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Bulletin 2003-03

by on March 1, 2003

Queens Chess Bulletin

March, 2003



Devlin Sinclair finished with 6 points out of 7 to win the 2002 Club Championship and $400. Defending champ Jay Bonin, Peter Bierkens, and Arunas Simonaitis each scored 5 to win $157. The Top B player prize was split by Brian Blake, Jay Kleinman, and Alberto Pierre. Each scored 4 and got $40. Top C was split by Vinny DiStefano, Frank Drazil, and Julia Kerr. Each scored 3 and got $40.


by Joe Felber

Non-Masters at The Queens Chess Club have recently made something of a “splash” there. Last year, Expert Devlin Sinclair succeeded in wresting away the Club Championship title from IM Jay Bonin. In early 2003, he continued his good work by defeating Bonin again, this time in the January Open.

For his efforts, Sinclair took home the $200 first prize, scoring 4.5 out of 5; his only draw was vs. Club VP/ Treasurer Joe Felber, in Round 4. In Round 5, he won a very close Bishops of Opposites and Rook ending vs. Bernie Hill, to wrap up the tournament victory.

Rich Murphy played solid chess and made the most of his chances, finishing with 4 points out of a possible 5. This was good for the clear second place prize of $100.

IM Bonin had a somewhat disappointing event (for him!), in that he was also nicked for a draw in Round 5 by Felber. This developed when Joe was able to construct a perpetual check around the White King, using only Queen and Knight (even though down an Exchange for a Pawn).

For their efforts, Bonin and Felber split the $50 third prize.


Brian Lawson and Arunas Simonaitis (“Pawn Gang of NY”) teamed up in February to cruise to victory in the Club’s third annual team tournament. The two scored 3.5 of 4 to take clear 1st and $70. Devlin Sinclair and David Taylor (“D Unit”) finished 2nd with 2.5 and won $35. The Class Prize of $42 went to Mitchell Drobbin and Henry Milerski (“Maspeth Maruaders”) who scored 1.5.


Robert Guevara, a B-class Quick player, stunned the field on March 7th by defeating all comers en route to a 4-0 clear 1st finish at the Club’s 50th Speedy Open . He won $50. Jay Bonin and Vitaliano Rafael each scored 3.5 and won $25. Class prizes went to Jay Kleinman and Alberto Pierre (2 points, $7.50), Julia Kerr (2 points, $10), Vinny DiStefano (2 points, $10), and newcomer Ruth Arluck (1 point, $15).



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.

Club V.P. Joe Felber submits this sparkling rendition of the time-honored Greco Bishop sacrifice.

Felber,J (2011) – Lehmann,J (1801) [C05]

Freeport Spring Swiss, New York USA (2), 16.05.2002

Annotations by Joe Felber

1.e4 e6 2.d4 Nf6 Ed Frumkin called this a bad Alekhine’s Defense. I agree. My opponent called it The Lehman Defense. 3.Nd2 3 e5 is probably better. 3…c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Ngf3 d5 6.e5 Nd7 7.Bd3 Qb6 8.0–0 I once showed this gambit to I.M. Danny Edelman, who opined that it deserved attention. 8…cxd4 9.cxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Qe2 Bc5 13.a3 0–0 14.Bf4 Rd8 15.Rac1 Bf8? Defending the wrong square! 15.. Nf8! seems to be the logical sequel to 14.. Rd8. As it is a standard defensive maneuver, I was quite surprised that my opponent overlooked it. (Diagram)

16.Bxh7+! Kxh7 17.Ng5+ Kg6 18.Qg4 f5 19.Qh4 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Rd7 21.Qh7+ Kxg5 22.h4+ Kg4 23.Qg6+ Kxh4 24.Bg3# 1–0

Winning this last round game enabled your humble editor to tie for 2nd in the Under 1800 section of the Empire Open. It was the first time I’d won money outside of Queens in a very long time.

Katz,A (1734) – Kleinman,J (1784) [C44]

Empire Open, New Yorker Hotel (5), 15.12.2002

Annotations by Jay Kleinman

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Be2 0–0 9.0–0 Qd8 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Rc1 11 Qd2 is the usual move here. 11…Re8 12.Bb5 Bd7 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Bxb5 15.Nxb5 Nd5 16.Bxe7 Rxe7 17.Re1 a6 18.Nd4 Qe8 19.Qh5 Rd8 20.Nf3? (Diagram)

Nf4! 21.Qf5 Nd3 22.Ng5 g6 23.Qh3 f5 24.e6 Nxc1 25.Rxc1 Qa4 26.Qc3 Rd1+ 0–1

Classic Game

Ed Frumkin has played world-famous G.M. Pal Benko three times, drawing twice (!) and losing once. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of one of those draws.

Frumkin,E (2215) – Benko,P (2450) [A28]

New York Open International, New York (1), 1984

Annotations by Jay Kleinman

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.Qxc3 Qe7 7.a3 a5 8.b4 d6 9.Bb2 (My database of 1.7 million games has only 9 b5 here.) 9.. axb4 10.axb4 Rxa1+ 11.Bxa1 0–0 12.Be2 b6 13.0–0 Bb7 14.Bb2 Ra8 15.b5 Nb8 16.Ra1 Rxa1+ 17.Bxa1 Nbd7 18.Qa3 Qd8 (Diagram)

(Fritz thinks White has a very slight edge after 18 d4. Taking the draw against Benko certainly seems appropriate.) ½–½

Recent Champions of the Queens Chess Club (Point totals are out of 7 rounds, except for 1996 which had 8 rounds)

1993 Anatoly Tonkonogy 6

1994 Edgar Cimafranca Jr. 6

Joseph Felber 6

1995 Brian Lawson 6

1996 Edward Frumkin 6.5

1997 Jay Bonin 6

Edward Kopiecki 6

1998 Edward Kopiecki 6

1999 Peter Bierkens 5.5

Edgar Cimafranca Sr. 5.5

Brian Lawson 5.5

2000 Jay Bonin 5.5

Alexander Stripunsky 5.5

2001 Jay Bonin 6



News From The Long Diagonal….

-Kramnik and Leko tie for 1st in Linares. Leko takes the tourney on tie-break (most wins). Kasparov and Anand split 3rd.

-World championship unification to begin this summer with Kasparov-Ponamariov and Leko-Kramnik matches.


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

______________________________________________________________________________QUEENS CHESS CLUB

President: ED FRUMKIN Vice President & Treasurer: JOE FELBER

Secretary: Jay Kleinman

 PDF: QCC Bulletin 2003-03


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