Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FIDE Mondays 5/29/2017

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2206) - Majur Juac (USCF 2210), Marshall Chess Club 5/29/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Be3 Qc7 9.f4 b5 10.a3 Na5 11.O-O Bb7 12.Qf3 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Qxc4 14.Rad1 Be7 15.Rfe1 O-O 16.Bf2 d5

17.e5 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Qb3 Qc7 20.Nxe6 Qc6 21.Nd4 Qh6 22.Nf5 Qxf4 23.Nxe7+ Kh8 24.Qg3 Qh6 25.Nf5 Qg6 26.Qxg6 hxg6 27.Nd6 Bc6 28.Nxe4 Rac8 29.Nd6 Rc7 30.c3 Kh7 31.Bg3 Bd7 32.Rd4 Be6

33.Ne4 Re8 34.Ng5+ Kg8 35.Nxe6 fxe6 36.Rd6 a5 37.Red1 Rc4 38.Rd8 Kf8 39.Rxe8+ Kxe8 40.Rd6 b4 41.axb4 axb4 42.Rd4, Black resigns.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Marshall Memorial Day Action 5/29/2017

On Monday, I finished with a score of 2-1-1 plus two half point byes in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Five: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2212) - Narahari Bharadwaj (USCF 2065), Marshall Chess Club 5/29/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bd6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 f6 8.Nbd2 Be6 9.Nc4 Bxh2+ 10.Kxh2 Qxd4 11.Nxd4 Bxc4 12.Re1 O-O-O 13.Be3 Ne7 14.b3 Bf7 15.c4 c5

16.Nf5 Nxf5 17.exf5 b6 18.Rad1 Rxd1 19.Rxd1 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Kg3 Kd7 22.Kf4 Kc6 23.Ke4 b5 24.Kd3 g6 25.Bh6 gxf5, draw.

Monday, May 29, 2017

"Mikell's Plot" at Waterfront Arts Festival

On Saturday, Mikell's Plot performed at the Waterfront Arts Festival in Perth Amboy.

The band's lead singer Michael O'Connor was my team captain at the USATE 2017.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Marshall Saturday Game/60 5/27/2017

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

Round One: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Edwin Cadorniga (USCF 1901), Marshall Chess Club 5/27/2017

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.Ngf3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Qb6 10.a4 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.b3 Bd7 13.Bb2 Rae8

14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 Bd6 16.a5 Qc7 17.Nf3 Ng4 18.Bxd6 Qxd6 19.Re2 Rf6 20.h3 Nh6 21.Ne5 Bc8 22.Qd2 Nf5 23.c3 Ref8 24.Rae1 a6 25.d4 cxd4 26.cxd4 Ne7 27.f4 Nc6 28.Nxc6 bxc6 29.h4 R8f7 30.b4 Rb7 31.Rb1 Rf8

32.Qc3 Bd7 33.Reb2 Rfb8 34.Bf1 Ra7 35.Qc5 Qc7 36.Kh2 Raa8 37.Re1 Rf8 38.Rf2 Qb7 39.Bh3 Rf6 40.Rfe2 Rb8 41.Bxe6+ Bxe6 42.Rxe6 Rxe6 43.Rxe6 Qxb4 44.Re8+, Black resigns.

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Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Jose De Villa (USCF 1955) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 5/27/2017

1.d4 d6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qh4 Nf5 11.Qf4 O-O

12.Qd2 e3 13.fxe3 Qxg5 14.Qxd5+ Kg7 15.e6 Qf6 16.Qc5 Bxe6 17.Bb2 Nd7 18.Qb4 Nxe3 19.c4 Nxc2+ 20.Kd2 Nxb4 21.Bxf6+ Nxf6 22.axb4 a6 23.Bd3 Rad8 24.Kc3 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Rac1 Ne4+ 27.Kb2 Rd2+ 28.Rc2 Rfd8

29.g3 Rxc2+ 30.Kxc2 Rd2+ 31.Kb3 Kg6 32.c5 c6 33.Kc4 h5 34.Kb3 Kg5 35.Ka4 Nc3+ 36.Ka5 Nd5 37.Ka4 Rd4 38.Re1 Rxb4+ 39.Ka3 Rc4 40.Re8 Rxc5 41.Rg8+ Kh6 42.Rf8 Ne3 43.h4 Nf1 44.Rg8 Rc3+ 45.Kb4 Rxg3 46.Rb8 Rg7 47.Kc5 Ne3 48.Kd4 Ng2 49.Ke5 Nxh4 50.Kf6 Kh7

51.Ke5 Kg6 52.Re8 Kg5 53.Kd4 Kf4 54.Rh8 Rd7+ 55.Kc5 Kg5 56.Rg8+ Ng6 57.Re8 Rd5+ 58.Kc4 Re5 59.Rb8 Rb5 60.Kd4 a5 61.Rg8 b6 62.Rc8 c5+ 63.Kc4 Rb4+ 64.Kc3 h4 65.Rc7 a4 66.Rh7 b5 67.Rd7 Rb3+ 68.Kc2 c4 69.Rh7 f4 70.Rd7 Rd3 71.Rb7 Rd5 72.Kc3 f3 73.Rf7 Rf5, White resigns.

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Round Four: Alekhine Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Majur Juac (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 5/27/2017

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Nge2 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.Be3 Nb4 11.b3 Nxd3 12.Qxd3 Bf5 13.Qd2 Re8 14.Rac1 e5 15.d5 Bd7

16.a4 Nc8 17.b4 Nb6 18.Qa2 a5 19.c5 axb4 20.cxb6 bxc3 21.Nxc3 f5 22.a5 f4 23.Bd2 g5 24.Ne4 Bb5 25.Rfe1 Qxb6 26.Rb1 Qa6 27.Rxb5 Qxb5 28.Nxd6 Qd3 29.Nxe8 Rxe8 30.h4 Rd8 31.d6+ Kh8 32.hxg5 Qxd6

33.Bc3 f3 34.Qb2 Qg6 35.Bxe5 Qxg5 36.Bxg7+ Qxg7 37.Qxg7+ Kxg7 38.Re7+ Kg6 39.Rxb7 Ra8 40.Rb3 Rxa5 41.Rxf3 Kg7 42.g3 Ra6 43.Kg2 Rb6 44.Ra3 Rc6 45.f4 h6 46.Kh3 Rb6 47.Kg4 Rb5 48.Ra6 h5+ 49.Kh4 Kh7 50.Re6 Kg7

51.Re5 Rb1 52.Kxh5 Rg1 53.Kg4 Kf7 54.Ra5 Rb1 55.Ra6 Rb5 56.f5 Rb3 57.Kf4 Rb1 58.g4 Rc1 59.Kg5 Rc7 60.Rg6 Rc4 61.Rh6 Kg7 62.f6+ Kg8 63.Kh5 Rc1 64.Kg6 Rc6 65.g5 Rb6 66.Rh7 Ra6 67.Rb7 Ra8 68.Rg7+ Kh8, Black forfeits.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chess Analysis of Trump Presidency

Is Donald Trump playing an unsound King's Gambit?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Recent Pix from Marshall CC

Look at these recent photos, taken by me at the Marshall Chess Club.

                                        Sunday May 21st

                                        Monday May 22nd

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kasparov on Artificial Intelligence

[photo by Jeff Christensen]

Business Insider interviews Garry Kasparov.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

FIDE Mondays 5/22/2017

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

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Joseph Cuscianna (USCF 1840) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 5/22/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.h3 O-O 5.e3 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Nbd2 a5 10.a4 b6 11.O-O Ba6 12.Qe2 Qc8

13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Qa6 16.Qxa6 Rxa6 17.Nf3 Nd7 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rfe1 e6 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.Rxe5 Rb8 22.Ree1 b5 23.axb5 Rxb5 24.b4 Rc6 25.Rxa5 Rxa5 26.bxa5 Rxc3 27.Ra1 Rc7 28.a6 Ra7

29.Kf1 Kf6 30.Ke2 Ke7 31.Kf3 Kd6 32.Kg4 f6 33.f4 Kc7 34.Rc1+ Kb6 35.Re1 Re7 36.Ra1 Ka7 37.Kf3 Rc7 38.Ra3 Rc6 39.g4 Rxa6 40.Re3 Kb7 41.f5 Kc8 42.fxe6 Kd8 43.e7+ Ke8 44.h4 Ra4 45.Re6 Rxd4 46.Rxf6 Kxe7 47.Ra6 Re4

48.Ra7+ Kd6 49.Rxh7 Re6 50.Rh6 Ke5 51.h5 Rf6+ 52.Ke2 gxh5 53.Rxf6 Kxf6 54.gxh5, draw.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marshall May Under 2300 5/21/2017

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

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Wesley Hellner (USCF 1896) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 5/21/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.e4 O-O 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.O-O Nc5 9.Qc2 a5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bd2 Bd7

12.Nb5 Nfxe4 13.Be3 f5 14.Nd2 Nxd2 15.Bxd2 Ne4 16.Be3 c6 17.f3 cxb5 18.fxe4 bxc4 19.Qxc4 b5 20.Qb3 fxe4 21.Rxf8+ Qxf8 22.Bxb5 a4 23.Qc4 Bxb5 24.Qxb5 Qb8 25.Qc6 Ra5 26.Rf1 Rb5 27.Qd7 Rb7 28.Qxa4 Rxb2 29.Qxe4 Kh7

30.a3 Re2 31.Rf2 Re1+ 32.Rf1 Rxf1+ 33.Kxf1 Qb5+ 34.Kg1 Qe2 35.h3 h5 36.Qf3 Qe1+ 37.Kh2 e4 38.Qf2 Qc3 39.a4 Qe5+ 40.Bf4 Qxd5 41.Qg3 Qc4 42.Bxd6 Qxa4 43.Be5 Qd7 44.Qf4 Qf5 45.Qxf5 gxf5

46.Bc7 Kg6 47.Kg1 h4 48.Kf1 Bh6 49.Ke2 f4 50.Bd6 Bg5 51.Bc7 Kf5 52.Bb8 Ke6 53.Ba7 Be7 54.Bb6 Kd5 55.Ba7 Bc5 56.Bb8 Bd6 57.Ba7 Kc4 58.Bb6 Be7 59.Ba7 Kc3 60.Bb6 Kc2 61.Ba7 Bg5

62.Bb6 Kc3 63.Ba7 Kc4 64.Bb6 Kd5 65.Ba7 Ke6 66.Bb6 Kf5 67.Bc7 Bf6 68.Bb8 Kg5 69.Bc7 Bd4 70.Bd8+ Kh5 71.Be7 Bg1 72.Bd8 Bh2 73.Be7 Bg3 74.Bd8 Kg6 75.Bb6 Kf5 76.Ba7 Ke6 77.Bb6 Kd5 78.Ba7 Kc4 79.Bb6 Kd5 80.Ba7 e3

81.Kd3 Ke5 82.Bb8+ Kf5 83.Ba7 Bf2 84.Bb8 Bg1 85.Bc7 Bh2 86.Bd8 Bg3 87.Bb6 Bf2 88.Bc7 Bg3 89.Bb6 Be1 90.Bc7 Bb4 91.Bd8 Be1 92.Bb6 Bg3 93.Ba7, draw.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Marshall May Under 2300 5/20/2017

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

Round Two: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Adi Murgescu (USCF 1930), Marshall Chess Club 5/20/2017

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 b5 10.Nf1 Bb7 11.h4 Qc7 12.Bf4 Rfd8 13.h5 h6 14.N1h2 d4 15.Ng4 Bf8

16.Nd2 Ne7 17.Nf6+ Kh8 18.Nxd7 Rxd7 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.Qf3 Qxf3 21.Nxf3 Nd5 22.Bd2 Rc8 23.a4 a6 24.axb5 axb5 25.Ra5 Rb7 26.Rea1 Be7 27.Ra8 Rxa8 28.Rxa8+ Kh7 29.b4 c4 30.Nxd4 c3 31.Be1 Bxb4

32.Nc6 Rc7 33.Nd4 Rb7 34.Ne2 g6 35.hxg6+ Kxg6 36.Rc8 Ra7 37.Bxc3 Bxc3 38.Nxc3 Ra1+ 39.Kg2 Nxc3 40.Rxc3 Rc1 41.Kf3 b4 42.Rc4 Kf5 43.Rxb4 Rxc2 44.Rf4+ Kg6 45.Rf6+ Kg7 46.d4 Ra2 47.g4 Ra3+ 48.Ke4 Ra1

49.Rf3 Kg6 50.Rf6+ Kg7 51.f3 Rd1 52.Ke3 Ra1 53.Kd3 Rd1+ 54.Kc3 Ra1 55.f4 Rg1 56.f5 exf5 57.gxf5 h5 58.Rb6 h4 59.Rb2 Rg5 60.f6+ Kg6 61.Rh2 Rh5 62.Kc4 Kf5 63.Kd5 h3 64.Kd6 Ke4 65.d5 Kf5

66.Rf2+ Ke4 67.e6 fxe6 68.dxe6 h2 69.Rxh2 Rxh2 70.e7, Black resigns.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chess Satire in "The Onion"

The Onion satirizes the 20th anniversary of the Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov match.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pix from Sunday Game/60 5/14/2017

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pix from Saturday Game/60 5/13/2017

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