Friday, January 20, 2017

Fat Lady Sings for NJKO vs. Sopranos

In week two of the PRO Chess League, it was the same old song for the Montclair Sopranos as they won their second match in a row, this time against the New Jersey Knockouts.

It must have been music to Rozman's ears when Balakrishnan hung a rook on move 61, but the endgame was lost for Black in any event.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hans Berliner Obituary in "NY Times"

Former world correspondence chess champion Hans Berliner [pictured]. who played one of the greatest games of the 20th century, passed away last Friday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Marshall MLK Game/30 1/16/2017

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

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Eric Yuhan Li (USCF 2065) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 1/16/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 Nf6 9.Qe5+ Kf7 10.Nxh8+ Kg7 11.Bg5 Be7 12.O-O-O Kxh8 13.Bxf6+ Bxf6 14.Qxe4 Nc6 15.Bd3 Qg8 16.c3 Bd7 17.Kb1 Re8

18.Qf4 Bd8 19.Rhg1 Rf8 20.Qd2 Be6 21.b3 a5 22.Bc2 Bg5 23.Qe2 a4 24.Qb5 axb3 25.axb3 Rxf2 26.Qxb7 Na5 27.Qxc7 Bxb3 28.Qxa5 Bxc2+ 29.Ka1 Bxd1 30.Rxd1 Rf8 31.Kb2 Rb8+ 32.Kc2 Qb3+ 33.Kd3 Qxd1+ 34.Kc4 Qb3+ 35.Kd3 Qb5+ 36.Qxb5 Rxb5

37.c4 Rb8 38.c5 Rc8 39.Kc4 Be3 40.Kd3 Bg1 41.Kc4 Bxh2 42.d5 Bd6 43.c6 Kg7 44.Kb5 Kf7 45.Kb6 Ke7 46.Kb7 Rc7+ 47.Kb6 h5 48.Kb5 Kf6 49.Kc4 Ke5 50.g3 Rg7 51.Kd3 Kxd5 52.c7 Bxc7 53.Kc3 Rxg3+

54.Kb4 Bd6+ 55.Kb5 Rb3+ 56.Ka5 Bc7+ 57.Ka6 Rb6+ 58.Ka7 Kc6 59.Ka8 Rb8+ 60.Ka7 Rb1 61.Ka8 Ra1#.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Marshall Sunday Game/45 1/15/2017

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-1-2 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

James Lee (USCF 1868) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club, 1/15/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxe7 Nxe7 6.dxe5 fxe4 7.Nfd2 d5 8.c4 c6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.Qxb6 axb6 13.Rd1 Nbc6 14.Nb3 Be6

15.Nd4 Nxd4 16.Rxd4 Nc6 17.Rd2 Nxe5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Nd3+ 20.Bxd3 exd3 21.Rxd3 Rxa2 22.O-O Rxb2 23.Rd7 b5 24.Rxb7 b4 25.g3 b3 26.Kg2 h6 27.h4 Rf7 28.Rb8+ Kh7 29.Rb6 h5 30.Kg1 g6

31.Kg2 Kh6 32.Kg1 Kg7 33.Kg2 Rf6 34.Rb7+ Kh6 35.Kg1 g5 36.hxg5+ Kxg5 37.Rb5+ Rf5 38.Rb6 h4 39.gxh4+ Kxh4 40.Kg2 Kg4 41.Rb4+ Rf4 42.Rb5 Rf5 43.Rb4+ Rf4 44.Rb5 Rf5 45.Rb4+, draw.

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Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Nathaniel Koyfman (USCF 1619) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 1/15/2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bg5 Bb4 9.Qh5+ Nxh5 10.Bxd8 Kxd8 11.Nf7+ Ke7 12.Nxh8 Nc6 13.O-O-O Bxc3 14.bxc3 Be6 15.c4 Rxh8

16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.c4 Bf7 18.d5 Ne5 19.Re1 Bg6 20.f3 Nf4 21.Kd2 Nfd3 22.Bxd3 Nxd3 23.Re2 Nc5 24.Rhe1 Kd6 25.fxe4 Ke5 26.g3 Rf8 27.h4 h5 

28.Rg2 Rf3 29.g4 Ra3 30.Kd1 hxg4 31.Rxg4 Bh5, White resigns.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Krakens All Wet versus Knockouts

In round one of the PRO Chess League's inaugural season, the New Jersey Knockouts handed the Buenos Aires Krakens a monstrous defeat.

In this game, IM Ernesto Real De Azua could not keep his head above water against GM Alex Fishbein.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pix from January Weekend FIDE

Last weekend, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Chess Coach Errol Singh

[photo by Sean Conklin]

Errol Singh [pictured, right] is the coach at two new chess clubs in New Jersey.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood club had its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, January 11th.

On the third Saturday of each month, the Edison club holds a morning class followed by an afternoon tournament at STEM Academy.

You can contact Errol by phone at 908-205-1044, or by e-mail at

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Top 30 Chess Blogs

Just barely, Jim West On Chess is on the top 30 chess blogs list.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Marshall January Weekend FIDE 1/8/2017

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

Round Four: London System

Victor Chen (FIDE 1711) - Jim West (FIDE 2016),  Marshall Chess Club 1/8/2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 O-O 5.h3 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.cxd4 d5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Nc3 Bf5 10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.O-O Ne4 12.Rc1 Nxc3 13.Rxc3 Qd7 14.Qc2 Rac8 15.Rc1 Nb4

16.Qb1 Rxc3 17.bxc3 Nc6 18.c4 dxc4 19.Rxc4 e6 20.Rc5 Re8 21.Rb5 b6 22.a4 Bf8 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.Bxe5 Bg7 25.a5 Bxe5 26.Rxe5 bxa5 27.Rxa5 Rc8 28.Qa1 Rc7 29.Qd1 Qc8 30.Qf3 Rc1+ 31.Kh2 Qc7+ 32.Qg3+ Kf8 33.Qxc7 Rxc7

34.Kg3 Ke7 35.Kf4 Kf6 36.g4 fxg4 37.hxg4 h6 38.f3 Rd7 39.Ke4 Rb7 40.Kf4 Kg6 41.Ke4 f6 42.f4 Re7 43.Kf3 f5 44.Re5 Kf6 45.Rc5 fxg4+ 46.Kxg4 Rg7+ 47.Kf3 Rd7 48.Ra5 Kg6 49.Kg4 Kf6 50.Kf3 Kf7 51.Ke4, draw.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Marshall January Weekend FIDE 1/7/2017

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

Round Three: French Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2016) - William Hu (FIDE 1892), Marshall Chess Club 1/7/2017

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.g3 dxe4 5.dxe4 e5 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Bc5 8.O-O O-O 9.c3 a5 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.a4 Rd8 12.Nb3 Ba7 13.Nh4 Ne8 14.Nf5 Qf8 15.Be3 Bxe3 16.Nxe3 Be6 17.Rad1 b6

18.Nd5 Rd7 19.Rd2 Rad8 20.Rfd1 f6 21.h3 Nd6 22.Ne3 Qf7 23.Nc1 Nc4 24.Nxc4 Bxc4 25.Bf1 Bxf1 26.Rxd7 Rxd7 27.Rxf1, draw.