Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tuesday Lecture at Marshall CC by GM Rohde

Former U.S. champion, grandmaster Michael Rohde, will lecture at the Marshall Chess Club on a topic of his own choosing.


Tuesday, November 25th

Open to members and their guests

Refreshments will be served.

Marshall Chess Club
23 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone 212-477-3716
Fax 212-995-9281

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pix from Sunday Game/45 11/16/2014

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


Friday, November 21, 2014

Pix from Saturday Game/60 11/15/2014

During Saturday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I snapped these photos.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Flower Man Back in Business

[photo by Michael Appleton]

Sonny Gibbs has reclaimed his corner in the park.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

41 Attend NJ All-Girls Chess Camp

Dear Jim,

Thank you for helping post the message and the flyer on your blog. The NJ All-Girls Chess Camp was a great success, with 41 girls from 9 counties in New Jersey.

Maryia Oreshko, Angelica Chin, and I were happy to meet these wonderful girls and introduce them to the wonderland of chess. Together, we had lots of fun in two days. Thanks to the help of the NJSCF, every girl took home a chess set so she can continue playing chess at home.

You can find more information and photos at:

There is also an article on the USCF website that nicely covers the camp:

I am planning one or more small follow-up activities for the more than 60 girls on the waiting list, and the camp for next year.  Then I will need your help again.

Thank you again!

Alice Dong

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tourney at Washington Avenue School

[mural by art teacher Kenji Hasegawa]

On Monday afternoon, the fall 2014 session ended at Washington Avenue School, in the after school enrichment class on chess, coached by me on behalf of Enrich and Grow Academy.

The tournament finished in a tie for first and second places between Alexander Coutras and Liam Kirby. When their playoff match was drawn, the two were declared co-winners of the tournament. Third place went to Lily Hekmat, who won her playoff game against Noah Gicas.

The top three players received trophies, in addition to the chess medals that were awarded to all ten students.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Marshall Sunday Game/45 11/16/2014

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

Round Two: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2202) - Ed Kopiecki (USCF 2013), Marshall Chess Club 11/16/2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Qf6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.Nc4 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Qxf3 11.gxf3 Ng6 12.Rd1 O-O-O 13.Be3 Be7 14.Kf1 Bf6 15.Ke2 Rhe8

16.a4 Nf4+ 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.c3 c5 19.a5 g6 20.Rd2 Rd7 21.Rad1 Red8 22.Kf1 Bg7 23.e5 Rd5 24.d4 cxd4 25.Rxd4 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.cxd4 Kd7 28.d5 Bf8 29.Ke2 Bc5 30.Kd3 Bxf2 31.Ke4 Bg3 32.Nd2 Be1 33.Nb3 Bb4 34.Kxf4 c6

35.Ke4 cxd5+ 36.Kxd5 Bf8 37.Nd2 Bb4 38.Nc4 Ke7 39.b3 Kd7 40.Nb6+ Ke7 41.Nc4 Kd7 42.f4 Ke7 43.Nd6 Bxa5 44.Nxb7 Bd2 45.Nc5 a5 46.Ke4 Bb4 47.Nd3 Ke6 48.Nxb4 axb4 49.h4 f6 50.exf6 Kxf6 51.Ke3 Kf5 52.Kf3 Kf6 53.Ke3 Kf5 54.Kf3 Kf6, draw.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Marshall Saturday Game/60 11/15/2014

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

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian Attack

Daniel Vasserman (USCF 1965) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 11/15/2014

1.Nf3 d6 2.d3 c5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.c3 Nc6 6.O-O Nf6 7.e4 O-O 8.Re1 Bg4 9.Nbd2 Ne8 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 e5 12.Be3 Nc7 13.Qd2 Ne6

14.Bh6 Qf6 15.h4 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Qg7 17.Qxg7+ Kxg7 18.Ng5 Nxg5 19.hxg5 f6 20.gxf6+ Rxf6 21.f3 g5 22.Kf2 Raf8 23.Ke3 Rh6 24.Rh1 Rff6 25.Rxh6 Rxh6 26.Rh1 Rxh1 27.Bxh1 Kf6 28.Bg2 h5 29.Bh3 h4 30.gxh4 gxh4

31.Bc8 b6 32.Bd7 Nb8 33.Bg4 Kg5 34.b4 cxb4 35.cxb4 Nc6 36.b5 Nd4 37.Bd7 Nc2+ 38.Kd2 Na3 39.Ke3 Nb1 40.Be6 Nc3 41.Bc4 h3 42.Kf2 Kf4 43.Be6 h2 44.Kg2 Nxb5 45.Kxh2 Kxf3 46.Kg1 Ke3 47.Bh3 Nc3 48.Kf1 Kxd3 49.Ke1 Nxa2 50.Kd1, White resigns.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Location for DOCA

The Dean of Chess Academy has a new address [pictured]: 3322 Route 22 West/Building 15/Suite 1501/Branchburg NJ 08876.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Identity Theft at the USCF

On Sunday, November 2nd, someone pretending to be James R. West went to the USCF website and renewed my membership for one more year, using my ID number.  Then he changed my e-mail address and mailing address to his.  On Monday, November 3rd, I looked up my rating at the USCF website and was surprised to find that I was now a resident of New York!  I phoned the USCF immediately, and they corrected my e-mail address, mailing address, and expiration date.

Then yesterday, November 13th, the troll sent an e-mail to the USCF requesting that my e-mail address and mailing address be changed again to his.  And they made the same mistake!  This time, I received an e-mail from the USCF notifying me that my personal information had been changed.  Once again, I phoned the USCF and got them to reverse their error.  By the end of the day, I received another e-mail from the USCF advising that my ID number had been locked, meaning that in the future my personal information can be changed only if I contact them directly by phone; or, in other words, no more trolling!

Apparently the identity thief wants a membership card from the USCF with my name and ID number on it so that he can pretend to me at tournaments or pass himself off as a chess master to unsuspecting students.  Tournament directors, beware!  An impostor is on the loose.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arch Bishops So Much Better Than NJKO

In the quarterfinals of the U.S. Chess League, led by GM Wesley So, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops said, "So long" to the New Jersey Knockouts, knocking them out of the playoffs.

The games were so good on boards one, two, three, and four.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pix from Marshall November Grand Prix

These pictures were taken by me, during the weekend tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.