Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Spring 2017 Teaching Schedule

This spring, on behalf of 101 Discoveries, I am teaching chess classes at these locations in Jersey City:

Wednesdays - Museum of Russian Art;

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Review of "Deep Thinking"

Demis Hassabis reviews Garry Kasparov's new book Deep Thinking.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pix from Marshall April Under 2300

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

                                             Saturday




                                               Sunday



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prestia Brothers on FOX5

The Prestia brothers - Paris, Frank, and Sebastian - are featured on FOX5.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NM Bobby Ferguson at TIME 100 Gala

Washington State's attorney general tells Katie Reilly how his chess experience helped him file a lawsuit against the president's travel ban.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FIDE Mondays 4/24/2017

This game was played last night at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Justin Grgas (USCF 1835) - Jim West (USCF 2201), Marshall Chess Club 4/24/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.Qf3 Qd7 9.O-O Be7 10.Qg3 O-O 11.Bh6 Ne8 12.Rad1 Kh8 13.Be3 Nc6


14.Nxc6 Qxc6 15.f4 Bb7 16.Rfe1 Bf6 17.f5 b4 18.fxe6 fxe6 19.Ba4 Qc7 20.Ne2 Be5 21.Bf4 Nf6 22.Bxe5 dxe5 23.Nc1 Nxe4 24.Qe3 Qc5 25.Nd3 Qxe3+ 26.Rxe3 Rad8 27.Rde1 Rd4 28.Nxe5 Nc5 29.Bb3 Rd2


30.R3e2 Nxb3 31.axb3 Rxe2 32.Rxe2 Kg8 33.Nd7 Rc8 34.Ne5 Bd5 35.Kf2 Kf8 36.Nd7+ Ke7 37.Nb6 Rf8+ 38.Ke1 Kd6 39.Nxd5 Kxd5 40.Kd2 Rf1 41.c4+ Kd6 42.Ke3 a5 43.Kd2 Rh1 44.h3 g6 45.Ke3 Rb1


46.Kf4 Rf1+ 47.Ke4 Rd1 48.Ke3 Rb1 49.Kf4 Rf1+ 50.Ke4 Rd1 51.Ke3 Kc5 52.Rc2 h5 53.Rf2 Re1+ 54.Kd2 Rg1 55.Re2 Kd6 56.Ke3 Rb1 57.Ke4 Rd1 58.Ke3, draw.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Marshall April Under 2300 4/23/2017

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Merric Hu (USCF 1979) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 4/23/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O Be6 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.Qd2 O-O 11.a4 Rc8 12.Rfd1 Qc7 13.Nc1 Rfd8 14.Nd3 d5


15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Rac1 Nf6 18.Qe1 Bc6 19.a5 Nd5 20.Bd2 e4 21.Nb4 e3 22.fxe3 Bxb4 23.Bxb4 Nxe3 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Bf3 Bxf3 26.Qxe3 Bc6 27.Re1 Qd7 28.h3 Qd4 29.Qxd4 Rxd4 30.Bc3 Re4


31.Rd1 h6 32.Rd4 Re2 33.Rd2 Re1+ 34.Kf2 Rc1 35.Bd4 Be4 36.c3 Rc2 37.Rxc2 Bxc2 38.b4 f5 39.Ke3 Bb3 40.Kf4 g6, draw.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marshall April Under 2300 4/22/2017

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2204) - Lucas Foerster-Yialamas (USCF 1875), Marshall Chess Club 4/22/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 Qc7 9.Qf3 b5 10.a3 O-O 11.O-O Nc6 12.Be3 Bb7


13.f5 Ne5 14.Qe2 exf5 15.Nxf5 Nfg4 16.Bd4 Bg5 17.h3 Nh6 18.Rad1 Kh8 19.Bd5 Nxf5 20.Rxf5 f6 21.Bxb7 Qxb7 22.Nd5 g6 23.Rff1 Rae8 24.g3 f5 25.h4 Bd8 26.Bc3 Bb6+ 27.Nxb6 Qxb6+ 28.Qf2 Qb8 29.Qd4 Rd8


30.exf5 Rxf5 31.Rxf5 gxf5 32.Kh2 Qb7 33.Qd5 Qxd5 34.Rxd5 Re8 35.Rxd6 Kg8 36.Bxe5 Rxe5 37.Rxa6 Re2+ 38.Kh3 Rxc2 39.b4 Rc3 40.Rf6 Rf3 41.Kg2 Rxa3 42.Rxf5 Rb3 43.Rxb5 h5 44.Kh3 Kg7 45.Rxh5 Rxb4


46.Ra5 Kg6 47.h5+ Kh6 48.g4 Rc4 49.Kh4 Rb4 50.Ra6+ Kg7 51.h6+ Kh7 52.Kh5 Rb5+ 53.g5 Rc5 54.Ra7+ Kg8 55.Rd7 Rb5 56.Kg6 Rb6+ 57.Kf5 Rb5+ 58.Kf6 Rb6+ 59.Ke5 Rb5+ 60.Rd5 Rb1 61.g6 Re1+


62.Kf6 Rf1+ 63.Rf5 Rg1 64.Rd5 Rf1+ 65.Ke5 Re1+ 66.Kf4 Rf1+ 67.Ke3 Re1+ 68.Kd2 Re8 69.Rd7 Ra8 70.Kc3 Rc8+ 71.Kd4 Ra8 72.Kc5 Ra5+ 73.Kb6 Ra8 74.Kb7 Re8 75.Kc7 Kh8 76.Rd8 Rxd8 77.Kxd8 Kg8


78.Ke7 Kh8 79.Kf6 Kg8 80.g7, Black resigns.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pix from FIDE Mondays 4/17/2017

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



Friday, April 21, 2017

Substitute Teacher at JEC

Yesterday for AlphaBEST Explorations, I was the substitute teacher in the after school enrichment class on chess at the Jewish Educational Center.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 4/15/2017

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









Wednesday, April 19, 2017