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James R West
Number of games in database: 11
Years covered: 1989 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 1929 (2031 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2227
Overall record: +3 -5 =3 (40.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-25-1951, 68 years old) United States of America

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 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J R West vs Ashley 0-1391989Chicago opB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. J R West vs Joel Benjamin 0-135199119th World OpenB06 Robatsch
3. J R West vs E Winslow  1-0351993New York openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. S Wanetick vs J R West  0-1301999US Amateur Team EastB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. J R West vs J Chudnovsky  ½-½301999US Amateur Team EastC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Yudasin vs J R West  1-0362003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
7. J R West vs E Kopiecki 0-1782003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
8. L Zukoff vs J R West 0-1702003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
9. J R West vs F Paciulli  ½-½942003Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
10. C Bean vs J R West 1-0342006gm 30 MarshallA80 Dutch
11. J R West vs C Jacobs  ½-½422010NY June Action!B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | West wins | West loses  

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Mar-01-09  Dmaster995: This is Jim West, the blogger and NJ chess master.
Feb-13-10  Poisonpawns: Here is a game I played against west in 2006. I will never forget, he would not shake my hand after the game. I thought that wasn`t cool. When he had beat me a few years before, I shook his hand and went over the game.Anyway this game was inspired by the famous Korchnoi vs Kanel. I was intrigued with early h3 in the dutch at the time.So I gave it a whirl against NM West. [Event "gm 30 Marshall"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2006.03.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "C.Bean"]
[Black "J.West"2200]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A80"]
[WhiteElo "1837"]
[BlackElo "2200"]
[PlyCount "67"]

1. d4 f5 2. h3 d5 3. Nc3 c6 4. g4 fxg4 5. hxg4 Bxg4 6. f3 Be6 7. Qd3 Qd6 8. Be3 Nf6 9. O-O-O Na6 10. Qd2 Qd7 11. Bf4 g6 12. e4 dxe4 13. Bxa6 bxa6 14. fxe4 Bg7 15. Nf3 Nh5 16. Be5 Bg4 17. Bxg7 Nxg7 18. Ne5 Qe6 19. Rdg1 Bh5 20. Rf1 Rg8 21. Nf7 Nf5 22. Ng5 Qc4 23. exf5 gxf5 24. b3 Qb4 25. Rxh5 O-O-O 26. Nf3 c5 27. d5 e6 28. Kb2 exd5 29. Qh6 d4 30. Qc6+ Kb8 31. Nd5 Rxd5 32. Qxd5 Qc3+ 33. Kb1 Rg2 34. Nxd4 1-0

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  GrahamClayton: An excellent biography and games can be found at:

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  whiteshark: Here's his remarkable chess blog:
Premium Chessgames Member <Poisonpawns> This is old news, but Mr. West has responded to your anecdote through his blog:

<I have no recollection of ever refusing to shake an opponent's hand, either before or after a game, in nearly 40 years of tournament play. As a chess coach, I teach my students to shake their opponent's hand, regardless of the outcome of the game. Very often when I resign a game, my resignation takes the form of a handshake.>

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  perfidious: <The Wild Wild West>.
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  GrahamClayton: Interesting to note that West has written a book on the "Philidor Counter-Gambit" 1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 f5, as well as playing it for a long time, but none of these games as Black are in the database.
Dec-07-15  Granny O Doul: I haven't played in tournaments for a while. Are people yet bumping fists to indicate resignation or acceptance of a draw offer?
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  perfidious: <Granny> Never saw that in my day--closest I came was, on being eliminated just short of the money in a live poker event some years ago, having the player who thereby benefited whoop it up.

The difference between making a grand and nothing must have been life-changing....

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