Phiona Mutesi Begins U.S. Tour Today

Posted by James R. West @ 4:21 AM, Saturday Apr 19th, 2014

Today WCM Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende begin a tour of the United States to share their inspiring story of success through chess and education.

Please support Phiona’s campaign.

Pix from Marshall Masters 4/15/2014

Posted by James R. West @ 3:54 AM, Friday Apr 18th, 2014

These pictures were taken by me during Tuesday’s tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Philadelphia Open Underway

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 2:46 AM, Friday Apr 18th, 2014

A strong Philadelphia Open is underway, with over ten participating Grandmasters, including reigning US Champion Gata Kamsky.

Texas Beats Poland in Friendly Match

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 2:00 AM, Friday Apr 18th, 2014

On Saturday, April 12th, 2014, The University of Texas at Brownsville (USA) defeated The University of Warsaw (Poland) in a friendly online match.

US #1 Nakamura Signs with Red Bull

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 8:16 AM, Thursday Apr 17th, 2014

The #1 US player Hikaru Nakamura has a new sponsor: Redbull. I think working with Red Bull might give chess more exposure; it’s a first step in changing the image.”

Pix from Sunday Game/60 4/13/2014

Posted by James R. West @ 4:54 AM, Thursday Apr 17th, 2014

During Sunday’s tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I took pictures of the players.

Russian Team Championship Wrapup, With Grischuk and Svidler Interviews

Posted by Dennis Monokroussos @ 12:05 PM, Wednesday Apr 16th, 2014

So far, chess24 is putting out some nice material, including this concluding report, complete with annotated games and interviews. A tease: Grischuk explains his infamous comment about Kramnik’s “bad preparation”.

Marshall Masters 4/15/2014

Posted by James R. West @ 7:29 AM, Wednesday Apr 16th, 2014

On Tuesday evening, I played these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Rossolimo Variation

Eric Balck (FIDE Rapid 1999) – Jim West (FIDE Rapid 2062), Marshall Chess Club 4/15/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.O-O Nc6 6.Re1 Nf6 7.c3 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Be7 13.Rb1 O-O 14.Bg5 Rfc8 15.Qa4 b6


16.Qd1 Na5 17.Re3 Nc4 18.Rd3 Qd8 19.h4 h6 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.g4 g6 22.Kg2 Kg7 23.Kh3 Rc7 24.Nh2 Rac8 25.f4 Qa3 26.Rc1 Nb2, White forfeits.


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Round Four: Sicilian Defense, King’s Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE Rapid 2062) – Anthony Norris (FIDE Rapid 1993), Marshall Chess Club 4/15/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O e5 7.a4 Nf6 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Nc4 Na5 10.Nxa5 Qxa5 11.Bd2 Qc7 12.Bc3 c4 13.Nd2 cxd3 14.cxd3 Rd8 15.Nc4 Be6


16.Ne3 d5 17.Rc1 dxe4 18.Qe1 exd3 19.Ba5 Qd7 20.Rc7 Qxa4 21.Rxb7 Rdb8 22.Bc7 Qe8 23.Bxb8 Rxb8 24.Qb4 Rxb7 25.Qxb7 Qd7 26.Qb8+ Bf8 27.Qxe5 Ne8 28.Rd1 Bb3 29.Rd2 Bb4 30.Rxd3 Qxd3 31.Qxe8+ Bf8


32.Qe4 Qxe4 33.Bxe4 Bg7 34.Nd5 Bxb2 35.Ne7+ Kf8 36.Nc6 a6 37.Bd3 Ba4 38.Nb4 Bb5 39.Bc2 a5 40.Nd3 Bd4 41.Kf1 Ke7 42.Ke1 Kd6 43.f4 a4 44.Kd2 Kd5 45.Nb4+ Kc4 46.Na2 Bg1 47.Bd3+ Kc5 48.Bc2 Bxh2 49.Nc3 Bxg3 50.Nxa4+ Bxa4 51.Bxa4 Bxf4+ 52.Ke2 f5


53.Kf3 Be5 54.Bb3 Kd6 55.Bg8 h6 56.Bh7 Ke6 57.Bxg6 Kf6 58.Bxf5 Kxf5 59.Kg2 Kg4 60.Kh1 Kh3 61.Kg1 Bh2+ 62.Kh1 Be5 63.Kg1 h5 64.Kh1 h4 65.Kg1 Kg3 66.Kh1 h3 67.Kg1 Kf3, draw.


Four GMs and a NM Top Bill Wright Saint Louis Open

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 12:19 PM, Tuesday Apr 15th, 2014

GMs Georg Meier, Manuel Leon Hoyos, Alejandro Ramirez, Wesley So and NM Tansul Turgut tied for first at the strong Bill Wright Saint Louis Open last weekend, a precursor to the upcoming US Chess Championships.

Four GMs Top Bill Wright Saint Louis Open

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 12:19 PM, Tuesday Apr 15th, 2014

GMs Georg Meier, Manuel Leon Hoyos, Alejandro Ramirez and Wesley So tied for first at the strong Bill Wright Saint Louis Open last weekend, a precursor to the upcoming US Chess Championships.

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