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Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Jim West Talks Chess: Columbia Academy Videos from September 21st On Saturday, September 21st, I lectured at eprof for Columbia Academy on game 6 of the 1972 world chess championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.   Briefly I discussed Reti-Tartakower, Vienna 1910. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-columbia-academy-videos-from-september-21stSun, 29 Sep 2013 03:07:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-columbia-academy-videos-from-september-21stJim West Talks Chess: King's Indian Attack Chess lessons can be a learning experience for the coach as well as the student!  I teach my students to play the King's Indian Attack as White to avoid the necessity of studying countless openings.  At the New Jersey Open 2013, I tried it myse...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-kings-indian-attackSat, 07 Sep 2013 05:10:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-kings-indian-attackJim West Talks Chess: Video of My Columbia Academy Class @ eprofYou can watch the video of my introductory chess class, from May 25th, for Columbia Academy at eprof.com. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-video-of-my-chess-class-for-columbia-academy--eprofWed, 31 Jul 2013 05:45:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-video-of-my-chess-class-for-columbia-academy--eprofJim West Talks Chess: Videos of My PCG LectureOn August 14, 2012, I lectured on the Philidor Counter Gambit at the Marshall Chess Club.  You can watch videos of my lecture.  Here are parts one, two, and three. My lecture can be seen in high definition: parts one, two, three, and four. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-videos-of-my-pcg-lectureMon, 27 Aug 2012 06:44:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-videos-of-my-pcg-lectureJim West Talks Chess: Double Bishop Sacrifice in FajarowiczIn this game, playing the Fajarowicz variation, I checkmated my opponent after a double bishop sacrifice. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-double-b-sac-in-fajWed, 15 Aug 2012 05:59:43 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-double-b-sac-in-fajJim West Talks Chess: Missed Wins for Both SidesOn Saturday, my game at Hamilton NJ against national master Dragan Milovanovic [Black] ended in a draw, but not before both sides missed wins.              Milovanovic has just played 26...Nd3, attacking my bishop. The simplest way ...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-missed-wins-for-both-sidesWed, 02 Mar 2011 14:09:20 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-missed-wins-for-both-sidesJim West Talks Chess: Misplaying a Rook-and Pawn EndingAt the February 2010 quads in Hamilton, I reached this position as White in my game against NM Mark Kernighan.           Instead of moving my rook from b6 to e6, I should have advanced my pawn to a5 on move 52.  Black answered by playi...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-misplaying-a-rook-and-pawn-endingSun, 07 Mar 2010 06:58:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-misplaying-a-rook-and-pawn-endingJim West Talks Chess: Another Win in Valvo's LineOn Saturday, I defeated an international master with a line in the Sozin Attack against the Sicilian Najdorf that was analyzed in the 1980's by IM Mike Valvo. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-another-win-in-valvos-lineMon, 11 Jan 2010 00:52:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-another-win-in-valvos-lineJim West Talks Chess: Corner StalematesHere is the conclusion to my game as White against Noah Siegel [USCF 2294] from the USATE 2005.             Black has just played 69...Nf3. I played my only legal move 70.gxf3 when 70...Kf2 forced my resignation. Now take a look at m...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-corner-stalematesWed, 28 Oct 2009 02:14:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-corner-stalematesJim West Talks Chess: FIDE Rated Game in FajarowiczAt last month's Dean of Chess Academy TransNet FIDE Invitational, I drew this game against NM Arthur Feuerstein, whose lifetime score against Bobby Fischer is 1 loss and 3 draws.  It features the Fajarowicz variation in the Budapest defense.  US...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-fide-rated-game-in-fajarowiczThu, 20 Aug 2009 04:24:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-fide-rated-game-in-fajarowiczJim West Talks Chess: Double Bishop SacrificeRecently I played this game where I sacrificed my bishops to force a winning queen versus rook ending. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-double-bishop-sacrificeSun, 07 Jun 2009 22:57:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-double-bishop-sacrificeJim West Talks Chess: Alternatives to AltermanAt my Jim West On Chess blog, I have been using Chess Publisher to replay games.  But, for several weeks, the account of Chess Publisher has been suspended. The following are three games that are alternatives to GM Boris Alterman's video on t...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-alternatives-to-altermanMon, 13 Apr 2009 04:12:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-alternatives-to-altermanJim West Talks Chess: Larsen's Opening as WhiteLately I have been playing Larsen's Opening 1.b3 as White with success.  For one thing, it avoids many sharp variations that my opponents may have prepared against 1.e4.  Here is a recent example. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-larsens-opening-as-whiteSun, 15 Mar 2009 09:10:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-larsens-opening-as-whiteJim West Talks Chess: Larsen's Opening with 4...f5Against Larsen's Opening 1.b3, I have defended successfully by 1...b6 and 4...f5 with a Dutch Defense formation, as in this game. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-larsens-openingThu, 08 Jan 2009 03:42:24 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-larsens-openingJim West Talks Chess: Exciting Fajarowicz DrawRecently, I drew this exciting game against a master.  It featured the Fajarowicz Variation in the Budapest Defense.  I had to avoid some traps.  For instance, 19...Nxf2?? loses to the brilliant queen sacrifice 20.Qb4!!.  Later, 20...Ne1+? fai...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-exciting-fajarowicz-drawThu, 27 Nov 2008 08:24:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-exciting-fajarowicz-drawJim West Talks Chess: PCG with 4.Nc3 and 6.Neg5A critical variation in the Philidor Counter Gambit occurs after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Neg5.  Black is in trouble after 6...h6 7.Nf7 Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ or 6...e4 7.Ne5 Nh6 8.Nxe4.  So it looks like Black must play 6...exd4, a...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-pcg-with-4nc3-and-6neg5Sat, 04 Oct 2008 12:10:43 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-pcg-with-4nc3-and-6neg5Jim West Talks Chess: Grand Prix DefenseIn 1969, Bobby Fischer played a sharp pawn sacrifice 6...f4 in defending against the English Opening.  The same idea with colors reversed became the basis for the Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian Defense.  Recently I achieved a dra...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-grand-prix-defenseFri, 01 Aug 2008 10:17:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-grand-prix-defenseJim West Talks Chess: Sicilian Dragon, Soltis LineAgainst Andy Soltis's move ...h5 in the Yugoslav Attack, I have enjoyed success with a move order that was introduced by Anatoly Karpov at the Dubai Olympiad in 1986.  Here a couple of examples.http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-sicilian-dragon-soltis-lineThu, 03 Jul 2008 07:31:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-sicilian-dragon-soltis-lineJim West Talks Chess: Valvo's Line in Sozin AttackIn the 1980's, internatonal master Mike Valvo analyzed a sharp line in the Sozin Attack against the Sicilian Najdorf with which he defeated Orest Popovych.  I have bested many strong players by following Valvo&#39...http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-valvos-line-in-sozin-attackSun, 18 May 2008 07:55:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-valvos-line-in-sozin-attackJim West Talks Chess: Wild Fajarowicz DrawYesterday I played a wild game in the Fajarowicz variation that ended up drawn, but there were winning chances for both players along the way. http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-wild-fajarowicz-drawSun, 20 Apr 2008 13:12:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/JimWest/jim-west-talks-chess-wild-fajarowicz-draw