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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos From Our New Location & The May G/90

Here are some photos, taken by John Moldovan, of Chess Mates' new location on East Cherry St., before and during the last round of our May G/90, which was won by Stan Busygin:

 The view from the street.

A closer look.

Inside the main room.

 Michael O'Connor (l) vs. Leo Moreira.

 Raja Ghosh vs. Gabe Moreira.

Stan Busygin vs. John Lekocevic.
Serge Adelson vs. Ken Cohen

Outside view #2.

Photos From The May 24 Tourney

Here are some photos from the 1st & 3rd rounds of last week's G/60, the final Saturday event at Chess Mates' former Irving St. location:
 Vikas Rama vs. Ken Cohen, in one French...

 ... Guy Rawlins (l) vs. Tim Fuller, in another.

 Merric Hu (l) vs. Vladimir Polyakin.

 Krishna Rama (bottom left) vs. John Lekocevic.

 Mauricio Camejo (bottom left) vs. Errol Singh and Arthur Macaspac (top left) vs. Ramneek Singh.
Round 3 underway.
 Cohen (l) vs. Fuller.

 V. Rama vs. Lekocevic.

 K. Rama (l) vs. Rawlins.

Macaspac (plaid shirt) & Camejo watching Lev Zilbermints (l) and Polyakin open with an Englund Gambit.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Chess Mates Has Moved

Chess Mates has moved into its new location at 75 East Cherry St., Suite 10A, in Rahway, NJ.

The final round of the May G/90 (Wednesday 7:15 p.m.) and the West Orange-Chess Mates match (Wednesday 7:45 p.m.) will be held there, not on Irving St.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Photos from 3rd Saturday Swiss 5/17/2014

Take a look at these photos from Saturday afternoon's tournament.

Troy Duncan lost to NM Art Macaspac [foreground] while Errol Singh won against Karan Patel [background].

NM Art Macaspac was defeated by Errol Singh.

Ken Cohen and Karan Patel played to a draw.

Troy Duncan outplayed John Moldovan.

NM Art Macaspac bested NM Vladimir Polyakin [foreground], and Troy Duncan defeated Karan Patel [background].

Sunday, May 18, 2014

3rd Saturday Swiss 5/17/2014

These games were played yesterday afternoon in the game/60 tournament.

Round One: English Opening

John Moldovan (USCF 1772) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 5/17/2014

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Rb1 Nf6 6.a3 a5 7.e3 O-O 8.Nge2 d6 9.O-O Bf5 10.d3 Qc8 11.Nf4 Re8 12.h3 h5 13.Kh2 Ra6 14.e4 Bd7 15.Be3 e5

16.Nfd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Ne7 18.Nxe7+ Rxe7 19.Bg5 f6 20.Be3 a4 21.Qd2 Rb6 22.Rfc1 Kh7 23.Rc3 f5 24.Bg5 Rf7 25.b4 axb3 26.Rcxb3 Rxb3 27.Rxb3 f4 28.gxf4 exf4 29.f3 Be5 30.h4 Ba4 31.Rb1 Qa8 32.Bh3 Bc6 33.Be6 Rf8 34.Qc1 Qa5 35.Rb3 Bd4

36.Bd5 Be3 37.Qd1 Bxd5 38.cxd5 Rf7 39.Kh3 b5 40.Qb1 Rb7 41.Bf6 Qa4 42.Qb2 c4 43.dxc4 Qxc4 44.Qb1 Qe2 45.Qh1 Qf2 46.Qg2 Qe1 47.Rb2 Qa5, draw.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Errol Singh (USCF 2070), Rahway NJ 5/17/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Qc7 9.O-O b5 10.Be3 b4 11.Na4 Nxe4 12.f5 e5 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.c3 bxc3 15.Naxc3 Ndf6 16.Rc1 Nc5

17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.Bxd5 Qd7 19.b4 Ne4 20.Bxe4 Bxe4 21.Nc3 Bb7 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.Qxd5 Rb8 24.f6 g6 25.a4 Qxa4 26.Rc7 Rxb4 27.Qa8+, Black resigns.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photos from Machan Open 5/10/2014

These pictures were taken during the final round of the tournament on Saturday afternoon.

FM Boris Privman defeated NM Sameer Mujumdar.

NM Art Macaspac lost to NM Stanislav Busygin.

NM Vladimir Polyakin dropped his game against expert Errol Singh.

Meanwhile TD John Moldovan entertained a couple of visitors in a skittles game.

Monday, May 12, 2014

2 Draws from Luzviminda Machan Open

On Saturday, I drew two games in the Luzviminda Machan Open tournament.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2204) - Brandon Jacobson (USCF 2032), Rahway NJ 5/10/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 e6 4.d3 d6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nbd2 Nge7 8.a4 O-O 9.Re1 a6 10.c3 Rb8 11.Qc2 b5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Nf1 Bd7 14.Bf4 e5 15.Bd2 Qb6 16.Ne3 Rfc8

17.h4 Na5 18.c4 b4 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.exd5 Bf5 21.Ng5 b3 22.Qd1 Nb7 23.Ne4 Ra8 24.Qe2 Bd7 25.h5 Ra2 26.h6 Bh8 27.Rab1 f5 28.Ng5 Qd8 29.Ne6 Qb6 30.g4 Nd8 31.gxf5 gxf5 32.Qh5 Nxe6 33.dxe6 Bxe6 34.Bd5 Bxd5 35.cxd5 Bf6 36.Qxf5 Rf8

37.Re3 Qd8 38.Rg3+ Kh8 39.Qe4, draw.

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Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Averbakh Variation

Vladimir Polyakin (USCF 2154) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Rahway NJ 5/10/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.f3 a6 11.a4 Qa5 12.Ra3 Qb4 13.a5 b5

14.axb6 Qxb6 15.g4 Nbd7 16.Nh3 Rb8 17.Ra2 Ne5 18.O-O h5 19.Nf2 hxg4 20.Nxg4 Nfxg4 21.fxg4 Bxg4 22.Bxg4 Nxg4 23.Qf4 Ne5 24.Bf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6 c4+ 26.Kh1 Red8 27.Rf4 Qe3 28.Ra1 Rd7 29.Raf1 g5

30.Rf5 Rxb2 31.Rxg5+ Ng6 32.Rxg6+ fxg6 33.Qxg6+ Rg7 34.Qe8+ Kh7 35.Qh5+ Kg8 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Qh5+, draw.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pix from 1st Saturday Swiss

On Saturday, these photos were taken during the afternoon tournament.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

!st Saturday Swiss 5/3/2014

NM Sameer Mujumdar won yesterday's tournament.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Brandon Jacobson (USCF 1960) - Jim West (USCF 2229), Rahway NJ 5/3/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.O-O O-O 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.a3 Na5 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nxb3 14.Qxb3 Qd7 15.a4 Rac8

16.h3 Qc7 17.c3 Nd7 18.a5 f5 19.Ra4 f4 20.Bb6 Nxb6 21.axb6 Qd8 22.Bg4 Rc5 23.Be6+ Kh8 24.c4 Rf6 25.Qc3 Qxb6 26.Rb4 Qc7 27.Qb3 b5 28.cxb5 axb5 29.Rxb5 Rxb5 30.Qxb5 Rf8 31.Qc6 Qa7 32.b4 g6

33.b5 Rb8 34.Rc1 Kg7 35.Qa6 Qb6, draw.

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Round Three: Slav Defense

David Zurawski (USCF 818) - John Lekocevic (USCF 1479), Rahway NJ 5/3/2014

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Ng3 Bd6 7.Qd3 Nbd7 8.Be2 b6 9.Be3 Bb7 10.Rc1 c5 11.Bf3 Bxg3 12.hxg3 Bxf3 13.Nxf3 Qc7

14.d5 exd5 15.cxd5 Rd8 16.Bf4 Qb7 17.O-O Nxd5 18.Qe4+ Kf8 19.Bd6+ Kg8 20.Rcd1 N7f6 21.Qe5 Qd7 22.Bb8 Ng4 23.Qd6 Qc8 24.Qc7 Nxc7 25.Bxc7 Qxc7 and Black wins.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2229) - Roshan Idnani (USCF 1803), Rahway NJ 5/3/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 d6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.a4 Nd7 9.Nc4 Nde5 10.Nfxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.c3 Qb6 13.a5 Qc7 14.f4 Bg7 15.Be3 Bd7 16.Qd2 Bc6

17.f5 e5 18.f6 Bh8 19.h4 h5 20.c4 Bd7 21.Bg5 Qc8 22.b4 b6 23.b5 Bg4 24.Kh2 Re8 25.axb6 axb6 26.Rxa8 Qxa8 27.Bh3 Bxh3 28.Kxh3 Qa3 29.g4 hxg4+ 30.Kxg4 Ra8 31.h5 gxh5+ 32.Kxh5 Qa2 33.Qe3 Qg2

34.Rg1 Qh2+ 35.Bh4+ Kf8 36.Qh6+ Ke8 37.Qxh8+ Kd7 38.Qg7 Rh8+ 39.Qxh8 Qxg1 40.Qg7 Qd1+ 41.Qg4+ Qxg4+ 42.Kxg4 Ke8 43.Kh5 Kf8 44.Kh6 Kg8 45.Be1 Kh8 46.Ba5, Black resigns.