Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rahway Swiss 6/29/2013

On Saturday, this game was played in the game/45 tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Roshan Idnani (USCF 1715) - Jim West (USCF 2234), Rahway NJ 6/29/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Nf7 Kxf7 12.Bc4+ Kg7 13.Qg3+ Kh8 14.Bg5 Bg7 15.O-O-O Nc6 16.Rhe1 Bf5 17.Qf4 Bg6 18.f3 Qd6

19.Qxd6 cxd6 20.fxe4 Nxe4 21.Be3 Rf8 22.Rf1 Rxf1 23.Bxf1 Nb4 24.a3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Bxd4 26.Kb1 Bh5 27.Re1 Nxd2+ 28.Ka2 Nxf1 29.Rxf1 Kg7 30.Rf5 Nf6 31.c3 Bf7+ 32.Ka1 Be5 33.g3 a5 34.Rg5+ Bg6 35.h4 h6, White forfeits.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

ChessOcrPict for Android

Dr. Gerhard Roth, whose app ChessOcr recognizes chess figures in books using the camera on an Android device, has created another app ChessOcrPict which does the same as ChessOcr.

But the input is either a picture in the gallery taken from any camera, or a screen capture.

This app, which is free, does not require a camera on the device.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Pix from Westfield Quads 6/23/2013

These pictures were taken by me on Sunday during the quads in Westfield.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Idnani - West Analyzed by Fournier

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier analyzes my drawn game as Black against Taran Idnani.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FIDE Mondays 6/24/2013

Last night, I won a theoretically drawn endgame at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Kevin Odenwalder (USCF 1961) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 6/24/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.Ng5 Nf6 7.Nc3 d5 8.Ne6 Bxe6 9.fxe6 Nc6 10.Qb5 O-O-O 11.Qa4 Qxe6 12.Be2 Kb8 13.h3 h5 14.Be3 Nd7 15.O-O-O Nb6 16.Qb3 a6

17.a3 Na5 18.Qa2 Nac4 19.Bg5 Be7 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Kb1 c6 22.Rhe1 Rde8 23.a4 Qb4 24.Qb3 Qxb3 25.cxb3 Nd6 26.b4 g6 27.b5 axb5 28.axb5 Rhf8 29.f3 exf3 30.Bxf3 Nxb5 31.Nxb5 cxb5 32.Re5 Rxe5 33.dxe5 Re8 34.Bxd5 Rxe5

35.Bf3 h4 36.Rd6 Nc4 37.Rxg6 Nd2+ 38.Kc1 Nxf3 39.gxf3 Re1+ 40.Kd2 Rh1 41.f4 Rxh3 42.f5 Rf3 43.Rh6 Rxf5 44.Rxh4 Rc5 45.Rh6 Ka7 46.Rg6 b6 47.Rg3 Ka6 48.Ra3+ Kb7 49.Rh3 b4 50.Rb3 Rc4 51.Kd3 b5

52.Kd2 Kb6 53.Rh3 Ka5 54.Rg3 Rh4 55.b3 Rh2+ 56.Kd3 Rb2 57.Kd4 Rd2+ 58.Kc5 Rc2+ 59.Kd6 Kb6 60.Rg1 Rd2+ 61.Ke5 Rd3 62.Rb1 Kc5 63.Ke4 Rc3 64.Rb2 Rc1 65.Re2 Rc3 66.Rb2 Rh3 67.Rc2+ Kd6 68.Rd2+ Ke6 69.Rb2 Rh4+ 70.Kf3 Kd5 71.Rd2+ Rd4

72.Rb2 Rd3+ 73.Ke2 Ke4 74.Rb1 Kd4 75.Ke1 Kc3 76.Ke2 Rd2+ 77.Ke3 Rb2 78.Rc1+ Kxb3 79.Kd3 Rh2 80.Rb1+ Ka3 81.Kd4 b3 82.Ra1+ Kb2 83.Ra5 Rc2 84.Rxb5 Rc8 85.Rb7 Kc2 86.Rh7 b2 87.Rh2+ Kb3 88.Rh3+ Ka2 89.Rh2 Ka1, White resigns.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Westfield Quads 6/23/2013

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-0-1 at the quads in Westfield.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Jackson Hueckel (USCF 2038) - Jim West (USCF 2221), Westfield NJ 6/23/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.dxe5 c6 7.e6 Bc5 8.Nxe4 Be7 9.Ng3 Bxe6 10.Bd3 Nf6 11.O-O O-O 12.Qe2 Bg4 13.f3 Bc5+ 14.Kh1 Re8 15.Qc2 Be6 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bf4 Nbd7 18.Nd2 g5

19.Bxg5 hxg5 20.Rae1 Bf7 21.Nf5 Bf8 22.Nb3 Qc7 23.g3 Rxe1 24.Rxe1 Re8 25.Rxe8 Nxe8 26.Qd2 Qd8 27.Nbd4 Qf6 28.f4 gxf4 29.Qxf4 Ne5 30.Bc2 Bg6 31.h4 c5 32.Nf3 Nxf3 33.Qxf3 Bxf5 34.Bxf5 Qe5 35.Qh5 Qe1+ 36.Kh2 Nf6 37.Qg6+ Bg7 38.Kg2 Qe2+ 39.Kh3 d4 40.cxd4 cxd4

41.Bd3 Qe6+ 42.Bf5 Qd5 43.g4 d3 44.g5 Qf3+ 45.Kh2 Ng4+ 46.Bxg4 Qxg4 47.h5 Qf4+ 48.Kh3 Qe3+ 49.Kh4 Qd4+ 50.Kh3 Qd7+ 51.Kg3 d2 52.h6 d1=Q, White resigns.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rahway Swiss 6/22/2013

Yesterday I played this game at Chess Mates.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Taimanov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2237) - Alice Dong (USCF 1974), Rahway NJ 6/22/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 a6 8.N5c3 Nf6 9.Bc4 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.f3 Na5 12.Bb3 Be6 13.Nd5 Nd7 14.Nbc3 Kh8 15.Qd2 Rc8 16.Rad1 Nxb3 17.axb3 b5

18.Nxe7 Qxe7 19.Qxd6 Qxd6 20.Rxd6 b4 21.Nd1 Rxc2 22.Rxa6 Bxb3 23.Rd6 Be6 24.Rf2 b3 25.Rfd2 Nf6 26.Rd8 Rxd8 27.Rxd8+ Ng8 28.Rd2 Rc8 29.Nc3 h6 30.Kf2 Ne7 31.Ke1 Nc6 32.Nd5 Na5 33.Nb6 Rc6 34.Rd8+ Kh7 35.Ra8 Nb7 36.Rb8 Nd6 37.Rd8 Nb5 38.Rd2 Nd4

39.Bxd4 exd4 40.Nd5 Rc1+ 41.Ke2 Rb1 42.Kd3 Rc1 43.Kxd4 Rc2 44.Kd3 Rc5 45.Ke3 f5 46.Nc3 fxe4 47.Nxe4 Rh5 48.h3 Ra5 49.g4 Bf7 50.h4 Ra7 51.h5 Rb7 52.Nd6 Re7+ 53.Kf2 Bg8 54.Nf5 Ra7 55.Nd4 Ra5 56.Rd3 Bc4 57.Rc3 Bd5 58.Nxb3 Rb5 59.Nd4 Rxb2+ 60.Ke3 Rb7

61.Nf5 Bg8 62.f4 Bf7 63.Nd6 Re7+ 64.Kf3 Bd5+ 65.Kf2 Bg8 66.g5 hxg5 67.fxg5 Re5 68.g6+ Kh6 69.Nf7+ Bxf7 70.gxf7, Black forfeits.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Funding for Film on Chessboxing

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Fernbrook School Tournament Results

On Monday, the final class in the spring 2013 session took place at Fernbrook Elementary School, in the after school enrichment program on chess, run by Enrich and Grow Academy.

The advanced students were coached by me; the beginners, by Joe Fortunato.

Aziz Kodirov, who is rated USCF 560, won the tournament with a perfect score.  Aziz was trailed by Jayson Perez, Sebastian Coronado, and Dylan Locke, in second through fourth places respectively.

Nearly two dozen students received copies of Chess Life for Kids magazine.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chess Story by Bob Dylan

Laugh out loud at a chess story by Bob Dylan [pictured].

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hilldale School Tourney, Spring 2013

On Friday, the spring 2013 session ended at Hilldale Elementary School, in the after school enrichment program on chess, conducted by Enrich and Grow Academy and coached by me.

With 3 points, Sunny Yu won the tournament. A half point behind, Aneesha Bhattacharjee took second honors. Edward Lai and Prithu Dhawan tied for third and fourth, with 2 points each.  

The nine students in the class received copies of Chess Life for Kids magazine.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Marshall June Under 2300, Day 2

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 3-0-1 in the under 2300 tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2221) - Luis Baez-Rosario (USCF 2000), Marshall Chess Club 6/16/2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bg4 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.O-O Be7 8.Re1 O-O 9.Bg5 Qd7 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.Bg3 Bd6 13.Qc2 Bxg3 14.hxg3 Rae8

15.b4 Rxe1+ 16.Rxe1 Re8 17.Rxe8+ Nxe8 18.b5 Ne7 19.Ne5 Qe6 20.Nxg4 Qxg4 21.Nf3 Nd6 22.Ne5 Qe6 23.Kf1 Kg7 24.a4 f6 25.Nf3 Ne4 26.c4 Nd6 27.c5 Ne4 28.Nd2 Nf5 29.Nxe4 dxe4 30.Bxe4 Nxd4 31.Qd3 Qe5 32.Bxb7 Qxc5 33.Bf3 f5

34.Bd1 Kf6 35.Kg1 Qe5 36.Kh2 Qc5 37.g4 Qd6+ 38.g3 f4 39.Qh7 fxg3+ 40.fxg3 Ke5 41.Qh8+ Ke4 42.Qa8+ Ke3 43.Qg2 Qf6 44.Kg1 Qf7 45.Qb2 Nf3+ 46.Bxf3 Kxf3 47.Qf2+, Black resigns.

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Round Four: Sicilian Defense

Levy Rozman (USCF 2266) - Jim West (USCF 2221), Marshall Chess Club 6/16/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4,Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 e6 9.O-O-O Be7 10.Qd3 O-O 11.Kb1 Qa5 12.Bd2 Qc7

13.Bf4 e5 14.Bg5 Ng4 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Rd2 Rfd8 17.Rhd1 Nf6 18.Qe2 a6 19.g3 b5 20.Nh4 g6 21.Ng2 b4 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.exd5 Bb5 24.Qg4 a5 25.Ne3 Kh8 26.h4 h5 27.Qf3 f5 28.Nf1 Bxf1 29.Rxf1 Kg7 30.Qe3 Qa7 31.Re1 Qxe3 32.Rxe3 Rdc8

33.b3 Rc5 34.f4 e4 35.Rd4 Rac8 36.c4 bxc3 37.Kc2 Kf6 38.a4 Ke7 39.Re1 Kd7 40.Re3 R8c7 41.Re2 Kc8 42.Re1 Kb7 43.Re2 Ka6 44.Re1 Rc8 45.Re2 Rb8 46.Re1 Rb4 47.Rdd1 Rc8 48.Re3 Rc7 49.Rxc3 Rxc3+ 50.Kxc3 Kb6

51.Rd2 Kc5 52.Rd1 e3 53.Re1 Re4 54.Kd3 Kb4, White resigns.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Marshall June Under 2300, Day 1

On Saturday, I played these games at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2221) - Roger Smith (USCF 2035), Marshall Chess Club 6/15/2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O d6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Ne7 8.b3 c5 9.Qe3 Bb7 10.Nbd2 Qd7 11.Bb2 f6 12.Nc4 Ng6 13.Rad1 Qe6 14.Rfe1 Be7 15.Na5 Bc8 16.Qd2 O-O

17.Qd5 Bd7 18.Qxe6+ Bxe6 19.Nc6 Rfe8 20.Nxe7+ Nxe7 21.Nd2 Nc6 22.Bc3 Nb4 23.Bxb4 cxb4 24.Nf1 a5 25.f3 a4 26.Ne3 axb3 27.axb3 Ra2 28.Ra1 Rea8 29.Rxa2 Rxa2 30.Rd1 Ra6 31.Nd5 Bxd5 32.exd5 Ra5 33.Kf2 Rc5 34.Rd2 Kf7

35.Ke2 Kg6 36.Ke3 Kf5 37.g4+ Kg5 38.Ke4 g6 39.Rg2 h5 40.f4+ Kh4 41.gxh5 Kxh5 42.h4 f5+ 43.Kd4 Kh6 44.Re2 Kh5 45.Rh2 Rc3 46.Rf2 Kxh4 47.Rg2 Kh5 48.Rg5+ Kh6 49.Rxg6+, draw.

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Round Two: King's Indian Defense

Mustafa Atakay (USCF 2008) - Jim West (USCF 2221), Marshall Chess Club 6/15/2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d6 3.e3 g6 4.Nd2 Bg7 5.Bg3 O-O 6.f4 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Ngf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Qa5 10.a3 Bf5 11.h3 Rac8 12.b4 Qd8 13.Rc1 Qd7 14.Bb5 a6 15.Ba4 b5 16.Bb3 Ne4  17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.O-O Bxf3 19.Qxf3 e6

20.d5 Ne7 21.dxe6 fxe6 22.Qg4 d5 23.e4 h5 24.Qe2 Kh7 25.Kh2 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 h4 27.Bxh4 Rxf4 28.Bg5 Rxe4 29.Qf3 Qd6+ 30.Kh1 Nf5 31.Rd1 Qe5 32.g4 Nd4, White resigns.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Art Featuring Chess by Lori Lejeune

Lori Lejeune [pictured] is offering a chance to win one of her digital photo artworks to the people who like her new art page on Facebook through July 7, 2013.

There is a choice between a chess-themed artwork or a landscape, and the winner will be selected randomly.

Check out the details on her new page:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Frederic Fournier Analyzes Ashmun - West

At Contre Gambit Philidor, Frederic Fournier analyzes my game as Black against Frank Ashmun.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Center Grove School Tourney, Spring 2013

On Thursday, the spring 2013 session concluded at Center Grove Elementary School, in the after school enrichment program on chess, coached by me through Enrich and Grow Academy.

Benjamin Trinker won the tournament. The Ehrenberg brothers, Travis and Ezekiel, finished second and third respectively.

All fifteen students received copies of Chess Life for Kids magazine.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wednesday Game/90 6/12/2013

Last night, I won this game at Chess Mates.

Round Two: Dutch Defense

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2183) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 6/12/2013

1.d4 e6 2.Nc3 f5 3.e4 fxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Nf3 Qe7 8.Qd2 b6 9.O-O-O Bb7 10.Nxf6+ Qxf6 11.Ne5 Nc6 12.Ng4 Qg6 13.f3 O-O-O 14.Bd3 Qf7

15.Be4 d5 16.Bd3 h5 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Rdf8 19.Kb1 Qf4 20.Qe2 g5 21.c4 g4 22.fxg4 Qxg4 23.Qc2 d4 24.Rhg1 c5 25.g3 Rf3 26.Rge1 Rhf8 27.Rd2 Re3 28.Rdd1 Qg5 29.Rf1 Ref3 30.Rfe1 h4

31.b4 hxg3 32.hxg3 Qxg3 33.bxc5 bxc5 34.Be4 R3f7 35.Ka1 Bxe4 36.Rxe4 Rf1 37.Rc1 Qg1, White resigns.