Saturday, March 24, 2018

Edgemont High School in "Daily News"

Two New York high school teams are claiming the state chess championship.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pix from March Under 2400 3/18/2018

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Pawn Sacrifice" on Starz Edge

Pawn Sacrifice will be televised on Starz Edge tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FIDE Mondays 3/19/2018

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Nura Baalla (USCF 1800) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 3/19/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 O-O 9.Qd2 Be6 10.g4 b5 11.g5 Nh5 12.O-O-O Nd7 13.Rg1 Nb6 14.Na5 Qc7

15.Be2 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Qxa5 18.dxe6 fxe6 19.Bc4 d5 20.Bb3 g6 21.Qg2 Bc5 22.Qe2 Rf5 23.Kb1 Bxe3 24.Qxe3 Qb5 25.c3 bxc3 26.Qxc3 Rb8 27.Rde1 Qb6 28.Rg4 d4 29.Qc4 Ng7 30.Rge4 Qb5

31.Qc7 Rxg5 32.Rxe5 Rxe5 33.Qxe5 Qxe5 34.Rxe5 Rf8 35.Bd1 Rd8 36.Kc2 Kf7 37.Kd3 Nf5 38.Bb3 Rd6 39.Ra5 Ne7 40.Bc4 Nc6 41.Rc5 Kf6 42.f4 e5 43.Bd5 Nb4+ 44.Ke4 Rxd5 45.fxe5+ Ke6 46.Rxd5 Nxd5 47.Kxd4 g5

48.a3 h5 49.b4 g4 50.Ke4 h4, White resigns.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Marshall March Under 2400 3/18/2018

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Grand Prix Attack

Matthew Boxer (USCF 1900) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 3/18/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.O-O Nh6 8.h3 O-O 9.d3 Kh8 10.Qe1 Nd4 11.f5 gxf5 12.Qh4 Nxf3+ 13.Rxf3 Ng8

14.Nd5 b5 15.Bb3 c4 16.dxc4 fxe4 17.Qxe4 e6 18.Ne3 bxc4 19.Qxc4 d5 20.Qg4 f5 21.Qb4 Qb6 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.c3 Ba4 24.Bxa4 Rxa4 25.Bd2 Rfa8 26.a3 Nf6 27.Rd1 Ne4 28.Nf1 d4 29.Ng3 dxc3 30.Bxc3 Bxc3 31.bxc3 Rxa3

32.Nxe4 fxe4 33.Rf6 Ra1 34.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 35.Kf2 Ra2+ 36.Ke3 Rxg2 37.Rxe6 Rg3+ 38.Kxe4 Rxc3 39.Rxb6 Rxh3 40.Rb7 Rg3 41.Kf5 Rg8 42.Kf6, draw.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Brooklyn Chess Team in "Daily News"

The team from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn has won the 2018 New York state championship.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Interview of David Llada

Photographer and chess player David Llada [pictured] is interviewed.

Friday, March 16, 2018

"Chess Life Online" Tribute to Ilye Figler

George K. Wang remembers international master Ilye Figler.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hasbrouck Heights vs. Maywood

[photo by Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis]

This invitational was organized by chess club advisors from Hasbrouck Heights and Maywood.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

FIDE Mondays 3/12/2018

Last night, this game ended in a draw at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Ed Scher (USCF 1900), Marshall Chess Club 3/12/2018

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.g3 e5 3.d3 d6 4.Bg2 Nge7 5.O-O h6 6.c4 Be6 7.Nc3 Qd7 8.Rb1 Bh3 9.b4 Bxg2 10.Kxg2 Nf5 11.b5 Ncd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.e3 Ne6 14.f4 Be7

15.Nd5 Bd8 16.f5 Ng5 17.e4 c6 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Ne3 Bb6 20.h4 Nh7 21.Qa4 Rd8 22.Nc2 Nf6 23.Be3 Qc7 24.Bxb6 axb6 25.Ne3 O-O 26.Rf2 Ra8 27.Qb3 Rfb8 28.g4 Nd7 29.Qd1 g6 30.h5 g5 31.Rbb2 f6

32.Nc2 Nc5 33.Na1 Ra3 34.Nb3 Nxb3 35.Rxb3 Qa7 36.Qb1 Rxb3 37.Qxb3 Qa5 38.c5+ d5 39.exd5 Qxc5 40.dxc6+ Kg7 41.Qe6 Qd4 42.Qe7+ Kg8 43.Qe6+ Kg7 44.Qd7+ Qxd7 45.cxd7 Rd8 46.Rb2 Rxd7 47.Rb3 Rd6

48.Kf3 Kf7 49.a3 Ke7 50.Ke3 Kd7 51.Rc3 Rd5 52.Rc4 Ra5 53.a4 Rd5 54.Ke4 Rd6 55.Ke3 Rd5 56.Rb4 Rd6 57.Ke4 Kc6 58.Rc4+ Kd7, draw.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/50 3/10/2018

During Saturday's tournament, I took these pictures at the Marshall Chess Club.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marshall Saturday Game/50 3/10/2018

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

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Benjamin Smith (USCF 1928) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 3/10/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Neg5 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bb4+ 8.c3 Qe7+ 9.Qe2 Bc5 

10.Qxe7+ Kxe7 11.Nb3 Bb6 12.Bd3 Nf6 13.O-O h6 14.Re1+ Kf8 15.Ne6+ Bxe6 16.Rxe6 Kf7 17.Re2 Nbd7 18.Bf4 Rhe8

19.Rae1 Rxe2 20.Rxe2 Re8 21.Rxe8, draw.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

"NY Times" Obituary for Paul Magriel

[photo by Blake Fleetwood]

Paul Magriel [pictured] was a champion at chess and backgammon.

Friday, March 9, 2018

75 Years Ago Today

Bobby Fischer was born on March 9, 1943.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Winter Session Ends at Wardlaw-Hartridge

On Tuesday, the winter 2018 session ended at Wardlaw-Hartridge School in the after school enrichment class on chess, taught by me on behalf of Premier Chess.

All eight students in attendance (plus one who was absent) received trophies.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Musical Chess

Fifty years ago, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage played musical chess.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Westfield Quads 3/4/2018

On Sunday, I drew this game at the quads in Westfield.

Round Three: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Gregory Nolan (USCF 2100), Westfield NJ 3/4/2018

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.h3 Bd7 8.Na3 a6 9.Nc2 e6 10.Bf4 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Qd2 Nf6 13.Qf4 Qxf4 14.Nxf4 O-O 15.O-O Rfc8

16.f3 Na5 17.Be2 Ne8 18.Rfe1 Nd6 19.Ne3 g5 20.Nd3 Bb5 21.Ne5 f6 22.Bxb5 axb5 23.Nd7 Nac4 24.Nxc4 Nxc4 25.Nxf6+ Kf7 26.Nd7 Ra6 27.Ne5+ Nxe5 28.Rxe5 Kf6 29.a3 b4 30.cxb4 Rc2 31.b5 Rb6 32.a4 Rxb2

33.Ree1 Rb4 34.Red1 Rd6 35.Rd2 Rd7 36.Kf2 Rc7 37.Ke3 Rcc4 38.a5 Rxb5 39.a6 bxa6 40.Rxa6 Rb3+ 41.Kf2 Rbc3 42.Re2 Rc6 43.Rxc6 Rxc6 44.g4, draw.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kasparov on Future of Artificial Intelligence

According to Garry Kasparov, humans will operate as shepherds to the computers of the future.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Anatoly Lein 1931-2018

Grandmaster Anatoly Lein was the New Jersey state chess champion from 1992 through 1995.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pix from February Under 2400 2/25/2018

On Sunday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.