Friday, April 24, 2015

Summer Camps at "Chess Mates"

Chess Mates will be running six weekday camps during July and August.

See the flyer for dates and camp rates.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New International Chess Circuit

The establishment of a new international circuit of the world's leading chess players will be announced tomorrow in a press conference at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pix from "Chess Mates" 4/18/2015

Pictures taken by me during the 3rd Saturday quads have been posted at the Chess Mates blog.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Spring 2015 Teaching Schedule

In the spring 2015 session of Enrich and Grow Academy, I am teaching after school enrichment classes on chess, as follows:

Mondays - Washington Avenue School;
Thursdays -Torey J. Sabatini School.

Starting in May, I will teach a Saturday afternoon class at the Police Athletic League in Parsippany.

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Inside Jersey" Chess and Radio Interview

Link to Inside Jersey chess columns dated:

Then listen to a radio interview of Inside Jersey chess columnist Pete Tamburro [pictured].

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rahway Quad 4/18/2015

On Saturday, I won this game in the game/60 quad at Chess Mates.

Round Three: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

Ari Minkov (USCF 1991) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Rahway NJ 4/18/2015

1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.Nc3 Nge7 7.b3 O-O 8.Bb2 b6 9.e3 Bb7 10.Qe2 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Na4 Bxb2 13.Nxb2 Qf6 14.Nc4 Rad8

15.e4 Ndb4 16.a3 Nc2 17.e5 Qe7 18.Rac1 N2d4 19.Nxd4 Nxd4 20.Qe3 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Qb7+ 22.f3 Nf5 23.Qf4 Rd4 24.Qg5 h6 25.Qf6 b5 26.Nd6 Nxd6 27.exd6 Rxd2+ 28.Kh3 Qd5 29.d7 Qh5+ 30.Qh4 Qxh4+ 31.Kxh4 Rxd7 32.Rxc5 Rb8

33.Kg4 Rd4+ 34.f4 Rb7 35.Rf3 f5+ 36.Kh3 g5 37.fxg5 hxg5 38.Re3 Rd2 39.Rc8+ Kf7 40.Rc6 Re7 41.Rc8 Kf6 42.Rf8+ Rf7 43.Rxf7+ Kxf7 44.g4 f4 45.Re5 Rd5 46.Re4 Rd3+ 47.Kg2 Rxb3 48.a4 a6 49.axb5 axb5 50.h4 Rg3+ 51.Kf2 Rxg4 52.hxg5 Rxg5 53.Rxf4+ Rf5, White resigns.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pix from Sunday Game/60 4/12/2015

On Sunday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Photos from "Chess Mates" 4/11/2015

At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted photos taken Saturday during the Dr. Luzviminda Machan Open.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ironia School Tourney Results, Winter 2015

On Wednesday, the winter 2015 session ended at Ironia Elementary School in the after school enrichment class on chess, taught by me for Enrich and Grow Academy.

The tournament finished in a first place tie between Juliette Jewusiak and Evelyn Matias.  Third place went to Drew Hull.

Because the preprinted certificates did not allow for a tie, the first place certificate was awarded to Juliette, while Evelyn received the second place certificate plus the first place medal.  Drew got the third place certificate.

Chess medals were handed out to all six students.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Pawn Sacrifice" Wallpaper

You can download Pawn Sacrifice wallpaper.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GM Benjamin Lecture Tonight at Marshall CC

Are you an endgame addict in need of your fix?  GM Joel Benjamin's lecture "Amazing Pawn Endgames" promises to deliver the goods!

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing of GM Benjamin's latest book, Liquidation on the Chess Board: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Ending!

Tuesday, April 14th


Refreshments will be provided.

Marshall Chess Club 
23 West 10th Street 
New York, NY 10011 
Phone 212-477-3716 
Fax 212-995-9281 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Marshall Sunday Game/60 4/12/2015

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 2-0-2 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Exchange Variation

Hans Niemann (USCF 2310) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/12/2015

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 Re8 10.O-O-O Na6 11.Ne1 Nc5 12.f3 a5 13.Be3 Bf8 14.Nc2 c6 15.Rd2 Kg7 16.Rhd1 Be6

17.b3 Be7 18.Kb2 h6 19.a3 Nh5 20.g3 a4 21.Bxc5 axb3 22.Bxe7 bxc2 23.Rxc2 Rxe7 24.Rcd2 Ree8 25.a4 Nf6 26.Ka3 Kf8 27.c5 Reb8 28.Rd6 Ne8 29.R6d2 Nf6 30.Rd6 Ne8 31.R6d2 Nf6, draw.