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Bulletin 2003-10

by on October 1, 2003

Queens Chess Bulletin

October, 2003

by Joe Felber
Shortened to a four-round event (from the original 5-SS format) because of the Blackout of 2003, the Summer Open was won jointly by IM Jay Bonin, NM Pieter Bierkens, and NM Bernie Hill. Each player took home $127 for his efforts, which actually concluded on 08/08/2003.

The fourth place prize of $60 was split between Devlin Sinclair and Club President Ed Frumkin.

The Class B prize of $160 was split evenly between Mulazim Muwwakkil and Kenneth Schemitz. The $100 Class C prize was divided evenly between Frank Drazil and Vinnie Di Stefano. Finally, the $100 Class D prize was won by Paul Schemitz.

Ed Frumkin directed the event on behalf of the Club.



by Joe Felber
International Master Jay Bonin won the four-round, G/15 53rd Speedy Open, which was held on 08/22/03 at the Queens Chess Club. Scoring 3.5 out of 4, Jay won $50 for his efforts.

Scoring three out of four, Bernie Hill and Rich Murphy split the combined second and third prizes, totalling $30 (or $15 each).

Also finishing with three out of four was Steve Chernick, who won the only Class (Under 1700) prize. Per the prize allocation provisions of the USCF Rule Book, Steve was awarded $20.

Vice President and Treasurer Joe Felber directed the 12-player event for the Club.


by Joe Felber
Expert Bill Arluck, one of our newest members, won a Game/30 Action Swiss with a perfect 3-0 score on August 29th. In so doing, he defeated Vinnie Di Stefano, Edgar Cimafranca, and Jose Tejeda, and took home the $50 first prize.

There was a five-way tie for the combined second and third prizes of $35. With scores of 2-1, Bernie Hill, Jose Tejeda, Rich Murphy, Mitch Drobbin and Edgar Cimafranca each won $7 (so they almost won back their $10 entry fees).

Also with a score of 2-1, Vinnie Di Stefano won the Under 1650 prize of $10. And with a score of 1-2, George Guttendorfer won the Under 1400 prize of $10.

A welcome development was the return of Club fixture Edgar Cimafranca to active USCF play. The writer (Joe Felber) feels that Edgar’s swashbuckling style is a good thing to have at the Queens Chess Club. It can make for very interesting games!

Vice President and Treasurer Joe Felber directed the 12- player event.



by Ed Frumkin

Julia Kerr (1756), striking from near the bottom of the wall chart, won the top section of the Queens Semi-Class with a perfect 3-0 score. The tournament, split into Groups A and B, was completed September 19th. Kerr, seeded 8th of 10, won Group A by beating Ed Frumkin (#3), Kenny Cruz (#7) and Bill Arluck (#5) while Bernie Hill and Jose Tejeda drew in Round 3 to finish at 2 1/2-½. Remarkably, Kerr beat both experts with Black.

Group B (8 players) was won by Zoltan Sugar (1630, top-ranked) with 2 1/2-1/2, drawing a lost position against Steve Chernick in Round 3. Chernick and Vinnie DiStefano split 2nd with 2-1. Prizes were $100-$50-$25 in Group A; $90-$50 in Group B.



Devlin Sinclair Lectures

Club Time Control Revised

by Jay Kleinman

Defending Club Champion Devlin Sinclair lectured on two of his games at the Club’s annual membership meeting held October 3rd. Sinclair reviewed both his win against Joe Felber from last year’s Club Championship and his January tournament win against Jay Bonin to a highly appreciative gathering of Club members.

The Club’s longstanding tournament time control of30/60, SD/60 was revised to G/120 by popular demand at the October 3rd meeting. For the second year in a row, Arunas Simonaitis proposed revising the time control but this year the idea took hold among other members. The idea behind the change is that players will no longer be in the perpetual time pressure characteristic of the former control. The new control will go into effect after the events that have already been sent into “Chess Life” are completed, and will NOT be in effect at the current Club Championship.

______________________________________________________________________________ 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

2002 Devlin Sinclair 6

2003 ?????????????


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.

Joe Felber sends a game from Round 6 of the 2003 US Senior Open in Wilmington, DE. He had one win and five draws, good for the second U2200 prize of $175. His highlights were draws against FM’s John Curdo (2206) and Zakhar Fayvinov (2253).
Joe Felber (2041) – Zakhar Fayvinov (2253)2003 U.S. Senior Open (Annotations by Joe Felber, except for italicized comments where the editor channels Fritz.)
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. h3 …. The idea is to stop 4. …. Bg4, of course, and I feel it’s worth the tempo to do so. 4. … Bg7 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bc4 O-O? After the game, my opponent stated that 6. e6 was necessary first. 7. e5! Ne8 8. e6 fxe6 9. Bxe6+?! .… Here I missed the stronger move, 9. Ng5! Fritz agrees. If now 9 … Nb6;10.Bxe6+ Kh8; 11. Nf7+, Rxf7; 12. Bxf7, White should win, since Black has no apparent compensation for the missing Exchange. 9. … Kh8 10. Ng5 c5! 11. dxc5 …. If 11.Nf7+, Rxf7; 12. Bxf7 cxd4, followed by 13. … e5,
I felt that Black would have sufficient compensation for the Exchange with his central Pawn mass.
11. …. Ne512. cxd6 Nxd6 13. O-O h6 14. Bxc8 Qxc8 15. Nge4 Nf5!? 16. Be3 Qc6 17. Qd5 Qc7 My opponent chastised himself for this after the game, but I can’t see why! 18. Rad1 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Qb6 20. Qc5 Qxb2?! Sometimes old adages about taking an opponent’s QNP with your Queen are said for a reason! My FM opponent should have paid more dearly for this than he actually did. Fritz differs, finding the position dead equal.21. Qxe7 ….. I believe that White has a significant edge here. Fritz disagrees again, calling for 21.. Nc6 with a completely equal game.21. …. Rae8 After this, though, Fritz thinks White should win.22. Rxf8+ Rxf8 23. Rd8 Rxd8 24. Qxd8+ Kh725. Qe7 Kg8 26. Qd8+ Kh7 27. Nd5 Nf7 28. Ndf6+ ?! .. In one of our periodic joint analysis sessions, Club President Ed Frumkin pointed out that White should win with 28. Qc7! In his famous 1971 book Think Like a Grandmaster, the late Alexander Kotov called this type of simple maneuver a “creeping move.” Together, we looked at 28. ….. Kg8 (not 28. …Qe5?; 29. Qxf7, and both White Knights are immune); (or if 28. … Qa1+; 29. Kf2!); 29. Ne7+, Kh7; 30. Qc8, Qc1+; 31. Kf2!, and White has a decisive attack on the Black King. 28. ….. Bxf6 29. Nxf6+ …. If 29. Qxf6, simply 29. … Qxa2; 30. Qd4, h5; 31. Nf6+, Kh6; 32. Qf4+, Kg7, = 29. ….. Kg730. Ne8+ Here, I offered a draw, which my opponent accepted. I felt that my Pawns were too weak to allow me to attempt a win in the final position. Fritz agrees that the final position is completely drawn. If instead 30. Nd7!?, Kh7!; 31. Nf8+, Kg7; 32. Ne6+, Kh7; 33. Qf8, Qa1+; 34. Kh2 (not 34. Kf2? Qf6+; 35. Nf4, g5 wins for Black), Qe5+; 35. Nf4,
Nd6!? is quite unclear!

The Queens Chess Bulletin is edited and published quarterly by Jay Kleinman. All submissions welcome. Thanks go to both Joe Felber and Ed Frumkin for contributing articles to the current issue. ______________________________________________________________________________


President: ED FRUMKIN Vice President & Treasurer: JOE FELBER



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