Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Knockouts Splattered by Applesauce

In week ten of the U.S. Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts were splattered by the Manhattan Applesauce.

Pick up the pieces on boards one, two, three, and four!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FIDE Mondays 10/28/2013

Last night, I played this game at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Roger Smith (USCF 2085), Marshall Chess Club 10/28/2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c3 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bf4 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Nbd2 a6 10.Qc2 b5 11.a3 Bb7 12.h3 Rc8 

13.Qb1 h6 14.Ne5 Bd6 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Nf3 Ne4 18.Qc1 Bb7 19.Qe3 Rfe8 20.Rae1 Qe7 21.Bxe4 dxe4 22.Nd2 f5 23.f3 exf3 24.Nxf3 Bd5 25.Ne5 Qb7 26.Rf2 Rf8 27.Ng6 Rf6 28.Nf4 Bc4 29.Nd3 Qc6 30.Nc5 Bd5 

31.Qe5 Rg6 32.Ree2 Rf8 33.Nd3 Rgf6 34.Nb4 Qb7 35.Nxd5 exd5 36.Qe7 Qc6 37.Qc5 g6 38.Re5 Rd8 39.Rfe2 Qxc5 40.dxc5 Kf8 41.Rd2 g5 42.Rdxd5 Rxd5 43.Rxd5 f4 44.Kf2 Re6 45.h4 Rg6 46.hxg5 hxg5

47.Kf3 Ke7 48.Kg4 Re6 49.Kxg5 Re2 50.c6 Rxg2+ 51.Kxf4 Rxb2 52.c7 Rf2+ 53.Ke5 Re2+ 54.Kd4, Black resigns.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Marshall Sunday Game/45 10/27/2013

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-0-2 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Furqan Tanwir (USCF 2254) - Jim West (USCF 2202), Marshall Chess Club 10/27/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.g4 Bg7 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Bxc6 Rb8 13.Qf3 Qc7

14.g5 e4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxb2 17.Rb1 Bxc1 18.Rfxc1 Be6 19.c4 Qe5 20.h4 Rxb1 21.Bxb1 Bxc4 22.Rxc4 Qe1+ 23.Kg2 Qxb1 24.Ra4 Qb5 25.Re4 e6 26.a4 Qd5 27.Rb4 Rd8 28.Rb6 a5 29.Rb5 Qxf3+ 30.Kxf3 Rd4 31.Rxa5 Rxh4

32.Ke3 Kg7 33.f4 h6 34.Kf3 Rh3+ 35.Kg2 Ra3 36.Ra7 h5 37.Ra8 h4 38.Ra7 h3+ 39.Kh2 Rf3 40.Ra8 Rxf4 41.Kxh3 Rf5 42.Kg4 Rf1 43.a5 Rg1+ 44.Kh4 Ra1 45.a6 Ra4+ 46.Kg3 Ra5 47.Kf4 Ra4+ 48.Kg3 Ra5 49.Kf4 Ra4+ 50.Kg3, draw.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rahway Swiss 10/26/2013

[photo by John Moldovan]

Yesterday in the tournament at Chess Mates, my opponent [pictured, left] blundered a piece with less than 10 seconds on his clock, in what should have been a drawn endgame.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Aaron Jacobson (USCF 2044) - Jim West (USCF 2212), Rahway NJ 10/26/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.f5 Nc5 14.f6 gxf6 15.gxf6 Bf8

16.Rg1 b4 17.Nd5 exd5 18.exd5 Bd7 19.Rg7 O-O-O 20.Rxf7 Bh6+ 21.Kb1 Rdf8 22.Re7 Bg5 23.Ne6 Rxf6 24.Qe2 Rxe6 25.Rxe6 Bxe6 26.dxe6 Be7 27.Qf3 Kb8 28.Bg2 Ka7 29.Qf7 h6 30.Qg7 Rf8 31.Qxh6 Rf6 32.Qd2 a5 33.Bd5 Nxe6 34.Qe3+ Nc5

35.a3 bxa3 36.Qxa3 Rf8 37.Rg1 Bf6 38.Rf1 Bg7 39.Rxf8 Bxf8 40.Ka2 Na6 41.c3 Be7 42.Qb3 Nc5 43.Qd1 a4 44.Qe2 Bd8 45.Qf3 Qb6 46.Qf7+ Qc7 47.Qg8 Nd7 48.Qe6 Nb6 49.Bf3 Qc4+ 50.Qxc4 Nxc4 51.Bd5 Nb6 52.Be6 d5 53.b3 axb3+ 54.Kxb3 Bf6 55.c4 d4 56.c5 Na8

57.Kc4 Nc7 58.Bc8 Kb8 59.Bf5 Ne8 60.h4 Ng7 61.Bg4 Kc7 62.h5 Ne8 63.h6 Bh8 64.Bf5 Nf6 65.Bh3 Ne4 66.Bf5 Ng3 67.Bg4 Nf1 68.Bf5 Ne3+ 69.Kd3 Nxf5 70.Kc4 Nxh6 71.Kd3 Kc6 72.Kc4 Nf5 73.Kd3 Kxc5 74.Kd2 Kc4 75.Kc2 d3+ 76.Kd2 Bc3+ 77.Kd1 Ne3+ 78.Kc1 d2+ 79.Kb1 d1=Q+, White resigns.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stuhlbarg in Film as Fischer's Attorney

In the film Pawn Sacrifice, Michael Stuhlbarg will play the part of Bobby Fischer's attorney, presumably Paul Marshall.

Friday, October 25, 2013

FIDE Mondays 10/21/2013

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense

Rohan Joshi (FIDE 1804) - Jim West (FIDE 2088), Marshall Chess Club 10/21/2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.a4 Nf6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Qe2 Be7 7.e5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 O-O 9.d3 b6 10.O-O Qc7 11.f4 Ra7 12.g4 Nc6 13.g5 Nd4 14.Qf2 Nd7 15.Nf3 Bb7 16.Ne4 Nf5

17.Ng3 Nd6 18.h4 Nxc4 19.dxc4 Qc6 20.Qe2 Raa8 21.h5 Rfe8 22.h6 gxh6 23.gxh6 Bf6 24.Nh5 Kh8 25.Kf2 Rg8 26.Nxf6 Nxf6 27.Ng5 Rg6 28.Nxf7+ Kg8 29.Ng5 Rxh6 30.Ke1 Ne4 31.Qg4 Rg6 32.Qh5 Nxg5 33.fxg5 Qe4+ 34.Qe2 Qh4+ 35.Qf2 Qxf2+ 36.Rxf2 Rd8

37.Ra3 Rd4 38.Rd3 Be4 39.Rxd4 cxd4 40.Rf4 Bxc2 41.Rxd4 Bxa4 42.c5 Bc6 43.Rd6 e5 44.Rxg6+ hxg6 45.cxb6 Kf7 46.Kd2 Ke6 47.Kc3 Kd5 48.Kb4 Bb7 49.Kc3 Kc6 50.Be3 Bc8 51.Kd3 Bf5+ 52.Kc4, draw.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Knights Ride Roughshod Over NJKO

In week nine of the United States Chess League, the New York Knights rode roughshod over the New Jersey Knockouts.

The action was fast and furious on boards one, two, three, and four.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lily Rabe to Portray Joan Fischer in Film

Actress Lily Rabe will play the role of Bobby Fischer's sister Joan in the film Pawn Sacrifice.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GM John Fedorowicz Tonight at Marshall CC

The Marshall Chess Club presents 

GM John Fedorowicz.

Grandmaster John Fedorowicz will analyze a game of the late FIDE master Erez Klein, as well as discuss the upcoming Anand-Carlsen world championship match with analysis of games by those great players.

GM Fedorowicz has captained the U.S. Olympiad team on two occasions and has frequently acted as a second to world championship candidate Gata Kamsky.  He has written or co-written a number of chess books and many articles for magazines and on-line publishers.

In honor of the late Marshall Chess Club member, FIDE master Erez Klein, the Marshall is hosting a series of lectures.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Free to all guests!

Refreshments will be provided.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rahway Swiss 10/20/2013

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense

Brandon Nydick (USCF 2152) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 10/20/2013

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.Nd4 Qa5 12.h4 Rfc8

13.f4 Be8 14.g4 Rab8 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.g5 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 b5 18.Kb1 b4 19.Ne2 Qc5 20.Rd2 Bb5 21.Rhd1 Bxe2 22.Qxc5 dxc5 23.Rxe2 Kf8 24.Red2 Ke8 25.Kc1 Rd8 26.Rd6 Rxd6 27.Rxd6 Rd8 28.Rxd8+ Kxd8

29.Kd2 Kd7 30.Kd3 Kc6 31.Kc4 g6 32.c3 bxc3 33.bxc3 a6 34.a3 Kd6 35.e5+ Kc6 36.a4 a5 37.Kd3 Kd5 38.c4+ Kc6 39.Ke4 Kd7 40.Kf3 Ke7 41.Kg4 Kf8 42.Kg3, draw.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rahway Swiss 10/19/2013

Yesterday I played this game in the tournament at Chess Mates.

Round One: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

Jorge Ruiz-Montes (USCF 2031) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 10/19/2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6 10.c5 dxc5 11.dxe5 Ne8

12.Bg5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Nxc5 Bf6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Qd4 Nd7 18.Rfd1 Nxc5 19.Qxc5 Be6 20.b3 Qb6 21.Qc3 Rfe8 22.Rd2 Rad8 23.Rad1 Rxd2 24.Rxd2 Rd8 25.Kh2 Rxd2 26.Qxd2 a5 27.f4 Qc7

28.f5 gxf5 29.Qg5+ Kf8 30.exf5 Bd5 31.Qh6+ Ke8 32.Qxh7 Bxg2 33.Qh8+ Kd7 34.Kxg2 Qd6 35.Qc3 a4 36.h4 Qd5+ 37.Qf3 Qd2+ 38.Qf2 Qd5+ 39.Qf3 Qd2+ 40.Qf2 Qd5+ 41.Qf3, draw.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pix from Red Bank 10/13/2013

On Sunday, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Monmouth Chess School and Club in Red Bank.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pix from "Chess Mates" 10/12/2013

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at Chess Mates.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Marshall Chess Club Swiss 10/14/2013

On Monday, I finished with a score of 3-1-1 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Michael Layevskiy (USCF 1984) - Jim West (USCF 2209), Marshall Chess Club 10/14/2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 Re8 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.cxd5 c6 12.O-O-O cxd5 13.Rxd5 Be6 14.Rb5 b6 15.Be3 Nd7

16.Ng5 Rac8+ 17.Kb1 Bc4 18.Bxc4 Rxc4 19.b3 Rc7 20.Rc1 Rxc1+ 21.Kxc1 h6 22.Nf3 f5 23.Rd5 Nf6 24.Rxe5 Rc8+ 25.Kd1 Nxe4 26.Re7 Nc3+ 27.Kd2 Rd8+ 28.Kc2 Nxa2 29.Rxa7 Nb4+ 30.Kc1 Nd5

31.Bd4 Bxd4 32.Nxd4 Nf4 33.Nf3 Nxg2 34.Ne5 Nf4 35.Kc2 g5 36.Nf7 Rc8+ 37.Kd2 Rc6 38.Ne5 Re6 39.Ra8+ Kg7 40.Ra7+ Kg8 41.Ra8+ Kg7 42.Ra7+, draw.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

No Drawing Board for Inventors

When the New Jersey Knockouts and Philadelphia Inventors squared off, in week eight of the USCL, all the games were decisive; but the match ended in a tie.

Attend the battle of wits on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chess Novel by GM Jesse Kraai

Grandmaster Jesse Kraai has written Lisa: A Chess Novel.

You can buy it on Amazon.