Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pix from Saturday Game/50 9/15/2018

During Saturday's tournament, I took these pictures at the Marshall Chess Club.










Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My Fall 2018 Schedule at Premier Chess

In the fall 2018 session at Premier Chess, I will be teaching an after school enrichment class on Tuesdays at Millington School in Long Hill.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Marshall Saturday Game/50 9/15/2018

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit

Thomas Li (USCF 1775) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/15/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Bg5 Nf6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.O-O-O Na6 10.h4 b5 11.Bb3 Nc5 12.exf5 Nxb3+ 13.axb3 Bxf5


14.d4 e4 15.Qf4 O-O 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Qd7 18.Qg6 Qf7 19.Qxf7+ Kxf7 20.Rhe1 a5 21.d5 c5 22.Re6 Rad8 23.h5 Kg8 24.c3 b4 25.Kc2 Rd7 26.Kd3 Rb8


27.Nd2 bxc3 28.bxc3 Bg5 29.Kc2 Bxd2 30.Rxd2 Rb6 31.c4 a4, draw.



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Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Nura Baalla (USCF 1797) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/15/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nf7 Qf6 8.f3 Bxe6 9.Nxh8 Nc6 10.Bb5 Nge7 11.Nc3 O-O-O


12.h4 exf3 13.Qxf3 Qxf3 14.gxf3 Nd4 15.Kd1 Rxh8 16.Be2 Bf5 17.Bd3 Bxd3 18.cxd3 Nxf3 19.h5 Ne5 20.Kc2 Rf8


21.Bd2 N7c6 22.Raf1 Rd8 23.Ne2 Re8, draw.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Philidor vs. Machine, Paris 1783

Philidor matches wits with a chess playing machine.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 9/13/2018

During Thursday's tournament, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club.




Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday Night Action 9/13/2018

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

Round Three: Pirc Defense

Jonathan Lang (USCF 1903) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/13/2018

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 O-O 6.O-O Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Nc6 9.Re1 e5 10.Ne2 Re8 11.d5 Nd4


12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Rb1 Nd7 14.b4 a5 15.a3 axb4 16.Rxb4 Nc5 17.Bb2 Qe7 18.Qa1 f5 19.Bxd4 fxe4 20.Bxe4 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Nxe4 22.f3 Qg7 23.Rdxe4 Qxa1 24.Rxa1 Rxe4 25.fxe4 Ra4 26.Re1 Rxa3


27.Kf2 Kf7 28.Re3 Rxe3 29.Kxe3 Kf6 30.Kd4 c5+ 31.dxc6 bxc6 32.c4 Ke6 33.h4 h6 34.g3 g5 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.Kd3 Ke5 37.Ke3 c5 38.Kd3 Kf6 39.Ke3 Kg6


40.e5 dxe5 41.Ke4 Kf6 42.g4 Ke6 43.Ke3 Ke7 44.Kf3 Kf6 45.Ke3 Ke6 46.Ke4 Kf6 47.Ke3, draw.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pix from FIDE Mondays 9/10/2018

Look at these pictures that I took on Monday at the Marshall Chess Club.



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Fall 2018 Schedule at 101 Discoveries

In the fall 2018 session at 101 Discoveries, I will be teaching after school enrichment classes on chess, as follows:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FIDE Mondays 9/10/2018

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Cameron Hull (USCF 1689), Marshall Chess Club 9/10/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.O-O Be7 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.a4 a5 9.Re1 Re8 10.c3 Bd7 11.Qb3 Qc7 12.Nc4 Ra6


13.e5 d5 14.Na3 Ng4 15.Nb5 Qb8 16.Bf4 g5 17.Nxg5 Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Ncxe5 19.Bf4 f6 20.d4 Nxf2 21.dxe5 Nd3 22.exf6 Nxf4 23.gxf4 Qxf4 24.Rf1 Qe3+ 25.Kh1 Kf7 26.Rae1 Qg5 27.Qc2 Qh4


28.Nc7 Bxa4 29.Qe2 Rb6 30.Nxe8 Bb5 31.Nd6+ Rxd6 32.Qxb5, Black resigns.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Westfield Quads 9/9/2018

On Sunday, I drew these games in the quads at Westfield.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Roshan Idnani (USCF 2155) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 9/9/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nb3 e5 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Be2 Be7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Nd5 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Qd3 Nd7


13.Rfd1 Bxd5 14.Qxd5 Qc7 15.c3 Nf6 16.Qd3 Rac8 17.Nd2 Rfd8 18.Bf3 Bf8 19.Nf1 Qc4 20.Ne3, draw.



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Round Three: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Peter Radomskyj (USCF 2208) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 9/9/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Qc2 Bb4+ 5.Nd2 d5 6.exd6 Bf5 7.Qd1 Qxd6 8.a3 Qd4 9.e3 Bxd2+ 10.Bxd2 Qxb2 11.Qc1 Qxd2+ 12.Qxd2 Nxd2 13.Kxd2 Nc6 14.Nf3 O-O-O+ 15.Kc3 f6


16.Be2 Be4 17.Nd2 Bg6 18.Nf3 Rhe8 19.Rad1 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Rd8 21.Nd4 Nxd4 22.exd4 c6 23.h4 h6 24.h5 Bf7 25.Bf3 Kc7 26.Rh1 b5 27.Be2 Re8 28.Bd3 bxc4 29.Bxc4 Bxc4 30.Kxc4 Re4 31.Kd3 Rg4


32.g3 Rg5 33.Kc4 Ra5 34.Kb4 Rb5+ 35.Kc3, draw.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

NM Evan Rabin on GM William Lombardy

Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin [pictured] passes along good advice from the late grandmaster William Lombardy.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Pix from Thursday Night Action 9/6/2018

These pictures were taken by me during Thursday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.






Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday Night Action 9/6/2018

Last night, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Three: King's Indian Defense

Sarah Budow (USCF 1687) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/6/2018

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.e3 d6 6.Bd3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Bc2 a5 10.e4 Bd7 11.Be3 b6 12.Qc1 Ng4 13.Bd2 f5


14.h3 fxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Nf6 17.Bc2 Nh5 18.Bh6 Nf4 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.Rb1 a4 21.Re1 Qf6 22.Qd2 a3 23.b4 Rfe8 24.Rxe8+ Bxe8 25.Rb3 g5 26.Qd3 Bg6 27.Qe2 Qa1+ 28.Bd1 Re8 29.Qd2 Bh5


30.Rxa3 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Qb2 32.Qxb2 Bxb2 33.Rb3 Re1+ 34.Kg2 Rxd1 35.Rxb2 Rc1 36.c5 dxc5 37.bxc5 Rxc5 38.Rd2 Ra5 39.d6 cxd6 40.Rxd6 Rxa2 41.Rxb6 Kg7


42.Rc6 h6 43.Rb6 Re2 44.Ra6 Re7 45.h4 gxh4 46.Kh3 Re2 47.Kxh4 Rxf2 48.Kg4 Rg2+ 49.Kxf4 Rg6 50.Ra7+ Kf6 51.Ra6+, draw.