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Bulletin 2002-06

by on June 1, 2002

Queens Chess Bulletin

June, 2002



Jay Bonin and Marian Waxman each scored 3.5 out of 4 to finish in the winner’s circle of the recently completed April Open. Each won $150. Joe Felber and Edgar Cimafranca were close behind, scoring 3 points to win $25. Jay Kleinman and Frank Drazil scored 2.5 to win the 1600-1799 and the 1500-1599 prizes respectively. Both prizes paid $75. Zoltan Sugar turned in an impressive 3 to take the Under 1500 prize of $75.


(As appears on the Club website,, run by Brian Lawson)

In 1935, in the basement of a private house, five to six people played chess every Friday. Charles Rehberg, Morrie Shreier and Schuyler Jackson decided to formalize these meetings and name it “The Queens Chess Club”.

A home was found at the YMCA, Northern Boulevard Branch. Soon the membership grew to twenty-five members. When the YMCA was expanding and needed the space, the club moved to a Veteran’s Club and, then later, to the Unitarian Church of Flushing.

Over the years the Queens Chess Club outgrew its hospitable home at the Unitarian Church. Larger quarters were needed. The Search Committee, headed by Marvin Glasser, found our present home in the Margaret Tietz Care Center where the club still meets every Friday night. Thanks to Mr. Kenneth Braun, Director of the Center, the club occupies two quiet rooms. The Center also generously provides refreshments to the players.

The number of dues paying members increased to almost 100. Our dedicated tournament director, Ed Frumkin, tirelessly organizes tournaments within the club and against other clubs. With cash and trophy prizes, lectures and exhibitions, the level of play in the club has grown to new heights.


If you’ve played an exciting or instructional game, give it to Jay Kleinman for the Bulletin. Games can be e-mailed to (note “Bulletin Game” in the Subject as I get lots of junk), snail mailed to 45-89 163rd St, Flushing, NY 11358, or given to me at the Club.

Frumkin,E – Agaian,S [A16]

NY Fall Futurity Marshall Chess Club (5), 10.2001

[Annotated by Ed Frumkin]

Beat them while they’re young. Sarkis Agaian is maybe ten or twelve, but is already rated 1846 and climbing. After they’ve made GM, it will be too late to beat them. 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 c6 Possibly too committal. 4.. d6 or 4.. 0–0 would be more logical. 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e5 7.0–0 Bh6? He said he was afraid the Bishop had no future; most of us develop our pieces instead of moving the same one over and over. 8.d4 Bxc1 9.Rxc1 0–0 10.f4 exf4 11.Nxf4 He thought I should play 11 g3xf4, but I convinced hiim that 11.. Ng4, 12 Qd2 f5 is good for him, since 13 e5 loses a pawn. 11…Nbd7 12.h3 Qc7 13.Qd2 b6 14.Rf2 Bb7 15.g4 Kg7 Hindsight prefers 15.. Kh8. 16.Nce2 c5 17.d5 a6 18.Ng3 b5 19.Rcf1 bxc4 Does anybody remember the famous Botvinnik-Capablanca game? Here goes! 20.Nfh5+! gxh5 21.Rxf6! Ne5 22.Qh6+ Kh8 23.Nf5 Rg8

24.Qxh7+!!. 1–0

Itkis,H (1855) – Frumkin,E (2000) [A80]

Edward Lasker Amateur Marshall Chess Club, 02.12.2001

[Annotated by Ed Frumkin]

The following game was played against an up and coming 12-year-old young lady from New Jersey. 1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 f5 The Dutch is an excellent defense to use in playing for a win as Black. 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 The Leningrad Dutch (with .. g6 rather than .. e6) resembles a King’s Indian and hopes to achieve the Kingside counter attack of the KID with a savings of two tempi (.. Nf6 moves away, then .. f5, then .. Nf6). The downside is that .. f5 is not a developing move, so if the advance doesn’t come, Black’s development lags (QB and QR especially). 5.e3 If e3 is intended, perhaps Bf4 and h3 should be played first, but then maybe c4 and Nc3 can wait. The KB needs to be on g2!! 5…0–0 6.Bd3 d6 7.0–0 Nc6 8.e4 Black’s QB is a problem in the Dutch. White shouldn’t release it so readily. Jacob Murey (2535) – Zsuzsa Polgar (2480) continued 8 d5 with White losing in 41 in a game from 1988J.K. 8…fxe4 9.Nxe4 Bg4 Thank you!! Thanks to the pin, the d4 pawn is very soft. 10.Be3 Nh5 11.Bc2 Bxf3 The weakness created ruins White’s position; the only possible downside would be a Knight reaching the e6 hole. 12.gxf3 e5 The Queen can’t wait to approach the exposed King. 13.Ng3 Hoping to mess up Black’s pawns, too. I couldn’t see settling for a pawn after getting the advantage so quickly; and I’m certainly not straightening her pawns with .. Nxg3. 13 Ng5 was the more logical choice for White. 13…Nf4 I was planning to come here all along. 14.d5 Nd4 Another powerful Knight enters to menace the King. 15.Be4 Qh4 Already menacing 16.. Qh3 with a mate threat. When Black leads in development in a Dutch, White must have played poorly. 16.Kh1 Nh3 No Rg1 for White. The Rooks will be next. 17.Kg2 Overprotecting f3 to prepare the next move.. 17…Rf7 18.Ne2

Raf8 I took 17 minutes on this move, looking at various sacrifices and then realized that she can’t really win the pawn by taking three times on d4. 19.Nxd4 She doesn’t see it… 19…exd4 20.Bxd4 Bxd4 21.Qxd4 All set up for the kill… 21…Rxf3 Boom! White resigns since 22 Rad1 loses to 22.. Rxf2+, 23 Rxf2 Rxf2+, 24 Kh1 Nf4. 0–1

Felber,J (2029) – Benesa,A (2000) [B84]

U.S. Masters (7), 03.03.2002

[Annotated by Joe Felber]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 e6 7.Be2 Qc7 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.f4 b6 10.Kh1 Bb7 11.Bf3 Be7 12.Be3 Rc8 12.. 0–0 better 13.Bf2 Nb8 Too slow! 13.. 0–0 is still best. 14.Bg3 Nfd7 15.e5!? Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nc6 17.Nxc6 Qxc6 18.Qe2 Qc4 19.Qe1! Black wins most Sicilian endings, so the Queens stay on! 19…g6?! 20.exd6 Bxd6 21.Ne4 Be7

22.f5! gxf5 And not 22.. exf5? 23 Nd6+ +-, all because Black did not castle. 23.Rxf5 Qb4?! 24.c3 Qxb2 25.Rf2 Qb3 26.Bd6 Rc6 27.Rd2! Bf6 28.Nxf6+ Nxf6 29.Be5 1–0

Felber,J (2029) – Bierkens,P (2246) [B32]

NYS G/45 Championship Long Island, 23.03.2002

[Annotated by Joe Felber]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 b5 8.Nd5 Nge7 Avoiding a transposition into the Pelikan. 9.c3 Nxd5 10.Qxd5 Bb7 11.Qd3 Be7 Saltaev – Stripunsky, 1991,continued 11.. Rc8 with Black winning in 44 moves- J.K12.Nc2 0–0 13.Ne3 Bg5 14.Nf5 Bxc1 15.Rxc1 Qg5 16.Rd1

d5 Doesn’t quite work, but it’s very interesting! 17.exd5 e4 18.Qh3 Ne5 19.Ne3 f5 20.Be2 f4 21.Qe6+ Kh8 22.h4! Qf6 23.Qxf6 Rxf6 24.Ng4 Nxg4 25.Bxg4 Rg6 26.f3 h5 27.Bh3 exf3 28.gxf3 Rg3 29.Kf2 Rd8 30.Be6 Rf8 31.Rhg1 Rxg1 32.Rxg1 Rf6 33.b3 g6 34.c4 Kg7 35.c5 Kf8 36.Rc1 Bc6 37.Re1 Ba8 38.d6 Bc6 39.d7 Ke7 40.Bh3+ My first win against Peter. It took a long time in coming! 1–0

Waxman,M – Bonin,J [C13]

Queens Team Jamaica, 23.03.2002

[Annotated by Marian Waxman]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Ne4 5.. Nd7 is more common. 6.Nxe4 Bxg5 7.Nxg5 Qxg5 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.Qd2 b6 10.Bb5+ 10 h4 is Kharlov (2535) – Timmer (2290) from 1993, 1–0 in 46- J.K. 10…c6 11.Ba4 a5 12.c3 Ba6 13.a3 Bc4 14.Qe3 Ra7 15.Nd2 Ba6 16.f4 Rc7 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4 Ra7 19.Kf2 Qh4+ 20.g3 Qh3 21.Bc2 Rc7 How many times has this Rook moved to and fro? 22.Nf3 h6 23.Rxa6! Nxa6 24.Bd3 Better is 24 Qe2. 24…Nb8 25.Nh4 g5 26.fxg5 hxg5 Black could still save the Queen but not the game. 27.Qxg5 Ra7 28.Bf1 Ra2+ 29.Kf3 1-0

Treger,Y (2246) – Kleinman,J (1816) [C55]

Feb G/30 Marshall (1), 02.02.2002

(Annotated by Jay Kleinman)

Strangely enough, I’ve drawn Yefim Treger in all three of our regular time control games. (He did beat me in our one quick game.) This is clearly a fluke, as evidenced by our most recent meeting. White wins a quick exchange and Black attempts to turn it into a deep sac. Though Black theoretically can be turned back at several points, White has to deal with practical king safety issues AND deal with his ticking clock. In G/30 bluffing sometimes works. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qe2 d6 5.c3 Be7 5.. Qe7 is Gabriel (2275) – Link (2235), 1–0 in 57, 1989. 6.Na3 0–0 7.Bb3 Be6 8.0–0 Bxb3 9.axb3 Nd7 10.b4 f5 11.d3 f4 12.b5 Ncb8 13.Nc2 Nf6 Black needed to keep an eye on g5.14.d4 Nbd7 15.Ng5 Qe8 16.Ne6 Qg6 17.Nxf8 Nxf8 18.f3 18 Qc4+ + – Ne6 19.Qc4 Nh5 My only hope is to exploit White’s developmental lag. 20.Nb4 Kf8 21.Bd2 Ng5 22.Be1 22 Qxc7 + – Nh3+ 23.Kh1

Ng3+ 24.Bxg3 fxg3 25.f4 Nf2+ 26.Rxf2 26 Kg1 + – gxf2 27.f5 Qg4 28.dxe5 dxe5 29.Nd5 Bh4 30.Qd3 30 Nxc7 + –Rd8 31.Qf3 Qxf3 32.gxf3 c6 33.bxc6 bxc6 34.Ne3 Rd2 35.Nf1 Rxb2 36.Rxa7 Rc2 37.Ra3 And after a time scramble, the game was drawn. Don’t try this at home. ½–½

 PDF: QCC Bulletin 2002-06

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