Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pix from October Under 2300 10/19/2014

On Sunday, I photographed the players during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, October 24, 2014

"My Thoughts on Movies" Interview

Pawn Sacrifice director Ed Zwick and actor Tobey Maguire are interviewed at My Thoughts on Movies.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barbosa, Paragua at "Chess Mates" Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, October 26th, grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua will give a lesson and simultaneous exhibition at Chess Mates.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweepless in Seattle

In week nine of the USCL, the heavyweight bout between the New Jersey Knockouts and the Seattle Sluggers proved to be not much of a contest.

With but a single draw, NJKO nearly got swept on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marshall October Under 2300 10/19/2014

On Sunday, my opponent blundered a piece in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2044) - Paul Rachlin (FIDE 1900), Marshall Chess Club 10/19/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Re8 10.h4 b6 11.Nf1 Bb7 12.Bf4 h6 13.h5 f6 14.Bh3 Nf8

15.N1h2 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Bg5 17.Qg4 Bxf4 18.Qxf4 Qf6 19.Qe3 Nxe5 20.Qxe5 Qxe5 21.Rxe5 d4 22.Rae1 Bd5 23.f4 Kf7 24.f5 exf5 25.Rxf5+ Kg8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rxd5, Black resigns.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marshall October Under 2300 10/18/2014

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

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jose De Villa (FIDE 1847) - Jim West (FIDE 2044), Marshall Chess Club 10/18/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Qe2 Nbd7 9.h3 b5 10.Be3 Bb7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Rd1 O-O 13.O-O Re8 14.Nh2 Nc5

15.Bxc5 Rxc5 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.Qxg4 Qc8 18.Qg3 Qe6 19.Be2 Qg6 20.Qd3 Rec8 21.Bg4 Rxc3 22.bxc3 Bxe4 23.Qg3 f5 24.Bf3 Qxg3 25.fxg3 Rxc3 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Rfe1 Rxa3 28.Rxe4 Kf7 29.Kh2 Ke6

30.Re2 d5 31.Red2 d4 32.Rd3 Ra2 33.c3 Bf6 34.cxd4 exd4 35.Rc1 Kd5 36.Rc8 b4 37.Rb3 a5 38.Rf3 a4 39.Rf5+ Ke6 40.Rb5 b3 41.Rc6+ Kf7 42.Rb7+ Kg6 43.h4 h5 44.Rb5 Rc2 45.Ra6 Rc4 46.Rg5+ Kh6

47.Rb5 d3 48.Rd5 b2 49.Rb6 a3 50.Rxd3 a2 51.g4 Rxg4, White resigns.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Camejo - O'Connor

For the first time, Michael O'Connor [pictured] broke 1900 last weekend in a tournament at Chess Mates.

Round Three: French Defense, Tarrasch Variation

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2061) - Michael O'Connor (USCF 1888), Rahway NJ 10/11/2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nb3 d4 10.Nf3 Bb6 11.Bb5 O-O 

12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Nfxd4 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Qh4 15.Kf1 Ba6 16.Kg1 c5 17.Nf3 c4 18.Nbd4 Qe4 19.Kf2 Rad8 20.Be3 f5

21.Qc2 Rxd4 22.Nxd4 Bxd4 23.Qxe4 fxe4 24.Kg3 Bxe3 25.Rhf1 Rxf1 26.Rxf1 c3, White resigns.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pix from Sunday Game/45 10/12/2014

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Pawn Sacrifice" Screening at TIFF

Footage from the screening of Pawn Sacrifice at the Toronto International Film Festival is presented by Red Carpet Diary.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

From New Jersey with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] sends this e-mail, regarding the chess column in The New York Times.

To The New York Times:

I have heard from sources that you are considering eliminating the chess column. This is a disgraceful decision, a slap in the face to history and chess players worldwide. Not sure if you know your own history, but there has been a NYT chess column since 1855. 

On the behalf of chess players from Essex and Union counties in New Jersey, I demand that The New York Times keep its chess column. Because, if the column is not preserved, some chess players might stop reading The New York Times

Respectfully yours, 

Lev D. Zilbermintz 

Chess Champion of Essex County since 1995 

Chess Champion of Union County 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Knights Unshielded against Knockouts

In week eight of the United States Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts moved into first place in the East by piercing the armor of the New York Knights.

Follow the battles royal on boards one, two, three, and four.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Checkmate for "NY Times" Chess Column

Today I sent this e-mail to


I am a national master and chess blogger.  Is it really true that The New York Times is "considering eliminating the chess column in order to keep freelance costs in line," as another blogger has reported?  Please advise. 

 Jim West

[Update from Danielle: "Yes, that is correct.  A final decision has not been made yet, though."]