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Bulletin 2000-09

by on September 1, 2000

Queens Chess Bulletin

September, 2000


Peter Bierkens scored 3.5 of 4 to take clear first in the Spring Open. He won $200.

Brian Lawson and Tyrell Harriott each scored 3 and won $50 each.

Frank Drazil and Steve Chernick tied for the top Under 1700 prize with 2.5 and won $37.50 each.

For Bierkens the tournament continued his recent dominant run. Before the Spring Open he had tied for first in the Club Championship and he had also taken clear first in the Winter Open.


Brian Karen was the winner of this year’s seemingly endless Futurity. He scored 7 out of 9 to take first and $225.

Tyrell Harriott finished in 2nd place with 6.5 and won $125.

Brian Lawson, Justin Schoenberg, and Marian Waxman each scored 5 points and won $41.67 each.

The tournament took a long time to complete this year due to the rescheduling ofnumerous games and the difficulty some had in completing adjournedgames.Club President Ed Frumkin reports this year’s Futurity will probably be the last.


Grandmaster Alex Stripunsky, the first GM observers could recall playing at the Club, won the Summer Open with 3.5 of 4. He won $200 and 6 Grand Prix points.

Ed Frumkin and Bernie Hill tied for 2nd/3rd with 3 and won $50 each.

Tom Felle, playing Black, beat Frank Drazil in the final round to pull into a tie with Frank for the Under 1700 prize with 3 points. They each won $55.


Joe Felber swept through the Junior/Senior tournament this year with a perfect 4-0 score. Ed Kopiecki finished 2nd with 3 points.

The top Senior prize went to Marian Waxman, who finished with 2.5.

Tyrell Harriott also scored 2.5 to win the 19-36 prize, while Justin Schoenberg also made 2.5 to take the Under 19 prize.


I.M. Jay Bonin scored 4 out of 5 to take clear 1st in the August G/10. Bonin was held to draws in Rd. 1 against Edgar Cimafranca, and in Rd. 4 against Bernie Hill.

Cimafranca finished 2nd with 3.5, while Mohammed Siddiqullah took the class prize with 3.


Bernie Hill swept an August Quad with a perfect 3. The Quad was composed of Hill, Edgar Cimafranca, Justin Schoenberg, and Aliakbar Asar.

On the same night, Joel Vista also made a perfect score of 3 to take clear 1st in a six-player Swiss. Carl Aridas scored 2.5 to take 2nd.


Bernie Hill had another perfect score, 4-0, at the August G/45 Open. He won $66 for his efforts.

Ryan Margate scored 2.5 to take 2nd and $44, while Charlie Gisondi and Tyrell Harriott had 2 points to win $12 each.


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We start out this issue’s Games collection with two miniatures from Futurity winner Brian Karen. Remarkably, in a combined total of 26 moves Karen scored two points!

Karen,B (2025) – Lawson,B (2099) [B23]

7th Queens Futurity Jamaica (2), 2-18-00

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.0–0 Bg7 8.d3 Nh6 8.. Nf6 appears to be the standard move, although the text is playable. 9.Qe1 0–0 10.f5

e6?? Fritz gives 10.. gxf5 as maintaining the equilibrium. 11.f6 Qxf6 12.Bg5 1–0

Karen,B (2025) – Gisondi,C (1774) [B13]

7th Queens Futurity Jamaica (5), 3-10-00

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.d4 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Qxd4 8.Qxd4 Nxd4 9.0–0–0 e5 10.Nf3 Bd6? 10.. Nxf3 seems to be the most popular move here. 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Rxd4 Bc5 13.Bb5+ Bd7? [13…Ke7! 14.Nd5+ Kf8 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Rd2 And while White maintains the advantage, the game is far from over.] 14.Bxd7+ And Black resigned rather than face 14.. Nxd7, 15 Re1+. 1–0

Second place finisher Tyrell Harriott ended up a half-point behind Karen in the standings but swindled him over the board.

Harriott,T (1896) – Karen,B (2025) [A69]

7th Queens Futurity Jamaica (6), 3-24-00

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.f4 0–0 9.Nf3 Re8 10.Nd2 Nbd7 11.0–0 c4 12.Bxc4 Nc5 13.Qf3 13 e5, Re1, and Qc2 have all been tried here. The text is probably overambitious. 13…Bg4 14.Qg3 Ncxe4 15.Ncxe4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Rxe4 17.Bd3 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Be2 19.Bxe4 Bxf1 20.Be3 Qb5 21.f5 Bd3 22.Bxd3 Qxd3 23.fxg6 hxg6 24.Bf4 Qxd5 25.Bxd6 Bxb2 26.Rf1 Qxa2 And White is just down two pawns. 27.Qf2 Qc4 28.Rb1 Bd4 29.Qf3 Rc8 30.h4 Bg7 31.Bg3 b5 32.Qb7 Rc5 33.Qxa7 White wins back a pawn but Black is still up a solid pawn. 33…Rf5 34.Kh2

Be5?? An unfortunate tactical oversight for Black, which cost him the game but not the tournament. 34.. Bf6 keeps the win solidly in hand. 35.Bxe5 Qxh4+ 36.Kg1 Qd8 Of course 36.. Rxe5 is met by 37 Qb8+. 37.Qa1 Qe8 38.Re1 Kh7 39.g4 Rxe5 40.Qxe5 Qd7 41.g5 Qg4+ 42.Kf2 1–0

Club President Ed Frumkin scored a major coup outside the Queens Club by holding I.M. Jay Bonin to a draw at the Marshall Club Championship.

Frumkin,E (2062) – Bonin,J (2379) [A36]

Marshall CC Championship Marshall Chess Club (2), 5-27-00

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.e4 c5 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0–0 Ne8 8.d3 Nc7 9.Be3 Ne6 10.f4 10 Qd2 is the most popular move here, with 10 Rb1 a close second. A 1996 game from Germany, Libeau (2460) – Mann (2445), saw 10 g4. White lost in 37 moves. 10…f5 Simon Williams (2255) – Ronen Har Zvi (2505) continued 10.. Ned4 in a 1993 London game. Fritz also prefers 10.. Ned4 but the text is fine as well. 11.h3 d6 12.g4 Ned4 13.exf5 gxf5 14.g5 Rb8 15.Ng3 b6 16.Rf2 Bb7 17.h4 Qd7 18.Nh5 e6 19.Nxg7 Qxg7 20.Ne2 Nxe2+ 21.Qxe2 Rbe8 22.Re1 Rf7 23.Qc2 Nd4 24.Bxd4 Qxd4 25.Qc3 Qxc3 26.bxc3 Bxg2 27.Kxg2 e5 28.Rfe2 Rfe7 29.h5 Kf7 30.Kf3 Jay didn’t hear Ed’s draw offer here, although Lapshun and Shapiro, playing on the next board, did. 30…Kg7

And now Jay offered and Ed heard. Fritz likes White slightly better (about half a pawn’s worth) in the final position, probably due to White’s spatial advantage. ½–½

From the Club’s Junior/Senior Tournament, Joe Felber turns in this win over Ed Frumkin. Remarkably, just as Ed’s defeat seemed inevitable, he could’ve turned the tables on Joe with a surprising resource unearthed by Fritz.

Frumkin,E (2024) – Felber,J (2037) [B12]

Queens Junior/Senior (4)


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.dxc5 Nxe5 9.Nf4 Qa5 9.. a6 seems to be the most popular move here. 10.Bb5+ Nc6 11.Qe2 0–0–0 12.0–0–0 Nf6 13.a3 Be7 14.h4? Ed likes 14 Bd2 here. Fritz prefers 14 g5. 14…d4 15.h5 dxc3 16.hxg6 cxb2+ 17.Kxb2 Ne4? An inaccuracy, according to Fritz, which allows White to steal the game. Fritz wants 17.. Rxd1 here instead when Black holds his advantage. 18.Bxc6 Bf6+

19.Bd4? [19.Kb3!! An inhuman move that even Petrosian might doubt. Nevertheless, by throwing his King into the middle of the fray Fritz believes that White should win this game! 19…bxc6 (19…Qc3+ 20.Ka4 And White’s King is completely safe!) 20.Qc4 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Nc3 (21…Qc3+ 22.Qxc3 Nxc3 23.Rh1!) 22.Bd2 Qb5+ 23.Qxb5 Nxb5 24.gxf7 And White is in complete control.] 19…Rxd4 20.c3 Rd2+ 21.Rxd2 Qxc3+ 22.Ka2 Nxd2 23.Qb5 Qc2+ 0–1

Here’s the game that Joe says was his toughest of the Junior/Senior tournament. Annotations are by Joe, except where otherwise noted.

Felber,J (2037) – Bauer,A (1642) [C24]

Queens Junior/Senior (3)


1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 c6 4.dxe5 Qa5+ I missed this check, which occurs in the Bronstein-Larsen Caro also! 5.Nd2 The game departs from history here. Cochrane-Staunton (2nd Match Game, London, 1842) continued 5 c3 Qxe5, 6 Bd3 and Cochrane won in 49 moves. (Jay) 5…Qxe5 6.Ngf3 Qc7 7.0–0 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Re1+ Be7 10.Bd3 0–0 11.Nf1 Or 11 Nb3 intending 12 Nbd4. 11…Nc6 12.c3 Bg4 13.Ng3 h6?! Why weaken the King position here? 14.Nf5 Bc5 15.h3 Bh5 16.Be3 Bxe3 17.Rxe3 Rfe8 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Ng3 Bg6?! He’s probably better off with 19.. Bxf3 and 20.. Ne5. 20.Bxg6 fxg6 21.Qd3 Qf7 22.Re1 Rxe1+ 23.Nxe1 Qe6 24.Nf3 Ne4 25.Ne2 Qf7 26.a3 To play 27 c4 without allowing 27.. Nb4. 26…a6 27.c4 Nf6 28.cxd5 Qxd5 29.Qc2 Trading Queens is dead equal, so I try to conjure up something. It works! 29…Qf5 30.Qb3+ Qd5 31.Qxb7 Qd1+ 32.Kh2 Qxe2 33.Qxc6 Qxf2 34.b4 Qe2 35.Qd6 To move the Nf3 without allowing .. Qe5+. 35…g5?! 36.Nd4 Qc4? Maybe Black can’t allow the Queen trade. 37.Qe6+ Qxe6 38.Nxe6 Kf7 39.Nc5 a5 40.b5 Nd5 41.Kg3 Ke7 42.Nb3 a4 43.Nc5 Nc3 44.b6 Kd6 45.Kf3 Nb5 46.Nxa4 Nxa3 47.Ke4 Nc4 48.Kd4 Na5 49.g3 Nb7 50.Ke4 Ke6 51.Nb2 Nc5+ 52.Kd4

Nb7 Last chance to keep the possibility of a draw alive was 52.. Kd6, according to Fritz. (Jay) 53.Nc4 g6 54.Ne5 Kf5 55.Kd5 h5 56.Nc4 g4 57.Nd6+ Nxd6 58.hxg4+ Kxg4 59.Kxd6 Kxg3 60.b7 h4 61.b8Q My technique is clumsy perhaps, but good enough! 61…h3 62.Qb7 g5 63.Ke5 h2 64.Kf5 g4 65.Qh1 Kh3 66.Kf4 g3 67.Kf3 Time 1–0

Joe annotates his remaining wins from the Junior/Senior.

Siddiqullah,M (1637) – Felber,J (2037) [B12]

Queens Junior/Senior(2), 6-9-00

1.e4 c6 Can it be wise to play the Caro against the Club’s reigning Caro expert? (Jay) 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.c3 Qa5 7.Nd2 Qa6 8.Qg3?! Nh6 9.Nb3 Nf5 10.Qf3 Nd7

11.Qe2 11 g4 Nh4 is unclear. White had been behind in development due to 8 Qg3, but now he catches up. 11…Qxe2+ 12.Nxe2 c5 13.0–0 h5! 14.Bd2 Be7 15.Ng3 g6 16.Nxf5?! gxf5 17.f4 0–0–0 18.Be3 b6 19.a4! Rhg8 20.a5 c4!? 21.Nd2 b5 If 22 b3!? cxb3, 23 Nxb3 a6! 22.Nf3 f6!? 23.Kf2 fxe5 24.Nxe5 Nf6! 25.h3 Ne4+ 26.Kg1 Kc7! 27.Kh2 Rg7 28.Bf2 Rdg8! 29.g3 Bh4 30.gxh4 Rg2+ 31.Kh1 Nxf2+ 32.Rxf2 Rxf2 33.Re1 Rxf4 34.Nf7 White should resign instead of this! 34…Rxh4 35.Kh2 Re4 36.Rxe4 dxe4 37.Ne5 f4 38.h4 f3 0–1

Felber,J (2037) – Bolling,A (1560) [C24]

Queens Junior/Senior (1), 6-2-00

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.bxc3 Bc5 7.0–0 0–0 8.e5 Ne8 [8…Ne4? 9.Qd5 Bxf2+ 10.Kh1!+-] 9.Bd3 Nc6? 10.Bxh7+ Kh8 11.Bc2 g6 12.Bh6 Ng7 13.Nbd2 Be7 14.Ne4 d6 15.exd6 cxd6 16.Nd4?! Ne5! 17.h3 Bd7 18.Rb1 b6 19.Nb5 Be6 20.Nbxd6 Rg8 [20…f5? 21.Bxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qd4] 21.Qd4 Nc6 22.Bxg7+! Rxg7 23.Qa4 Qc7 [23…Bxd6 24.Qxc6 Bd5 25.Qxd6!] 24.Nb5

Qb8?! Maybe 24.. Qf4 is better. 25.Nd4 Nxd4 26.Qxd4 Qd8 27.Qe3!? Bxa2 28.Rbd1 Qc7 29.Rd2 Rd8 30.Rfd1 Rxd2 31.Rxd2 Be6?! 31.. Bc4 at once may be better. 32.Ng5 Bc4 33.Rd4 Bxg5? 34.Qxg5 f6 35.Qh4+ Kg8 36.Rxc4 Qd8 37.Rd4 Qe7 38.Bb3+ Kf8 39.Qh8+ We agreed that Black’s Rg7 was his biggest problem in this game. 1-0

The Queens Chess Bulletin is edited and published by Jay Kleinman. Unless otherwise noted, all reports and annotations are written by Jay.

The Bulletin comes out four times a year, or as often as I get to it. Sometimes I don’t get much in the way of submissions, so I don’t have enouugh material to put in. Speaking of which, submissions are always welcome. See Games section intro for info on how to reach me. If I have more submissions next time, I would imagine I’d ramble less. I think so, anyway.

Well, I’m afraid I still have some space left. Here’s a game I played a while back against a very little girl who would later go on to bigger and better things.

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