Sunday, August 25, 2019

GM Soltis Lecture at Marshall CC on Tuesday

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Marshall Chess Club is honored to have grandmaster Andy Soltis—nine time Marshall CC champion, two time U.S. Open champion, and renowned author—joining us at 7pm for a lecture from his new book Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi: A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games.

This is one lecture you don't want to miss.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

FIDE Mondays 8/19/2019

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Closed Variation

Noah Beck (USCF 1759) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/19/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Nge2 Nf6 7.O-O O-O 8.h3 Rb8 9.Be3 e5 10.Qd2 Nd4 11.f4 b5


12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Nxe2+ 14.Qxe2 exf4 15.Bxf4 Bxb2 16.Rab1 Bd4+ 17.Kh2 f5 18.Qd2 b4 19.h4 Qf6 20.Bg5 Qf7 21.Qe2 Re8 22.Qf3 Bd7 23.Bh3 Bf6 24.Bf4 Be5 25.Bg5 h5 26.Bg2 Qg7 27.Bh3 Rb6


28.Rbe1 Ra6 29.d4 cxd4 30.Qb3 Ra3 31.Qxb4 Rxg3 32.Bf4 Bxf4 33.Rxe8+ Bxe8 34.Rxf4 Re3 35.Qxd6 Bf7 36.Qc6 Qe5 37.Qc8+ Kg7 38.Qc7 Qxc7, White resigns.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Shelby Lyman 1936-2019

[photo by Michael Evans]

In 1972, Shelby Lyman [pictured] hosted public television's show on the Spassky-Fischer world championship match.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 3, 8/17/2019

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 2-0-1 in the quads at Edison.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Errol Singh (USCF 1969) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Edison NJ 8/17/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 O-O 9.Qd2 Be6 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.a3 Nb6 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.g5 Nh5 15.Kb1 Nf4 16.h4 Rfd8


17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 a5 19.Bd3 b4 20.a4 g6 21.Bb5 Rdc8 22.Rh2 Rc7 23.Bc6 Rxc6 24.dxc6 Qxc6 25.Nd4 Qxa4 26.Ne2 Nh5 27.f4 exf4 28.Nxf4 b3 29.Qd5 Rc8


30.cxb3 Qxf4 31.Re2 Bf8 32.Re4 Qf5 33.Qd3 Nf4, White resigns.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 2, 8/17/2019

On Saturday, I won this game in the quads at Edison.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Eric Li (USCF 1608) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Edison NJ 8/17/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bd3 Be6 9.h3 b5 10.O-O Nbd7 11.a3 O-O


12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nb6 14.Bxb6 Qxb6 15.Qf3 Rac8 16.Rfe1 Rfe8 17.Rac1 g6 18.Rcd1 Kg7 19.Qe3 Qxe3 20.fxe3 e4 21.Be2 Rxc2 22.Rb1 Nxd5 23.Nd4 Rcc8 24.Bf1 Bf6 25.Rbd1 Nb6 26.b3 d5 27.a4 Bxd4 28.Rxd4 bxa4 29.Bxa6 Rc5 30.bxa4 Ra5 31.Bb5 Rea8


32.Ra1 Rxb5 33.Rc1 Rxa4 34.Rd2 Nc4 35.Rf2 Ra3 36.Rcf1 f5 37.g4 Nxe3 38.Rc1 Rb7 39.Rc6 Ra1+ 40.Kh2 fxg4 41.Kg3 gxh3 42.Kxh3 Rh1+ 43.Kg3 Nf5+ 44.Kg2 Rhb1 45.Kh3 e3, White resigns.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 1, 8/17/2019

On Saturday, I drew this game in the quads at Edison.

Round One: Center Counter Defense

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Arya Shah (USCF 1975), Edison NJ 8/17/2019

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 Bf5 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.d3 Nb6 7.Qf3 Qd7 8.Nge2 Bg4 9.Qg3 Bxe2 10.Nxe2 Nbxd5 11.O-O e6 12.Nf4 Bd6 13.Bxd5 Nxd5 14.c4 Nxf4 15.Bxf4 Bxf4 16.Qxf4 O-O-O


17.Rad1 Rhe8 18.Rfe1 f6 19.h3 e5 20.Qg4 Qxg4 21.hxg4 Rd4 22.f3 Red8 23.b3 Rxd3 24.Rxd3 Rxd3 25.Re2 Kd7 26.Kf2 Kd6 27.Ke1 Kc5 28.g5 Rd7 29.gxf6 gxf6 30.g4 Rd3 31.Kf2 Kd4 32.Kg3 Kc3


33.g5 fxg5 34.Rxe5 Rd7 35.Rxg5 Kb2 36.Ra5 a6 37.f4 Rg7+ 38.Kf3 h5 39.Rg5 Rh7 40.Rg2+ Kc3 41.Ke4 h4 42.f5 h3 43.Rh2 Re7+ 44.Kf4 Rh7 45.Ke5 Re7+ 46.Kf6 Re3 47.Kf7 Kd4 48.f6 Ke5 49.Rf2 Kd6


50.Kf8 Rg3 51.f7 Rg2 52.Rxg2 hxg2 53.Ke8 g1=Q, draw.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 4, 8/15/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Thomas Knoff (USCF 1971), Marshall Chess Club 8/15/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rb8 11.h5 Na5 12.Bb3 Nxb3 13.axb3 b5 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 e5 17.Nde2 Rb7 18.O-O-O Be6


19.g4 b4 20.Na4 Qc7 21.Kb1 Bd7 22.g5 Bxa4 23.gxf6 Be8 24.Qg5 Rb6 25.Ng3 Ra6 26.Rd5 Bc6 27.Nf5 Rf7 28.Nh6+ Kf8 29.Nxf7 Bxd5 30.Qh6+ Ke8 31.exd5 Qxf7 32.Qxh7 Qxh7 33.Rxh7 Ra5 34.Rg7 Rxd5


35.Rxg6 Kf7 36.Rg7+ Kxf6 37.Rxa7 Rd4 38.Kc1 Rf4 39.Kd2 Rxf3 40.Ra4 Rf4 41.c3 bxc3+ 42.bxc3 Rf3 43.b4 Ke6 44.b5 Kd7 45.Rb4 Rf8 46.Kd3 d5 47.b6 Kc6 48.c4 Rf3+ 49.Ke2 Rf8 50.Kd3 Rb8 51.cxd5+ Kxd5


52.b7 Kc6 53.Ke4 Rxb7 54.Rxb7, draw.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 3, 8/15/2019

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

Round Three: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Michael Hehir (USCF 2054) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/15/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.Bg5 Re8 11.Nb5 Re7 12.Nc3 Be6


13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.cxd5 Nd4 15.Bc4 h6 16.Bxf6 Nxf3+ 17.gxf3 Bxf6, draw.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 2, 8/15/2019

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

Round Two: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Joel Fagliano (USCF 1994), Marshall Chess Club 8/15/2019

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 Bf5 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Qd7 10.Bg3 Bxg3 11.hxg3 c6 12.Rxe7 Qxe7 13.Bxf5 Na6 14.c3 Nc7 15.Nbd2 Ne8 16.Bd3 Nd6


17.Qc2 g6 18.Re1 Qf7 19.c4 Rae8 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.cxd5 cxd5 22.Qc5 Qe6 23.b3 Rc8 24.Qa3 Rc3 25.Bf1 g5 26.Qa5 Rc1 27.Kh2 Ne4 28.Nxe4 dxe4 29.Bc4 Rxc4 30.bxc4 exf3 31.gxf3 Qxc4 32.Qxa7 Qd5


33.f4 gxf4 34.Qb8+ Kg7 35.Qxf4 Qxa2 36.Qg4+ Kf7 37.Qd7+ Kg6 38.Kg2 Qf7 39.Qg4+ Kh6 40.Qh4+ Kg7 41.Qg4+ Kf8 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qg4+ Kf8, draw.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 8/15/2019

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

Round One: English Opening

Dylan Singer (USCF 1805) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/15/2019

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.O-O e6 6.e3 Nge7 7.d4 cxd4 8.exd4 d5 9.b3 dxc4 10.Bb2 cxb3 11.Qxb3 O-O 12.Rd1 Nd5 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Ne7 15.Bb4 Re8 16.Rac1 Nd5


17.Bc5 b6 18.Ba3 Bb7 19.Ne5 Rac8 20.Nc4 Bf8 21.Bxf8 Rxf8 22.Qa3 a6 23.Qd6 b5 24.Qxd8+ Rfxd8 25.Na5 Ba8 26.Nb3 b4 27.Nc5 Nc3 28.Bxa8 Rxa8 29.Rd2 Rxd4 30.Rxd4 Ne2+ 31.Kg2 Nxd4 32.Rc4 Rc8


33.Rxd4 Rxc5 34.Rxb4 a5 35.Rb2 h5 36.Kf3 Kg7 37.Ke4 Rd5 38.a4 f5+ 39.Ke3 Kf6 40.Rb5 Rxb5 41.axb5 Ke5 42.b6 Kd6 43.b7 Kc7 44.Kd4 Kxb7 45.Kc5 a4 46.Kb4 Kc6 47.Kxa4 Kd5 48.f4 e5 49.fxe5 Kxe5


50.Kb3 Ke4 51.h3 Kf3 52.g4 fxg4 53.hxg4 hxg4, White resigns.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

FIDE Mondays 8/12/2019

This game was played on Monday at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Neel Yerramilli (USCF 1850), Marshall Chess Club 8/12/2019

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Ne7 O-O O-O 7.Re1 Bf5 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 c6 11.Nbd2 Re8 12.Bg3 Bxg3 13.hxg3 Nd7 14.Re3 Ng6 15.Rae1 Rxe3 16.Qxe3 Ndf8


17.a4 Kf7 18.Nb3 Qe7 19.Qc3 Qd6 20.Kf1 Nd7 21.Re3 b6 22.Qe1 Qf8 23.a5 Re8 24.axb6 axb6 25.Rxe8 Qxe8 26.Qxe8+ Kxe8 27.Ke2 Ke7 28.Nh4 Nxh4 29.gxh4 Kd6 30.g3 Nf8 31.c3 Ne6 32.Ke3 Nc7


33.Nc1 Ne6 34.Nd3 Ke7 35.f4 g6 36.g4 Ng7 37.Kf3 Ke6 38.b3 h6 39.Nb4 Kd6 40.Nc2 Ke6 41.Ne3 f5 42.g5 hxg5 43.hxg5 Ne8 44.Ng2 Nd6 45.Ke3 Nc8 46.Nh4 Ne7 47.Nf3 Kd6 48.Ne5 Ke6 49.Kd3 Kd6


50.c4 c5 51.dxc5+ bxc5 52.cxd5 Kxd5 53.Ke3 Ke6 54.Kd3 Kd5 55.Nf3 Nc6 56.Nh4 Ne7 57.Ng2 Kc6 58.Kc3, draw.



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

From Edison with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] sends this game from the Edison quads.

Round Three: Philidor Counter Gambit

Errol Singh (USCF 1941) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2083), Edison NJ 8/10/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.h3 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Nc3 f4 6.d4 Qf6 7.d5 c5 8.Nb5 Qe7 9.c4 a6 10.Nc3 Nf6 11.Be2 Qf7 12.Qd3 h6 13.Bd2 g5 14.O-O-O Qc7 15.Kb1 Bg7


16.Nh2 h5 17.Nf3 Nh7 18.g3 Nd7 19.gxf4 exf4 20.e5 Nxe5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Bxh5+ Kd8 23.h4 g4 24.Bg6 Qg7 25.Na4 Nf8 26.Ba5+ Ke7 27.h5 Nxg6 28.hxg6 Kf6 29.Qe2 Bf5+ 30.Ka1 Qxg6 31.Nb6 Rae8


32.Bc3 Rxh1 33.Rxh1 Kg5 34.Rg1 Rh8, draw.



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 3, 8/10/2019

On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-1-1 in the quads at Edison.

Round Three: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox Variation

Aarush Tippa (USCF 1472) - Jim West (USCF 2210), Edison NJ 8/10/2019

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.Be3 Re8 9.d5 Nd4 10.Bd3 Bg4 11.Be2 Nxe2+ 12.Qxe2 Nh5 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Qe7 15.Rfe1 a6 16.a3 b6 17.b4 a5 18.b5 Nf4


19.Bxf4 exf4 20.Rac1 Bxc3 21.Rxc3 Qe5 22.a4 f5 23.g3 fxg3 24.Qxg3 Qxg3+ 25.fxg3 Re5 26.Rce3 Rae8 27.Kf2 fxe4 28.g4 g5 29.Kg3 Kg7 30.Rf1 R8e7 31.h4 h6 32.h5 Rf7 33.Rfe1 Rf4 34.R1e2 Kf6 35.Re1 Rf3+


36.Rxf3 exf3 37.Rxe5 Kxe5 38.Kxf3 Kd4 39.Ke2 Kxc4 40.Ke3 Kxd5 41.Kd3 c6 42.bxc6 Kxc6 43.Kd4 b5 44.axb5+ Kxb5 45.Kd5 a4 46.Kxd6 a3 47.Ke6 a2 48.Kf6 a1=Q+, White resigns.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Edison Quads, Round 2, 8/10/2019

On Saturday, I drew this game in the quads at Edison.

Round 2: King Pawn Opening

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2083), Edison NJ 8/10/2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.d3 dxe4 4.dxe4 Bd6 5.Bd3 Qe7 6.Nc3 c6 7.h3 h6 8.Be3 Be6 9.a4 Nd7 10.Qe2 g5 11.Nd2 Bc5 12.Bc4 Bxe3 13.Qxe3 Ngf6 14.Qe2 Nf8 15.Bb3 Bxb3 16.Nxb3 Ne6 17.O-O-O Nf4


18.Qf3 Ng6 19.g3 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Qe3 b6 22.a5 Kc7 23.Rd1 Rd8 24.axb6+ axb6 25.Rxd8 Qxd8 26.Na4 Kb7 27.Nc3, draw.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 4, 8/8/2019

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

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Leonardo Liu (USCF 2000), Marshall Chess Club 8/8/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 h5 12.O-O-O Ne5 13.Bg5 b5 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Nd5 Re8


17.Rxh5 gxh5 18.Qh2 gxf3 19.Qxh5 Bg4 20.Qh4 Qd7 21.Rh1 Ng6 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Bh6 Bxh6+ 24.Qxh6+ Kg8 25.Nxe7+, Black resigns.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 2, 8/8/2019

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

Round Two: Pirc Defense

Ahmet Shapiro-Erciyas (USCF 2117) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/8/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nbd7 7.O-O-O Nb6 8.g4 b4 9.Nb1 a5 10.h4 h5


11.gxh5 Nxh5 12.Bh2 Bh6 13.f4 d5 14.Nf3 Bg4 15.Qg2 Nxf4, White resigns.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Thursday Action, Round 1, 8/8/2019

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

Round One: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Kyle Anderson (USCF 1890), Marshall Chess Club 8/8/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 Bg7 4.g3 e6 5.Bg2 Ne7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nbd2 d5 8.Re1 Nbc6 9.e5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nd4 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.Nf3 Nc6 13.Bf4 Bd7 14.a3 a5 15.h4 h5


16.Ng5 Ne7 17.g4 hxg4 18.Qxg4 Rfc8 19.Rac1 Qb6 20.b3 Rc6 21.h5 Rac8 22.Re2 a4 23.b4 Rc3 24.hxg6 Nxg6 25.Bg3 Rxd3 26.Bxd5 Rxa3 27.Be4 Bb5 28.Rd2 Rxg3+ 29.Qxg3 Bxe5 30.Qh3 Bg7, Black forfeits.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Results of Simul by Washington State AG

National master Bobby Ferguson [pictured] finished with a score of 14-1-3.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

FIDE Mondays 8/5/2019

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

Round One: English Opening

Fikirte Hunt (USCF 1899) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 8/5/2019

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.O-O O-O 9.Nc3 Rb8 10.Qc2 c5 11.Rb1 d6 12.a3 a5 13.Bd2 Bd7 14.Rfd1 Qb6 15.b3 Rfc8


16.Na2 Ng4 17.Nc3 e6 18.Be1 Ne5 19.Ne4 d5 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Rxd5 Bf5 22.Bc3 Re8 23.Rbd1 Qxb3 24.Qxb3 Rxb3 25.Bxa5 Bxe4 26.Bxe4 Nc6 27.Bc2 Rxa3 28.Bb6 Nd4 29.Bxc5 Nxc2 30.Bxa3 Nxa3


31.Rd8 Rxd8 32.Rxd8+ Bf8 33.e4 Nc4, draw.