Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sinquefield Cup 2014 in "Slate"

[photo by Lennart Ootes]

In Slate, Seth Stevenson reports from the Sinquefield Cup 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Knockouts Weather Storm versus Nor'easters

In week four of the U.S. Chess League, the New Jersey Knockouts came in from the rain and drew their match against the New England Nor'easters.

Exciting games are in the forecast for boards one, two, three, and four.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Marshall September Under 2300 9/13/2014

On Saturday, I won these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

John Walton (FIDE 1608) - Jim West (FIDE 2051), Marshall Chess Club 9/13/2014

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Qc2 c6 11.e4 Be6 12.b3 Qc7 13.h3 Rfe8 14.Na4 Nd7 15.Bb2 Rac8 16.Qe2 Bf8 17.Rac1 Nc5

18.Ba3 Nxb3 19.axb3 Bxa3 20.Ra1 Bf8 21.Rfd1 Rcd8 22.Nb2 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Rxd8 Qxd8 25.Qe3 Qd4 26.Qe2 Qc3 27.Nd3 Qxb3 28.Nxe5 Bg7 29.Ng4 Qxc4, White resigns.

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Round Three: King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2051) - Jason Margiotta (FIDE 1949), Marshall Chess Club 9/13/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O Bg4 8.h3 Be6 9.Re1 Bf6 10.Nbd2 Nb6 11.a4 a5 12.Ne4 Be7 13.Neg5 Bxg5 14.Nxg5 Bd5 15.Nf3 O-O 16.b3 f6 17.Bb2 Qd7

18.Kh2 Rad8 19.Qd2 Be6 20.Rad1 Bd5 21.c4 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Nd4 23.Bxd4 Qxd4 24.Re4 Qc5 25.d4 Qe7 26.Qxa5 Ra8 27.Qc3 Nd7 28.dxe5 Nxe5 29.Bg2 Qa3 30.Re3 c6 31.f4 Nf7 32.c5, Black resigns.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chess Column Moving On-line in October

According to an e-mail from the assistant editor at the Newark Star-Ledger, "the chess column is moving to a new home, but on-line. Beginning in mid-October (a date is being finalized), you can find it every week at"

Presumably the chess column will be the one written by Steve Doyle and Pete Tamburro because Shelby Lyman's syndicated column does not cover chess inside New Jersey.

[Update from the assistant editor at the Newark Star-Ledger: "I've confirmed with the editor of Inside Jersey magazine that the chess column that will appear on-line beginning in mid-October will be the one prepared by Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle."]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Essex & Union Counties with Lev

Candidate master Lev Zilbermintz [pictured] has sent a letter to the Newark Star-Ledger regarding the Sunday chess column.

16 September 2014 

Dear Editor, 

It is with shock and disgust that I learned that the Star-Ledger replaced long-time chess columnists Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle with Shelby Lyman. Excuse me, but the Star-Ledger has no idea how a chess column should be written! 

Both Peter and Steven have been writers of the column for many years. In fact, Mr. Doyle founded the Star-Ledger chess column back in 1987. He also is an esteemed tournament director, having directed numerous chess tournaments in New Jersey/New York area. 

You, editors, have to remember that Peter and Steven attempt to reach out to chess players of all ranks. The games published in their columns are mostly amateur games. I myself had a game published recently. Other chess players began their chess careers reading the chess columns of Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle.

Bring back Peter Tamburro and E. Steven Doyle!! 

Lev D. Zilbermintz 

Chess Champion of Essex County since 1995 

Chess Champion of Union County 2014

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Yesterday afternoon, I phoned NJ Advance Media and spoke with Enrique Lavin, formerly of the Star-Ledger where he was responsible for the Sunday chess column.

Enrique explained that the Star-Ledger is cutting back on its freelance writers because the newspaper can no longer afford the man-hours to edit them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Newark Star-Ledger" Chess Column

Newark Star-Ledger chess columnist Pete Tamburro e-mails, as follows.

To friends of chess in NJ, 

If you bought the Star-Ledger this morning, you will see that Steve and I have been replaced by the syndicated "Chess" column by Shelby Lyman. If you want NJ chess news to appear in the newspaper again, it would be a big help if you wrote to the editor/publisher and the letter to the editor page about this. Some of you have had your games published or your kids' games published or just like to read state chess news. If you have a personal reference, please mention it. Form letters don't work. Please encourage your chess friends to write. 



The respective e-mails:

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Could the decision by the Star-Ledger be an overreaction to the Thomas Elberling tragedy, which has attracted international attention?

A special fund has been set up to preserve the memory of this talented 11-year-old.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Distributor and Premiere for "Pawn Sacrifice"

[photo by Fred Thornhill]

On Wednesday, the North American rights to Pawn Sacrifice were acquired by Bleecker Street.

A day later, the world premiere of the docudrama took place at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pix from September Grand Prix 9/7/2014

On Sunday, I took these pictures during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kings Dethroned by Knockouts

In week three of the USCL, the Atlanta Kings were dethroned by the New Jersey Knockouts.

Attend the palace coups on boards one, two, three, and four.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Marshall September Grand Prix 9/7/2014

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

Round Four: Larsen's Opening

Jim West (FIDE 2051) - Wesley Wang (FIDE 1801), Marshall Chess Club 9/7/2014

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 a6 4.f4 d6 5.Nf3 e6 6.a4 Be7 7.Be2 b6 8.O-O Bb7 9.Qe1 O-O 10.Na3 Nbd7

11.h3 Bc6 12.g4 h6 13.g5 hxg5 14.Nxg5 Ne4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Bf3 Bxf3 17.Rxf3 Bh4 18.Qc1 e5 19.Kh2 e4 20.Rf1 d5 21.Rg1 Bf6

22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Rg5 Qe6 24.Qg1 g6 25.Qg3 Kh7 26.Rg1 Rg8 27.f5 Qe5 28.fxg6+ Rxg6 29.Qxe5, Black resigns.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Marshall September Grand Prix 9/6/2014

On Saturday, I drew all three games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.

Round One: English Opening

Andrew Feldheim (USCF 1840) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/6/2014

1.Nf3 d6 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.Nc3 e5 7.d3 Nbd7 8.Bd2 a5 9.a3 Nc5 10.Rb1 a4 11.Be3 Nfd7 12.Nd2 f5 13.Nd5 c6 14.Nb4 f4

15.Bxc5 Nxc5 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 Bh3 18.Bg2 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Qf6 20.b3 axb3 21.Qxb3 f3+ 22.exf3 Qxf3+ 23.Kg1 Kh8 24.Nc2 Rab8 25.Ne1 Qg4 26.Qd1 Qxd1 27.Rxd1 Ra8 28.Nc2 d5 29.cxd5 cxd5

30.Rb1 Rf7 31.Rb5 Rd7 32.Rfb1 Ra7 33.R1b3 Bf8 34.Nb4 Bxb4 35.R5xb4 Kg7 36.Rb6 Kf7 37.f4 exf4 38.gxf4 Kg7 39.Kf2 Rf7 40.Ke3 Ra4 41.Rxb7 Raxf4 42.Rxf7+ Rxf7 43.a4 Ra7 44.Ra3 Kf6 45.Kf4 g5+ 46.Ke3 Ke5 47.d4+ Kf5

48.a5 Ra6 49.h3 h5 50.Ra2 g4 51.hxg4 hxg4 52.Ra1 Kg5 53.Ra2 Kh4 54.Kf2 g3+ 55.Kg2 Kg4 56.Ra3 Kf4 57.Ra4, draw.

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Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Jim West (FIDE 2051) - Matthew Miyasaka (FIDE 1977), Marshall Chess Club 9/6/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nbd2 Bd7 8.a4 Rb8 9.Nc4 Ng4 10.h3 Nge5 11.Nfxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.c3 Qc8 14.f4 Bg7

15.g4 h5 16.f5 hxg4 17.hxg4 c4 18.Qf3 gxf5 19.gxf5 cxd3 20.Qxd3 b5 21.Bf4 bxa4 22.Qg3 Bf6 23.Rab1 Rb3 24.Rfd1 Qb8 25.Qd3 Bb5 26.Qe3 Bc4 27.e5 Bxe5 28.Bc6+ Kf8 29.Bh6+ Bg7 30.Bxg7+ Kxg7 31.Qd4+ f6 32.Qxc4 d5

33.Qg4+ Kf8 34.Bxd5 Qh2+ 35.Kf1 Rb8 36.Rd3 Rd8 37.Qf3 Rxd5 38.Rxd5 Qh1+ 39.Qxh1 Rxh1+ 40.Ke2 Rxb1 41.Ra5 Rxb2+ 42.Kd3 Ra2 43.Rxa7 a3 44.Ra5 Kg7 45.Ra7 Kh6 46.Rxe7 Kg5 47.Ra7 Kxf5

48.c4 Rh2 49.c5 Ke5 50.c6 Kd6 51.c7 Kd7 52.Ke4 a2 53.Kf5 Rf2+ 54.Ke4 Rc2 55.Kf5 Rxc7 56.Rxa2 Ke7 57.Ra6 Rc5+ 58.Kf4 Kf7 59.Ra3 Kg6 60.Kf3 Kg5 61.Kf2 Rc4 62.Rb3 f5 63.Ra3 Rh4 64.Rb3 f4 65.Ra3 Kg4 66.Rb3 Rh2+ 67.Kg1 Re2 68.Kf1 Ra2

69.Rc3 Ra1+ 70.Kf2 Rh1 71.Kg2 Re1 72.Kf2 Re4 73.Ra3 Rb4 74.Rc3 Rb2+ 75.Kf1 f3 76.Rc8, draw.

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Round Three: Pirc Defense

Ed Kopiecki (FIDE 2016) - Jim West (FIDE 2051), Marshall Chess Club 9/6/2014

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nbd7 7.a4 b4 8.Nd1 a5 9.c3 bxc3 10.bxc3 Bg7 11.Bh6 Bxh6 12.Qxh6 Qb6 13.Nh3 Ba6 14.Kf2 Bxf1 15.Rxf1 e5 16.Kg1 exd4 17.cxd4 Qxd4+ 18.Ndf2 Qe5

19.Rac1 c5 20.Rfd1 Rb8 21.Qd2 Rb4 22.Qxd6 Qxd6 23.Rxd6 Ke7 24.Rc6 Rxa4 25.Nd3 Rb8 26.Nxc5 Nxc5 27.R6xc5 Rb2 28.Rc7+ Ke8 29.Rc8+ Ke7 30.R8c7+ Ke8, draw.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thomas Elberling 2003-2014

Above is the only photo I could find of Thomas Elberling [pictured, left].

Thomas defeated me in the last game that we played.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Thomas Elberling (USCF 2133), Rahway NJ 5/31/2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.f4 Nbd7 9.f5 Nc5 10.Qf3 Qc7 11.Be3 b4 12.Na4 e5 13.Ne2 Bd7

14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.Bc4 Bc6 16.Ng3 Qb7 17.Bd3 c4 18.Bxc4 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Bxe4 20.Qf2 Bxg2 21.Rg1 Bf3 22.Rg3 e4 23.Bd4 f6 24.Be6 Bd6 25.Rg1 Qe7 26.c4 bxc3 27.bxc3 Rb8 28.Qc2 Be5 29.Qa4+ Kf8 30.Bxe5 fxe5

31.Qc4 Qh4+ 32.Rg3 Qe7 33.Qd5 Qc7 34.c4 Rd8 35.Rb1 Rxd5 36.Bxd5 Qa5+ 37.Kf1 Ke7 38.Rxg7+ Kd6 39.Rbb7 Kc5 40.f6 Qd2 41.Rgc7+ Kd4 42.Rg7 Qe2+, White resigns.