Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Under 2400, Round 3, 10/19/2019

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

Round Three: English Opening, Symmetrical Variation

John Walton (USCF 1719) - Jim West (USCF 2205), Marshall Chess Club 10/19/2019

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.O-O Nge7 7.Rb1 O-O 8.Ne4 d6 9.d3 b6 10.b3 d5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Ned2 Bb7 13.Bb2 d4 14.Nc4 Qd7 15.a3 Rac8


16.e4 dxe3 17.Nxe3 Rcd8 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Rb2 Qxd3 20.Rd2 Qc3 21.Qa1 Qxa1 22.Rxa1 Rxd2 23.Nxd2 Na5 24.b4 Bxg2 25.Kxg2 Nb7 26.Rc1 Rc8 27.b5 Nd6 28.a4 Ndf5 29.Nc2 Rd8 30.Nc4 h5 31.a5 Nc8 32.axb6 axb6


33.Ra1 Nd4 34.Ra8 Nxc2 35.Nxb6 Nd4 36.Rxc8 Rxc8 37.Nxc8 Nxb5 38.Nb6 Nd4 39.f4 f5 40.Kf2 h4 41.Ke3 Kh6 42.Nd7 Ne6 43.Nf6 h3 44.Kd3 g5 45.fxg5+ Kxg5 46.Nd5 f4 47.gxf4+ Nxf4+ 48.Kc4 Nxd5 49.Kxd5 Kf4 50.Kxc5 Kf3


51.Kd4 Ke2 52.Ke4 Kf2 53.Kf4 Kg2 54.Ke3 Kxh2 55.Kf2 Kh1 56.Kg3 h2 57.Kf2, stalemate.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Chess Expert & Inventor

[photo by Robert W. Lieberman]

11-year-old Gary Leschinsky [pictured] of Mahwah NJ is a chess expert and inventor.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 3, 10/17/2019

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

Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Boris Privman (USCF 2227), Marshall Chess Club 10/17/2019

1.Nf3 d6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.O-O c5 5.e4 Nc6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.a4 Nd4 9.c3 Nxf3+ 10.Nxf3 Bd7 11.Re1 Bc6 12.Qc2 e6 13.d4 Qc7


14.dxc5 dxc5 15.Bf4 Qa5 16.Ne5 Rfd8 17.Nc4 Qa6 18.Bf1 Ne8 19.Nd6 Qa5 20.Nc4 Qa6 21.Nd6, draw.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 2, 10/17/2019

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

Round Two: King's Indian Defense

Jay Bonin (USCF 2380) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/17/2019

1.d4 Nf6 Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.Bg5 c5 6.e3 d6 7.Be2 h6 8.Bh4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.O-O Nc6 11.Qd2 Rc8 12.Rad1 a6 13.Nb3 Be6 14.f4 Re8 15.e4 Na5


16.e5 Nxb3 17.axb3 dxe5 18,Qxd8 Rcxd8 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.fxe5 Ne8 21.Bxe7 Rd7 22.Bf6 Rd2 23.Bxg7 Nxg7 24.Rf2 Rxb2 25.Bd1 Rxf2 26.Kxf2 Nf5 27.Nd5 Nd4 28.Ke3 Nc6 29.Ke4 a5 30.Bg4, draw.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 10/17/2019

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

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Tawfik Berro (USCF 1154) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/17/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Be2 O-O 10.O-O c6 11.f4 Be6 12.g4 Bd6 13.f5 Bc8 14.Bg5 Nbd7 15.Bf4 Qc7


16.g5 Ne8 17.Nxe4 Nxe5 18.Nxd6 Nxd6 19.Bxe5 Bxf5 20.c4 Qe7 21.Qd2 Nxc4 22.Bxc4 dxc4 23.Rae1 Qd7 24.Rf3 Rae8 25.Rg3 b5 26.Qg2 Qd5 27.Ra3 Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2 Rf7 29.h4 Rd7 30.Re2 Bd3 31.Rf2 Rf8


32.Ra6 Be4+ 33.Kf1 Rxf2+ 34.Kxf2 Rb7 35.Ke3 Bd5 36.Ra3 b4 37.Ra6 b3 38.axb3 Rxb3+ 39.Kd2 Rxb2+ 40.Kc3 Rb3+ 41.Kc2 Rb7 42.Kc3 g6 43.Bd6 Kf7 44.Bc5 Ke6 45.Bxa7 Kf5 46.Ra1 Kg4 47.Bc5 Kxh4, White resigns.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sunday Game/50, Round 3, 10/13/2019

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

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Timothy Ng (USCF 1883) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/13/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Bb3 Na6 6.Nc3 Nc5 7.O-O Nxb3 8.axb3 Nf6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.d4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 fxe4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Rxe4 Bf5


15.Re3 Bg4 16.dxe5 Bxf3 17.Rxf3 Qxe5 18.Rxf8+ Rxf8 19.c3 a6 20.Qd2 d5 21.Re1 Qf6, draw.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sunday Game/50, Round 2, 10/13/2019

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

Round Two: Caro-Kann Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Zara Suryadevara (USCF 1436), Marshall Chess Club 10/13/2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 e6 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.Qb3 Be7 9.Nbd2 Bd7 10.O-O O-O 11.h3 h6 12.Rfe1 Rfc8 13.Ne5 Na5


14.Qxb6 axb6 15.Ndf3 Nc4 16.Bxc4 dxc4 17.d5 Ra6 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Rxe6 Bf6 21.a3 Nc5 22.Re2 Nd3 23.Be3 b5 24.Rb1 Rd8 25.Bd4 Rdd6 26.Bxf6 Rxf6 27.Nd4 Rab6 28.g3 Rg6 29.Kh2 Rbf6 30.f4 Rb6


31.Rf1 Rgf6 32.Kg2 Nc5 33.f5 Nb3 34.Nxb3 cxb3 35.g4 Rbd6 36.Rf3 Rd1 37.Rfe3 Rfd6 38.Re8+, Black forfeits.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Kasparov: Russia's Tactics & China's Strategy

According to Garry Kasparov, the technological threats from Russia and China are different: Russia's threat is "tactical" while China's is "strategic."

Monday, October 14, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 4, 10/10/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense

Prec Syku (USCF 1880) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/10/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 e6 4.O-O Nf6 5.e5 dxe5 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.d3 O-O 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.Nf3 a6 10.a4 b6 11.Bf4 Bb7 12.Re1 Re8


13.Bg3 Nh5 14.Qe2 Nxg3 15.fxg3 Bf6 16.Kh1 Qc7 17.Rab1 Bc6 18.Ne4 b5 19.Nxf6+ Nxf6 20.axb5 axb5 21.Bb3 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Rac8 23.c3 c4 24.dxc4 bxc4 25.Bc2 Qc6 26.h3 Nh5 27.Kh2 Qc7 28.f4 g6 29.Be4 Red8


30.Bf3 Nxf4 31.gxf4 Qxf4+ 32.Kg2 Rd2 33.Rbd1 Rxe2+ 34.Rxe2 Qg5+ 35.Kh2 Rd8 36.Rxd8+ Qxd8 37.Kg2 Qg5+ 38.Kf2 Qh4+ 39.Kg2 h5 40.Re4 Qg5+ 41.Kf2 Qc5+ 42.Kg2 Qb5 43.Be2 Qxb2 44.Kf2 Qxc3 45.Rxc4 Qxh3, and Black wins in ? moves.


                                       Final Position

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 10/10/2019

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

Round One: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Nazzareno Bertini (USCF 1660), Marshall Chess Club 10/10/2019

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.O-O Bf5 7.Re1 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 O-O 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bh4 Ng6 11.Bg3 Bxg3 12.hxg3 Nc6 13.c3 Qd7 14.Nbd2 Rae8


15.Kf1 Rxe1+ 16.Rxe1 Re8 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Qb5 Nge7 19.Qxb7 Qd7 20.Qb5 Qd6 21.Qd3 g5 22.b4 Nd8 23.a4 Nf7 24.a5 c6 25.Nb3 Nd8 26.Nc5 Kg7 27.Ke2 h6 28.Qe3 Kf7 29.Kd2 Qc7 30.Ne1 Ng6 31.Nc2 f5 32.Qd3 f4


33.Qf5+ Kg7 34.Qd7+ Qxd7 35.Nxd7 fxg3 36.fxg3 Kf7 37.Ne3 Ke6 38.Nc5+ Kf6 39.Kd3 h5 40.b5 cxb5 41.Nxd5+ Kf7 42.Nc7 h4 43.gxh4 Nxh4 44.g4 Nf3 45.Nxb5 Nc6 46.a6 Nh2 47.Ne4 Kg6 48.d5 Ne5+ 49.Ke2 Nhxg4 50.Nxa7 Nc4


51.Nc8 Kf5 52.Nxg5 Kxg5 53.a7 Kf4 54.a8=Q Nge5 55.d6 Kf5 56.Qd5 Nb2 57.d7 Nbd3 58.Qxd3+ Nxd3 59.Kxd3, Black resigns.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Garry Kasparov on "You Decide"

Errol Louis interviews Garry Kasparov.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Westfield Octos, Round 3, 10/6/2019

On Sunday, I finished with a score of 0-0-3 at the octos in Westfield.

Round Three: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Justin Lee (USCF 2171), Westfield NJ 10/6/2019

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 Bg4 5.Nf3 e6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Be2 Nc6 8.O-O Bd6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.h3 Bh5 11.Rc1 Rc8


12.Nb5 Bb8 13.Nbd4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Rxc1 15.Bxc1 Qd6 16.f4 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Ne4 18.Bb2 e5 19.Nf5, draw.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Westfield Octos, Round 2, 10/6/2019

On Sunday, I drew this game at the octos in Westfield.

Round Two: Pirc Defense

Mark Kernighan (USCF 2212) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Westfield NJ 10/6/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.c3 O-O 6.Bd3 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Bxe5 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.O-O f5 12.Bc4+ Kh8 13.Nd2 Qc6


14.Re1 Bf6 15.Bh6 Rd8 16.Qe2 Bd7 17.Nf3 Re8 18.Qxe8+ Bxe8 19.Bd5 Qxd5 20.Rxe8+ Qg8 21.Rxg8+ Kxg8, draw.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Westfield Octos, Round 1, 10/6/2019

On Sunday, I played this game at the octos in Westfield.

Round One: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Evan Kauffmann (USCF 2080), Westfield NJ 10/6/2019

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.a3 Nbd7 10.Bc4 Bd6 11.O-O a5 12.Rfe1 O-O 13.Rad1 Qc7


14.Bg5 Rfe8 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Rad8 18.Bd3 g6 19.c3 Bf8 20.b4 Ra8 21.Ra1, draw.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 4, 10/3/2019

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

Round Four: Alekhine Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Gregory Garrett (USCF 1602), Marshall Chess Club 10/3/2019

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4 3.d3 Nc5 4.d4 Ne4 5.f3 e6 6.fxe4 Qh4+ 7.Kd2 g6 8.Qf3 Bh6+ 9.Kd1 Bxc1 10.Kxc1 Qe1+ 11.Qd1 Qxe4 12.Nf3 c5 13.c3 Qc6 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.Qd4 Qa5 16.Nbd2 Nc6 17.Qf4 d5


18.exd6 Bd7 19.Nc4 Qc5 20.Nfe5 Nxe5 21.Qxe5 Qxe5 22.Nxe5 f6 23.Nxd7 Kxd7 24.Kc2 Kxd6 25.Rd1+ Ke7 26.Bb5 Rhd8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Rd1 Rd6 29.Rxd6 Kxd6 30.Be2 Ke5 31.Bf3 b6 32.Kd3 Kf4


33.Bd1 e5 34.g3+ Kf5 35.Ke3 Ke6 36.Bb3+ Kd6 37.Bg8 h6 38.Bh7 g5 39.g4 b5 40.b4 Kc6 41.Bg8 Kb6 42.Ke4 a5 43.a3 axb4 44.axb4 Kc6 45.Bf7 Kd6 46.Be8 h5 47.h3 Ke6 48.Bxb5 f5+ 49.gxf5+ Kf6


50.Be2 g4 51.Bxg4 hxg4 52.hxg4 Kg5 53.Kxe5 Kxg4 54.f6 Kf3 55.Kd4, Black resigns.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 3, 10/3/2019

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

Round Three: English Opening

Oliver Chernin (USCF 2222) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/3/2019

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.O-O Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.Rb1 Nh5 9.b4 f5 10.Qb3 Kh8 11.b5 Ne7 12.a4 h6 13.a5 Rb8 14.Nd5 Be6 15.Ba3 g5


16.Nxe7 Qxe7 17.Qc2 b6 18.axb6 axb6 19.Bb2 f4 20.Ra1 Bf5 21.Nd2 fxg3 22.hxg3 Nf6 23.Ra7 Qd8 24.Nf3 Nd7 25.Qd1 Be6 26.Qc2 Bg4 27.Re1 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Nc5 29.Rf1 Ne6 30.Bg2 Nd4 31.Qd1 Ne6 32.e3 Qe7


33.Qh5 Nc5 34.Rd1 Qf6 35.Qe2 Qe7 36.d4 exd4 37.Bxd4 Bxd4 38.Rxd4 Ne6 39.Rd1 Nc5 40.Rd2 Qf7 41.Bd5 Qg7 42.Qh5 Rbc8 43.Kg2 Rce8 44.Qd1 Ne4 45.Bxe4 Rxe4 46.Rc2 Re7 47.Qd4 Qxd4 48.exd4 Kg7


49.c5 dxc5 50.dxc5 bxc5 51.Rxc5 Rff7 52.Rc6 Re2 53.Rcxc7 Rexf2+ 54.Kg1 Rf1+ 55.Kg2 R1f2+ 56.Kh3 Rxc7 57.Rxc7+ Kg6 58.b6 Rb2 59.b7 h5 60.Rc6+ Kf5 61.Rc5+ Kg6 62.Rc6+ Kf5 63.Rc5+ Kg6, draw.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 10/3/2019

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

Round One: Falkbeer Counter Gambit

Nazzareno Bertini (USCF 1627) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 10/3/2019

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bd6 6.Nxe4 O-O 7.Nxf6+ Qxf6 8.Qc4 Bxf4 9.d4 Bxc1 10.Rxc1 c6 11.Bd3 cxd5 12.Qc3 Nc6 13.Ne2 Bg4


14.b4 Bxe2 15.Bxe2 Qxd4 16.Qxd4 Nxd4 17.Bg4 f5 18.Bd1 Rae8+ 19.Kd2 Nc6 20.a3 Ne5 21.Kc3 Nc4 22.Kd4 Re4+ 23.Kc3 Rc8 24.Kb3 b5 25.c3 a5 26.Bf3 Nd2+ 27.Kb2 Nxf3 28.gxf3 Re2+ 29.Kb1 axb4 30.axb4 Kf7


31.Rhd1 Ke6 32.Rc2 Rxc2 33.Kxc2 Rc4 34.Re1+ Kf6 35.Kd3 Rh4 36.Re2 Rh3 37.Rf2 Ke5 38.Re2+ Kd6 39.Rf2 g5 40.Kd4 Rh4+ 41.Kd3 h5 42.Ra2 Rf4 43.Rf2 g4 44.Ke3 Rxf3+ 45.Rxf3 gxf3 46.Kxf3 Ke5


47.Ke3 h4 48.h3 f4+ 49.Kf3 Kf5 50.Ke2 Ke4 51.Kd2 f3 52.Ke1 Ke3 53.Kf1 f2 54.Kg2 Ke2 55.Kh1 f1=Q+, White resigns.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

"Pawn Sacrifice" on Starz Cinema East




In October, don't miss Pawn Sacrifice on Starz Cinema East.