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Bulletin 2002-10

by on October 1, 2002

Queens Chess Bulletin

October, 2002



Frank Gisondi scored 3.5 out of 4 to take clear 1st in the Club’s August Open. The performance netted Frank $200. A sizeable tie for 2nd/Top A found Bernie Hill, Ed Frumkin, Edgar Cimafranca, and Arunas Simonaitis clustered together with 3 points. Each player won $65.

Charles Gisondi scored 3 points to win the Top B prize of $100. All in all, it was a profitable day for the Gisondi brothers. (Baseball fans may be reminded of Joe and Dom DiMaggio, or Jason and Jeremy Giambi.)

Henry Milerski scored 2 points to take the Top C prize of $80.


Bernie Hill scored a crucial draw against I.M. Jay Bonin in the final round of the September Open, pushing himself into clear 1st with 3.5. He won $200. Bonin (who had taken an earlier bye), Joe Felber, Ed Frumkin, Rich Murphy and Edgar Cimafranca finished in another large tie for 2nd with 3 points. Each player won $48.

Yet another large tie was seen in the battle for Top B. Alberto Pierre, Mulazim Muwwakkil, Kenny Cruz, Frank Drazil, Andy Bauer, and Zoltan Sugar each finished with 2 points and an extra $22.

George Guttendorfer scored 2 points to win the Top C prize and $90.


The Club’s Annual Meeting, held October 4th, featured The Champion’s Lecture by defending Club Champ Jay Bonin, election of Officers, and general discussion of Club policy and events.

Bonin, enlightening those in attendance on the finer points of chess, reviewed his games against Marian Waxman and Joe Felber from last year’s Club Championship. The assembled crowd was highly appreciative of Jay’s discussion.

The election of Officers saw your editor, Jay Kleinman, returned to Secretary. In a stunning development, however, the top of the ticket switched Offices. Ed Frumkin, long-time Club President, returned to the Club Presidency after serving the past year as Vice-President. Joseph Felber, Club President/Treasurer for the past year, took the Vice-Presidency/Treasurer. Rumors of palace intrigue were quickly dashed as Ed Frumkin explained that his move to Manhattan did not make it as tough as he had anticipated to attend and organize Club events.

Joe Felber, meanwhile, stated he was happy to return to his old position. The transfer of power thus appeared peaceful and unspoiled by corruption. (This reporter did not witness any money changing hands.)

In reviewing Club policy, a motion to suspend U.S.C.F. Rule 14H was defeated by the membership. 14H states that one can claim “no losing chances” with less than 5 minutes left on his clock, if a C-player could hold the position against a master. (With time delay clocks, 14H does not apply.) While the Long Island clubs prefer to suspend 14H as some see it as an easy way out for players that do not handle time well, the Club indicated a clear preference to retain 14H.

An additional motion to direct a percentage of the Club’s revenue toward donations to the Margaret Tietz Senior Center, where the Club plays, passed.

In another development, one player indicated a desire for slower time controls at Club events. It was pointed out, however, that the Club only has four hours for tournament play. Thus, there appears to be little wiggle room in that area.



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.

(The following is annotated by Ed Frumkin)

Why do I beat this guy? For some reason I have the number of Norman Rogers, a solid FIDE Master from Philadelphia. In the game below I knock him off for the third time. This game was from Round 5 in the recent U.S. Open in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

White: Norman Rogers (2347) Black: Ed Frumkin (2015)

1 e2-e4 g7-g6 2 d2-d4 Bf8-g7 3 Nb1-c3 d7-d6 4 Bc1-e3 Ng8-f6 4…c7-c6 is probably better, but I was undecided between the Modern and the Pirc. Strangely enough, Norm also plays these openings with Black. 5 Qd1-d2 a7-a6 6 f2-f3 Nb8-c6 7 d4-d5 Nc6-e5 8 Be3-h6 At this point I was sure I’d mixed up my systems, but I was sure I didn’t want to castle into the h4, h5 can opener. 8… Bg7xh6 9 Qd2xh6 c7-c5 10 h2-h3 b7-b5 11 f3-f4? In view of what follows, Norm should have considered 11 Nc3-d1 and 12 Nd1-f2 before pushing the f-pawn. 11…Ne5-d7 12 Ng1-f3 b5-b4 13 Nc3-d1 Nf6xe4 14 Bf1-d3 Ne4-g3 15 Rh1-h2 Nd7-f6 16 Nd1-e3 If you’ve seen many of my games, you know I love making funny-looking moves, so the next one shouldn’t be a complete surprise… 16…Ke8-d7!? 17 0-0-0 Kd7-c7 18 Nf3-g5 Qd8-f8 19 Qh6-h4 Ng3-f5 20 Bd3xf5 g6xf5 21 g2-g4 f5xg4 22 h3xg4 Bc8-d7 23 f4-f5 h7-h6 24 Ng5-h3Qf8-g7 I vaguely remembered a Pirc game from an old Botterill and Keene book from the 70’s in which Black cracked open the long diagonal with his pawns reaching c5, b4 and a3. In this case the Pirc Bishop is replaced by the Queen. 25 Rh2-e2 Bd7-b5 26 Re2-e1 Rh8-e8 27Qh4-g3 a7-a5 28 Qg3-f4 a5-a4 29 Ne3-c4 Ra8-a6 I hope you didn’t overlook the threat of 30 Re1xe7+ !! 30 Re1-g1 a4-a3 31 b2-b3 Nf6-d7 The Queen is finally unleashed. 32 Rg1-g3 Bb5xc4 33 Qf4xc4 Qg7-b2+ 34 Kc1-d2 Kc7-b6 An unusual place for the King, but now the Rook is free to head for the e- or g-file. 35 Nh3-f4 Nd7-e5 36 Qc4-f1 Re8-g8 37 Nf4-d3 Qb2-c3+ 38 Kd2-c1 Ra6-a8 39 Qf1-g1 Rg8xg4! An annoying move to face with your flag hanging, but Norm counters. 40 Nd3xc5! Qc3-b2+ 41 Kc1-d2 Ne5-f3+! The killer: White has no time to play his own discovered check. 42 Kd2-e3 The only alternative to resignation, since 42 Rg3xf3 Rg4xg1 43 Rd1xg1 Qb2-d4+ is clearly decisive. 42…Nf3xg1 43 Rg3xg4 d6xc5 0-1

A hearty congratulations to Joe Felber for defeating his first Grandmaster! Well done. The following two games are taken from the Club’s website ( run by Brian Lawson. Variations are by Fritz 6.

Bisguier,A (2303) – Felber,J (2011) [A47]

U.S. Open 2002 Cherry Hill, NJ (2), 28.07.2002

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.Bg5 d5 5.e3 e6 6.Ne5 Be7 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.f4 0–0 10.Qf3 c5 11.g4 Nxe5 12.fxe5 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bxe4 Qh4+ 16.Ke2 Ba6+ 17.Kd2 Rad8 18.c3 f6 19.Qg3 Qh6 20.exf6 cxd4 21.g5 dxc3+ 22.Kxc3 Qh5 (Diagram)

23.Bf3 [¹23.fxg7 Rf7 24.Kb3 Rxg7] 23…Qg6 24.Rac1 Qd3+ 25.Kb4 Qd2+ 26.Ka3 Rd3+ [¹26…Qa5+ 27.Kb3 Qb5+ 28.Ka3 (28.Kc2 Qd3#; 28.Kc3 Qc4#) 28…Rd2 29.Rb1 Qa5+ 30.Kb3 Rd3+ 31.Kc2 Qd2#] 27.b3 Qa5+ 28.Kb2 Rd2+ 29.Rc2 Rxc2+ 30.Kxc2 Qxa2+ 31.Kc3 31…Rc8+ with mate in 8. 0–1

Baczynsky,B (2289) – Felber,J (2011) [B15]

U.S. Open 2002 Cherry Hill, NJ (3), 20.07.2002

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qd3 Nbd7 6.Bg5 Nxe4 7.Qxe4 Nf6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Bc4 Qa5+ 10.c3 Bf5 11.Qf3 Bg6 12.Ne2 0–0–0 13.Nf4 [¹13.h4] 13…Rxd4 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.Bxf7 Qe5+ 16.Kf1 Rxh2 17.Be6+ Kb8 18.Rxh2 Qxh2 19.cxd4 Qh1+ 20.Ke2 Qxa1 21.Qg3+ Ka8 22.Qb3 Qb1 23.f3 Qg1 24.Bh3 Qxd4 25.Qf7 Qxb2+ 26.Kd3 Qb5+ 27.Kc2 Qc5+ 28.Kb2 Qd4+ 29.Kc2 Qd8 30.Qxg6 e5 31.Qf7 Be7 32.Qe6 a6 33.Qc8+ Qxc8 34.Bxc8 Kb8 35.Bf5 Kc7 36.a4 b5 37.Kb3 c5 38.axb5 axb5 39.Bg6 c4+ 40.Kc3 Kc6 41.g4 Kc5 42.Bf7 Bd8 43.Kb2 b4 44.Be6 Kd4 45.Bf7 Ba5 46.Be6 Kd3 47.Bf5+ Kd2 48.Bg6 b3 49.Bf5 Bc3+ 50.Ka3 Ke3 51.Be4 Kd4 52.Bg6 Kc5 53.Ka4 Bd2 54.Ka3 Bc1+ 55.Ka4 Kd4 56.Kb4 Bd2+ 57.Ka3 Kc3 58.Bf5 Be3 59.Ka4 Kb2 0–1

Ten-year-old Fabiano Caruana, who has played at the Club, recently became possibly the youngest person ever to defeat a Grandmaster. Fritz-powered annotations are by Jay Kleinman.

Caruana,F (2060) – Wojtkiewicz,A (2683) [B27]

NY Sept. Action Marshall (1), 28.09.2002

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Nc3 cxd4 5.. Ng4 and 5.. Qa5 are the usual moves. 6.Bxd4 Nc6 7.Bb5 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 0–0 9.e5 Ne8 10.0–0–0 d6 11.Qd2 Bg4 12.Bxe8 Rxe8 13.exd6 exd6 14.Qxd6 Bxc3 15.Qxd8 Bxb2+ 16.Kxb2 Raxd8 17.Rxd8 Rxd8 18.Ne5 Bf5 19.g4 Be6 20.Re1 (Diagram)

Rd2 Fritz prefers 20.. Rd4 with a slight edge for Black, though the text is playable. 21.Nd3 Bxg4 22.h3 Bf3 23.Re3 Bc6? 23.. Bd1, 24 Kc1 Rxc2+, 25 Kxd1 Rxa2 = 24.Kc1 Rxd3 25.Rxd3 Kg7 26.Kd2 Kf6 27.Ke3 Kg5 28.Kd4 Kh4 29.Rg3 f5 30.Ke5 Be4 31.c4 g5 32.Rb3 Bg2 33.Kxf5 h6 34.Kg6 h5 35.Kh6 g4 36.hxg4 hxg4 37.Kg6 Bf3 38.Kf5 Kh3 39.Kf4 Kg2 40.Rb2 a6 41.c5 Kh2 42.a4 Kg2 43.a5 Kh2 44.Rb3 Kg2 45.Rxf3 1–0

Kleinman,J (1771) – Felber,J (2041) [B16]

August Open Jamaica (3), 23.08.2002 (Annotated by Jay Kleinman)

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 In our draw in February I played 6 Bf4 but didn’t like the possible 6.. Qb6. 6…Bf5 7.Bd3 Nd7 8.Bxf5 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 9 c3 is better. The text wastes a tempo. 9…Qxf5 10.Be3 Edgar Ian Cimafranca played 10 c4 against Joe and lost in the ’92 Nassau Championship. 10…Rg8 10.. e6 is in the database. 11.g3 0–0–0 12.Qe2 e6 13.0–0–0 Nb6 14.Nh4 Qd5 15.Kb1 Nc4 16.Bc1 Qb5 17.Ka1 Bb4 18.c3 Ba5 19.Qd3 Qd5? Black is too intent on preventing the Queen trade. He gets no compensation for the offered pawn. 20.Qxh7 Nd6 21.Qd3 f5 22.f3 Nc4 23.Qe2 Bc7 24.b3 Nb6 25.Ng2 Qa5 26.b4 Qa4 27.Bf4?(Diagram)

Nd7? 27.. Nd5 would appear to give Black comp. 28.Bxc7 Kxc7 29.Nf4 a5 30.Rb1 Ra8 31.b5 Rgb8 32.Rhe1 Kc8 33.b6! c5 34.Nxe6! Qc6 35.Nxc5 Nxc5 36.dxc5 Qe6 37.Qb5 Qc6 38.Qxc6+ bxc6 39.b7+ My first victory over Joe Felber! 1–0

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