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2001 Queens Chess Club Championship

by on November 16, 2001

2001 Queens Chess Club Championship, Rd.1, 10-5-01
Ilya Bendich, Kenny Cruz, and Andy Bauer all score upset draws on top boards in the opening round of action!  (A young lady scored an upset win on a lower board but unfortunately I did not get a scoresheet from that game.  Hopefully, this week the Club will have carbon scoresheets for everyone.  If all players write their games legibly on carbon sheets and give the sheets to Jay K., Ed, or Joe, we can include all games in the weekly bulletin!)  All game comments are based on the analysis of Fritz 6, which has a rating of 2623 on the most recent rating list compiled by the recognized computer chess authority, the Swedish Computer Chess Federation (SSDF is the Swedish acronym).

Bonin,J (2435) – Olaru,R (1795) [A40]
Queens Ch. Flushing (1), 05.10.2001
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 Nd7 7.0–0 Ngf6 8.e5 Ng4? 8.. dxe5 needed to maintain equality. 9.e6 Nf8 10.Ng5 Nh6 11.d5 fxe6 12.c5?

Bc8? 12.. exd5 and Fritz calls it equal.. 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.dxe6 Bxb5 15.Nxb5 c6 16.Nxd6+! exd6 17.cxd6 Qf6 18.d7+ Kd8 19.Ne4 Qxe6 20.Bg5+ Kc7 21.d8Q+ Rxd8 22.Qxd8+ Kb7 23.Nd6+ Ka6 24.Rfe1 Qg4 25.Re4 Ne6 26.Rxg4 Nxd8 27.Ra4# 1–0

Kleinman,J (1792) – Hill,B (2226) [C00]
Queens Ch. Flushing (1),
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 dxe4 6.dxe4 Bc5 7.Bg2 e5 8.0–0 0–0 9.Qe2 h6 10.a4 10 c3 is probably a little better. 10…a5 11.Nc4 Qe7 12.b3 Bg4 13.Qe1 Nb4 14.Na3 Rad8 15.Bb2 Nd7 16.Qc3 f6 17.h3 Be6 18.Nc4 b6 19.Rfc1 White is tied down.  The Nc4 has to watch b2,  which in turn allows the Nf3 to move.  But the Nf3 can’t really move until White covers c2.  All in all, a mess.  Anyone for Crazy Eights? 19…Nb8 20.Ne3?? Oops.  There I go, thinking I can actually move pieces that can’t be moved. 20…Bd4 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.Nxd4 exd4 23.Qd2 Bg6 0–1

Felber,J (2040) – Bendich,I (1764) [B74]
Queens Ch. Flushing (1), 05.10.2001
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 Nc6 9.Nb3 a6 10.a4 Na5 11.Nxa5 Qxa5 12.Qd2 Now 12.. Be6 here was Rodriguez – Cuartas, Bogota 1969, 0–1 in 57. 12…Re8 13.f4 Bg4 14.Rae1 Bxe2 15.Rxe2 Rac8 16.Bd4 Rc4 17.e5 dxe5 18.fxe5? 18 Bxe5 safer. 18…Nd5 [18…Rd8! 19.exf6 Bxf6-+] 19.Qd3 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Rxa4 22.Qf3 Rf8 23.Qxb7 Qb5 24.Qf3 Rf4 25.Qxf4 Qxe2 26.Qc1 Bh6 27.Qd1 Qc4 28.Rf3 Bg7 29.Rd3 Qe4 30.Rd5 h5 31.h3 Re8 32.Ra5 Qc4 33.Qa1 Ra8 34.Qd1 Rc8 35.Rd5 Rc5 36.Rd8+ Kh7 37.Qe1 Qe6 38.Qf2 Rb5 39.Qf1 [39.Rd3 Bxe5 40.Re3 f6 41.Qe2 Qd6 42.Bxe5 Rxe5 43.Rxe5 And Fritz feels White’s drawing chances here are better than in the game.] 39…Bxe5 40.Bxe5 Rxe5 41.Rd1 Rf5 42.Qd3 Rf2 43.Rf1 Rxf1+ 44.Qxf1 Kg7 45.c4 Qc6 46.Qc1 e5 47.Qc3 Kf6 48.b3 Ke6 49.Qe3 Qd6 50.Qf3 f5 51.Qa8 e4 52.Qg8+ Kf6 53.h4 Ke5 54.Qg7+ Kf4 55.Qh6+ Ke5 56.Qg7+ Qf6 57.Qc7+

Qd6  57…Kd4!! 58.Qg3 (58 c5 is much worse according to Fritz.  For example… 58.c5 Qxh4+ 59.Kg1 e3 60.g3 Qe4 61.Qd6+ Kc3 White can’t survive this for long.) 58…Qb6 59.Qf2+ e3 60.Qb2+ Kd3 61.Qb1+ Ke2 62.Qc2+ Kf1 63.c5 Qd8 64.Qb1+ Kf2 65.Qg1+ Ke2 66.g3 Kd2 Completely winning for Black.  To sum up, while Black should win with best play after 57.. Kd4!!, it’s entirely understandable that it was missed.  Certainly, it’s not a clear path in the heat of sudden death battle. 58.Qg7+ ½–½

Ross,L (2011) – Cruz,K (1737) [B07]
Queens Ch. Flushing (1), 05.10.2001
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.0–0 Be7 7.e5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Bxe2 9.Nxe2 Nbd7

This position turns up three times in the database.  10 Bg5 was Bilobrk (2365) – Kutuzovic (2425), Zadar 1998, 0–1 in 61.  10 Nf3 was Kholmov (2445) – Rashkovsky (2560), Elista 1995, 1/2 in 30.  10 Bf4 was Faibisovich (2415) – Pribyl (2390), Brno Morova 1991, 1/2 in 14. 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.c4 0–0 12.Qc2 Rfd8 13.b3 c5 14.Bb2 Qc6 15.Rad1 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Qb6 17.Rd3 Rd7 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.Nf3 Rxd3 20.Rxd3 Rc8 21.Ne5 Qa5 22.Bc3 Bb4 23.Bxb4 Qxb4 24.Qd2 Qxd2 25.Rxd2 Ne4 26.Rd7 Nc5 27.Rd1 f6 28.Nf3 a5 29.Kf1 Kf7 30.Ke2 e5 31.Rd5 Ke6 32.Nd2 e4 33.Ke3 f5 34.f3 exf3 35.Nxf3 Kf6 36.Nd4 g6 37.Kf3 Rc7 ½–½

Bauer,A (1604) – Frumkin,E (2000) [B15]
Queens Ch. Flushing (1), 05.10.2001
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.exd5 cxd5 6.Bd3 6 Be2 was Halstead-Soltis, 1977 U.S. Open, 0–1 in 34.   6…Nc6 7.a3 7 Be3 is Abishova-Mereacre, WCh U14 Girls 1992, 0–1 in 22. 7…Bg4 8.Ne2 Fritz wants 8 Be2. 8…e6 [8…Bxf3 9.gxf3 Bxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4–+] 9.c3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Qh4 11.Bf4 Bh6 12.Bg3 Qf6 13.f4 Nge7 14.h3 0–0 15.0–0 Nf5 16.Qb3 Rab8 17.Qc2 Rfc8 18.Qb1 Nce7 19.a4 Kh8 20.a5 Rg8 21.Kh2 Nc8 22.Qd1 Bf8 23.Ng1 h5 24.Kh1 Ncd6 25.Qf3 Rc8 26.Qe2 h4 27.Bh2 g5? Lets White back into the game.  Fritz likes 27.. Bg7. 28.Qh5+ Bh6 29.fxg5 Qxg5 30.Qxg5 Bxg5 31.Nf3 Bf6 32.Ne5 Fritz thinks White has a slight advantage in the final position, but nothing to write home about. ½–½

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