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2002 Queens Chess Club Championship

by on November 16, 2002

Queens Chess Club Championship Bulletin, Rd.1, 10/11/02
Welcome to the 2002 version of the Queens Championship Bulletin! As always, comments are by Jay Kleinman and based on the analysis of Fritz 6. Please use the carbon scoresheets each week and submit a copy of your game to Jay for publication. If you don’t see a game here, it’s either because I was never given a scoresheet or the scoresheet I was given was not readable. If both players submit copies, the chances of getting a readable game are vastly increased.

Ken Cruz holds Bernie Hill to a draw in the Game of the Week. Cruz could’ve tried for a win with 26 Qxb7 but may have understandably feared giving Hill too much play.
Cruz,K (1700) – Hill,B (2200) [C77]
Queens CC Jamaica (1) 11.10.02
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.h3 Be7 7.c3 Bd7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Re1 Re8 Novotny – Volkava (Prague, 1996) continued 9.. Na7. Black ultimately won in 40. 10.Nbd2 Bf8 11.Nf1 g6 12.Ng3 Bg7 13.Be3 Qe7 14.Bc2 d5 15.Bg5 Qd6 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.exd5 Qxd5 18.Bb3 Qd6 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.d4 Rad8 21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.dxe5 xe5 23.Nxe5 Rxe5 24.Rxe5 Qxe5 25.Qf3 Bf5 (Diagram)

.Rd1 Theoretically Fritz thinks White is slightly better after 26 Qxb7. Practically, however, Black appears to get plenty of activity for the pawn. After the text, the game is dead drawn. 26…Rxd1+ 27.Qxd1 Kg7 28.Qf3 c6 29.g4 Qe1+ 30.Kh2 Qe5+ 31.Qg3 Qxg3+ 32.Kxg3 Bb1 33.f4 f6 34.h4 h6 35.g5 c5 36.a4 a5 37.Bd5 b6 38.Kf3 Bc2 39.Bc6 hxg5 40.fxg5 Kf7 41.Kf4 Ke7 42.gxf6+ Kxf6 ½–½

Black outcombines himself on Move 23
Sinclair,D (2085) – Pierre,A (1699) [C02]
Queens CC Jamaica (1) 11.10.02
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be3 Qb6 6.Qd2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb4 8.Nc3 Bd7 9.Nf3 Nge7 10.Bd3 Rc8 11.0–0 Qa5 11.. Ng6 is Appel (2035) – Schlange (2290), Regensburg 1998, drawn in 27. 12.Rfc1 Ng6 13.a3 Be7 14.b4 Qd8 15.Ne2 0–0 16.Ng3 f6  17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Bxg6 hxg6 19.Ne2 a6 20.Nf4 Qe8 21.Nh3 e5 22.Nhg5 e4 23.Nh4 Nxd4? Too tricky for Black’s own good. Fritz likes 23.. Ne7 with an equal game. 24.Bxd4 e3 25.Bxe3 Bxa1 26.Rxa1 Bc6 27.Qd4 Rf6 28.Nhf3 Kf8 29.Nh7+ Kg8 30.Nxf6+ gxf6 31.Qxf6 Bd7 32.Bd4 1–0

White takes on Black in his favorite neighborhood.
Bauer,A (1652) – Felber,J (2047) [B16]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Bd3 Nd7 8.c3 As noted in the current issue of the Club newsletter, both Edgar Ian Cimafranca and your humble editor played 8 Bxf5 against Joe. Meanwhile, Kenneth McBride tried 8 0–0 against Joe in the 1999 NYS Championship and eventually lost. Suffice it to say that if you play 1 e4 against Joe Felber, you might want to study this line. 8…Bxd3 8.. Bg6 is Eichling – Gruen, 1989 German Under Age 17 Championship, 0–1 in 43. (Amazingly, my database found a game in this line that does NOT involve Joe Felber.) 9.Qxd3 Qc7 10.g3 0–0–0 11.0–0 If you listen carefully you can hear White asking for trouble. The problem with castling short here is that White has to create a semi-open file against Black’s King while Black already has one waiting for use. 11…h5 12.Nh4 e6 13.a4 Be7 14.Qe2 Rdg8 15.a5 a6 16.b4 Rg4 17.Ng2 f5 18.h3 Rgg8 19.Bf4 Fritz wants 19 h4 and White is holding his house together. 19…Bd6 20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Nf4? That’s going to leave a mark. 21…Qxf4 22.Kg2 h4 23.Kh1 hxg3 24.fxg3 Rxh3+ 0–1

Black’s unlucky Move 13 appears to be a key factor here.
Frumkin,E (2017) – Sugar,Z (1644) [A25]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.c4 e5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.0–0 0–0 8.d3 Be6 9.Nd5 Qd7 10.Rb1 This position turns up frequently. The most common moves now are 10.. a5 and 10.. f5. 10…Nd4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.f4 Qd7? Now Black will have to capture on f5 which will leave him with a bad pawn structure. 14.f5 gxf5 15.Qh5 fxe4 16.Bxe4 f5 17.Bxb7 Rab8 18.Bg2 Qf7 19.Qxf7+ Rxf7 20.Bf4 Be5 21.b4 Re7 22.b5 Kg7 23.Rb3 c5 At this point it’s hard to find useful moves for Black. 24.bxc6 Rxb3 25.axb3 Kf6 26.Bd2 Bc8 27.g4 Kg6 28.g5 Rc7 29.Bd5 Re7 30.Kg2 Rc7 31.Rf3 f4 32.Bxf4 Bxf4 33.Rxf4 Kxg5 34.Rf7 Rxf7 35.Bxf7 Bf5 36.c7 Kf4 37.Kf2 Bc8 38.Bd5 h5 39.Bf3 h4 40.h3 Bxh3 41.Bb7 Ke5 42.Kf3 d5 43.c5 1-0

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where White went wrong. Her moves certainly look reasonable, but Black, nevertheless, quickly gets an overwhelming positional edge.
Kerr,J (1592) – Lawson,B (2004) [A40]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5 6.Nf3 Qa5 7.Qc2 d6 Another position which turns up frequently. 8 e3 and 8 g3 are the most popular but 8 Rb1 and 8 Bf4 have also been tried. 8.Bd2 Nf6 9.e3 Nbd7 10.Be2 Ne4 11.0–0 Nb6 12.Rac1 Bd7 13.Be1 0–0–0 14.Nd2 Nxd2 15.Bxd2 e5 16.f3 Rde8 17.e4 f4 18.Rb1 g5 19.Qb2 h5 20.h3 This gives Black another lever with which to open the kingside. Fritz likes sitting tight, although clearly the future doesn’t look bright for White. She has no prospects for counterplay. 20…Re7 Fritz likes the immediate 20.. g4! It’s worth a pawn when White’s pieces appear to be blocking each other. 21.Bc1 Qa6 22.a3 Ba4 23.Qa2 Rg7 24.Kf2 Nd7 25.Bd1 Nf6 26.Bxa4 Qxa4 27.Qb3 Qxb3 28.Rxb3 g4 29.hxg4 hxg4 30.Rb2 Rh2 31.Ke1 gxf3 32.gxf3 Rxb2 33.Bxb2 Rg2 34.Rf2 Rxf2 35.Kxf2 The endgame brings no relief for White as she has a textbook example of a bad bishop. 35…Nh7 36.Bc1 Kc7 37.Bd2 Kb6 38.Bc1 Ka5 39.Bb2 Ka4 40.Bc1 Kb3 0–1

White sacs a Knight on Move 24 but doesn’t follow through correctly on Move 27. Black, however, misses his chance to repel the attack, giving White a second opportunity.
Cimafranca,E (1945) – Chernick,S (1455) [C92]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.0–0 Nf6 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 Be7 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Be6 10.d4 Bxb3 11.Qxb3 Na5 12.Qc2 Nd7 13.Nbd2 c6 14.Nf1 14 b3 is Garbett (2310) – Wong (2315), Dubai 1986, 0–1 in 52. 14…Qc7 15.Ng3 c5 16.Nf5 Nf6 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.Bg5 Rfe8 19.Nh2 Nc6 20.Qe2 Nd7 21.Qg4 Bxg5 22.Qxg5 g6 23.Ng4 Qd8 24.Qh6 With correct play this sac should lead to an equal game. 24…gxf5 25.exf5 f6 26.Rad1 Rf8 27.Re3? (Diagram)
But this gives Black the advantage. Instead the immediate 27.Rxd7! was required. 27…Qxd7 28.Qxf6 h5 (The annoying 29 Nh6 mate was threatened, and 28.. Qg7 hangs the Nc6.) 29.Qg6+ Qg7 30.Qxh5 White is missing a Rook here but Black has to allow a perpetual by either the Knight or the Queen, or he’ll be in trouble when White’s Rook comes into play. 27…Rf7? 27.. Kh8! eliminates the forking threat on f6 which thereby eliminates the threat to d7. White would then have little to show for his piece. 28.Rxd7! White doesn’t miss it a second time! And now with the other White Rook already lifted to e3, the game is over. 28…Qxd7 29.Nxf6+ Rxf6 30.Qxf6 Qf7 31.Rg3+ Kf8 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Qxa8 Qf6 34.Qb7+ Kf8 35.Qxh7 Ne7 36.h4 e4 37.h5 Nxf5 38.Rg8# 1–0

The White King Gets Mugged
Bellon,N (1440) – Simonaitis,A (1904) [D02]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.e3 Qb6 6.Qc2 Bd7 7.Be2 7 Nbd2 is the most common. 7…Rc8 8.Nbd2 cxd4 9.exd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Be3 Qf6 12.Bxa7 Nh6 13.0–0 Bd6 14.Nf3 e5 15.Qb3 Black, in addition to owning the center, has a lot pointed at the White king. Thus White is probably better off keeping the Queen within range of the kingside. 15…Bc6 16.Bb5 0–0 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.a4 e4 19.Bd4 Qf5 20.Nh4 Qh5 21.g3 g5 22.Ng2 Ng4 23.h4 f5 24.c4 f4 25.cxd5 c5 26.Qb6 Rfd8 27.Bc3 f3 28.Ne3 gxh4 29.Nxg4 Qxg4 30.Be5 Qh3 0–1

Another mugging of a White King.
Guttendorfer,G (1429) – Wei,A (1897) [A20]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.e4 0–0 7.Nge2 c6 8.Bh3 8 0–0 is by far most popular. 8 f4 and 8 exf5 have also been played. The text appears to be a waste of time. If White wanted to trade Bishops, he could’ve played Bh3 as early as Move 3. 8…fxe4 9.Bxc8 Qxc8 10.dxe4 Qh3 11.Ng1 Qe6 12.b3 Nbd7 13.Be3 Nb6 14.Qd2 Rfd8 15.Bxb6 axb6 (Diagram)

.0–0–0 Castling into it. Black has several methods to exploit White’s drafty palace. 16…Rac8 17.f4 d5 18.f5 Qf7 19.Qe2 Bb4 20.Kb2 Bxc3+ 21.Kxc3 Nxe4+ 22.Kb2 Qxf5 23.Rf1 Qe6 24.Nf3 Nc5 25.Ng5 Qg6 26.Nf7 Re8 27.Rf3 The game lasted a few more moves which could not be made out. 0–1

Black misses his opportunity to gain an edge on Move 14 and instead hands material to White.
Kleinman,J (1771) – Milerski,H (1414) [C01]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 11.10.2002
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.0–0 Be7 7.Re1 Nf6 8.Bg5 0–0 9.Nc3 a6 10.Ba4 b5 11.Bb3 Be6 12.Qd2 Weibert – Herr (Griesheim, 1998) continued with 12 a3 which is superior to the text. That game was drawn in 27. 12…b4 13.Ne2 Ne4 14.Bxe7 Nxe7? [14…Nxd2! 15.Bxd8 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 Raxd8 and Black is structurally better. The text drops material.] 15.Qxb4 a5 16.Qa3 a4 17.Bxa4 Bd7 18.b3 Bxa4 19.bxa4 Qd7 20.Ne5 Qe8 21.Nc3 f6 22.Nd3 Qf7 23.Nxe4 dxe4 24.Rxe4 Rfe8 25.Rae1 Nd5 26.Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.Qb3 c6 29.Kf1 h6 30.Nf4 Qe4 31.Nxd5 cxd5 32.Qc3 Qf4 33.a5 Qxh2 34.Qc8+ Kh7 35.Qf5+ Kh8 36.Qxd5 Qh1+ 37.Ke2 Qc1 38.Qc6 Qa3 39.a6 Qe7+ 40.Kf1 Qa7 41.c3 Qb8 42.Qb7 Qf4 43.Qb2 Qe4 44.a7 Qd3+ 45.Qe2 Qb1+ 46.Qe1 Qxa2 47.Qe8+ Kh7 48.a8Q Qb1+ 49.Qe1 Qd3+ 50.Kg1 1–0

Queens Championship, Rd.2, 10/18/02

Congratulations to Rich Murphy for holding Jay Bonin to a draw in The Game of the Week. Fritz thinks White has all the winning chances in the final position, though it’s tough to second guess drawing Jay
Murphy,R (1981) – Bonin,J (2413) [D04]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.Bd3 g6 5.0–0 Bg7 6.Nbd2 0–0 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 e5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Ng4 11.Nf3 Re8 The first new move. 11.. Qe7 is Khan – Kashdan (London 1932), drawn in 33. 12.c4 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Qc2 dxc4 15.Bxc4 Qh4 16.Bxe5 Rxe5 17.g3 Qh3 18.Rad1 Bg4 19.f3 Be6 20.Bxe6 Qxe6 21.e4 Re8 22.Rd2 f5 23.exf5 Rxf5 24.Kg2 Re5 25.Rff2 Re1 26.Qc4 Qxc4 27.bxc4 R8e7 28.Rd8+ Kg7 29.Rfd2 Rc1 30.R8d7 Kf7 31.R7d4 c5 32.Rf4+ Ke8 33.h4 b5 34.cxb5 c4 35.Re4 Rxe4 36.fxe4 Rb1 Fritz prefers 36.. c3 with an equal game. The text gives White the edge. 37.Rc2 Rxb5 ½–½ (Diagram)

.Rxc4 Rb2+ 39.Kf3 Rxa2 40.Rc7, Fritz thinks this is winning for White, although I think most of us would grab the draw against Jay.  ½–½

White’s 17th hangs material. End of story.
Felber,J (2047) – Cimafranca,E (1945) [B90]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 7.. Ng4 is Rabar – Bogoljubow (Munich, 1941), 1–0 in 42. 8.Be2 Nc6 9.0–0 Bd7 10.Nb3 0–0 11.Qd2 Re8 12.Rad1 Qc7 13.h3 Rac8 14.Kh1 Na5 15.Nxa5 Qxa5 16.Bd4 Qb4 17.b3? e5 18.Bc4 exd4 19.Qxd4 Be6 20.Na2 Qc5 21.Bxe6 Qxd4 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rxd4 Nxe4 24.Rb4 Rxc2 25.Rxb7+ Kg8 26.Nb4 Rxf2 27.Rxf2 Nxf2+ 28.Kg1 Bd4 29.Kh2 Be5+ 30.Kg1 Bg3 White wanted to ensure Black would make the time control. 0–1

Black misses a couple of opportunities to seize the initiative and gets stuck in a perpetual.
Wei,A (1894) – Frumkin,E (2016) [B07]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Qd2 h6 6.Bf4 g5 7.Bg3 Nh5 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.0–0–0 Bd7 10.f4 10 Kb1 is Martin (2445) – Lawton (2385), Brighton, 1984, which White won in 31. 10…Nxg3 11.hxg3 e6 12.Qe3 Qf6 13.Rh5 0–0–0 14.Kb1 Kb8 15.Nb5 Ne7 16.Na3 d5 [16…e5 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.fxg5 Qg6 -/+] 17.Nc3 Fritz wants 17 e5 with equality. 17…Qg6 18.Rh1 dxe4 19.Nxe4 Nf5 20.Qd2 Nxd4 21.Bd3 f5 22.Nc5 Bc8 23.Qb4 Qf6 [23…b6 24.c3 Nc6-/+] 24.Na6+ Ka8 25.Nxc7+ Kb8 26.Na6+ Ka8 27.Nc7+ Kb8 28.Na6+ Ka8 ½–½

Black defends against one brilliant Queen and Knight sac only to get hit with another! Four stars to White’s 18th.
Lawson,B (2004) – Kleinman,J (1771) [D31]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 7.Nf3 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 0–0 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.0–0 c5 12.Rad1 12 Bc2 is M.Shahade – Butler, 1992 U.S. Open, 1–0 in 30. 12…cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Bb1 Rd8 15.b4 Na6 16.Qd3 g6 17.Qc3 Now I saw that 17.. Nxb4? loses to the nifty simultaneous Queen and Knight sac of 18 Nxe6!!. Thus I played a move which I thought would maintain the threat of ..Nxb4 and eliminate White’s brilliancy threat. 17…Qg7? But this doesn’t do either. 17.. Bd7 was best. Diagram

.Nf5!! Different square, same result. White gives up a Queen and a Knight in one move! Remembering Breslau, 1912, I was tempted to shower the board with gold coins but upon checking my pockets decided it would be poor form to shower the board with a nickel and two pennies  1–0

Black accepts all of White’s offered material and seems safely on the way to an easy win. But a funny thing happened on the way to the time control.
Sylvers,M (1430) – Waxman,M (1998) [A53]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Qc2 Nc6 And already we’re in new territory. The database has only 3.. Nbd7. 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bg5 Bg7 6.Nc3 0–0 7.e3 Bf5 8.e4 Bc8 9.Be2 h6 10.Be3 Kh7 11.0–0–0 Ng4 12.h3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 e5 14.Rdf1? exd4 15.exd4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 Bxd4 17.Nd5 c6 18.Nf4 Be5 19.Kb1 Qe7 20.g4 Bd7 21.h4 Rfc8 22.Qb3 Kg7 23.Qf3 Bxf4 24.Qxf4 Re8 25.Bd3 Rf8 26.Qf2? Qe5 27.Rh3 Bxg4 28.Rg3 Be6 29.Rf3 b6 30.Qe3 Rad8 31.h5? Qxh5 White is three pawns down. In blitz he may have some chances, but he shouldn’t in this time control. 32.Rg1 Qe5 33.Rh1 Rh8 34.Qf2 Rd7 35.Rf4 g5 36.Rf3 f6 37.Rf1 Rf7 38.Qe2? Bg4 39.Qg2 Bxf3 40.Rxf3 Qd4 41.Kc2 b5 42.b3 bxc4 43.Bxc4 Qxe4+ 44.Bd3 Qe5 45.Rf1 d5 46.Qf3 h5 47.Rh1 g4 48.Rg1 f5 49.Qf2 h4 50.Re1 Qf6 51.Qf4 h3 52.Rh1 Re8 53.Qg3 Rfe7 At this point, White had 45 minutes to finish the game while Black’s flag was hanging. In Black’s ensuing scramble, he hung his Queen and should have lost. But he drew. See the postscript after the last game. 1/2-1/2

Black misses an equalizing chance on his 27th.
Hill,B (2200) – Lorenzo,A (1860) [D34]
Queens CC Jamaica (2),
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Be3 Be6 13.Na4 Qa5 14.Rc1 Rab8 At last something new. 14.. Ne4 is Acebal – Aguera, Asturias 1999, 1–0 in 33. 15.Bc5 Bxc5 16.Rxc5 Qa6 17.Qc2 Rfc8 18.Rc1 Rb4 19.b3 Bd7 20.e3 Rbb8 21.Bf1 Qb7 22.Ra5 Qc7 23.Qc5 Ra8 24.f3 Ne8 25.b4 Nd6 26.Nc3 Nb7 27.Nxd5 (Diagram)

Nxc5 [27…Qxa5 28.Ne7+ Kf8 29.bxa5 Nxc5 30.Nxc8 Ne4=] 28.Nxc7 Rxc7 29.Raxc5 Rb8 30.b5 Rb6 31.a4 a6 32.bxa6 Ra7 33.Rd1 Kf8 34.Rcc1 Ke7 35.Rb1 Rxb1 36.Rxb1 Bc8 37.Rb6 Kd6 38.Bb5 Bd7 39.a5 Kc7 40.Bd3 Bc8 41.Kf2 Be6 42.Be4 Bd7 43.f4 1–0

Blake,B (1711) – Drazil,F (1523) [B51]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 19.10.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0–0 a6 5.Be2 g6 6.c3 Ngf6 7.Qc2 7 d3 has been played here. 7…Bg7 8.d4 0–0 9.Bg5 Qc7 10.Na3 b5 11.Rac1 Bb7 12.Nd2 Rae8 13.Be3 h5 14.h3 e5 15.d5 Nh7 16.c4 b4 17.Nab1 Qd8 18.Nb3 Bc8 19.Qd2 f5 A move was apparently dropped at this point as the scoresheet stopped making sense. White won in 46. 1–0

Pierre,A (1699) – Bellon,N (1440) [C00]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Be2 Qb6 6.0–0 6 c4 has been played. 6…c4+ 7.Kh1 Bc5 8.c3 Nh6 9.h3 Nf5 10.Qe1 h5 11.Nh4 Nxh4 12.Qxh4 Be7 13.Qg3 g6 14.d4 Bd7 15.Nd2 0–0–0 16.b3 h4 17.Qe3 cxb3 18.axb3 Rdg8 19.b4 g5 20.Nb3 gxf4 21.Qd3 Rg3 22.Bf3 Bg5 23.Bd2 The remaining moves were unreadable. White won in 32. 1–0

White unleashes Black’s fianchettoed Bishop with his 16th.
Milerski,H (1414) – Kerr,J (1592) [B25]
Queens CC Jamaica (2), 18.10.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 Nc6 6.Nge2 e6 7.f4 Nge7 8.0–0 Nd4 9.Kh1 9 g4 is Hoen – Hindle, (Tel Aviv, 1964) which Black won in 33. 9…Nec6 10.a3 b5 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Ne2 Rb8 13.c3 Nxe2 14.Qxe2 0–0 15.a4 b4 (Diagram)

.c4 16 Bd2 keeps things tighter. 16…Qa5 17.Qd2 Bd7 18.Qc2 b3 19.Qd2? Qxd2 20.Bxd2 Bxb2 21.Rab1 Bd4 22.a5 Ba4 23.Bf3 b2 24.Bd1 Bb3 25.f5 Ba2 26.Be2 Bxb1 27.Rxb1 Rb3 28.Bf4 e5 29.Bg5 f6 30.Bh6 Rfb8 31.fxg6 hxg6 32.Bd2 Ra3 33.Bd1 Ra1 34.Bc2 Rxb1+ 35.Bxb1 Rb3 36.Kg2 Ra3 0–1

POSTSCRIPT ON SYLVERS – WAXMAN: Waxman claimed a draw by threefold repetition but Joe Felber ruled that a scoresheet was required for that claim. (Neither player was keeping score at that point.) Waxman’s flag then fell and Sylvers claimed a win on time and that’s the way it ended. Or did it? Ed Frumkin later overruled Joe Felber and called the game a draw, stating that as long as Joe had witnessed the repetition Waxman’s claim had to be upheld. MORAL OF THE STORY: Take your time when you’re ahead on the clock and make good moves. Otherwise, there’s no point to being ahead on the clock.

Queens Championship, Rd.3, 10/25/02

Black misses some opportunities on Moves 30, 31, and 34 before the struggle is resolved peacefully.
Sinclair,D (2085) – Lawson,B (2004) [B34]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Qa5 8.Qd2 0–0 9.Bc4 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Qb4 11.Qd3 [11.e5 is Castillo – Brashi, Lima 1999, 0–1 in 47.] 11…d5 12.Bxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.exd5 Bf5 Fritz wants to reestablish material equality with 14.. Qxb2, though people are typically more circumspect when it comes to grabbing pawns that are often poisonous. 15.Qb5 Qh4+ 16.g3 Qd4 17.Qe2 Rac8 18.Qd2 Qe5+ 19.Kf2 Qf6 20.Kg2 Rc4 Fritz thinks the immediate 20.. b5 is more testing. 21.Rhe1 Rfc8 22.Re2 Fritz prefers 22 Qe2. Now Black has plenty for his pawn. 22…b5 23.a3 a5 24.g4 b4 25.axb4 axb4 26.g5 Qb6 27.Na4 Qd6 28.Rae1 Fritz wants 28 c3 when Black has a slight edge. 28…Rxc2 [28…Rh4! Maintains the attack on c2 while also opening another front against h2. Fritz thinks Black has a won game here, though the text should also do the trick.] 29.Qd4+ Kg8 30.Nb6 Rxe2+ [30…R8c5!–+] 31.Rxe2 Rd8 This brings us back to equality. 31.. Rc5 still gives Black a winning game. 32.Re5 Qc7 33.Qe3 But this gives the edge back to Black. Fritz wants 33 Nc4 =. 33…e6 34.Qd4 (Diagram)

Rd6 [34…Qc2+ –+] 35.Nc4 Rxd5 36.Rxd5 exd5 37.Qxd5 Be6 38.Qd6 ½-½

White misses an equalizing tactic on Move 26 and a winning chance as late as Move 56, before this one also settles amicably.
Cimafranca,E (1945) – Hill,B (2200) [A13]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.c4 e6 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Qb3 c6 7.d3 Bc5 7.. Bd6 is Vandevoort – Coupet, Paris 1990, 1–0 in 24. 8.Nf3 Qb6 9.0–0 Weakens White’s pawns. 9 Qxb6 seems best. 9…Qxb3 10.axb3 Na6 11.Bf4 0–0 12.Rfc1 Re8 13.e3 h6 14.h4 Bf8 15.Na4 b5 16.Nc3 Nc5 17.Rc2 Nxd3 18.Bc7 Bd7 19.Nd4 Rec8 20.Ba5 Ne4 21.Rd1 Nb4 22.Re2 Rab8 23.Kh2 Na6 24.Bh3 g6 25.h5 Kh7 (Diagram)

This allows White a neat tactical shot to even the game. 26.f3 [26.Nxe4! dxe4 27.Nxb5!!] 26…Ng5 27.hxg6+ Kxg6 28.e4 Nxh3 29.exf5+ Bxf5 30.Nxf5 Kxf5 31.Kxh3 Re8 Fritz prefers 31.. b4 when Black is completely winning. 32.g4+ Kf6 33.Rde1 Rxe2 34.Nxe2 Re8 35.Bc3+ Kf7 36.Nd4 b4 37.Rxe8 Kxe8 38.Bd2 c5 39.Ne6 Be7 40.Bxh6 Bf6 41.Bc1 c4 42.bxc4 dxc4 43.f4 Kf7 44.f5 Nb8 45.Nc5 Nc6 46.Kg3 Nd4 47.Kf2 Be7 48.Ne4 a5 49.Ke3 Nb3 50.Bd2 a4 51.Be1 Nc1 52.g5 Nd3 53.g6+ Kg7 54.Bg3 a3 55.bxa3 b3? Too ambitious. 56.Nc3? [56.Kd4 b2 57.Nd2+-] 56…Bxa3 57.Nb1 Bc5+ 58.Kd2 Bd4 59.Bc7 Kf6 60.Ba5 Kxf5 61.Bc3 Bxc3+ 62.Kxc3 ½–½

After Black’s 13th, things get ugly fast.
Frumkin,E (2016) – Sylvers,M (1430) [D78]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 g6 4.b3 Bg7 5.Bb2 0–0 6.Bg2 d5 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.d4 Re8 A common position. Now I find either 9 Nbd2 or 9 Nc3. 9.Qc2 Ne4 10.Nfd2 f5 11.f3 Ng5 12.e3 Nf6 13.Nc3 e5? 14.dxe5 Nd7 15.f4 Ne6 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.Nxd5 Ndc5 18.Rad1 Bd7 19.Nf6+ Bxf6 20.exf6 Kf7 21.Nc4 Rc8 22.Nd6+ Kf8 23.f7 Re7 24.Bf6 Ne4 25.Bxe7+ Kxe7 26.Nxc8+ Qxc8 27.Bxe4 fxe4 28.Qxc8 Bxc8 29.f5 Ng5 30.f8Q+ Kxf8 31.Rd8+ 1–0

White sneaks off with a pawn early and makes it last.
Waxman,M (1998) – Murphy,R (1981) [B45]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Nxd5 cxd5 9.Bd3 Ba6 10.0–0 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 d6 This position arises six times in the database with perfectly balanced results. White has won twice, Black has won twice, and there are two draws. White played 12 Bf4 all six times. Here White goes another route. 12.Bg5 If Black grabs the piece with 12.. Qxg5 White has a perpetual beginning with 13 Qb5+. If Black tries to avoid the perpetual, he’ll lose the exchange when the Ra8 falls. 12…Be7 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.exd6 Qxd6 15.c4 Qa6 16.Qg3 0–0 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Rfd1 Rac8 19.h4 Qh6 Fritz likes 19.. Rfd8 with a roughly equal game. 20.Rxd5 Rc1+ 21.Rd1 Rc4 22.Qg5 Qb6 Fritz prefers 22.. Rxh4 23.b3 h6 24.Qh5 Rc2 24.. Rf4, 25 Rd2 Qb4 is better for Black than the text. 25.Qf5 Rc5 26.Qf4 Rc6 27.Rd2 Rfc8 28.Rad1 Qc7 29.Qxc7 R6xc7 30.g3 Rc1 31.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 32.Kg2 Rc7 33.Kf3 h5 34.Ke2 f6 35.Kd1 Kf7 36.Rc2 Rd7+ 37.Kc1 g5 38.Rd2 Re7 39.hxg5 fxg5 40.f3 Rc7+ 41.Kd1 Ke6 42.Ke2 Rh7 43.Kf2 Ke5 44.Kg2 Rh6 Giving White the seventh, but Fritz thinks this is tough for Black to hold in any event. 45.Rd7 a6 46.Rg7 Kf6 47.Rc7 Ke5 48.Rc5+ Kd4 49.Rxg5 Kc3 50.Kh3 Kb2 51.Ra5 1–0

White tries a rare gambit. It may need work at the shop.
Pierre,A (1699) – Felber,J (2047) [B15]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.Bc4 While Joe notes this is his first time seeing the text, this gambit turns up eight times in the database. White won four, Black won three, and one game was drawn. 4…Nf6 5.Bg5 Bg4 5.. Bf5 is most often played. 6.Nge2 And this is where we leave our small sample. 6 Qd2 is Engels – Lange, Germany 1934, drawn in 46. 6…Nbd7 7.0–0 g6 8.Qd2 Bg7 9.Bh6 0–0 [9…Bxh6 10.Qxh6 b5 11.Bb3 b4–+] 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.f4 Nb6  [11…exf3 12.gxf3 Bh3 And Black is clearly on top.] 12.Bb3 Nbd5 13.Nd1 Qc7 14.c4? Fritz wants 14 Ng3 and Black has only a slight edge. 14…Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Nxf4 16.Qd2 Nd3 17.Nf2 Nxf2 18.Qxf2 Rad8 19.h3 Nh5 20.Qe3 f5 21.Rad1 Qg3 22.Qc1 f4 23.Bc2 f3 24.Bxe4 Qxg2# 0–1

White hangs an exchange on Move 14 and heads downhill from there.
Bauer,A (1652) – Simonaitis,A (1904) [C41]
Queens CC Jamaica (3),
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.Nc3 c6 7.g3 7 Ncxe4, as played in Hammer – Brendel, Weilburg 1997, is the move. 7…Bb4 8.a3 Ba5 Fritz prefers 8.. Bxc3+ 9.b4 Bc7 10.f4 Ne7 10.. exf3 seems better 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qe2 0–0 13.h4 Nf5 14.g4? Ng3 15.Qg2 Nxh1 16.Qxh1 Bxg4 17.Be2 Bxe2 18.Nxe2 Qe7 19.Qh3 Na6 20.Nd4 Rae8 21.Be3 Bb6 22.0–0–0 Nc7 23.c3 Bxd4 24.cxd4 h6 25.Rg1 hxg5 26.Rxg5 Qe6 27.Qg3 The score couldn’t be followed from this point, but Black won in 42. 0–1

A day out with Her Majesty. Nearly half of White’s moves are with The Lady.
Kleinman,J (1771) – Boim,S (1500) [C77]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 b4 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Qc4+ Ke8 10.Qxc5 Nxe4 11.Qe3 d5 12.d3 Nf6 13.Nxe5 d4? The first new move. 13.. Nxe5 is Ionescu (2290) – Slajs (2165), Budapest 1997, 1–0 in 37. 14.Qf3 Nxe5 15.Qxa8 Kd7 16.Qa7 Nc6 17.Qc5 Re8+ 18.Kd1 Re5 19.Qc4 Ng4 20.Qf7+ Kd6 21.h3 Rf5 22.Bf4+ 1–0

White employs a thematic tactical idea in this upset.
Kerr,J (1592) – Blake,B (1711) [E98]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 Nf6 A common King’s Indian position has been reached. Now 13 c5 is the only continuation I have in the database. 13.Nd3 b6 14.b4 a5 15.a3 axb4 16.axb4 Ba6 17.Qb3 Nd7 18.Rfc1 g5 19.Na4 b5 20.Nab2 bxc4 21.Nxc4 Qb8 22.Na5 Rc8? Black already has a very tough game, but this doesn’t help. 23.Nc6 Nxc6 24.dxc6+ Kings Indians and Dutches both have this particular black king vulnerability in common. In both openings Black plays an early f5, thus exposing his king to potential nastiness along the a2-g8 diagonal. Similarly the d5 square is often key. When I used to play these openings as Black I can’t tell you how many times I hung Rooks on a8 to wicked Queen checks from d5. I suppose that’s why I stopped playing these openings. 24…Kh8 25.cxd7 Rd8 26.Rab1 Bb5 27.Ra1 Rxa1 28.Rxa1 Rxd7 29.Nxf4! exf4 30.Bxb5 c6 31.Bxc6 Rc7 32.Rc1 h5 33.b5 g4 34.Qd5 Be5 35.Bd4 Ra7 36.b6 Rg7 37.fxg4 hxg4 38.Bxe5 dxe5 39.b7 f3 40.Ra1 f2+ 41.Kf1 Kh7 42.Ra8 Qc7 43.b8Q Qe7 44.Qbxe5 1–0

Black’s 14th is the beginning of the end.
Drazil,F (1523) – Milerski,H (1414) [C07]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Ngf3 Bd6  6.e5 I find just 6 Bd3 in this position. 6…Be7 7.Be2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0–0 0–0 11.Nb3 b6 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.f4 Bb7 Black had to keep an eye on e6. 15.Bg4 Nc5 16.Nd4 Qc8 17.b4 Ba6 18.Rf3 Qe8 19.bxc5 Bxc5 20.Kh1 Bxd4 21.Qxd4 Bc8 22.Rg3 Bd7 The scoresheet stopped making sense here. White won in 47. 1–0

White wins an early pawn but his extra pawn is a weakie and virtually worthless. Then he gets two chances to win a second pawn on Moves 28 and 29, but misses them. Black, though down a pawn, ends up with the better position and misses a winning chance on Move 34.
Bellon,N (1440) – DiStefano,V (1547) [D03]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 25.10.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bf4 c5 5.c3 Qb6 6.Qb3 Qxb3 7.axb3 My database has this position three times. 7.. Nc6 is played twice with a win for White and a win for Black. 7.. cxd4 is played once. Black won. 7…e6 The problem with this quickly becomes apparent. 8.Bxb8 Rxb8 9.Rxa7 cxd4 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Nbd2 Nxd2 12.Nxd2 Bxd2+ 13.Kxd2 f6 14.e3 0–0 15.Bb5 e5 16.Rc1 Rf7 17.dxe5 fxe5 18.f3 e4 19.f4 g5 20.g3 gxf4 21.exf4 21 gxf4 must be safer. The text gives Black two connected passers. 21…Bd7 22.Bxd7 Rxd7 23.Ke3 Re8 24.Ra4 Kg7 25.Rd4 Kg6 26.Rc5 Red8 27.g4 h5? 28.g5? 28 gxh5+ wins another pawn for White. If 28.. Kxh5, 29 Rxe4! 28…Kf5 The above noted tactic applies here as well. White still has 29 Rxe4! 29.h3 Ke6 30.b4  30…Rd6 31.Rc7 R8d7 32.Rxd7 Rxd7 33.b5 Kd6 34.b4 Now Fritz likes Black. 34…Ke6 [34…Rc7! exposes the weaknesses in the White camp. 35.Kd2 h4! and Black is winning! The problem is White’s Rd4 is blocked by the Kd2. If the White King moves, Black will win the h3 pawn. Bottom line: Rooks are severely underutilized when they have to blockade pawns. Knights are good for that, but not Rooks.] 35.Rd2 Kf5 36.Rd4 ½–½

Queens Championship, Rd.4, 11/1/02

White trades pawns for position in the opening, but ends up on the short end of the stick. Later in the game Fritz points out a couple of spots where White may’ve equalized.
Waxman,M (1998) – Sinclair,D (2085) [C63]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6 7.Bc4 Qa5+ 8.Nc3 Qxe5 9.Be3 d5 10.Bb3 Nf6 11.Qd2 Bg4 11.. Bb4 is Tatar (2350) – Papp (2115), Hungary 1998, 1–0 in 32. 12.Bd4 Qh5 13.f3 exf3 14.0–0–0 fxg2 15.Rde1+ Kd7 White’s position isn’t worth 3 pawns. 16.Rhg1 Bf3 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Kb1 Bc5 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20.Rxg2 Rhg8 21.Rxg8 Rxg8 22.c4 Rg2 23.Qd3 Qh4 Much more convincing is 23.. Qg6, effectively ending the fight. 24.Rd1 Qf2 25.Bc2 Bd4 26.cxd5 c5 27.Qh3+ Kc7 28.Qxh7+ Kb6 28.. Kd6, keeping an eye on the d5 pawn is much better, according to Fritz. 29.Qd3 [29.d6 equalizes] 29…Rxh2 Fritz suggests 29.. Rg1 as the best way for Black to hold the initiative. 30.Rf1 30 b4 is the last opportunity for White to equalize. 30…Qe2 31.Rd1 Qxd3 32.Rxd3 Kc7 33.Kc1 f5 34.b4 f4 35.bxc5 Bxc5 36.Bb3 Kd6 37.Kd1 b5 38.Rd2 Rh1+ 39.Ke2 Rh3 40.Rd3 Be3 41.Rc3 f3+! 42.Kd3 Bc5 43.Rc1 f2+ 44.Ke2 Re3+ 45.Kf1 Rg3 46.Ke2 Rg1 47.Rf1 a5 48.a4 bxa4 49.Bxa4 Kxd5 50.Bb5 Ke4 51.Kd2 a4 0–1

White is better most of the game, but never quite lands the knockout.
Lawson,B (2004) – Frumkin,E (2016) [A42]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.d4 d6 2.c4 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.Nge2 Nh6 7.d5 Ne7 8.f3 f5 9.Qd2 Nf7 10.0–0–0 Bd7 11.Kb1 a6 12.Nc1 Qb8 At last a new move. 12.. h5 is Padevsky – Ujtelky, 1963 Rubinstein Memorial, 0–1 in 47. 13.a3 b5 14.N1a2 0–0 15.g3 f4 16.gxf4 exf4 17.Bxf4 Ne5 18.Be2 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.h4 h5 21.Bg5 Nc8 22.Bh6 Nb6 23.Bxg7 [23.Rhg1! Qe8 (23…Be8 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.f4+-) 24.Rg3 Rf6 25.Qg5 Qf7 26.Rdg1+-] 23…Kxg7 24.Rhg1 Qd8 25.Rg5 Fritz prefers 25 Qg2, not completely trusting the pawn sac. 25…Kh7 [25…Rxf3 26.Rdg1 Bg4 Apparently Fritz is from Missouri and wants to know why it can’t munch on f3.] 26.Rdg1 Now White is in total control. 26…Be8 27.f4 Nd7 28.Nb4 Qf6 29.Ne2 Nc5 30.e5 dxe5 31.fxe5 Qf2 32.Qc2 Qxh4 33.Rxg6 Rf1+ 34.Ka2 Rxg1 (Diagram)

.Rxg1+? Fritz prefers ending the game with 35 Rg4+ 35…Qe4 36.Ng3 [36.Qc3! Qxe2 37.e6 Bg6 38.Qg3 Rg8 39.Qxc7++-] 36…Qxc2 37.Nxc2 Nd3 And White’s attack is officially over. Fritz sees the position as roughly equal. 38.e6 Rb8 39.Rb1 Bg6 40.Ne3 Ne5 But this gives White winning chances again. Fritz prefers 40.. h4 with equal opportunities. 41.Rc1 [41.Rg1 Nd3 (41…Rb3 42.Ngf5+-) 42.Nxc4+-] 41…Nd3 42.Rc2 h4 43.Ngf5 h3 44.Rh2 Nf4 [44…Bxf5 45.Nxf5 Kg6=] 45.d6 [45.Ng2! Bxf5 46.Nxf4 And once again White is securely on top.] 45…cxd6 46.Nxd6 Nxe6 46.. Kg7 maintains equality. 47.Rxh3+ Kg7 White will be a pawn up here but if the minors get traded off the resulting endgame is a theoretical draw. ½–½

Black’s 19th decides this battle.
Bonin,J (2413) – Cimafranca,E (1945) [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c6 3.c3 h6 4.Bh4 Nf6 4.. Bf5 is the most popular here, though 4.. Qb6 has also been tried. 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Qb6 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.0–0–0 Qa5 11.Kb1 b5  12.e4 0–0–0 13.exd5 cxd5 14.Qf5 b4 15.Nb3 Qb5 16.c4 g6 17.cxb5 gxf5 18.Na5 Kc7 19.Ne2 Nb8 19.. Kb6 and White has just a slight edge. 20.Rc1+ Kb6 21.Nc6 Nxc6 22.Rxc6+ Kxb5 23.Rxf6 Rg8 24.g3 Re8 25.Nf4 Bg7 26.Rxf5 Rd8 27.Nxd5 Kc4 28.Rd1 Rd7 29.Ne3# 1–0

White reenacts one of his games from two years ago, and seems well on his way to notching the full point. Black’s vigilant 23rd, however, enables him to save the game.
Hill,B (2200) – Guevara,R (1898) [E43]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.Nf3 Ne4 7.0–0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 f5 9.Qc2 0–0 10.Nd2 Nxd2 11.Bxd2 d6 12.f4 Bernie changes up from Hill – Felber, 2000 Queens CC, Rd. 2, when he played 12 Rab1 and won in 52. 12…Nd7 13.e4 g6 14.e5 c5 Up until now this had all been done before. 14.. Re8 is Fritsch (2220) – Holzhaeuer (2275), Germany 1988, 1/2 in 62. 15.Rae1 d5 Allows White an imposing central pawn structure. 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.c4 Bb7 18.d5! Qe8 19.Qb3 Rf7 20.a4 Rc8 21.a5 Qe7 22.Ra1? Allows Black a tactical shot which frees him from his positional bind. 22…exd5 23.cxd5 c4! 24.Bxc4 Qc5+ 25.Be3 Qxc4 26.Qxc4 Rxc4 27.e6 Re7 28.exd7 Rxd7 29.axb6 axb6 30.Ra7 b5 31.Rb1 Ra4 32.Rxb5 Rxa7 33.Bxa7 Ba6 34.Rb8+ Kf7 35.Bd4 Rxd5 36.Be5 Rd1+ 37.Kf2 Rd2+ 38.Kg1 Rd1+ 39.Kf2 Rd2+ 40.Kg1 Rd1+ ½–½

White successfully bluffs Black on Move 16.
Felber,J (2047) – Kleinman,J (1771) [B74]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.0–0 Bg7 8.Be3 0–0 9.Nb3 Bd7 10.f4 Rc8 11.Qe1 a6 12.Rd1 12 a4 is the only move the database has here. 12…b5 13.a3 Ng4 14.Bxg4 Bxg4 15.Rd3 Be6 16.Nd5 Fritz prefers 16 Rf2, pointing out that the sac is unsound. 16…Bxd5 [16…Bxb2! 17.c3 f5 18.exf5 Rxf5 19.Qd2 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Bxc3–+] 17.exd5 Nb8 18.Nd4 But this sac is quite sound. 18…Qc7 [18…Bxd4? 19.Bxd4 Rxc2 20.f5 And Black is unable to defend his King here.] 19.f5 Qb7 19.. Nd7 is much better. 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.Qh4 Qxd5? 22.Nf5! Qb7 23.Nxe7+ 1–0

White launches an unsound yet successful attack against Black in the opening. The endgame finds White down an exchange, but with ample compensation.
Simonaitis,A (1904) – Kerr,J (1592) [B23]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Bxc6 Bxc6 8.d3 e6 9.0–0 Ne7 10.Qe1 b5 10.. 0–0 is H. Nakamura – Barrientos, Oropesa del Mar 1998, 0–1 in 63. 11.a3 a5 12.Bd2 Qb6 13.Kh1 0–0 14.Qh4 Qc7 15.f5 Unsound, according to Fritz. 15…exf5 16.Bh6 fxe4 [16…Bxh6 17.Qxh6 f6 ends White’s attack. The text gives White plenty of play.] 17.Ng5 Nf5 18.Rxf5 gxf5 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qxh7+ Kf6 21.Rf1 Qd7 22.dxe4 Ke7 23.Rxf5 Kd8 24.Qh4 Kc7 25.Qf4 Kb6 26.Nh7 Rh8 27.Rxf7 Qe6 28.h3 Qe5 29.Qxe5 dxe5 And after all this, material is equal. Fritz thinks White’s position is winning, however.30.Ng5 Fritz wants 30 Nd5+! Bxd5 (forced), 31 exd5 and White’s d5 pawn is very dangerous. 30…Rhf8 31.Kh2 b4 32.Nd5+ Bxd5 33.exd5 Rxf7 34.Nxf7 With White’s Rook gone, the d5 pawn isn’t quite as dangerous as in the previous line. Still, Fritz thinks White is slightly ahead here. 34…e4 35.Ne5 Re8 36.Nc4+ Kc7 37.Ne3 Kd6 38.Kg3 Ke5 39.Kf2 Kd4 40.a4 c4 41.Ke2 c3 42.b3 Rg8 43.h4 Rh8 44.d6 Kc5 Fritz wants 44.. Rg8 to hold the position. 45.Nf5 Kd5 46.Ke3 Ke5 47.g4 Rh7 48.h5 Rd7 49.Ng3 49 h6 and Black can’t last much longer. 49…Rxd6 50.Nxe4 Rd4 51.Nf2 Rd6 52.g5 Kf5 53.g6 Rd7 54.Nd3  54…Kg5 55.Ne5 Rc7 56.Kd4 Kxh5 57.Kd5 Rc8 58.Nc6 Ra8 59.g7 Kg6 Allows a tactical shot, but Black was in big trouble either way. [59…Kh6 60.Kc5 Kxg7 61.Kb5 Kf6 62.Nxa5 And Fritz says this is a win for White.] 60.g8Q+ Rxg8 61.Ne7+ 1–0

Black’s 14th enables White to grab a pawn, but the outcome is up in the air until Move 49.
Blake,B (1711) – Guttendorfer,G (1429) [B31]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Bxc6 bxc6 5.. dxc6 is all I find here. 6.0–0 Bg7 7.Rb1 Nf6 8.d3 a5 9.Be3 d6 10.Na4 Ng4 11.Bd2 0–0 12.c4 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Bc3 Qc7? 15.Bxe5 dxe5 16.Nxc5 Qd6 17.Nb3 a4 18.Nc1 Rd8 19.Qc2 c5 20.Rd1 Bd7 21.Ne2 Ra6 22.Nc3 Bg4 23.f3 Qd4+ 24.Qf2 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Be6 26.Ke3 f5 27.g3 h5 28.exf5 Bxf5 29.h4 Rf8 30.b4 axb3 31.Rxb3 Raf6 32.Nd5 R6f7 33.Rb7 Re8 34.a4 Bh3 35.Rd2 Be6 36.Nc7 Bc8 37.Nxe8 Bxb7 38.f4 [38.Rf2 Bc6 39.Nc7 Bxa4 40.Ne6 Keeps White firmly on top. The text gives Black play. ] 38…Bc6 39.Nc7 exf4+ 40.gxf4 e5 41.Ne6 exf4+ 42.Nxf4 Re7+ 43.Kf2 Rf7 44.Kg3 Bxa4 45.Ra2 Bd1 46.Ra6 Kh7 47.Ra1 Bg4 48.Re1 Bf5 [48…Kh6 49.Re5 Rf5=] 49.Re5 Kh6 [49…Rc7 50.Kf3 And White will shortly make a passed c pawn while Black has difficulty utilizing his majority. Still, this has to be stiffer resistance for Black than the text.] 50.Rxc5 g5? 51.Rc6+ Kh7 52.hxg5 h4+ 53.Kxh4 Bd7 54.Rh6+ Kg7 55.Nh5+ Kf8 56.Nf6 Bf5 57.d4 Ke7 58.c5 Kf8 59.Rh8+ Ke7 1–0

The Game of the Week has these two players revisiting a debate they began in the Club Championship two years ago. The result is a wild one where the advantage frequently bounces back and forth. The endgame finds Black up an exchange but hard pressed to deal with White’s fearsome Bishop. Black’s ticking clock eventually ends things.
Boim,S (1500) – Bauer,A (1652) [C58]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 01.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Qh5 Boim varies from 10 0–0 as he played in Boim – Bauer, 2000 Queens CC Rd.6, 0–1 in 52. 10…Qc7 11.0–0 Be7 12.b3 0–0 13.Bb2 f5 14.Ng3 Nf4 15.Qd1 Nxd3 16.cxd3 Ba6 17.Re1 Bd6 18.b4 Bxb4 19.Bxe5 Qd7? 19.. Bd6 maintains equal chances. 20.Qa4 Qe7 21.Nc3 Bxd3 22.Bd4  [22.a3! wins a piece 22…Bxc3 (22…Nc4 23.Qxb4) 23.Bxc3] 22…Qd6 Now the immediate 23 a3 can be met by 23.. Bc5! But, White can win the exchange instead now by 23 Be5 Qc5, 24 a3! Bxc3, 25 Bxc3 with the unstoppable threat of 26 Bb4! 23.Be5 Qc5 24.Rac1 White misses his shot. 24…Nc4 25.Bf4 Kh7 26.Be3 Qd6 27.Qb3? And now White loses the exchange. Fritz prefers 27 Bf4 Bxf4, 28 Qxb4 = 27…Ba3 28.Rcd1 Rab8 29.Qa4 Nb2 30.Qa5 Nxd1 31.Rxd1 Rb7  [31…f4 should end all meaningful resistance 32.Bxa7 fxg3] 32.Na4 Rfb8 33.Nc3 Bb4 34.Qa4 Ba3 Again 34.. f4 is more than sufficient. 35.h3 Bb2 36.Qa5 [36.Bf4 Qb4 37.Bxb8 Qxa4 38.Nxa4 Rxb8 White’s Knights are no match for Black’s Bishop pair, but this is the stiffest resistance for White.] 36…g6 And again 36.. f4 is killing. 37.Bc5 Qd7 38.Re1 Qd8 39.Qa4 Qf6 40.Qf4 Bxc3 41.dxc3 Qxc3 42.Rc1 42.. Qxc1! simplifies Black’s task. 42…Qa5 43.Qd4 Qd2 44.Rc3 Qe1+ 45.Kh2 Be4 46.Re3 Qb1 47.Nxe4 fxe4 48.Rxe4 Qxa2 49.Qf6 Qd5 50.Re5 Qf7 51.Qd6 Rc8 52.Re6 Rd7 53.Qe5 Qg7 54.Qe4 Rf7 [54…Rcc7 55.Bd6 Rb7 56.Be5 Qg8 57.Rxc6 Re7–+ The consolidating defensive plan Fritz suggests for Black. Here Black’s exchange advantage will deliver the goods for him. The text makes a mountain out of White’s Bishop. ] 55.Bd4 Qg8 (Diagram)

Lets Black off the hook. [56.h4!! h5 57.g4! And amazingly, White is completely won. His Bd4 is now a canon.] 56…Rd8 57.Bc3 Qf8 58.Re6 Qg8 Now 59 h4 doesn’t work due to 59.. h5, 60 g4? Rxf2+, as White’s Bishop is now on c3 and no longer holding f2. 59.Qxc6 59.. Rc8 wins of course, but Andy lost on time here.  1–0

Queens Championship, Rd.5, 11/8/02

The Game of the Week features Devlin Sinclair knocking off defending club champ and New York chess institution Jay Bonin. The game was completely level until Jay pressed with 44.. f5? It appears the championship is up for grabs.
Sinclair,D (2085) – Bonin,J (2413) [B00]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Be3 e5 This position comes up three times in the database with the three different continuations of 5 Nge2, 5 Bb5, and 5 d5. White goes another way here. 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Nxd8 7.h3 Bb4 8.Bd2 0–0 9.Bd3 Ne6 10.f3 Nf4 11.Bf1 Be6 12.Nge2 Nxe2 13.Bxe2 Rfd8 14.a3 Ba5 15.0–0–0 Nh5 16.g4 Bxc3 17.Bxc3 Nf4 18.Rh2 f6 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Bd2 Kf7 21.Be3 h5 22.Bf1 b6 23.Rd2 Rh8 24.Bxf4 exf4 25.Be2 Kg6 26.Bb5 hxg4 27.hxg4 Kg5 28.Kd1 Rh1+ 29.Ke2 Kh4 30.Kf2 Rh2+ 31.Ke1 Rxd2 32.Kxd2 Kg3 33.Ke2 Kg2 34.Bd3 c5 35.b3 c4 36.bxc4 Of course if 36 Bxc4?? Bxc4, 37 bxc4 and White will shortly have to give up f3. 36…g5 37.c5 Holding on to an extra useless pawn was pointless. 37…bxc5 38.Ba6 Ba2 39.a4 Bb1 40.c3 Ba2 41.a5 Be6 42.Bb5 Kg3 43.Ba6 Bf7 44.Bb5 (Diagram)

f5? The game was dead equal. Black tries too hard to win. 45.gxf5 Bh5 46.e5 Bxf3+ 47.Kd2 Bd5 48.e6 f3 49.e7 Bf7 50.e8Q Bxe8 51.Bxe8 g4 52.f6 f2 53.Bb5 Kh2 54.f7 g3 55.f8Q 1–0

White mixes it up on Move 17 but misses the follow-up.
Bierkens,P (2221) – Lawson,B (2004) [B34]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 0–0 8.h4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Qxd5 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.0–0 Palermo – Panno, Mar del Plata 1968, continued 12 c3 and White lost in 46. Fritz agrees with Palermo’s choice, not seeing why Black can’t play 12.. Bxb2 now. 12…Bf5 13.c3 Rfd8 14.Qb3 Be4 15.Bb5 Qc7 16.Bc4 e6 17.Bxe6 Bd3 18.Bg5? [18.Bd5 Bxf1 19.Rxf1 Rd7 And while White is the equivalent of a pawn down, he has compensation in the form of his powerful light-square Bishop. Fritz finds it roughly equal.] 18…Bxf1 19.Bxd8 Rxd8 20.Bd5 Ba6 21.Re1 h5 22.c4 Bf6 23.g3 Kg7 24.Re4 b5 25.Rf4 bxc4 26.Qf3 Qd6 27.Bxc4 Bxc4 28.Rxc4 Qd1+ 29.Kg2 Qxf3+ 30.Kxf3 Bxb2 31.Ke4 Rd7 32.a4 a5 33.Ke3 Rb7 White lasted another 16 moves but the score didn’t make sense from this point. 0–1

Joe says he waited 16 years to avenge past losses to Arunas Simonaitis. Keep waiting, Joe.
Simonaitis,A (1904) – Felber,J (2047) [B10]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.d4 Ndf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Qxe4 Nf6 8.Qe5 g6 9.Bg5 9 c3 is Wichmann (2185) – Doescher (2155), Oberliga 1999, drawn in 38. 9…Bg7 10.Ne2 0–0 11.0–0 Bg4 12.f3 Be6 13.c3 h6 14.Bh4 14 Bxf6 was required, according to Fritz. 14…Nd5 15.Qg3 Ne3 (15…g5! 16.Bxg5 hxg5 17.Qxg5 Qd6 18.f4 Bd7 19.Rf3 Qf6 Certainly not clear in the heat of battle, but Fritz says Black survives the attack and ends up ahead the equivalent of a pawn.) 16.Rfe1 Bf5 17.Qf2 Nxg2 18.Qxg2 Bxd3 19.Nf4 g5 20.Bxg5 hxg5 21.Nxd3 Qd5 [21…e6 22.Re4! And Black will be hard pressed to defend.] 22.Rxe7 b6 23.f4 Qd6 24.Qxg5 Rae8 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Ne5 c5 27.Qf5 Qd5 28.Re1 Re6 [28…f6 29.Qg6 Re7 30.Qg2 Qd6 31.Nf3+-] 29.Qxf7+ Kh7 30.Qf5+ Kg8 31.Qf7+ Kh7 32.Re3 Qd6 33.Rg3 1–0

Black misses opportunities on Moves 22 and 27.
Cimafranca,E (1945) – Waxman,M (1998) [B32]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.a4 a6 7.N5a3 Nf6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Nc4 Nd4 11.Bxf6 A common position. Now 11.. Bxf6 is the only move played. 11…gxf6 12.Ne3 Fritz greatly prefers 12 Nd5. 12…f5 13.exf5 Nxf5 14.Nxf5 Bxf5 15.g3 h5 16.Bg2 Rb8 17.h4 Qd7 18.Qd2 Bf8 19.Nd5 Bh6 20.Qa5 Kf8 21.0–0 Kg7 [21…Bxc2 22.f4=] 22.Ne3 Rhc8 [22…Bxe3 23.fxe3 Bxc2³] 23.Nxf5+ Qxf5 24.c3 Rc5 25.Qb4 b5 26.Rad1 Qe6 27.Rfe1 Rc4? [27…a5 28.Qxa5 bxa4 29.Qxa4 Rxb2=] 28.Qxd6 Qxd6 29.Rxd6 bxa4 30.Rxe5 Rxb2 31.Rxh5 Rb1+ 32.Kh2 Bc1 33.Rxa6 a3 34.Bd5 Rc7 35.Be4 Rb2 36.Rh7+ Kf8 37.Kg2 Rd2 38.Bg6 Rd8 39.Be4 Rdd7 40.Rh8+ Ke7 41.Rha8 Rd6 42.h5 Rxa6 43.Rxa6 f6 44.f4 Black lasted a few more moves which were not recorded. 1–0

Both sides miss chances early, but the battle is decided by Black’s miss of a saving tactic on Move 20.
Guevara,R (1898) – Murphy,R (1981) [D02]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bg5 Nf6 4.e3 Ne4 5.Bh4 Bg4 6.h3 6 c3 is Sanchez (2385) – Gomez (2306), Barcelona 2000, drawn in 31. 6…Bh5 7.Be2 f6 8.Nbd2 g5 9.Bg3 [9.Nxe4! dxe4 10.Ne5 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 fxe5 12.Qh5+ Kd7 13.dxe5²] 9…Nxg3 10.fxg3 Qd6 11.Kf2 Bg6 12.a3 h5 13.c4 h4 14.g4 e6 15.Re1 Bg7 16.Qb3 0–0 Gives White the edge. Fritz prefers castling long. 17.Kg1 [17.c5! Qd7 18.Qxb7 Rab8 19.Qa6 Rxb2 20.Bb5 Be8 21.Rab1+- Black is all tied up here.] 17…Bf7 18.Rac1 Rae8 19.Qxb7 Rb8 20.Qa6 Rxb2 [20…Nxd4!=] 21.cxd5 Rb6 22.Nc4 Qxd5 23.Nxb6 cxb6 24.Qc4 Qe4 25.Bd3 Qd5 26.Qxd5 exd5 27.Rxc6 Re8 28.Bf5 Bf8 29.Rc8 Rxc8 30.Bxc8 a5 31.Rb1 Bxa3 32.Rxb6 1–0

The following game may take the Bulletin record for the longest run in theory (18 moves!) Black plays the Marshall and gets plenty of pressure but misses his chance on Move 24.
Blake,B (1711) – Wei,A (1800) [C89]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Qf1 Qh5 18.Nd2 Re6 19.Bd1 At last we’re out of theory. The database has only 19 Bxd5 and 19 c4 here. 19…f5 20.Bxg4 Qxg4 21.f3 Qh5 22.Bf2 Rh6 23.Qg2 Rg6 24.Be3 Fritz wants 24 a4 to maintain the even game. Though White will remain up the gambited pawn, Black has sufficient positional compensation. The text, however, should give the game to Black. 24…Rff6 [24…Nxe3! 25.Rxe3 f4–+ Black wins back his pawn and puts the White king under heavy fire.] 25.Nf1 Nxe3 One move too late. 26.Nxe3 Qh6 Fritz wants Black to continue his attack with 26.. f4 with equal chances. The hesitating text allows White to assert his material advantage. 27.Nf1 Rg5 28.Re8+ Kf7 29.Rae1 Qg6 30.f4 Rh5 31.Qxc6 Qg4 32.Rd8 Re6 33.Rxe6 1–0

Black leaves a hole with his 11th. A couple of opportunites to get back in the game pass unnoticed.
Kleinman,J (1771) – Sugar,Z (1644) [C63]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Ng3 d6 7.0–0 Be7 8.d4 e4 9.d5 a6 10.dxc6 10 Ba4 is Gutierrez (2235) – Perez (2250), Aandalucia 1991, 1–0 in 21. 10…axb5 11.Nd4 0–0? 11.. bxc6, 12 Nxc6 = 12.cxb7 Bxb7 13.Ne6 Qd7 14.Nxf8 Rxf8 15.Bg5 d5 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Nxe4 Bxb2 18.Rb1 Ba3 19.Qd3 Qe7 20.Nc3 [20.Qxb5+- Instead, the text gives Black chances to equalize.] 20…c6 21.Rbe1 Qc5 22.Re2 Bc8 Fritz wants 22.. Qa7! when Black can possibly obtain pressure on either the a6-f1 diagonal or the a7-g1 diagonal, in addition to pressure against White’s a2 pawn. According to Fritz, White would maintain the edge but it would be only a slight one. 23.Nb1 Bb4 24.c3 Ba5 25.Qe3 Qc4 [25…Qxe3! 26.Rxe3 (26.fxe3 Rxf1+ 27.Kxf1 Bf5=) 26…Bf5= In both of these lines Black’s strong Bishops and White’s weak pawns make up for White’s material advantage.] 26.Rfe1 Now White has finally cleared the minefield. 26…Bf5 27.Qa7 Bxc3 28.Nxc3 Qxc3 29.Re8 Qf6 29.. Be4 is best, but White is still well on top. The text brings about the end quicker. 30.Qc5 Bd3 31.Rxf8+ Qxf8 32.Qxc6 Bg6 33.Qxd5+ Qf7 34.Re8# 1–0

White sacs a pawn for a powerful attack on Move 24. Black misses chances to hang on (one as late as Move 56) and hangs it up when White’s Queen returns.
Kerr,J (1592) – Pierre,A (1699) [E24]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.Qc2 d6 7.Bg5 7 Nf3 is most common here, though 7 e3 has also been played. 7…Nbd7 8.Nf3 0–0 9.e3 Qa5 10.Bxf6 Nxf6 11.Nd2 Qc7 12.Bd3 h6 13.0–0 b6 14.f3 Bb7 15.e4 d5 16.cxd5 exd5 17.e5 Nd7 18.Rac1 Qd8 Looks like Black is losing time here. 19.f4 Rc8 20.Qb1 Qe7 21.f5 Qh4 22.Nf3 Qe7 Black still appears to be marking time. 23.Rce1 Ra8 Time marches on. 24.f6!! gxf6 25.exf6 Qxf6 26.Ne5 Qd6 27.Bh7+ Kg7 28.Ng4 28 Re3! is the lethal finishing touch. 28…h5 28.. Rae8 enables Black to hold the position, according to Fritz. 29.Ne3 Kh8 30.Qf5 [30.Qd1+- The text gives Black drawing chances.] 30…Nf6 31.Qxf6+ Qxf6 32.Rxf6 Kxh7 33.Nf5 Bc8 34.Rh6+ Kg8 35.Ne7+ Kg7 36.Rxh5 Be6 37.Nxd5 cxd4 38.cxd4 Rad8 39.Ree5 Bxd5 40.Rxd5 f6 41.Rhf5 Kg6 42.h3 Kf7 43.Rxd8 Rxd8 44.Rf4 Ke6 45.g4 Rc8 46.Rf3 Rc4 47.Rd3 Kd5 48.Kf2 Ke4 49.Re3+ Kxd4  50.Rf3 Rc6 51.h4 a5 52.h5 Ke5 53.h6 Rc7 54.Rf5+ Ke6 55.Rb5 Rb7 56.Rh5 Kf7? [56…Rh7 And the game appears no longer winnable.] 57.h7 Rb8 58.h8Q 1–0

Both players trade some missteps, but White’s consistent pressure against Black’s King ultimately pays off.
Lorenzo,A (1860) – Sylvers,M (1430) [B21]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.e5 Nxe5 8.Nxe5 Bxe5 The database has five games with this position. 9 Bxf7+ is played all five times with three White wins, one draw, and one Black win. 9.Qd5? This leaves White down two pawns with no compensation. 9…Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 e6 11.Qe5 Qf6 12.Qg3 d5 13.Bg5 Qg7 14.Bb5+ Bd7 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.0–0 Nf6 17.Qe5 Ne8 18.Qe3 h6 18.. Nd6 is best, giving the Black Knight a nice central post, followed by completing development. 19.Bf4 g5 20.Be5 f6 21.Bd4 b6 22.Qf3 Qg6 23.Rfe1 g4 24.Qe2 Nc7 25.c4 Qe4? Now White quickly equalizes. 26.Qb2 Qf5 27.Bxf6 Rhf8 28.Bh4 Rf7 29.cxd5 exd5 30.Rad1 Re8 31.Rxe8 Kxe8 32.Qh8+ Kd7 33.Qd8+ The immediate 33 Rc1! is winning. 33…Kc6 34.Rc1+ Kb7 35.Qd6 Qf4? [35…Qe6! solves Black’s problems and leaves him with the advantage since 36 Rxc7+ fails to 36.. Rxc7, 37 Qxe6?? Rc1 mating. ] 36.Qc6+ Now 36 Rxc7+! works as 36.. Rxc7, 37 Qxf4 and White holds f1. 36…Kb8 Paradoxically, the Black King is completely safe on a6. The text ends it. 37.Bg3 Rf6 38.Bxf4 Rxc6 39.Rxc6 Kb7 40.Rxc7+ Ka6 Resigns is best. Perhaps White was very short on time. 41.Bxh6 b5 42.Be3 Ka5 43.Rxa7+ Kb4 44.Kf1 Kc4 45.Ke2 Kc3 46.Rd7 Kc4 47.Kd2 b4 48.Kc2 Whew. White’s King gets over in the nick of time. Of course, nearly every other move is also winning. 1–0

A tribute game to Henny Youngman. Take my pieces… please.
DiStefano,V (1547) – Guttendorfer,G (1429) [A40]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 08.11.2002
.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 Nf6 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.c3 0–0 7.e4 d6 8.Bd3 e5 9.Qe2 Fuller (2355) – Taulbut (2375), Brighton 1980, continued 9 dxe5 with a draw in 69. 9…a6 10.h3 Bd7 11.g4 Bxg4 A tad ambitious. 12.hxg4 g5 13.Nxg5 These guys must be looking for the kamikaze chess tournament. That club meets Thursdays, I think. 13…exd4 14.cxd4 hxg5 15.Bxg5 Nxd4 16.Qe3 Ne6 17.f3 Nxg5 17.. Nxg4! is actually good now. 18.Qxg5 Nh7 19.Qh5 Nf6 20.Qh3 Re8 21.0–0–0 Kf8 22.f4 Ke7 23.g5 Nd7 24.f5 Kf8 Sometimes a king just can’t find a decent home. 25.f6 Nxf6 26.gxf6 Qxf6 27.Rdg1? Looks like an oops. 27…Qxb2+ 28.Kd1 Qa1+ 29.Ke2 d5?? One good oops deserves another. 1–0

Queens Championship, Rd.6, 11/15/02
If you are not returning but would like a copy of the Rd.7 Bulletin, please send e-mail to and I will send you the file. Note “Bulletin Wanted” in the Subject line as I get lots of junk. Otherwise, I’ll try to have the Rd.7 report at the Club on December 6th. Thanks to everyone who submitted their games win, lose, or draw.

The top board is appropriately a very tightly played draw. After Black’s 25th White takes the advantage. Fritz thinks White has two shots to cash in (Moves 27 and 37). Those possibilities aside, Black defends tenaciously and it’s hard to find improvements for White in the ending.
Frumkin,E (2016) – Sinclair,D (2085) [A14]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c5 5.0–0 Nc6 6.b3 Be7 7.Bb2 0–0 8.e3 dxc4 9.bxc4 Qd3 10.Qb3 Rd8 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 Qxb3 12… Ng4 is Frumkin (2077) – Hoover (2275), 2000 U.S. Open (St. Paul), 0–1 in 34. 13.axb3 Rd3 14.Bc3 a6 15.Rd1 Rb8 16.Bf1 Rd8 17.f3 Bd7 18.d4 Bc6 19.Kf2 g5 20.g4 Ne8 21.Ra2 cxd4 22.exd4 Bd6 23.Kg2 Bf4 24.Bd3 Nd6 25.Bd2 f5? 25.. Bxd2 is recommended to maintain equality. 26.Bxf4 gxf4 (Diagram)

.Kf2 [27.gxf5! Nxf5 (27…exf5 28.Nc3+-) 28.Bxf5 exf5 29.d5+- In both of these lines, Black’s f4 pawn is not long for this world. In addition, White’s pawn structure is far better and his minors are better than Black’s. The text still gives White an edge.] 27…fxg4 28.fxg4 Nf7 29.h4 Nh6 30.Be2 Rd6 31.Bf3 Rbd8 32.Rad2 Be8 33.Nc3 Bg6 34.h5 Be8 35.Ne4 Rb6 36.Nc5 Bd7 37.Re2 [37.Nxb7! Nxg4+ 38.Kg1+-] 37…Bc8 38.Re4 Rbd6 39.d5 exd5 40.Rxd5  [40.cxd5 Bxg4 41.Nxb7 Rxd5 42.Nxd8 Rxd1 43.Bxd1 Bxd1 44.Rxf4 Bxb3 45.Rb4 Bd1 46.Rb6 Kg7 47.Rxa6 Bxh5 leaves the same apparently unwinnable ending as the game.] 40…Rxd5 [40…Nxg4+ 41.Kg1 (41.Bxg4 Rxd5 42.cxd5 Bxg4 43.Rxf4 Bxh5=) 41…Rxd5 42.cxd5 Kg7=] 41.cxd5 Bxg4 [41…Nxg4+ 42.Kg1 (42.Bxg4 Bxg4=) 42…Kg7=] 42.Rxf4 Bxf3 43.Ne6 Bxd5 44.Nxd8 Bxb3 45.Nxb7 Bf7 46.Ra4 Kg7 47.Rxa6 Bxh5 48.Nd6 Bg6 49.Nc4 Nf7 50.Ne3 Bd3 51.Rb6 Be4 52.Kg3 Bg6 53.Kf4 Nh6 54.Ke5 Nf7+ 55.Kf4 Nh6 56.Nc4 Nf7 57.Rc6 Bd3 58.Ne3 Bg6 59.Nf5+ This assures the draw, though it’s difficult to see how White could make progress. 59…Bxf5 60.Kxf5 Nh6+ ½–½

Opposite side castling and both sides are on the attack. Looks like a bloodbath. After Black’s 22nd White is completely winning and heading toward the end zone, but he turns over the ball on his 25th. Lawson,B (2004) – Simonaitis,A (1904) [D32]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.Qxd5 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Qd1 Bc5 10.e3 Qe7 11.Be2 g5 This position comes up four times in the database. 12 Nd4 is played twice with two White wins, 12 0–0 is played once with a White win, and 12 a3 is played once with a Black win. Fritz likes 12 0–0. 12.b4 White counters Black’s wing thrust with his own. 12…Bxb4 13.Bb2 0–0–0 14.0–0 Rhg8 15.Nd4 g4 16.Rc1 Kb8 17.Ncb5 Ne5 18.Rc7 Fritz likes 18 Qc2, giving White a substantial edge. The text may be premature, though it should still lead to equality. 18…a6 19.Nf5 Qe6 20.Nfd4 [20.Ng7 Rxg7 21.Qd4 axb5 22.Qxe5 Bd6 23.Qxf6 Qxf6 24.Bxf6 Bxc7 25.Bxg7=] 20…Qb6 [20…Qd5!! 21.Nc3 Qa5 22.Rxd7 Rxd7–+] 21.Qb3 Nf3+ 22.Nxf3 gxf3? [22…Bxb5 23.Be5 Bd6 24.Rxf7 gxf3 25.Bxf3 Bxe5 26.Rxb7+ Qxb7 27.Bxb7 Kxb7 28.a4=] 23.Bxf3 Bc8 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.Qxb4? [25.Rxf7 Qb6 26.Nd4+-] 25…Qxf3 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Qd6+ Ka8 28.g3 axb5 29.Qa3+ Kb8 30.Qd6+ Ka7 31.Qa3+ Kb6 0–1

Black’s 17th appears to be the critical point.
Guevara,R (1898) – Cimafranca,E (1945) [D02]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.Nbd2 e6 5.e3 Bd6 6 Bxd6 and 6 Ne5 are now the only continuations in the database. 6.Bd3 Bxf4 7.exf4 Qc7 8.Ne5 a6 9.0–0 c5 10.dxc5 Qxc5 11.Nb3 Qe7 12.Re1 0–0 13.Qf3 Nc6 14.c3 g6 15.g4 Nxe5 16.fxe5 Nd7 17.Qg3 f5? Fritz prefers 17.. f6 with roughly an equal game. 18.gxf5 exf5 19.f4 Nc5 20.Nxc5 Qxc5+ 21.Qe3 Qxe3+ 22.Rxe3 Be6 23.Bc2 b5 24.Bb3 Rfd8 25.Rd1 Ra7 26.Red3 Kg7 27.h4 a5 28.Rd4 Rad7 29.a3 h6 30.Kf2 Kf7 31.Ke3 g5 Black was hard pressed to hold but this hastens the end. 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.fxg5 Kg6 34.Rh1 Rh7 35.Rxh7 Kxh7 36.Rh4+ Kg7 37.Kd4 a4 38.Ba2 Rg8 39.Rh6 Kf7 40.Rxe6! Rxg5 41.Bxd5 Kf8 42.Rf6+ Ke7 43.Rf7+ Ke8 44.Rb7 f4 45.Rxb5 Rg3 46.Rb4 f3 47.Bxf3 Rxf3 48.Kc5 Ke7 49.Rxa4 Re3 50.Kd4 Re2 51.Rb4 Ke6 52.Rb6+ Ke7 53.e6 Rd2+ 54.Kc4 Rh2 55.a4 Rh4+ 56.Kb5 Rh2 57.b4 Rh3 58.c4 Rh5+ 59.c5 Kd8 60.Rc6 Re5 61.a5 Re1 62.a6 Ra1 63.Kb6 Ra4 64.a7 Rxb4+ 65.Ka5 1–0

Black sacs the exchange on Move 24 but Fritz says he lets White escape with his 27th. White misses 28 Qh4!! and ends up in a mating net.
Felber,J (2047) – Bonin,J (2413) [B00]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.0–0 d5 7.exd5 exd5 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Re1 0–0 10.Ne5 Bxe2 11.Rxe2 Re8 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qe1 13 Qd3 is Moradi – Ng, 1998, 0–1 in 72. 13…Rb8 14.Rb1 Qd7 15.h3 h6 16.Bh4 g5 17.Bg3 Bb4 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Qd1 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Ne4 21.Qh5 Fritz likes 21 Qd3 with an equal game. 21…Kg7 22.h4 Qf5 23.hxg5 hxg5 24.Be5+ [24.Rb7 Nxg3! (24…Nxc3? 25.Be5+² Black’s exchange sac doesn’t work now as it does in the game.) 25.fxg3 Re1+! (25…Re3? 26.Rb8 Re1+ 27.Kh2 Qh7=) 26.Kh2 Re3 27.Rxc7 Rxc3 28.Rxa7 Rxc2–+] 24…Rxe5! 25.dxe5 Qxf2+ 26.Kh2 Qf4+ 27.Kg1 g4 [27…Qe3+! 28.Kh2 Qxc3–+] 28.Rb8 [28.Qh4!! Nxc3 29.Re1 Ne4 30.e6 fxe6 31.Qe7+ Qf7 32.Qh4=] 28…Qe3+ 29.Kh2 g3+ 30.Kh3 Nf2+ 0–1

Black shows my King’s Indian Attack needs work.
Kleinman,J (1771) – Bierkens,P (2221) [B30]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0–0 Nf6 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.Re1 d5 9.h4 e5 9.. b5 is Saunders (2240) – Thompson (2300), 1997, drawn in 26. 10.c3 Bg4 11.Qc2 Rc8 12.Nf1 d4 13.N1h2 Bd7 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bd2 Ng4 16.Nxg4 Bxg4 17.Nh2 Be6 18.f4? Fritz likes 18 c4 when Black is still a little better. The text is way too loosening. 18…dxc3 19.bxc3 c4 20.dxc4 exf4 21.Bxf4 Ne5 22.Rad1 Qa5 23.Bxe5 Qxe5 24.Rd3 Rxc4 25.Ree3 Rfc8 26.Qd1 Rxc3 27.Rxc3 Rxc3 28.Rxc3 Qd4+ 29.Qxd4 Bxd4+ 30.Kf1 Bxc3 0–1

Black gives up a pawn to open a line to White’s King, but White banks the pawn and rolls to victory.
Hill,B (2200) – Blake,B (1711) [E73]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0–0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 e5 8.d5 a5 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.f3 Na6 11.g4 Nd7 12.h4 Nac5 12.. Ndc5 is Anilkumar (2305) – Santhosh (2225), Calcutta 1992, 1–0 in 44. 13.0–0–0 a4 14.Kb1 b6 15.Nh3 a3 16.b3 Na6 An indication that 12.. Ndc5 was better. 17.h5 g5 18.Nf2 [18.Nxg5+! hxg5 19.Bxg5 Bf6 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.g5+-] 18…Ndc5 19.Nb5 Bd7? 19.. Nb8 holds the a3 pawn, but Black probably wanted to sac it. 20.Nxa3 White is more than happy to accept the sac. 20…Qb8 21.Nb5 Qb7 22.Rc1 Rfc8 23.Bd1 Nb8 24.Qb2 Qa6 25.Be2 Bxb5 26.cxb5 Qb7 27.b4 Ncd7 28.Qb3 Nf6 29.Nd1 Nbd7 30.Bd2 Ng8 31.Ne3 Ne7 32.Rc3 Nf6 33.Rhc1 Ne8 34.R1c2 Ra7 35.a4 Rca8 36.Ra2 Qc8 37.Rcc2 Nf6 38.Nc4 Qd8 39.Be3 Qb8 40.a5 Nd7 41.a6 Qd8 42.Rc3 Nf6 43.Qc2 Ne8 44.Qc1 Rb8 45.Na5 Rc8 46.Rac2 Kg8 47.Nb7 Qd7 48.Bxb6 cxb6 49.Rxc8 Nxc8 50.Rxc8 Bf6 51.Qc6 Qxc6 52.bxc6 Kf8 53.c7 Ke7 54.Rxe8+ Kxe8 55.c8Q+ Ke7 56.Qd8# 1–0

White gambits a pawn for the attack and after Black’s 11th is well on his way to the win. His 26th, however, gives Black plenty of hope.
Lorenzo,A (1860) – Kerr,J (1592) [B21]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.e5 e6 8.Bg5 8 exd6 is Banusz – Adam, Hungary 1997, 1–0 in 25. 8…Qd7 9.exd6 Qxd6 10.Qe2 a6 11.Rd1 Qb8 Fritz wants 11.. Qb4 with a roughly equal game. Now White has too much activity. 12.Ne5 Be7 13.Bf4 Qa7 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Qe5 Bf6 16.Bg5! Qe7 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.Ne4 Qb4+ 19.Rd2 Rf8 20.Qxf6 Bb7 21.Nd6+ Kd7 22.Nxb7+ Kc7 23.Nd6 Rad8 24.Qe7+ Kb8 25.0–0 Rfe8 26.Nxe8? 26 Qxf7 keeps White well on top. Now the tables turn. 26…Qxe7 27.Rxd8+ Qxd8 The score didn’t make sense from this point. Fritz thinks Black is winning here, though the tables turned again before it was finished. White won in 53. 1–0

Black’s 10th puts him in a hole from which he never recovers.
Cruz,K (1700) – Waxman,M (1998) [C71]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.d3 g6 6.c3 Bg7 7.0–0 7 Nbd2 is McKay (2330) – Biyiasas (2420), Nice 1974, 0–1 in 34. 7…Nge7 8.Re1 0–0 9.h3 f5 10.Bb3+ d5? [10…Kh8 11.Ng5 Qe8=] 11.Bg5 Qd6 [11…Be6 12.exd5 Bxd5 13.Nxe5+-] 12.exd5 Nd8 13.c4 [13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.d6+ Ends things immediately.] 13…Kh8 14.d4 e4 15.c5 Qd7 16.Ne5 Qe8 17.Nc3 Ng8 18.f4 Bf6 19.d6 cxd6 20.cxd6 Ne6 21.Nd5 Nxg5 22.fxg5 Bxe5 23.Nc7 Bh2+ 24.Kxh2 Qd7 25.Nxa8 Qxd6+ 26.Kh1 h6 27.d5 hxg5 28.Qd4+ Nf6 29.Nb6 Kg7 30.Rac1 Bd7 31.Nxd7 Qxd7 32.d6 1–0

Black neglects castling and White makes him pay.
Guttendorfer,G (1429) – Bauer,A (1652) [A13]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.b3 This offbeat position turns up four times in the database with the four different continuations of 3.. Be7, 3.. Nf6, 3.. d4, and 3.. a5. 3…c5 4.Bb2 Nf6 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.e3 d4 7.Nf3 e5 8.0–0 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.exd4 cxd4 12.Re1 e4 13.Ng5 Be7 14.Nxe4 Nd7? [14…Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Bxe4 16.Rxe4 0–0 Fritz calls it equal. White is up a pawn but Black is better developed and may be able to create problems for White’s King.] 15.Nd6+ Kf8 White won in 21, the remaining moves not clear.  1–0

White’s 12th surrenders the most important part of the board.
Milerski,H (1414) – Bolling,A (1555) [C41]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 Nbd7 5.d5 Be7 6.Be3 0–0 7.Be2 c6 7.. Ng4 is Kokholm – Birk, Hedehusene 1991, drawn in 28. 8.dxc6 bxc6 9.0–0 Nb6 10.Bd3 h6 11.Nd2 d5 12.exd5 Handing Black the center. 12…cxd5 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.Rb1 Bb7 15.Be2 Rac8 16.Nf3 Bd6 17.Na4 Qc6 18.c3 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Qxa6 20.b4 Qb5 21.a3 Ne4 22.Rc1 Rc4 23.Nd2? Nxd2 24.Qxd2 Qxa4 25.Qxd5 Qc6 26.Rfd1 Qxd5 27.Rxd5 Bc7 28.Rd3 Rd8 29.Re3 f5 30.f3 Bb6 31.Kf2 f4 0–1

Black snatches a pawn and brings home the point.
Drazil,P (789) – Bellon,N (1440) [A47]
Queens CC Jamaica (6), 15.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.e3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6 A common position. 5 0–0 and 5 b3 are most common but 5 Qe2 has also been played. 5.Bd2 c5 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.Bf4 0–0 10.Nbd2 d5 11.Nb3 Nc6 12.Bd2 12 c3 makes more sense. 12…Bd6 13.a3 e5 14.Bf5 exd4 15.Nbxd4 Re8+ 16.Be3 Bf4 17.Qd2 Bxe3 18.fxe3 Qe7 19.Nxc6 Bxc6 20.0–0–0 Qxe3 21.Rhe1 Qxd2+ 22.Nxd2 Rxe1 23.Rxe1 Re8 24.Nf3 Rxe1+ 25.Nxe1 g6 26.Bd3 a5 27.h3 Ne4 28.b3 f5 29.Nf3 Kg7 30.Ne5 Be8 31.a4 Kf6 32.Nf3 g5 33.g4 fxg4 34.hxg4 Bd7 35.Be2 Bxg4 36.Kb2 h5 37.c3 h4 38.Kc2 h3 39.Kd3 Ng3 40.Nd4 Bxe2+ 41.Nxe2 Nxe2 42.Kxe2 h2 43.Kf2 h1Q 0–1

Queens Championship, Rd.7, 11/22/02
Congratulations to Devlin Sinclair, 2002 Queens Chess Club Champion! Devlin finished with 6 points to win the title and $400. Jay Bonin, Peter Bierkens, and Arunas Simonaitis each scored 5 to win $157. The Top B player prize was split by Jay Kleinman, Brian Blake, and Alberto Pierre. Each scored 4 and got $40. Top C was split by Julia Kerr, Vinny DiStefano, and Frank Drazil. Each scored 3 and got $40.

The crowning game for the new champ.
Sinclair,D (2085) – Guevara,R (1898) [D05]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 d5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.0–0 c6 7.e4 7 Re1 is the typical continuation. 7…dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Bxe4 Nf6 10.Bd3 h6 11.Qe2 Bd7 12.Ne5 Qc7 13.f4 Qb6 Fritz wants 13.. c5 with roughly equal chances. 14.c3 Rf8 15.b4 Bxe5 16.fxe5 Nd5 17.Bd2 0–0–0 Black’s bad bishop and White’s commanding space advantage combine to make this position already winning for White, according to Fritz. 18.a4 f5 19.exf6 Rxf6 20.Rxf6 gxf6 21.Qe4 f5 22.Qh4 e5 23.a5 Qc7 24.dxe5 Qxe5 25.Re1 Qh8 26.c4 Nf6 27.Bc3 Rf8 28.Re7 Kd8 29.Re5 [29.Rxd7+!! Kxd7 30.Bxf5+ Kd8 31.Qf4+-] 29…Qg7 30.Bxf5 Qg5 31.Qxg5 hxg5 32.Bxd7 Nxd7 33.Rxg5 Rf4 34.c5 Rc4 35.Rg3 Ke7 36.Kf2 Ke6 37.Ke2 Nb8 38.Kd3 Rh4 39.Re3+ Kf7 40.h3 b6 41.axb6 axb6 42.cxb6 Na6 43.Re4 Rh5 44.Be5 c5 45.b5 Nb4+ 46.Kc4 Rh6 47.b7 1–0

The defending champ goes out a winner.
Bonin,J (2413) – Simonaitis,A (1908) [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.Bg5 f6 3.Bh4 c5 4.dxc5 e5 5.e4 d4 5.. dxe4 is Landgren – Johansson, Sweden 1998, 1–0 in 43. 6.Bc4 Ne7 7.f4 exf4 8.Bf2 Qa5+ 9.c3 dxc3 10.Nxc3 Qb4 Fritz wants 10.. Ng6 when White has just a slight edge. 11.Qb3 Qxb3 12.axb3 Bd7 13.Nge2 Nbc6 14.Nb5 0–0–0 15.Nd6+ Kc7 16.Nxf4 Ne5 17.Rxa7 Bc6 18.Ne6+ Kb8 19.Rxb7+ Bxb7 20.Nxd8 Bc8 21.N8f7 Nxf7 22.Nxf7 Rg8 23.Bg3+ Ka7 24.0–0 Bd7 25.Ra1+ Kb7 26.Nd8+ Kc8 27.Ra8# 1–0

White misses the most precise continuation on Move 29 and the verdict is uncertain until Black’s 41st.
Bierkens,P (2221) – Frumkin,E (2016) [A25]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 f5 6.Nge2 Nf6 7.0–0 0–0 8.Rb1 d6 9.b4 Ne7 10.Nd5 Nexd5 10.. c6 is Nikolic – David, Groningen 1985, drawn in 71. 11.cxd5 Nh5 12.f4 Re8 13.fxe5 Bxe5 14.Bb2 a5 15.b5 b6 16.a4 Bb7 17.Nd4 Ng7 18.Qc2 Qd7 19.Rbc1 Re7 20.Qc4 Rf8 21.Rc2 Kh8 22.Rfc1 Ne8 23.Ne6 Rff7 24.Ng5 Rf8 25.Qh4 Bxb2 26.Rxb2 Nf6 27.Ne6 Rff7 28.Rbc2 Fritz prefers 28 Rxc7+-. The text still leaves White well on top. 28…Bxd5 29.Nxc7 [29.Ng5! finishes the job. The text, on the other hand, turns it into a game again and even turns the momentum to Black.] 29…Bxg2 30.Kxg2 Re4 31.Qh6 Ng8 32.Qh3 Rxa4 33.Kf2 Nf6 34.Qg2 Ne4+ 35.Kg1 Rf8 36.Qe2 d5 37.Qd3 Rd8 38.Rc6 Ra2 [38…Rc4! Winning for Black, according to Fritz. The text turns it into a new game again.] 39.Qd4+ Kg8 40.Ne6 [40.Rd1 Ng5³] 40…Nxd2 41.Ng5 Ne4  [41…Nb3 42.Qh4=] 42.Rc7 Nxg5 43.Rxd7 Nf3+ 44.Kf1 Nxh2+ 45.Ke1 Nf3+ 46.Kd1 1–0

A hard fought draw goes down to the last move.
Lawson,B (2004) – Hill,B (2200) [D36]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Qc2 0–0 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Nge2 Re8 10.0–0 Nf8 11.f3 h6 12.Bh4 Ne6 13.Rad1 Bd7 This position arises several times in the database with 14 h3, 14 e4, and 14 Qd2 among the options. The highest rated game, Malaniuk (2505) – Tatai (2405), Forli 1990, saw 14 Kh1 with a White win in 26. 14.Bf5 Ng5 15.Bxg5 hxg5 16.Ng3 Bb4 17.Bxd7 Qxd7 18.e4 dxe4 19.fxe4 Ng4 20.Rf3 Rf8 21.Qb3 Ba5 22.e5 Fritz likes 22 Na4 and feels White’s position is winning. 22…Bb6 23.Nf5 [23.Kh1 Bxd4 24.Nf5 c5³] 23…Nxe5 24.Rff1 Ng6 25.Na4 Bd8 Now Fritz wants 25.. Nf4 and Black is winning. 26.Nc5 Qd5 27.Qxd5 [27.Qxb7 Bb6 28.b4 Rfb8=] 27…cxd5 28.Nxb7 Bf6 29.Nc5 Rad8 30.g3 Rfe8 31.Rf2 Ne7 32.Nh6+ Kf8 33.Ng4 Ng8 34.Nxf6 Nxf6 35.Rdf1 Re7 36.Rf5 g4 37.Re5 Rde8 38.Rfe1 Rxe5 39.Rxe5 Rxe5 40.dxe5 Nh7 41.e6 41 Kf2 is recommended for equality. The text throws the advantage to Black. 41…f6 Fritz prefers the immediate 41.. f5. 42.b4 Ng5 43.a4 Ke7 44.Kf2 Nf3 [44…Ne4+!! 45.Ke3 (45.Nxe4 dxe4 46.Ke3 f5–+) 45…Nxc5 46.bxc5 Kxe6–+] 45.h3 Ne5 46.hxg4 Nxg4+ 47.Ke2 f5 With precise play Fritz assesses this as drawn. 48.a5 Ne5 49.b5 Nc4 50.a6 g5 But this should give the game to White. 50.. Nb6 is needed to hold the draw. 51.Na4 Nd6 52.b6 Nb5 53.Nc3!! Nd4+ 54.Kd3 The natural instinct is to centralize the king in the endgame, but in this case the instinct is wrong. The paradoxical 54 Kf2 or even 54 Kf1 both win! The point is that the Black Knight will be unable to defend the queening squares AND threaten White with checks. White is still winning after the text but it takes longer. 54…Nc6 55.Nxd5+ Kxe6 56.Nc7+ Kd7 57.Nb5 axb6 58.a7 Nxa7 59.Nxa7 f4 60.gxf4? [60.g4! Kd6 61.Nb5+ Ke6 62.Nd4+ Kf6 63.Nf3+- Black has nothing to do here other than watch his pawns get picked off one by one.] 60…gxf4 ½–½

Time stops for no one.
Cimafranca,E (1945) – Lorenzo,A (1860) [B40]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.0–0 d5 8.Nc3 Be7 9.exd5 cxd5 10.Bb5+ 10 Bf4 0–0 draw agreed is Handoko (2470) – Ardiansyah (2415), Singapore 1997. 10 Re1 has also been played. 10…Bd7 11.Qe2 0–0 12.Bf4 Bxb5 13.Nxb5 Qd7 14.c3 Rfc8 15.Rfd1 a6 16.Nd4 Bd6 17.Bg5 Ne4 18.Be3 Qc7 19.h3 Re8 20.Rac1 Rec8 21.Qg4 Nf6 22.Qe2 Ne4 23.a3 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bf4 25.Qf3 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Rab8 27.b4 27 c4 leads to an equal game. 27…Qc4 28.Kg1 h6 White’s flag fell here, ending a still tense struggle. While Black is better, Fritz thinks the edge is slight and recommends 29 Re1. 0–1

White grabs the early edge, but doesn’t hold it.
Cruz,K (1700) – Felber,J (2047) [B10]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.b3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bb2 Qc7 The immediate 7.. Bg4 is most popular here, while 7.. g6 and 7.. Qd5 have also been tried. 8.d4 Bg4 9.Qg3 Qd7 10.Bd3 e6 11.Nf3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Bd6 13.0–0 Qc7 14.h3 0–0–0 15.Rad1 h5 16.c4 Ng4 17.g3 Fritz prefers 17 Rfe1. 17…Nf6 18.d5 h4 19.g4 exd5 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.cxd5 c5 22.b4! Kb8 23.Rc1 Rhe8 24.Rc2 Qe7 25.Re2 Qc7 26.Rc2 Qb6 27.bxc5 Bxc5 28.Rfc1 Ba3 29.Qf4+ [29.Rd1²] 29…Ka8 30.Rf1 Bd6 31.Qc4 a6 32.Qa4 Re3! 33.Be4 [33.fxe3 Qxe3+ 34.Rff2 Qg3+ 35.Rg2 Qxd3³] 33…Rg3+ Fritz wants 33.. Rxh3=+ 34.Bg2 Ra3 35.Qc4 Qa5 36.Rb1 Ra4 37.Qe2 Rb4 38.Rbc1 Qb6 39.Rc4 Rb1 40.Qc2 Rb2 41.Qf5 Bg3 42.R4c2 Rb4 43.Kh1 [43.Be4 Re8 44.Bf3²] 43…Rf4 44.Rc8+? [44.Qh7! Rxf2 45.Rxf2 Qxf2 46.Qf5=] 44…Ka7 45.Qc2 Rxf2 46.Qc4 Rxg2! 47.Kxg2 Qf2+ 0–1

Black’s a little worse in the opening but manages to wiggle out.
Kerr,J (1592) – Kleinman,J (1771) [D31]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nf6 8.Nxf6+ Qxf6 9.Nf3 0–0 10.Bd3 Nd7 11.0–0 c5 11.. e5 is played in the three games this position arises in the database. 12.Be2 12 Ng5, Fritz’s suggestion, leaves White with a slight edge. 12…cxd4 13.Qxd4 e5 14.Qd2 Re8 15.Qb4 Nf8 16.Nd2 Qg6 17.Kh1 Bf5 18.f3 [18.Qxb7 Rab8 19.Qxa7 Rxb2 20.Qe3 Ne6= Black’s play makes up for the pawn deficit.] 18…Ne6 19.Rac1 Nf4 20.Rf2 Rad8 21.Nb3 b6 22.Qe1 Bd3 23.Bf1 [23.Bd1 e4!–+] 23…Bxf1 24.Qxf1 Nd3 25.Rd2 Nxc1 26.Qxc1 Rxd2 27.Nxd2 Qd3 28.h3 Rd8 29.Ne4 Qd1+ 30.Qxd1 Rxd1+ 31.Kh2 Rb1 32.b3 Rb2 33.Nc3 Rc2 34.Nd5 Rxa2 35.Nb4 Rb2 36.Nc6 Rxb3 37.Nxa7 Rc3 38.Nc8 b5 39.Ne7+ Kf8 40.Nc6 bxc4 41.Nxe5 Rc1 1-0

A Knight on the rim gets mugged.
DiStefano,V (1547) – Blake,B (1711) [A48]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 d6 5.e4 0–0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.c3 h6 8.Bxf6 8 Bh4 is Rohde (2540) – Casella (2290), 1996 World Open, 1–0 in 33. 8…exf6 9.0–0 Ne7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Nh4 Bd7 12.f4 Qc8 13.Re3 Fritz likes White after 13 f5!, grabbing space. 13…c5 14.Rg3 cxd4 15.cxd4 f5 16.e5 dxe5 17.dxe5 Qd8 18.Qb3? 18 Bc4 maintains equality. Now Black digs into the wayward White Knight. 18…Be6 19.Qb4 [19.Qa3 Nd5-+; 19.Qc2 Nc6-+ with the dual threats of 20.. Qxh4 and 20.. Nb4] 19…Nd5 20.Qxb7 Qxh4 21.Nc4 Reb8 22.Qc6 Nb4 23.Qc7 Rc8 24.Qb7 Nxd3 25.Rxd3 Bxc4 26.Rc1 Rcb8 27.Qf3 Bxd3 28.Qxd3 Qxf4 29.Qd1 Bxe5 0–1

Of course, Black wouldn’t go the whole tournament without at least one Elephant (2.. d5).
Boim,S (1500) – Waxman,M (1998) [C40]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.d4 dxe4 5.Nc3 Bxe5 6.dxe5 Qxd1+ 7.Nxd1 Nc6 8.Bb5 8 Bf4 is Christensen (2110) – Schmidt (2340), Landesliga 1999, drawn in 14. 8…Nge7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Bxc6 Nxc6 11.Bf4 Nd4 12.Nc3 Nxc2 13.Rac1 Nd4 14.Rfe1 Bf5 15.Nxe4 Ne6 16.Bg3 Rfd8 17.Nc5 Nxc5 18.Rxc5 c6 19.Bf4 Rd3 20.Rcc1 Rad8 21.Kf1 Be6 22.b3 h6 23.Ke2 g5 24.Be3 R8d5 25.Red1? Hangs the e5 pawn. 25…Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Rxe5 27.Rd8+ Kh7 28.Rb8 b6 29.Rb7 29 Rd8 keeps drawing chances alive. 29…Ra5 30.Bd4 Rxa2+ 0–1

White’s 23rd takes an equal game and makes it somewhat unequal.
Bellon,N (1440) – Sugar,Z (1644) [D03]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bf4 e6 5.e3 Nd7 6.Bd3 f5 6.. Ndf6 is Chernikov – Abendroth, Germany 1998, drawn in 38. 7.Ne5 Nef6 8.Nd2 Nxe5 9.Bxe5 Bd6 10.Nf3 Qe7 11.0–0 b6 12.c3 0–0 13.Rc1 Bb7 14.Bxd6 cxd6 15.Qc2 Ne4 16.Qe2 g5 17.c4 g4 18.Bxe4 dxe4 19.Nd2 Ba6 20.b4 Rac8 21.b5 Bb7 22.Rc3 e5 23.d5? The game was roughly equal to this point. 23…Bxd5 24.Ra3 Be6 25.Rc1 d5 26.Rac3 d4 27.exd4 exd4 28.R3c2 0–1

A seesaw battle in which mutual opportunities pass quietly.
Sylvers,M (1430) – Guttendorfer,G (1429) [E61]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 0–0 6.Nf3 d6 7.e4 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Qe8 8.. e5 is the usual move here, though 8.. c5 has also been tried. 9.Qc2 a6 10.0–0–0 c5 [10…c6 Black needed to hold d5. 11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4=] 11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.Rde1 13 Nd5 wins 13…Ndxe5 14.Nd5 Nxd3+ 15.Qxd3 Qa4 16.a3 Kh7 16.. Rd8 equalizes. Black is a pawn up, but White’s play makes up for it. 17.Rxe7 17 Nb6 wins. The text evens the material count, but exposes the White King to major trouble. 17…Bf5 18.Qe2 Rfe8 [18…Qb3!! 19.Rd1 b5–+ Fritz doesn’t think White can survive this.] 19.h3 Rxe7 20.Nxe7 Re8? [20…Nxf2 21.Bxf2 (21.Qxf2? Qxc4+ And Fritz announces Mate in 20. Take Fritz’s word for it. I don’t have the room here.) 21…Re8 22.Bxc5 Bf6³] 21.hxg4 Rxe7 22.Bxe7 Bxg4 23.Ng5+ Kg8 24.Qxg4 hxg5 25.Qc8+ 1–0

Black hangs a pawn early.
Bauer,A (1652) – Drazil,P (789) [C55]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 22.11.2002
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d6 4.. Be7 best. 5.Ng5 Be6 6.Nxe6 fxe6 7.Bxe6 Nd4 8.Bh3 Be7 9.c3 Nc6 10.Qb3 Na5 11.Qa4+ Nc6 12.b4 Nd7 13.Qb3 a6 14.0–0 Bf6 15.Be3 Qe7 16.Nd2 0–0–0 17.a4 g6 18.a5 Ncb8 19.b5 The score didn’t make sense at this point, but White won in a few more moves. 1–0

Note on the bulletins- A few players have asked how I do the bulletins. Since they may represent a silent majority which also wonders, and since I have some space, I’ll explain it here. (For all you diagram fans, with a record 12 games in the bulletin this week I didn’t really have enough space for a decent diagram. Besides, Marian always complains about the proportions of every diagram, so at least I don’t have to hear it from him this week.) Anyway, I input the games into Chessbase 7 and run Fritz 6 in the background on a 1.8 GHz machine with 256 MB of RAM. The analysis is by no means exhaustive. Instead, I tend to focus on the critical points where the game goes from equality to an edge and/or to a winning advantage. Then I copy and paste everything into Word Perfect, where I edit out the silly variations that I had inserted into the games before I knew they were silly variations. (For example, I may wonder why White didn’t trap Black’s queen only to realize that at the end of the variation White’s knight would be pinned and couldn’t capture the queen.) Hopefully, this explains the basic process. If nothing else, I’ve succeeded in filling most of my available space, and that means a lot to an old newspaper man.

PDF: 2002 Championship (All Rounds)

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