Sunday, March 19, 2017

#1213 Westfield Grand Prix Aborted Due To Power Outage, Re-Scheduled For June 25th


Today's Westfield Grand Prix was aborted midway through the 1st round, due to a power outage & the resulting YMCA evacuation.

With the event's abrupt conclusion, the club could not issue on-site refunds. Players desiring one should email their pertinent data to westfieldchessclub@gmail.com. If you do not contact them, your entry fee will be held as credit toward future events.

All reported results will be submitted for rating later today, as will 3 adjudicated games in the U1200 Section. Players in the Open & U1800 Sections may submit games for possible adjudication to westfieldchessclub@gmail.com.

The Grand Prix has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th. If the USCF's publication deadline, can be beat ads will appear in Chess Life's May & June issues.

A reminder: The Westfield CC's web site is now located at westfieldchessclub.org (not .com). Its blog remains at westfieldchessclub.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#1212 West Orange & Chess Mates Closed Tonight

The West Orange Chess Club & Rahway's Chess Mates are closed tonight, due to the wintry weather.

Here is the revised 2017 West Orange Chess Club Championship schedule:


March 21 - Round 1

March 28 - Round 2

April 4 - NO ROUND - Garden State League match: Hamilton vs. Newark-McDonald's

April 11 - Round 3

April 18 - Round 4

April 25 - Round 5

Sunday, March 05, 2017

#1211 Garden State Chess League Game

On Thursday night, I played in Westfield's Garden State Chess League victory over Hamilton.

Here is my game against Ed Sytnik:


[Event "Garden State Chess League 2016-17"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.03.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Sytnik, Ed"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "1786"] [BlackElo "1700"] [Annotator "Moldovan, John"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2016.10.04"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner: post #1211"] [SourceDate "2017.03.05"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.03.05"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Westfield"] [BlackTeam "Hamilton"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 {He wants to discuss the Q's Gambit again, instead of an Indian? Okay!} 3. c4 e6 {No Slav?...} 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 {... & no Ragozin, either? That suits me just fine.} 6. Nc3 c6 7. Qc2 {I've had this position 52x before!!} O-O 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Bd3 Re8 {This is imprecise.} ({>= the} 9... h6 $1 10. Bh4 Re8 {he played in the 2009-10 season.}) 10. O-O (10. h3 h6 $140 11. Bf4 $1 {, as in my 2008 USATE win over Scheinbach, is a good alternative.}) 10... h6 {[#]} 11. Bh4 (11. Bf4 $142 $1 $14 Nh5 $140 $2 12. Nxd5 $1 Nxf4 (12... cxd5 $4 13. Bc7 $18 {Roebuck - Hickey : Nice 1938}) 13. Nxf4 $16 {Nedeljkovic - Van Steenis : YUG-NED match, Utrecht 1950}) 11... Nf8 ({RR} 11... b6 $143 $6 {Moldovan - P.T. Boris : Westfield, Quads 3/15/2015} 12. Rac1 $14 ({or} 12. Rfe1 $14)) 12. Rab1 Bg4 (12... Ne4 $142 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. b4 a6 {H. Mueller - Glass : Vienna 1931}) 13. Ne5 Bh5 14. h3 (14. b4 $142 $14 {Lechleitner - A. Mueller : Bayern 1998}) ({or} 14. Bf5 $146 {+/=}) 14... N6d7 {[#]} 15. Nxd7 $146 ({Previously seen here were} 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. b4 $11 {Ferry - Wiltshire : Clarkston 1997}) ({&} 15. Bg3 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 Bd6 17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Rfc1 Bg6 19. b4 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 $11 {Jovanic - Banic : Portoroz 2004}) 15... Qxd7 16. Bf5 (16. Bxe7 $142 Qxe7 17. b4) 16... Qd8 (16... Bg6 $142 $1 17. Bxg6 {Safest.} ({After} 17. Bxd7 Bxc2 18. Bxe7 Rxe7 19. Rbc1 Bg6 20. Bg4 f5 21. Bf3 f4 {White has to try} 22. Bxd5+ $5 (22. exf4 $143 Ne6 $15) 22... cxd5 23. Nxd5 Rd7 24. Nxf4 $44) 17... Nxg6 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. b4 Nh4) 17. Bg3 Bg6 18. b4 Bd6 (18... Bxf5 $142 19. Qxf5 a6 20. a4 Nd7 $11) 19. Bxd6 Qxd6 20. Rfc1 (20. b5 $142 $14) 20... a6 {[#]} 21. Ne2 (21. Bxg6 $142 Nxg6 22. a4 Rec8 23. Ne2 $14) 21... Qf6 $6 (21... Bxf5 $142 22. Qxf5 Nd7 $11) 22. Ng3 $6 (22. Bxg6 Nxg6 23. a4 $14) 22... Bh7 $6 (22... Nd7 $142 23. Bxg6 fxg6 $11) 23. Bxh7+ Nxh7 24. Nh5 (24. a4 $142 $14) 24... Qg5 25. Nf4 {[#]} Re4 $2 ( 25... Rec8 $142 $11) {Now the long-delayed minority attack is very strong. My pieces are perfectly placed for it. Black's aren't. Only his Q, which is watching d5, is remotely involved in the action.} 26. a4 Nf8 (26... Qd8 $142) 27. b5 axb5 28. axb5 Rc8 29. Qb3 $6 (29. bxc6 $142 Rxc6 (29... bxc6 $143 30. Rb6) 30. Qa2) 29... Ne6 $4 {[#]} (29... Ng6 $142 30. bxc6 bxc6 (30... Rxc6 $143 31. Nxd5 Nh4 32. g3 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Nxd4 $1 34. Qa2) 31. Qb7 Rf8 32. Nxg6 fxg6 $16) 30. Nxe6 $4 ({We missed} 30. Nxd5 $1 $18 Qxd5 $140 $2 31. Qxd5 cxd5 32. Rxc8+ Kh7 33. Rb8 {after which White will emerge an Exchange & 2 Ps to the good.}) 30... Rxe6 {Black offers a draw.} 31. bxc6 {White declines.} bxc6 $6 ( 31... Rg6 $142 32. g3 Rgxc6 33. Rxc6 bxc6 $11) 32. Qb7 Rce8 $2 (32... Qd8 $142 $14) 33. Rxc6 Rxc6 $6 (33... Qf5 $142) 34. Qxc6 Re6 $2 {The losing move.} ( 34... Rd8 $142 $16) 35. Qc8+ $18 Kh7 36. Rb8 {[#]} Rxe3 $2 (36... Kg6 $142 37. Qc2+ Qf5 38. Qxf5+ Kxf5 39. Rb7 Ke4 40. Rxf7 g6) ({not} 36... Rg6 $143 $2 37. Qh8# (37. Qg8#)) 37. fxe3 ({Not} 37. Qg8+ $4 Kg6 38. fxe3 Qxe3+ 39. Kh1 {as} Qc1+ {forces a draw.}) 37... Qxe3+ 38. Kf1 $2 {This lets Black get in several spite checks.} ({After the simple} 38. Kh1 Qe1+ 39. Kh2 {he has to throw-in the towel.}) 38... Qf4+ 39. Ke1 Qe4+ 40. Kd1 Qxd4+ 41. Kc1 Qg1+ 42. Kb2 Qd4+ (42... Qxg2+ {allows} 43. Qc2+ Qxc2+ 44. Kxc2) 43. Qc3 {[#] &, after picking-up his Q, my opponent resigned.} 1-0