Bg1 Qd8 26.Bh2 Be7 27.Re2 g5 28.fxg5 Bxg5 29.Be5 R8h7 30.Bf4 Rh5 31.Bxg5 Qxg5

32.Rfe1 R5h6 33.Re5 Qd2 34.Qe2 Qxe2 35.R1xe2 Rh8 36.Kg1 Rc8 37.Kf2 a5 38.Kf3 b4 39.axb4 axb4 40.R5e3 bxc3 41.bxc3 Rc6 42.Kf4 Kf6 43.g4 fxg4 44.hxg4 Rh8 45.g5+ Kf7 46.Ke5 Ke7 47.Rg2 Rg8

48.g6 Rg7 49.Rh3 Rc8 50.Rh7 Rcg8 51.Rgh2 Kd7 52.Rxg7+ Rxg7 53.Rh7 Rxh7, Black resigns.

Friday, August 14, 2020

15/10 PCG 8/13/2020

 Philidor Counter Gambit

chessmuhamed ( 1847) - JimWest ( 1857), 8/13/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nfxd2 Bxf5 8.Nc3 Nf6 9.Bc4 Nc6 10.d5 Ne5

11.Bb5+ c6 12.dxc6 bxc6 13.Be2 O-O 14.O-O d5 15.b3 Kh8 16.f4 Neg4 17.Kh1 Ne3 18.Qe1, White resigns.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

GSCL Meeting and Elections

The Garden State Chess League has scheduled an on-line meeting and elections for September 15th.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

15/10 Ruy Lopez 8/11/2020

 Ruy Lopez

JimWest ( 1849) - manueldu30 ( 1806), 8/11/2020

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.O-O Bd7 6.c3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bg5 Nge7 9.Bb3 O-O 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Kh7 12.d5 Nb8 13.Nh2 f5 14.f3 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.c4 b6 17.Nc3 h5

18.Bc2 Bh6 19.b4 Rg8 20.c5 bxc5 21.bxc5 Be8 22.c6 a5 23.Bd3 Na6 24.Bxa6 Rxa6 25.a4 Bf7 26.Rb1 Rb6 27.Bxb6 cxb6 28.Nb5 g4 29.hxg4 hxg4 30.Nxg4 Kg6

31.Nxh6 Rh8 32.Nxf7 Kxf7 33.Kf2 Ng6 34.Rh1 Nh4 35.c7 Qg5 36.Rxh4 Qg3+ 37.Ke2 Qxh4 38.c8=Q, Black resigns.