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Bulletin 2003-06

by on June 30, 2003


It was business as usual for the past few months for I.M. Jay Bonin as he took clear first in back-to-back five-round Swisses at the Club. Here’s the list of prizewinners for both tournaments:


1. Jay Bonin 4.5, $200

2. Bernie Hill 4, $100

3. Ed Frumkin, Brian Lawson, Mitchell Drobbin, and Rich Murphy 3.5, $30 each

B Prize- Zoltan Sugar 3, $90

2nd B- Kenny Schemitz (welcome back), Alberto Pierre, Andy Bauer 2.5, $17 each

C Prize- Bock Yeo, Steve Chernick 2.5, $70 each.


1.Jay Bonin 4.5, $200

2. Ed Frumkin, Bill Arluck, 4, $90 each

A Prize- Jose Tejeda 4, $90 (not bad for a guy with an 800 rating, see story below)

B Prize- Julia Kerr 3.5, $100 (with big upset wins over Hill and Drobbin)

2nd B- Jay Kleinman, James Frawley 3, $30 each

C Prize- Frank Drazil 3, $60



Jose Tejeda, who’s been scoring huge upset victories left and right at the Club, recently saw his rating jump 1,349 points in a few weeks. Tejeda had been rated provisionally by the U.S.C.F. at 805, but actually had a rating of 1954 in the Dominican Republic. Ed Frumkin then assigned Tejeda the rating of 1954 for pairing purposes in the current tournament, but then realized that, according to U.S.C.F..rules, Tejeda’s assigned U.S.C.F. rating should actually be 200 points higher than his foreign rating. Meanwhile, the U.S.C.F. added another interesting dimension to the story by mixing up Jose Tejeda with another player by that name and combining their ratings as if they were one player. And that’s how one gains 1,349 points in a few weeks. It will be interesting to see how the U.S.C.F. sorts it all out in the end.


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 5th Annual Foxwoods Tournament took place in April, and several Club members were on hand for the action. Here are two games each from two of them.

Black misses both a lengthy pawn-snatching line AND a very quick exchange win, and Ed hangs on to draw up 300 points in the third round.

Frumkin,E (2000) – Fernandez,D (2312) [A11]

Foxwoods Open (3), 18.04.2003

1.c4 c6 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2 Bg4 4.h3 Bh5 5.g3 Nd7 6.Bg2 e6 7.Nf3 Ngf6 8.0­0 8 d3 Qa5+ is Petrosian – Dorfman, Vilnius 1978, drawn in 19. 8…Bd6 9.d4 Ne4 10.Nbd2 f5 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bc5 13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Kh2 0­0 15.f4 exf3 16.exf3 dxc4 17.bxc4 Qxd1 18.Raxd1 Rad8 19.g4 Bg6 20.Rfe1 Be3 [20…Bd3! Beginning a long forcing line humans often miss but Fritz never does. 21.Rc1 Bf2 22.Red1 Be3 23.Rc3 Bf4+ 24.Kg1 Be2 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Kf2 Bd1 And White loses the e5 pawn as he has to defend against 27.. Rd2+] 21.Ba3 Rfe8 22.Bd6? Fritz likes 22 Rd6 with equality. 22…Bf4+? [22…Bc2 wins the exchange.] 23.Kh1 Bc2 One move too late. 24.Rd4 g5 25.c5 Rd7 26.Re2 Bg6 27.h4 h6 28.h5 Bh7 29.Bf1 b5 30.a4 a6 31.axb5 axb5 32.Ra2 32…Be3 33.Rb4 Rf7 34.Kg2 Rc8 35.Rb3 Bf4 36.Rba3 Rb7 37.Ra7 Rxa7 38.Rxa7 Bc2 39.Re7 Bb3 40.Bd3 Ra8 41.Kf1 Bd5 42.Be2 Be3 43.Rb7 Bd4 44.Kg2 Bc3 45.Bd3 b4 46.Bc2 Bc4 47.Kf2 Black’s Rook and King are permanently confined to the back rank. ½­½

Who says the Pirc is a quiet opening? Hang on for a wild ride here which ends with an upset win for the Club prez.

Lewis,J (2246) – Frumkin,E (2000) [B07]

Foxwoods Open (6), 21.04.2003

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e5 Ed points out that “Pirc Alert,” by Lev Alburt, a book he highly recommends to fellow Pirc players, says the text is nothing. 5…dxe5 6.dxe5 Ng4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Rd1+ Bd7 9.Nd5 Nc6 10.Bb5 Three games have continued 10 f4 h6, 11 Bh5 g5. Two were won by Black while one was drawn. 10…Ngxe5 11.f4 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.fxg5 13 fxe5 is also equal, according to Fritz. 13…hxg5 14.Bxg5 a6 15.Be2 f6 16.Be3 e6 17.Nf4 Kc8 18.c3 Bh6 19.Ngh3 b6 20.Nf2 Kb7 21.b4 Ne7 22.Ng4 Ba4 [Editor’s Note: This space here is for your enjoyment. While not big enough for the diagram I wanted to put here, it is still a lovely and free space (we New Yorkers don’t get enough of that) which gives all of us a chance to reflect on our lives. Okay, now I’m getting sad. Back to the game…]

23.Rd2? [23.Nxh6! Bxd1 24.Bxd1 Rxh6 25.Nxe6=] 23…Nxg4 24.Bxg4 e5 25.Nd5 Nxd5 26.Bxh6 Rxh6 27.Rxd5 Rg8 28.Bf3 e4 29.Bxe4 Bc6 30.0­0 Re8 31.Bf3 Bxd5 32.Bxd5+ c6 33.Bf3 f5 34.a4 Re5 35.c4 Kc7 36.Rc1 Rh4 37.g3 Rd4 38.Rc2 a5 39.b5 cxb5 40.axb5 Kd6 41.Kf2 Kc5 42.Be2 Kb4 43.h4 a4 44.h5 a3 45.h6 Re6 46.c5 bxc5 47.g4 fxg4 48.h7 Rh6 0­1

I was completely busted after 12 moves. But then what better tournament to bluff your opponent in than Foxwoods?

Pressman,L (1765) – Kleinman,J (1798) [C57]

Foxwoods, U1800 (6), 20.04.2003

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 Nxd5 9.Qf3 Qxg5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.0­0 11 Nc3 Be7 is Just – Kleehammer, Dreifluesse 1998, 0­1 in 42. The text is stronger in that it threatens 12 d3! 11…Qg6 I thought this was forced to defend against 12 d3 and to answer 12 Qxc4 with 12.. Ba6. 12.Qxc4 Fritz likes 12 Nc3 to maintain a roughly equal game. 12…Ba6? I play the move I planned but it’s flawed. I analyzed only 13 Qxc7 Rc8!. But White has a nasty check which I missed. Instead of the text 12.. Bh3! 13 Qd5 Rd8, 14 Qf3 Rd3, 15 Qa8+ Rd8 forces a draw. 13.Qa4+ And Black is lost. 13…Bb5 14.Qxa7 Rb6 15.Qa8+ Ke7 16.Re1 Bc6 17.Qa3+ Ke8 18.Qg3 Qe6 19.d4 h5 20.h3 h4 21.Qg4 f5 22.Qd1 g5 23.Bxg5 Qd5 24.f3 Rxb2 Black’s attack is not shock and awe, but rather hope and pray. The objective assessment from Fritz is that Black is still completely lost. Practically speaking, however, things gradually get interesting. 25.Nc3 Qg8 26.Qc1 Ba3 27.Qe3? Fritz wants 27 Ne2 to maintain White’s sizeable edge. Now Black gets back in it. 27…Rh5 28.Ne4 fxe4 Diagram Fritz gives the counterintuitive 28.. Bxe4 as even stronger than the text. Now the game is equal.

29.Qxa3? 29 f4 keeps it even! 29…Rxg2+! 30.Kxg2 exf3+ [30…Rxg5+! 31.Kf1 Rg1+ 32.Ke2 Rg2+ 33.Kd1 Qc4 And White can’t stave off mate.] 31.Kf2 Qxg5 32.Qc3 Qg3+ 33.Ke3 f2+ 34.Kd2 fxe1Q+ 35.Rxe1 Qxc3+ 36.Kxc3 Rg5 37.Re3 Rg3 38.Kd3 Bd7 39.Ke2 Bxh3 40.Re4 Rg4 41.Re3 Bg2 42.Kf2 h3 43.Kg1 Rxd4 44.a4 Rh4 45.Re1 Rxa4 46.Rc1 c6 47.Kh2 Ke7 48.Kg1 Ke6 49.Kf2 Kxe5 50.Rc5+ Kd4 51.Rc1 Ra3 52.Kg1 c5 53.Rd1+ Rd3 54.Re1 c4 55.Kh2 c3 56.Ra1 c2 57.Ra6 Bf1 Giving the White King squares so Black doesn’t have to worry about stalemate tricks. 58.Rf6 c1Q 59.Rxf1 Qd2+ Sidestepping the last stalemate trick of 59.. Qxf1?? 60.Rf2 Qxf2+ 61.Kh1 Qg2# An amazing turnaround. 0­1

A premature resignation hands me a tie for third and more than $500.

Kleinman,J (1798) – Nagel,A (1712) [B30]

Foxwoods U1800 (7), 20.04.2003

The highest stakes chess game of my career. If I won, I’d have $537. If I drew, I’d have $90. If I lost, I’d have a pat on the back. Making matters even more interesting, I had not yet won a game as White! 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d6 5.Bg2 Qc7 6.0­0 Nf6 7.Nbd2 7 Nh4 Be7 is Engstrom – Bellon, Stockholm 1992, 1/2 in 45. 7…Rb8 8.Re1 b5 9.Nf1 Bb7 10.h4 g6 11.N1h2 Bg7 12.Be3 0­0 13.Qd2 a5 I thought Black should have striven to keep his KB by moving his KR. 14.Bh6 Nd4 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.c3 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 h5 18.Rac1 Rfc8 19.Nf1 d5 This would seem to be a positional error. White is happy to advance the central pawns. Black’s 13th and 19th moves have combined to make his King a bit airy. In addition, the Black King gets somewhat isolated from the rest of his army. 20.e5 Nd7 21.d4 cxd4 22.cxd4 Qb6 23.Ne3 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Rc8 Black misses a tactical shot to rid himself of his problems. [24…Nxe5! 25.dxe5 d4 26.Nc2 Bxf3 27.Qf4 Ba8 28.Nxd4=] 25.Rxc8 Bxc8 26.Ng2 f5? The final positional error and the most serious. 27.exf6+ [27.Nf4! Nf8 28.Bxh5! gxh5 29.Nxh5+ Kf7 30.Qh6 Ke7 31.Nf6 Fritz says White is completely winning here.] 27…Nxf6 28.Nf4 Bd7 Answering the threat of 29 Qc2! with a double attack on Bc8 and g6. 29.Bg2 b4 30.f3? I wanted to play f3 to take squares away from Black’s Nf6, but I knew I had to prepare it first. Then I forgot. 30…Qc6? Black misses another chance to escape harm with 30.. e5 31.Bh3 Qc4 Black jettisons a pawn for a more active defense. [31…Nh7 32.Nd3 Qd6 33.Kg2 Nf8 34.Nc5±] 32.Bxe6 Bxe6 33.Nxe6+ Kf7 34.Nf4 Qc8 [34…Qxa2 35.Qc2±] 35.Qe1 Qf5 36.Qc1 White’s Queen is winning the cat and mouse game. 36…g5 37.Qc7+ Kg8 38.Qd8+ [38.hxg5! Qxg5 39.Kg2 h4 40.g4±] 38…Kh7 39.Qe7+ Kh6 It really annoyed me that there was no way to put Black away here. 40.hxg5+ Qxg5 41.Kg2 41 Kf1 is best. 41…h4 42.Qe1 And this was doubly annoying. 42 g4 isn’t possible because the Nf4 hangs. Thus I had no choice but to retreat the Queen. White is still completely winning, but psychologically I now had to prepare for a longer battle. 42…hxg3? Or maybe I don’t. 43.Qh1+ Nh5 44.Qxh5+ Qxh5 45.Nxh5 Kxh5 46.Kxg3 Kg5 47.b3

Black resigned here but should’ve played on at least one more move with 47.. Kf5. There’s a significant chance I would’ve blown the win with my planned 48 Kf2?? Kf4, 49 Ke2 Kg3, 50 Ke3 and Black’s king is pushed out. However, as my Foxwoods roommate Ed Frumkin pointed out later that night, 47.. Kf5, 48 Kf2?? Kg5!! DRAWS. The White King has no entry points. Instead of 48 Kf2??, White has 48 f4! Ke4, 49 Kg4 Kxd4, 50 f5 Kc3, 51 f6 d4, 52 f7 d3, 53 f8(Q) d2, and White has just won the race. That line, however, requires quite a bit of calculation, and in a final round money game Black should’ve made White find it. 1­0


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Problem-like Finish

A lot of players ignore the chess problems section of chess magazines. This game might provide a reason not to do so. It was played in the final round of a Marshall Chess Club event and put me into a tie for second.

White: Jeffrey Tannenbaum (2027) Black: Edward Frumkin (2036) 30/90, then SD/60 (3/20/03)

1 e2-e4 d7-d6 2 d2-d4 Ng8-f6 3 Nb1-c3 g7-g6 4 f2-f3 Although many of you recognize my main defensive system as 1g6 and 2Bg7 against almost anything, you need a backup against people you play frequently. I recommend the Lev Alburt book Pirc Alert! very highly, but for some reason this 4th move is unmentioned. I’ll need to send him this game and a couple of others to address some move order questions. 4Bf8-g7 5 Bc1-g5 c7-c6 6 Qd1-d2 h7-h6

7 Bg5-e3 b7-b5 8 0-0-0 a7-a5 9 Kc1-b1 Nb8-d7 10 g2-g4 Bc8-b7 11 h2-h4 One thing I did remember is that I must wait for both g4 and h4 before playing h5 to block the Kingside so that h4 is not available for a Knight, though the f3 pawn renders that impossible here. Since I prefer to retreat the Knight to d7 instead of h7, I have to clear that square first. 11b5-b4

12 Nc3-a4 Nd7-b6 13 Na4xb6 Qd8xb6 14 Ng1-e2 h6-h5 15 g4-g5 Nf6-d7 16 Bf1-g2 d6-d5

17 Ne2-f4 I think this piece needs to be on g3 to support an eventual f4-f5 break. Where’s White’s big attack? 170-0 18 Rh1-e1 e7-e6 19 Qd2-f2 Rf8-c8 20 Nf4-d3 a5-a4 21 Nd3-c5

This Knight holds up Black’s intended b3; accordingly, he shouldn’t move this piece away.

21Rc8-d8 22 e4xd5 c6xd5 23 Nc5xd7 Rd8xd7 24 Bg2-f1 Moves 22 and 23 appear inaccurate. 24b4-b3 25 c2xb3 a4xb3 26 a2-a3 Bg7-f8 A highly thematic regrouping. White must keep an eye on Bxa3 and subsequently overlooks an additional possibility. 27 Rd1-d3

Rd7-c7 28 Re1-c1 Ra8-c8 29 Rxc7 Rxc7 30 Rd3-d2 Qb6-c6 At this point White picked up the Rook and was clearly contemplating 31 Rd1, which would lose the Rook to 31Qc2+ 32 Qxc2 bxc2+. 31 Rd2-e2 Bf8-b4! The Bishop is immune because of 32Qa4. 31 Qe1 could have also been met by Bb4. Since Ba6 is threatened, White naturally makes room with tempo

32 Be3-f4 Bb4-d2!! Interference! White must self-block the defense of c1 or c2. After five minutes (it isn’t an everyday occurrence to watch your opponent’s jaw drop!!) White resigned.


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