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.
















Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FIDE Mondays 5/15/2017

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

Round One: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Ed Scher (USCF 1943), Marshall Chess Club 5/15/2017

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.f4 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 b6 7.O-O Bb7 8.a4 a6 9.Na3 Nbd7 10.Nc4 Rb8 11.Qc1 Re8 12.h3 c5


13.f5 Be4 14.fxg6 Bxg6 15.Nh4 d5 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.Nhxg6 hxg6 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qb2+ f6 21.Bxa6 Rh8 22.Rf2 Rh4 23.Bb5 Ne5 24.Rf4 Rbh8 25.Raf1 g5 26.Rxh4 Rxh4 27.Be2 Qd7 28.d4 cxd4 29.exd4 Nf7 30.Bg4 Qc7 31.Rf3 Nh6


32.Qc3 Qxc3 33.Rxc3 Nxg4 34.hxg4 Rxg4 35.Rc6 Rxd4 36.Rxb6 Rd1+ 37.Kh2 d4 38.a5 e5 39.Rb4 e4 40.a6 e3 41.a7 Ra1 42.Ra4 Rxa4 43.bxa4 e2, Black forfeits.