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2003 Queens Chess Club Championship

by on November 4, 2003

Welcome to the 2003 Queens Chess Club Championship. With three titled players and nearly 40 players total, this year’s event is our strongest and largest in recent memory. The big news of Rd.1 is Frank Drazil’s upset win over Bill Arluck, and Guttendorfer’s upset draw with Macapinlac.

Kleinman,J (1770) – Becerra,J (2580) [B52]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.e5 Nc6 5.. d5 is Wagner (2110) – Gocheva (2090), 1–0 in 60 from 1986. 6.exd6 e5 7.d3 Bxd6 8.Nc3 Nge7 9.Ne4 0–0 10.0–0 b6 11.Nxd6 11 Re1 keeps it equal. 11…Qxd6 12.Nd2 Qg6 13.a4 Rad8 14.f4 Nf5 15.Re1? exf4 16.Nf3 Qf6 17.Qe2 Nfd4 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.Qf2 g5 20.Bd2? Nxc2 0–1

Kopec,D (2431) – Schemitz,K (1724) [A46]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 Be7 4.Nbd2 b6 5.e4 Bb7 6.Bd3 Nc6 The more popular choices are (in no particular order) 6.. d5, 6.. d6, 6.. 0–0, 6.. c5, and 6.. h6. 7.c3 d6 8.Qe2 0–0 9.h4 h5 10.Nf1 Ng4 11.Bd2 a6 12.N3h2 f5 13.Nxg4 13 exf5! exf5, 14 Qe6+ +- 13…fxg4 14.0–0–0 Na7 15.Ng3 g6 The Black monarch is not secure. 16.f3 gxf3 17.gxf3 c5 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Rdg1 c4 20.Bb1 Kh8 21.Qe3 Kg7 22.Qh6+ Kf7 23.Nxh5 Ke8 24.Rxg6 Kd7 25.Rxe6 Rxf3 26.Bg5 Bxg5+ 27.hxg5 Qb6 28.Qg7+ Kxe6 28.. Kc6 denies White the pretty mate but the game is decided either way. This way is more fun. 29.Nf4+ 1–0

Blake,B (1748) – Bonin,J (2428) [B02]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 c6 5.0–0 Bg4 6.Nc3 6 exd6 is Fuller (2280) – Torre (2400), drawn in 71 moves in a game from Hong Kong, 1972. 6…dxe5 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 e6 9.Re1 Nd7 10.Ne4 Be7 11.d3 0–0 12.Ng3 f5 And Black won in 36, the scores unreadable at this point. 0–1

Sinclair,D (2175) – Asar,A (1655) [C78]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.d4 exd4 9.cxd4 Bb6 10.h3 0–0 11.Be3 Na5 11.. Bd7 is Franzoni (2200) – Bisson (2200), 1–0 in 27 moves (Malta, 1980). 12.Bc2 Nc4 13.Bc1 Bb7 14.b3 Na5 15.Nbd2 Re8 16.Re1 Nc6 17.Bb2 Ba5 18.Rc1 Nd7 19.Re3 Rc8 20.Bb1 Qf6 21.Nf1 Bb6 22.Ng3 g6 23.Re2 Setting a sneaky trap. 23…Re7 Score another one for the sneaky traps. 24.Rxc6! Bxc6 25.d5 Qf4 26.dxc6 Ne5 27.Nd4 Rce8 28.Nf1 f6 29.Ne3 Qh6 30.Nd5 Rf7 31.f4 Nxc6 32.Nxb6 Nxd4 33.Qxd4 cxb6 34.e5 dxe5 35.fxe5 fxe5 36.Rxe5 Ref8 37.Re1 Rf6 38.Be4 Qg7 39.Bd5+ Kh8 40.Qxf6 Qxf6 41.Bxf6+ Rxf6 42.Re7 b4 43.Re6 Rf5 44.Be4 Rb5 45.Bd3 Rd5 46.Bxa6 Ra5 47.Rxb6 Rxa2 48.Bc4 Kg7 49.Rxb4 h5 50.Rb6 Rb2 51.h4 Rd2 52.Kh2 Rd4 53.Kh3 Rg4 54.Bd3 Kf7 55.Bxg6+ Rxg6 56.Rxg6 Kxg6 57.g4 hxg4+ 58.Kxg4 1–0

Sugar,Z (1692) – Tejeda,J (2136) [A48]
Queens CC Jamaica, 10.10.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nbd2 Bg7 4.e4 d5 5.Bd3 0–0 6.0–0 dxe4 6.. c5 is Onat (2330) – Zapata (2420), 1–0 in 37 moves (Luzern, 1982). 7.Nxe4 Nbd7 8.c3 Re8 9.Re1 e5 10.Bg5 exd4 11.Nxf6+ Nxf6 12.Rxe8+ Qxe8 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.Qe1 Rd8 15.Qxe8+ Rxe8 16.Kf1 Ne4 17.Be3 Nc5 18.Bb5 c6 19.Bc4 Na4 20.Rb1 b5 21.Be2 a6 22.Bd1 Fritz wants 22 g4! to keep the game roughly equal. With the queens off, White can get away with this. 22…c5! 23.Ne2 Bf5 24.Rc1 Nxb2 25.Bc2 Nd3 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Ke1 f5 28.Nf4 Bc4 29.Kd2 g5 30.Nh5 f4 31.Bxc5 Be5 32.Kc2 Rc8 33.Bb4 Bf7 34.Re1 Re8 35.g4 fxg3 36.Nxg3 Bg6+ 37.Kb2 Kf7 38.a4 h5 39.f3 h4 40.Ne4 Bxe4 41.Rxe4 Bxh2 42.Rg4 Bf4 43.axb5 axb5 44.Kc2 Re3 0–1

Felber,J (2039) – Bauer,A (1644) [C24]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 c6 5.Nf3 Only two games reach this position in the database. One continued 5.. d5, while the other continued 5.. Bc5. White won both. 5…b5 6.Bb3 d5 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.Qd4 0–0 9.0–0 Bf5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.Qxc3 a5 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.a4 h6 14.Bh4 Bb4 15.Qd4 Nd7 16.Bg3 Qd8 17.Rad1 Qe7 17.. Nc5 maintains equality. 18.Qf4 Wins, but Fritz points out 18 Nh4 as even more crushing. 18…Be6 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.c3 Bc5 21.Rfe1 g5 22.Qc7 Ra7 23.Rxe6 Rxc7 24.Bxc7 fxe6 25.Rxd7 g4 26.Nd4 Rf7 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Nxc6 bxa4 29.Ne5+ Ke8 30.Nxg4 h5 31.Nf6+ Ke7 32.Nxh5 a3 33.bxa3 a4 34.Nf4 Bxa3 35.Nd3 Kd7 36.Ba5 Bd6 37.Nb4 a3 38.Na2 Kc6 39.h4 Kb5 40.Bb4 Bxb4 41.cxb4 Kc4 42.h5 Kb3 43.h6 Kxa2 44.h7 Kb1 45.h8Q a2 46.b5 a1Q 47.Qxa1+ Kxa1 48.b6 1–0

Frumkin,E (2023) – Frawley,J (1575) [A36]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 d6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 c5 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 a6 9.h3 Qc7 10.Be3 Bd7 10.. Rb8 is Kucherova – Kurochka, Girls Under 14 Ch (Russia, 2000), drawn in 38. 11.a3 Rac8 12.f4 e6 13.g4 Ne7 14.Ng3 Rfe8 15.g5! Wasting no time in exploiting Black’s last move. 15…Nh5 16.Nxh5 gxh5 17.Qxh5 b5 18.cxb5 axb5 19.Rac1 Qa5 20.Qe2 Rb8 21.Qf2 b4 22.axb4 Qxb4 23.Nd1 Rec8 24.Kh1 Qb3 25.d4 Bb5 26.Re1 cxd4 27.Rxc8+ Rxc8 28.Bxd4 Rc2 29.Qg1 29 Qe3 is needed for White to hold his edge. The text gives Black an opportunity to steal the game as in Marlins-Cubs, 8th inning, Game 6. 29…e5 Missing the chance. 29.. Bxd4, 30 Qxd4 Qg3!! gives Black an overwhelming attack. 30.fxe5 dxe5 31.Bc3 Ng6 32.Ne3 Nf4 33.Nxc2 Qxc2 34.Bf1 Bd7 35.Qe3 f6 36.gxf6 Bxf6 37.Bc4+ Kg7 38.Rg1+ Kh6 39.Bd5 Bxh3 40.Bd2 Bg5 41.Qb6+ 1-0

Drazil,F (1562) – Arluck,W (2018) [C05]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be2 0–0 9.0–0 b6 10.Be3 a5 10.. cxd4 is Wicht (2200) – Jahr (2285), 1–0 in 56 moves (Porz, 1990). 11.a4 Ba6 12.Bb5 Allowing Black to stick White with a weak b5 pawn. 12…Qc7 13.Qc2 c4 14.Nbd2 Bxb5 15.axb5 Na7 16.Ng5 16 Qa4 holds the pawn for now but Black can probably gang up on it anyway. 16…Bxg5 17.Bxg5 Nxb5 18.f4 Down a pawn, White plays to his strength- his sizeable kingside space edge. 18…f5 19.Qd1 Qc8 20.g4 Qe8 21.Rf2 fxg4 22.Qxg4 Qg6 23.Nf3 Qf5 24.Qg3 Kh8 25.Rg2 Rf7 26.Rf1 a4 27.Nh4 Qd3 28.Rf3 Qd1+ 29.Rf1 Qh5 30.f5 Raf8 30.. Nc7 holds Black’s edge. 31.f6 But the text lets Black escape. For now. [31.Bf6! gxf6 (31…Nxf6 32.fxe6±) 32.fxe6±] 31…Rg8 32.Be3 a3 33.bxa3 Nxc3 34.Rf3 Ne4 Missing the knockout 34.. Ne2+!, 35 Rxe2 gxf6–+ 35.Qh3 g5 36.Rf1 gxh4 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 38.Qxe6 Nc3 39.Qe8+ Nf8 40.Kh1 Qe2? 40.. Kh8 and Black is completely winning. Now White is mating. 41.Rg1+ Kh8 42.Qxf7 Qf3+ 43.Rg2 1–0

Guttendorfer,G (1476) – Macapinlac,M (1979) [A13]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4 c6 8.Nc3 Re8 9.a3 9 Re1 was tried in a losing effort for White in a game from 1998. 9…h6 10.b4 a6 11.Bd2 Bf5 12.Nh4 Bh7 13.Rc1 Nbd7 14.Na4 Qe7 15.Re1 b5 16.Nc5 Nb6 17.e4 dxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.f3 Qf6 21.fxe4 Qxd4+ 22.Be3 Qxd1 23.Rexd1 Nd5 This line has a slight hole in it. 24.exd5 Rxe3 25.Nf5 And there’s the hole. 25…Rxa326.Nxd6 cxd5 27.Rc8+ Rxc8 28.Nxc8 a5 29.Ne7+ Kf8 30.Nxd5 axb4 31.Nxb4 Rb3 32.Nc6 f6 ½-1/2

Waxman,M (1968) – DiStefano,V (1538) [C77]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.0–0 d6 8.h3 h6 9.c3 0–0 10.d4 Bb6 10.. exd4 is the only move I have here, though the text appears perfectly reasonable. 11.Re1 Re8 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Nbd2 Bb7 14.Nf1 Na5 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 16.Bc2 Nc4 17.Ng3 Nd6 18.b3 c5 19.Kf1 c4 20.Be3 Ba5 21.b4 Bc7 22.Bc5 a5 23.a4 axb4 24.Bxb4 Ra8? 24.. bxa4 and White has just a slight edge. 25.Bxd6 Bxd6 26.axb5 Rxa1 27.Rxa1 Nd7? 28.Rd1 Re6 29.Nf5 Nc5 30.Nxd6 1–0

Murphy,R (1952) – Sylvers,M (1459) [A35]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 d5 5.e3 Either 5 cxd5 or 5 dxc5 is all the database has here, though the text is fine. 5…b6 Gives up material. 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bb5 Bb7 8.Ne5 Qd6 9.Qf3 f6 10.Nc4 Qc7 11.Nxd5 Qd8 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Bxc6+ Bxc6 14.Qxc6+ Kf7 15.d5 Rc8 16.Qe6+ Ke8 17.d6 Rc6 18.dxe7 Qc7 19.exf8Q+ Kxf8 20.Qf5 b5 21.e4 bxc4 22.Bh6+ Kf7 23.0–0–0 Re6 24.Rd5 c3 25.Rhd1 cxb2+ 26.Kb1 Re7 27.Qh5+ Ke6 28.Qg4+ Kf7 29.Qg7+ Ke6 30.Qxh8 c4 31.Qg8+ Rf7 32.Rd7 1–0

Rice,B (1487) – Drobbin,M (1946) [B10]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.a3 e6 8.Bg5 8 0–0 eventually led to a draw in a game from 1999. 8…Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Nh4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Re1 Ne4 Probably allowing too many structural weaknesses. 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bc4 f5 16.c3 Na5 17.Ba2 b5 18.a4 a6 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qe2 b4 21.cxb4 Nc6 22.Red1 [22.Qc4 Nxb4 23.Qxe6+ Qxe6 24.Bxe6+ Kh7±] 22…Nxb4 23.Bc4 Nd5 24.g3 Qb4 25.Ra6 Rxa6 26.Bxa6 Rb8 27.Rd2 Kf7 28.Rc2? The game was equal. 28…Qxd4 29.Rd2 Qb6 30.Bc4 Rd8 31.Rc2 Nb4 32.Rd2 Kf6 33.Qd1 Rxd2 34.Qxd2 Nd5 35.Kg2? 35 Bxd5 is good for a draw. 35…Qd6 36.b4 g5 37.Qd4+ Qe5 38.Qc5 f4 39.Qf8+ Kg6 40.Qe8+ Kf5 41.Bxd5 f3+ 42.Kh3 g4+ 0–1

Cimafranca,E (1926) – Milerski,H (1400) [A55]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 e6 2.c4 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Nf3 e5 6.d5 c6 7.Be2 cxd5 7.. Qa5 was tried in a losing effort in a 1990 game. 8.cxd5 Nc5 9.0–0 a6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.b4 Nd7 13.Rc1 0–0 14.a4 Re8 15.Qb3 Nf8 16.a5 Bd7 17.Rc2 Qe7 18.Rfc1 Rec8 19.Na4 Rxc2 20.Rxc2 Rc8 21.Nb6 Rxc2 22.Qxc2 Qd8 23.Nd2 Be7 24.Nf1 Bb5 25.Ne3 [25.Bxb5 axb5 26.Qc8±] 25…Nd7 26.Nc8 Bf8 27.Nf5 Nb8 28.Na7 The only score I have reads 28.. Na6 here. White won in 37. 1–0

Schemitz,P (1308) – Muwwakkil,M (1814) [B01]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.d4 e5 4.Be3 Nc6 5.c4 5 Ne2, 5 Nf3, and 5 Nc3 are the only database moves here. 5…Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Qa5 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.f3 Bh5 9.d5 0–0–0 10.Qc2 Bg6 11.Qb3 Bxc3+ 12.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 13.Nxc3 Nd4 14.Rc1 Nc2+ 15.Kd2 Nxe3 16.Kxe3 Ne7 17.Bd3 Bxd3 18.Kxd3 Nf5 19.Rhe1 f6 20.Kd2 Rhe8 21.g3 Nd4 22.Ke3 Nf5+ 23.Ke4 Nd4 24.Ke3 Re7 25.h4 Nf5+ 26.Kf2 Nd4 27.b4 b6 28.b5 The scores stopped making sense at this point. Black won in 57. 0–1

Cruz,K (1802) – Arluck,R (1121) [B10]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Qg3 e6 6.d4 Nb6 6.. b6 is Di Paolo (2260) – Rogers (2600), 0–1 in 45 moves (Zurich, 1995). 6.. c5 has one game in the database with a win for White. 7.f4 Nc4 Too weakening. 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.Bxc4 dxc4 10.0–0 Nb6 11.Be3 Nd5 12.Nd2 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 Bd7 14.Nxc4 Qc7 15.Ne4 0–0–0 16.Ncd6+ Kb8 17.Nxf7 Be7 18.Nxh8 Rxh8 19.c4 b6 20.c5 Be8 21.b4 h5 22.Nd6 Bg6 23.b5 h4 24.bxc6 Qxc6 25.cxb6 Qd7 26.bxa7+ Qxa7 27.Qb3+ Kc7 28.Rac1+ Kd7 29.Qb5+ 1–0

Drazil,P (850) – Kerr,J (1791) [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10.10.2003
1.d4 d5 2.e3 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.Be2 Nf6 5.Bd2 The book choices here are 5 0–0, 5 Nbd2, 5 c3, 5 b3, and 5 dxc5. 5…Nc6 6.a3 Bd6 7.Bc3 0–0 8.0–0 Ne4 9.Be1 b6 10.c3 Bb7 11.Nbd2 f5 12.g3 Rf6 13.Bb5 Rg6 14.Nh4?? Qxh4 15.Nf3 Qh3 16.Nh4?? Qxh4 There is instant replay in chess. 17.Bxc6 Bxc6 18.Qf3 Bb5 19.c4 Bxc4 0–1

Due to a time consuming project I was committed to this week, I’m stealing a page from Quentin Tarrantino and breaking up Rd.3 into two volumes. I’ll be back next week with the rest of Rd.3 and all of Rd.4. -J.K.

Cimafranca,E (1926) – Bonin,J (2438)[B32]
Queens CC (3) Jamaica, 24.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.a4 Be6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Rc8 9.Be3 Nf6 10.Be2 Nb4 11.0–0 Be7 12.Kh1 12 Bf3 is Moldawski (2077) – Dubas (2220), 0–1 in 20 (Poland, 1994). 12…0–0 13.Qd2 d5 14.exd5 Nbxd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Rfd1 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 Qc7 18.c4 18 Bf3 and Black has just a slight edge. 18…f5 19.b3 Bc5 20.Qg3 Rf6 21.Nc2 Rg6 22.Qd3 Bxf2 23.Qd6 Qxd6 24.Rxd6 Bc5 25.Rd2 a5 26.Rad1 Rf6 27.Bf3 e4 28.Be2 Rff8 29.Nd4 Bxd4 30.Rxd4 Kf7 31.Kg1 Ke7 32.Kf2 Rc6 33.R1d2 Kf6 34.Ke3 Ke5 35.g3 g5 36.Rd1 f4+ 37.Kf2 Rb6 38.Rd5+ Bxd5 39.Rxd5+ Kf6 40.Bd1 Re8 41.Rxa5 e3+ 42.Ke1 e2 43.Bc2 Re5 44.Rxe5 Kxe5 45.Kxe2 Rh6 46.gxf4+ Kxf4 47.a5 Rxh2+ 48.Kd3 g4 49.c5 g3 50.c6 bxc6 51.a6 g2 52.a7 g1Q 53.a8Q Qe3+ 0–1

Sinclair,D – Guevara,R (1984) [C10]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Nxf6+ gxf6 8.Be3 Database choices are 8 c3, 8 0–0, 8 Bf4, and 8 Qe2. 8…Nd7 9.Qe2 Bd6 10.0–0–0 Qe7 11.c4 b6 12.Rhe1 Bb7 13.g3 0–0–0 14.Nh4 Nf8 15.d5 Ng6 16.Qh5 Bb4 17.Bd2 Ne5 18.Bf1 Qc5 19.Bxb4 Qxb4 20.a3 Qc5 21.Re3 21 b4! Qxf2, 22 Re2 +- 21…Rxd5 22.Rxd5 Bxd5 23.b4 Qc6 24.Rc3 Be4 24.. Bxc4! 25 f4 Qh1–+ 25.f4 Ng6 26.f5 Nxh4 27.Qxh4 exf5 28.Bh3 Rd8 29.Qh5 Time. Black is completely winning in the final position. 1–0

Waxman,M (1968) – Cruz,K (1802) [D03]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.e3 Bd6 6.Bd3 Bg4 6.. Be6 and 6.. 0–0 have been played. 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.c3 Re8 9.h3 Bh5? 9.. Be6 needed. 10.Qb3 b6 11.g4 Bg6 12.Bxg6 1–0

Frumkin,E (2023) – Muwwakkil,M (1814) [A11]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.g3 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.c4 Bg4 5.Ne5 Be6 6.cxd5 Bxd5 7.Nf3 g6 8.Nc3 Bxf3 8.. Bg7 is the only move played here. 9.Bxf3 Bg7 10.d4 e6 11.e4 0–0 12.h4 h5 13.Be3 Qa5 14.0–0 Nbd7 15.a3 Rfe8 16.b4 Qc7 17.Rc1 a6 18.e5 Nh7 19.Ne4 Red8 20.Qc2 Bf8 21.Rfd1 Nb6 22.Ng5 Nxg5 23.Bxg5 Be7 24.Be4 Kg7 25.Rd3 Bxg5 26.hxg5 Nd5 27.Rf3 Ne7 28.Rd3 Nd5 29.Qd1 Qe7 30.f4 h4 30.. a5 is equal. The problem with the text is that White is able to utilize the f-file faster than Black can organize anything on the h-file. 31.gxh4 Nxf4 32.Rd2 Rh8 33.Qg4 Nd5 34.Bxd5 exd5 35.Rf1 a5 36.Rf6 axb4 37.axb4 Ra1+ 38.Kg2 Re1 [38…Rha8 39.h5 gxh5 40.Qxh5 Rh8 41.Rh6 Raa8 42.Rf2+-] 39.Rdf2 Rf8 40.h5 Re4 41.Qh3 Rxd4 42.hxg6 1–0

Felber,J (2038) – Kerr,J (1791) [B74]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 Nc6 9.Nb3 Be6 10.f4 Na5 11.Nxa5 Qxa5 12.Bd4 Rac8 13.Kh1 Rfd8 14.a3 a6 Finally, we’re out of theory here. 14.. Bc4 is Flores (2240) – Santos (2380), 0–1 in 63 moves (Dubai, 1988). 15.Qe1 Qc7 16.Qf2 Qc6 17.Bf3 Qd7 18.Rad1 b5 19.Bb6 Rf8 20.e5 Ng4 21.Qg1 Rc4 22.exd6 exd6 23.Ne4 d5? [23…Rxc2 24.Rxd6=] 24.Nc5 Qc6 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Bxg4 Rxc2 27.Bd4 Bh6 28.Qe3 Re8 29.Qe5 Time 1–0

Guttendorfer,G (1476) – Bierkens,P (2185) [D34]
Queens CC Jamaica, 24.10.2003
.c4 c6 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0–0 e5 7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 Be7 9.Nc3 0–0 10.Bf4 a6 11.Rc1 Re8 12.e4 12 Qd2 has been played. The TN here loses a pawn. 12…Nxd4 13.Qxd4 dxe4 14.Qxd8 Bxd8 15.Rfe1 Bf5 16.h3 Ba5 17.a3 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Nd5 19.Be3 Nxe3 20.Rxe3 Kf8 21.g4 Bg6 22.f4 exf3 23.Rxf3 Be4 24.Rf2 Bxg2 25.Kxg2 Rad8 26.Rcf1 Re7 27.g5 Rd3 28.Rf3 Rxf3 29.Rxf3 Rc7 30.Re3 Rc4 31.Rd3 g6 32.Rd8+ Ke7 33.Rb8 b5 34.Rb7+ Kf8 0–1

Kopec,D (2431) – Lorenzo,A (1832) [C78]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Bc5 8.a4 d6 9.axb5 axb5 10.Rxa8 Bxa8 11.Be3 11 Nc3 is Lechtynsky (2420) – Beliavsky (2545), drawn in 24 moves (Vilnius, 1978). 11…0–0 12.Bxc5 dxc5 13.Nc3 b4 14.Ne2 Qe7 15.Ng3 g6 16.Qd2 Kg7 17.Qg5 Kh8 18.Ba4 Nd7? 18.. Ng8 and White has just a slight edge. 19.Qxe7 1–0

Kleinman,J (1770) – Tejeda,J (2136) [B52]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.0–0 Ngf6 6.Re1 g6 7.d3 Bg7 8.Nc3 0–0 9.h3 9 Bf4 led to a draw in a game from 1998. 9…a6 10.a4 Rc8 11.Be3 h6 12.Qd2 Kh7 13.Nh2 e6 14.f4 d5 15.exd5 exd5 16.Bf2 d4 17.Ne4 Nd5 18.Re2 18 f5 =  Qc7 19.g3? f5 20.Rae1 fxe4 21.Rxe4 N7f6 22.Re6 Rce8 0–1

The remaining games from Rd.3.

Murphy,R (1952) – Asar,A (1655) [A80]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.Nf3 g6 2.d4 f5 3.g3 d6 3.. Bg7 is usual. 4.Bg2 Nh6 5.0–0 Nf7 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3 e6 8.e4 Bg7 8.. fxe4= 9.exf5 gxf5 10.d5 Nce5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.dxe6 Bxe6 13.Bxb7 0–0 14.Qxd8 No reason White couldn’t grab the Ra8. 14…Raxd8 15.Bd5 Bxd5 16.Nxd5 Rd7 17.Be3 a5 18.Rad1 Rfd8 19.Nc3 Nd6 20.Bg5 Rb8 21.c5 Nf7 22.Rxd7 Nxg5 23.f4 exf4 24.gxf4 Nh3+ 25.Kg2 Rxb2+ 26.Kxh3 Bxc3 27.Rxc7 Rxa2 28.Rb1 Bb4 29.Rd1 Bd2 30.Rg1+ Kf8 31.Rg5 Ra3+ 32.Kg2 Bc3 33.Rxf5+ Ke8 34.Rff7 Ra2+ 35.Kh3 h5 36.c6 1–0

Arluck,W (2018) – Chernick,S [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.d4 d5 2.Bg5 Nd7 3.e3 Ngf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nbd2 Be7 6.Bd3 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.c3 0–0 9.0–0 Nh5 9.. b6 is the most popular move in this position. 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Ne5 Nhf6 12.f4 And White has all the advantages of a Stonewall set-up without the liability of a bad Bc1. 12…c4 13.Bc2 b5 14.a3 Bb7 15.Qf3 a5 16.g4 b4 17.h4 17 Ndxc4! steals a pawn. 17…b3 18.Bd1 Ne4 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Qg3 Nxe5 21.fxe5 f6 22.exf6 Rxf6 23.Be2 Ba6 24.g5 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 hxg5 26.hxg5 Rd8 27.Bh5 Rf8 28.Bg6 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Qf8+ 30.Qf4 Qxf4+ 31.exf4 Bb7 32.Ke2 Kf8 33.Ke3 Ke7 34.Bxe4 Bxe4 35.Kxe4 Kd6 36.f5 exf5+ 37.Kxf5 Ke7 38.g6 Kf8 39.d5 1–0

Rice,B (1487) – Schemitz,K (1724) [B12]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.Bg5 Qb6 8.b3 Na6 Previously played here have been 8.. Nf5, 8.. h5, and 8.. h6. 9.a3 c5 10.0–0 Nf5 11.Nc3 Rc8 12.Nxd5! Qc6 13.Nf4 13 Ne3 best. 13…h6 14.d5 c4 14.. Qd7 best. 15.Qxf5 exf5 16.dxc6 Rxc6 17.Bh4 g5 18.Nxg5 hxg5 19.Bxg5 Nc7 20.b4 Be7 21.Bxe7 Kxe7 22.Rfd1 Rch6 23.h3 Rh4 24.g3 Rg8 25.Rd4 Rhh8 26.Rxc4 Rc8 27.Rd4 27 Rxc7+! is pretty convincing. 27…Rhd8 28.Rad1 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Nb5 30.Rd2 Nxa3 31.c3 Nb1 32.Ra2 a6 33.h4 Kf8 34.Rb2 Nxc3 35.Rc2 Rc7 36.Kg2 Nb5 37.Rxc7 Nxc7 38.Kf3 b6 39.Ke3 Kg7 40.Nh5+ Kf8 41.Nf6 Ke7 42.h5 Kf8 43.Nd7+ Kg7 44.Nxb6 Ne6 45.Nd5 Kh6 46.f3 Kg5 47.Kd3 Kxh5 48.Nf4+? A pawn advantage isn’t an advantage when the extra pawn is doubled. 48…Nxf4+ 49.gxf4 Kh4 50.Ke2 Kg3 51.Ke3 Kg2 52.Ke2 Kg3 53.Ke3 Kg2 ½–½

Sugar,Z (1692) – Simonaitis,A [D02]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nd7 Much more popular is 4.. Nc6 here. 5.Bd3 g6 5.. Bd6 takes us back to Koch – Dorat (1931), 0–1 in 28 moves. 6.Nbd2 Bg7 7.0–0 Ne7 8.e4 0–0 9.e5 Nc6 10.Re1 Qb6 11.Qb3 c4 12.Qxb6 axb6 13.Bc2 b5 14.a3 b4 15.b3 15 Rb1 best. 15…b5 15.. bxc3, 16 Nb1 f6! –+ 16.Bb2 bxc3 17.Bxc3 Bb7 18.Reb1 Ra7 19.bxc4 bxc4 20.a4 f6 21.Re1 21 exf6= 21…fxe5 22.Nxe5? Ndxe5 23.dxe5 d4 24.Bb2 c3 25.Ba3 cxd2 26.Red1 0–1

Arluck,R (1121) – Bauer,A (1644) [C21]
Queens CC Jamaica (3), 24.10.2003
.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nxc3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 6.. Bb4 is Guyot (2245) – Sermier (2210), 1–0 in 26 moves (France, 1991). 7.Nf3 d6 Allows 8 Nxb5! 8.0–0 Nf6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 10 Bxf6= The text, allowing the doubling of White’s pawns, squanders the compensation White had for her gambit, according to Fritz. 10…Bxe3 11.fxe3 0–0 12.Bc2 Ng4 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.Rae1 Na6 15.a3 Nc5 16.Qd4 a5 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4 Ne6 19.Qd3 Ne5 20.Nxe5 dxe5 21.Qe2 Qxb4 22.Nd1 Nc5 23.Nf2 Be6 24.Qf3 Ra2 25.Rb1 Qc3 26.Rbc1 Rxc2 27.Rcd1 Bc4 28.Rfe1 Ne6 29.h4 Ra8 30.Ng4 Raa2 31.Qg3 Rxg2+ 32.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 f6 34.Kf2 Nc5 35.Kf3 Qc2 36.Rg1 Qxe4+ 37.Kf2 Kf7 38.Rg3 h5 39.Nh2 Qxh4 40.Nf3 Ne4+ 41.Kg2 Qxg3+ 0–1

This year’s event, with five Queens Chess Club titleholders, is a veritable Tournament of Champions. Ed Frumkin, Joe Felber, Jay Bonin, and Edgar Cimafranca are all former champions, and Devlin Sinclair is the defending champ.

Becerra,J (2580) – Frumkin,E (2023) [B07]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.e5 dxe5 6.dxe5 Ng4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Rd1+ Bd7 9.e6 Lewis-Frumkin, Foxwoods 2003, continued 9 Nd5 and White lost in 48. Fritz agrees the text is best. 9…fxe6 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.Bc4 Ke8 12.0–0 Nge5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Bb3 Nf7 14.. Nc6 is Todorov (2395) – Lorscheid (2315), Vienna 1996, 1–0 in 19. 14.. Rd8 is Dueckstein (2375) – Schlosser (2380), Austria 1991, drawn in 50. 14.. c5 is Hofland-Koopmans, Oostvoorne 1972, 1–0 in 43. Ed notes that after the text Black has no worries, according to Alburt and Chernin in “Pirc Alert.” 15.Bf4 Nd6 16.Rfe1 Rf8 17.Be5 Bxe5 18.Rxe5 Rf6 19.f3 b6 20.Re2 Rd8 21.Red2 h6 22.a4 a5 23.Ne2 c5 24.Nc3 Bc6 25.Bc4 Rb8 26.Bf1 g5 27.b3 Nf5 28.Bb5 Nd4 29.Bxc6+ Nxc6 30.Nb5 Kf7 31.Rd7 Kf8 32.c3 e5 32.. Ne5 maintains equality. 33.h3 Kg7 34.Nd6 Kg6 35.Ne4 Rff8 36.Rc7 Rbc8 37.Rdd7 h5 38.Rb7 Rb8 39.Rxb8 Rxb8 40.Rc7 Nd8 41.Rxe7 Nf7 42.g4 h4 43.Kf2 b5? Though Fritz thinks Black was lost either way. 44.axb5 Rxb5 45.Rxf7 Interestingly, this is the same trick as Tejeda-Waxman (next game). 1–0

Tejeda,J (2136) – Waxman,M (1968) [C76]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.0–0 g6 6.c3 Bd7 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bg5 f6 9.Be3 Nh6 10.Nbd2 Nf7 11.Re1 11 Bxc6 eventually led to a win for Black in a game from 1994. 11…0–0 12.d5 Ne7 13.Bxd7 Qxd7 14.Nf1 f5 15.Bg5 Rae8 16.Ng3 f4 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Nf1 Bf6 19.a4 Nh6 20.h3 g5 21.N3h2 Qd7 22.Qh5 Kg7 23.Nd2 Qf7 24.Qe2 Qd7 25.a5 Bd8 26.Ng4 Nxg4 27.Qxg4 Qxg4 28.hxg4 h5 29.f3 hxg4 30.fxg4 Rh8 31.Nf3 c6 32.Red1 Rh6 33.Kf2 Reh8 34.Ke2 Kf7 35.Rd3 Ke8 36.Rad1 c5 37.b4 (Diagram)

c4 This pawn becomes a major weakness. 37.. cxb4 is probably safer. 38.R3d2 Kd7 39.Ra2 Rh1 40.Raa1 Rxd1 41.Rxd1 Be7 42.Nd2 Rc8 43.Rh1 Bd8 44.Rh7+ Be7 45.Nf3 b6 46.axb6 Rb8 47.Nd2 Rxb6 48.Nxc4 Rb8 49.Na5 Ke8 50.Rxe7+A popular tactic in this round (see previous game). 1–0

Simonaitis,A (1910) – Felber,J (2038) [B10]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Qf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.d4 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Qxe4 Nf6 8.Qe5 g6 9.Bg5 9 Nf3 is Ruggeri (2180) – Dizdarevic (2500), 0–1 in 34 moves (1995). 9…Bg7 10.Ne2 0–0 11.0–0 Bg4 12.f3 Nd5 13.Qg3 Be6 14.Qh4 f6 15.Bh6 Nb4 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Rad1 Nxd3 18.Rxd3 Qc7 19.b3 Rad8 20.c4 Rd7 21.Re3 g5 22.Qe1 Bf5 23.Ng3 Bg6 24.Kh1 Rfd8 25.d5 25 Ne2 keeps the game equal. 25…cxd5 26.cxd5 Kf8 27.Qe2 Rxd5 28.Re1 e5 29.Ne4 Kg7 30.Rc3 Qb6 31.h3 Bxe4 32.fxe4 Rd2 33.Qe3 Qxe3 34.Rc7+ Kg6 35.Rxe3 Rxa2 36.Rxb7 Rdd2 37.Rc3 Rd4 38.Re3 h6 39.b4 Rdd2 40.b5 Rxg2 41.Rxa7 Rxa7 42.Kxg2 Rb7 43.Rb3 Rb6 44.Kf3 f5 45.Rc3 fxe4+ 46.Kxe4 Rxb5 47.Rc6+ Kh5 48.Rc3 (Diagram)

g4 [48…Kh4 49.Kf5 Rb2 50.Kxe5 (50.Kg6 h5 51.Rc4+ g4 52.hxg4 hxg4–+) 50…Rh2–+] 49.Kf5 e4+ 50.Kxe4 Rg5 51.hxg4+ Rxg4+ 52.Kf3 Kh4 53.Rc1 h5 54.Rc5 Rg3+ 55.Kf2 Ra3 56.Kg2 Kg4 57.Rc4+ Kg5 58.Rc5+ Kg4 ½–½

Guevara,R (1984) – Cimafranca,E (1926) [D03]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 0–0 8.h3 a6 8.. h6, 8.. Re8, and 8.. b6 are the usual choices here. 9.Qe2 Re8 10.0–0 h6 11.Bf4 Qb6 12.Rab1 Bd6 13.Ne5 Qc7 14.Ndf3 b5 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.e4 Bb7 18.e5 Qe7 19.Rfe1 Rac8 20.Qe3 Nf8 21.g4 Rc7 22.Kh2 Rec8 23.Rg1 cxd4 24.Nxd4 b4 25.cxb4 Qxb4 26.g5 h5 27.g6 fxg6 28.Bxg6 Rc4 29.Nf3 Nxg6 30.Rxg6 d4 31.Qh6 [31.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 32.Rg1+ Kf7 33.Qh6 Qf8 34.Qf6+ Ke8 35.Qxe6+ Kd8 36.Rg8+-] 31…Qf8 32.Rbg1 [32.Rxg7+! Qxg7 33.Rg1+-] 32…R4c7 33.Rf6 Qc5 34.Qxh5 d3 35.Rh6 Not good, but White missed his winning opportunites by this point and is headed for a loss even with the better 35 Ne1. 35…Qxf2+ 36.Rg2 Qxg2+ 37.Kxg2 Bxf3+? Giving the game back to White. [37…gxh6 38.Qxh6 Rf8 39.Qxe6+ Kh7–+] 38.Kxf3 gxh6 39.Qg6+ Rg7 40.Qxe6+ Rf7+ 41.Ke3 Rd8 42.Qg6+ Rg7 43.Qe6+ Kh7 44.Qf5+ Kg8 45.Qe6+ [45.Qf6 Rdd7 46.e6+-] 45…Kh7 46.Qf5+ ½–½

Bauer,A (1644) – Macapinlac,M (1979) [C05]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c4 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Ngf3 Nc6 8.Bb5 Qb6 8.. Nxd4 has been tried. Black lost in 29 moves. 9.Qe2 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 cxd4 11.0–0 Bc5 12.a3 0–0 13.Nf3 Re8 14.b4 Bd6 15.Bb2 Bxe5 [15…Rxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5=] 16.Bxd4 Qd8 17.Nxe5 f6 18.f4 a6 19.Ba4 fxe5 20.fxe5 Re7 21.Qf3 Nf8 22.Bb3 Be6 23.Bc5 Rf7 24.Qg3 Qd7 25.Rf6 Ng6 26.Rxf7 Qxf7 27.Rf1 Qd7 28.h4 Ne7 29.h5 Nf5 30.Qe1 Rb8 31.g4 Ne7 32.Bd6 Rc8 33.Qh4 Re8 34.Rc1 Nc6 35.Bd1 Bf7 36.Qg3 Qe6 37.Bc2 Nd4 38.Bd3 [38.Bxh7+! Kxh7 39.Qd3++-] 38…Rc8 39.Rc5 b6 40.Rxc8+ Qxc8 41.Qf4 Qc3 42.Bxa6 b5 43.Kf2 [43.Qf2=] 43…Ne6 [43…Qc2+ 44.Ke3 Qc1+ 45.Kxd4 Qxf4+–+] 44.Qe3 Qc6 45.Qa7 Qc2+ 46.Kg3 Qd3+ 47.Kh2 Qd2+ 48.Kg3 [48.Kh1=] 48…Qf4+ 49.Kh3 Ng5+ 50.Kh4 Nf3+ 0–1

Blake,B (1748) – Frawley,J (1574) [B30]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.c4 d5 6.d3 6 e5 led to a draw in a game from 1995. 6…Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.0–0 Be7 9.b3 0–0 10.Bg5 Qc7 11.Qc2 Rad8 12.Rfe1 d4 13.Ne2 13 e5 best. 13…e5 14.Ng3 Ne8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Nf5 Qf6 17.Qc1 Nd6 [17…Nc7 18.Qa3 Na6=] 18.Qa3 Striking at Black’s pawn weaknesses. 18…Bc8 19.Qxa7 Nxf5 20.exf5 Rfe8 21.Qxc5 Bxf5 22.Nxe5 Re6 23.a4 Rde8 24.f4 Qh6 25.Qxd4 g5 26.fxg5 Qxg5 27.Nf3 Qg6 28.Rxe6 Rxe6 29.Nh4 Qg5 30.Nxf5 Qxf5 31.Rf1 Qg5 32.Qf4 Qg6 33.Qg3 1–0

Cruz,K (1808) – Yeo,B (1674) [B30]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bd3 d6 4.c3 g6 5.Bc2 5 0–0 is Kopec – Dlugy, drawn in 46 moves (Saint John, 1988). 5…Bg7 6.d3 6 h3 is Kopec – Janosevic, drawn in 46 moves (Aaronson Masters, 1979). Note: If you get Black against Kopec, look out for this line. 6…Bd7 7.Nbd2 Qc7 8.0–0 e6 9.Re1 Nge7 10.Nf1 0–0 11.Be3 Rac8 12.Rc1 b6 13.d4 cxd4 14.cxd4 Qb7 15.Ng3 Nb4 16.Bb3 Bb5 17.Rc3 Rxc3 18.bxc3 Nd3 19.Re2 Qa6 20.Rd2 Rc8 21.c4 Bxc4 22.Bxc4 Qxc4 23.Rxd3 Qxa2 Black doesn’t have quite enough for the piece, but enough for practical chances. 24.Bf4 d5 25.Qb3 But this exchange enables Black to get plenty of play. 25 e5 was best. 25…Qxb3 26.Rxb3 Rc4 27.exd5 Nxd5 28.Bb8 a6 29.h3 Bxd4 30.Nxd4 Rxd4 31.Ba7 Rd1+ 32.Kh2 a5 33.Bxb6 Nxb6 34.Rxb6 a4 35.Ra6 Rd4 36.f3 e5 37.Ne2 Rc4 38.Kg3 Kf8 39.Kf2 h5 40.Ke3 Kg7 41.Kd3 Rb4 42.Nc3 Rb2 43.Ne2 Rb3+ 44.Kc2 Re3 45.Nc3 Re1 46.Rxa4 Rg1 47.g4 Rh1 48.gxh5 Rxh3 49.hxg6 Rxf3 50.gxf7 Kxf7 51.Ra6 Rf6 52.Ra7+ Kg6 53.Ne4 Rf3 54.Kd2 Kf5 55.Nd6+ Ke6 56.Ra6 Kd5 57.Nb5 Rh3 58.Nc3+ Kc5 59.Ra8 Kd4 60.Ra4+ Kc5 61.Re4 Kd6 62.Rg4 Rh2+ 63.Kd3 Rh3+ 64.Kc4 Rh1 65.Rg6+ Ke7 66.Kd5 Kf7 67.Rc6 Re1 68.Ne4 Rh1 69.Kxe5 Rh5+ 70.Kf4 Ke7 71.Ng5 Rh1 72.Ke5 Re1+ 73.Ne4 Rd1 74.Rh6 Kd7 75.Ra6 Kc7 76.Nc3 Re1+ 77.Kd5 Rf1 78.Kc5 Kd7 79.Rd6+ Ke7 80.Nd5+ Kf7 81.Rh6 Re1 82.Kd6 Ra1 83.Ke5 Re1+ 84.Kf5 Rf1+ 85.Nf4 Ke7 86.Re6+ Kd7 87.Ra6 Kc7 88.Ke5 Re1+ ½–½

Lorenzo,A (1832) – Guttendorfer,G (1476) [B30]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0–0 8.Qd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd4 Nf4 The database has 11.. Nxc3, 11.. e5, and 11.. Bxd4. 12.Qxf4 Qxd4 13.Qf3 Surprisingly, 13 Qxd4 was already forced. 13…Rb8 14.Rd1 Qf6 15.Qxf6 Bxf6 16.Na4 Bf5 17.b3 Rfd8 [17…Bxc2 18.Rd7 (18.Rc1 Be4–+) 18…Bb1–+] 18.Bd3 Bg4 19.f3 Bh4+ 20.Ke2 Be6 21.Nc5 Rd6 22.Ne4 Rd5 23.g3 Bf6 24.Nxf6+ exf6 25.Be4 Re5 26.Kf2 f5 27.Bd3 Re8 28.Rhe1 Ra5 29.a4 Rd5 30.Re2 Red8 31.Rde1 Kf8 32.Bc4 Rd2 33.Bxe6 fxe6 34.f4 a5 35.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 36.Re2 Rd6 37.Ke1 Ke7 38.Rd2 Rd5 39.Ke2 Kd6 40.Rd3 c5 41.c3 h6 42.b4? Fortunate to survive the opening, White tries to turn a draw into a win and pays the usual price. 42…axb4 43.cxb4 cxb4 44.a5 b3 45.Rxd5+ exd5 46.Kd2 Kc6 47.Kc3 Kb5 48.Kxb3 Kxa5 49.Kc3 Kb5 50.Kd4 Kc6 51.h3 Kd6 52.g4 fxg4 53.hxg4 Time, but it’s a book win anyway. 0–1

Asar,A (1655) – DiStefano,V (1524) [C78]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.d4 Bb6 9.h3 h6 10.Be3 There are a number of different ways Black can go here (i.e. 10.. Bb7, 10.. exd4, 10.. 0–0), but the text is not one of them. 10…Nxe4?? 11.Bd5 Anyone for roast horsey? 11…Bb7 12.Bxe4 0–0 13.Qd2 Qf6 14.Nh2 exd4 15.Ng4 Qe6 16.Bxh6 Qxe4 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qh6+ 1–0

Schemitz,K (1724) – Drazil,P (850) [C41]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 31.10.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 3.. Nc6 is a better choice. 4.Ng5 Be6 5.Nxe6 fxe6 6.Bxe6 Nxe4 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Qf3 Ng5 9.Qxb7 Nd7 10.Bxd7+ Kxd7 11.d3 Bg7 12.Nc3 Ne6 13.Qb5+ Kc8 14.Qd5 Kd7 15.Qb5+ Kc8 16.Qc6 Kb8 17.Be3 Rf8 18.a4 a6 19.Ra3 Nc5 20.Bxc5 Kc8 21.Qxa8+ Kd7 22.Qxd8+ Kxd8 23.Be3 Kd7 24.Kd2 Rb8 25.Rb1 Rf8 26.b4 Ke7 27.b5 axb5 28.Rxb5 c6 29.Rb7+ Kf6 30.Ne4+ Kf5 31.Rxg7 Rh8 32.a5 d5 33.Nc5 Kf6 34.Rb7 Kf5 35.Rf7+ Kg4 36.f3+ Kh5 37.g3 d4 38.g4+ Kh4 39.Bf2+ Kh3 40.Bg3 h6 41.Ne4 Kg2 42.Ke1 Rb8 43.Ra1 Re8 44.Rd1 Kg1 45.h4 Rb8 46.Ke2+ Kg2 47.Rf1 Rb2 48.Rf2+ Kg1 49.Bh2+ Kh1 50.Ng3# 1–0

With two rounds to go, Jay Bonin is in sole possession of first having knocked off Danny Kopec in Rd.5. (That game is not here because Jay writes his score in a code I haven’t yet deciphered.) Correcting last week’s intro, the current tourney has SIX Queens Club champs. I had omitted Peter Bierkens. Enjoy the games!

Sinclair,D (2175) – Tejeda,J (2136) [D05]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 d5 5.c3 Nbd7 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Ne5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.f4 f5 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.e4 dxe4 12.. c4 is the usual move here, though 12.. Qb6 has also been tried. 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 Rb8 16.a4 b6 17.Be3 Kf7 18.Rd2 Rd8 19.Rxd8 Bxd8 20.Rd1 Bf6 21.g4 h6 22.g5 hxg5 23.fxg5 Be5 24.a5 Ke7 25.axb6 axb6 26.Ra1 Bd7 27.Ra7 Kd6 28.h4 Bg3 [28…Rh8 29.Rb7 Rxh4 30.Rxb6+ Kc7 31.Rb7+ Kd8=] 29.h5 Rh8 30.h6 gxh6 31.gxh6 Rb8 32.h7 Be5 33.Rb7 Rxb7 34.Bxb7 Bh8 35.Kf2 Ke7 36.Kf3 e5 37.Be4 Kf7 38.Bg5 b5 39.Bd8 Be6 40.Bb6 c4 41.Bd8 Kg7 42.Bc7 Kf7 43.Kg3 Bd7 44.Bd8 Ke8 45.Bg5 Kf7 46.Kh4 Kg7 47.Bd8 Kh6 48.Be7 Kg7 49.Kg5 Kf7 50.Bd8 Bh3 51.Bd5+ Be6 52.Bxe6+ Kxe6 53.Kg6 e4 54.Bb6 b4 55.Bd4 e3 56.Bxe3 bxc3 57.bxc3 Bxc3 58.Bh6 Kd5 59.Bg7 Bxg7 60.Kxg7 1–0

Bierkens,P – Frumkin,E (2023) [B08]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 0–0 6.Qd2 a6 7.Bh6 b5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.Bxg7 Kxg7 10.Ne2 Khenkin (2622) – Smirin (2666) continued 10 Nd5 e5, 11 Nxf6 Qxf6, 12 d5 Ne7, 13 a4 Draw (2000 N.Y. Open). Emms (2573) – Pein (2425) continued with 10 e5 and drew in 48 moves in a game from 1999. 10…e5 11.0–0–0 Rb8 12.Qc3 Nxd4 13.Nexd4 exd4 14.Nxd4 b4 15.Qc4 Bb7 16.Rhe1 c5 17.Nf3 Nd7 18.Bf1 Nb6 19.Qd3 d5 20.e5 Bc8 21.h4 h6 22.h5 Bf5 23.Qe3 d4 24.Qf4 Nd5 25.Qg3 Qa5 [25…b3 26.axb3 Nb4 27.hxg6 fxg6=] 26.Nh4 Be6 27.Bc4 g5 28.Nf3 Nc3? [28…Rg8 29.Nxg5 hxg5 30.Qxg5+ Kf8 31.Qh6+ Ke8 32.Bxd5 Bxd5 33.e6 Qd8 34.exf7+ Kxf7 And believe it or not, Black has tiptoed his way to equality in this line.] 29.Nxg5! hxg5 30.Qxg5+ Kh7 31.Bd3+ 1–0

Felber,J (2039) – Cimafranca,E (1926) [B04]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 11.07.2003
.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Nc3 0–0 9.0–0 Nc6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.b3 e5 12.Nxe5? The T.N. here is interesting… and should never again see the light of day. The more mundane choices are 12 Rc1, 12 d5, and 12 dxe5. 12…Bxe2? 12.. dxe5–+ 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Qxe2 c5 15.Rad1 Re8 16.Qf3 Qe7 17.dxc5 Bxc3 18.cxb6 axb6 19.Bxb6 Bb4 20.a4 Rab8 21.Bd4 f5 22.h3 Qe4 23.Qd3 Qb7 24.Ba1 Re4 25.Qd5+ Qxd5 26.Rxd5 Bc5 27.Rd3 Kf7 28.Bb2 Rxc4 29.bxc4 Rxb2 30.Rdd1 Rb4 31.Ra1 Rxc4 32.a5 Ke6 33.a6 Ba7 34.Ra2 Rb4 35.Rc1 Kd7 36.Rac2 Bc5 37.Ra1 Ba7 38.Raa2 Rb1+ 39.Kh2 Rb8 40.Rab2 Ra8 41.Rb7+ Ke6 42.Rxh7 Bc5 43.Ra2 d5 44.f4 d4 45.Re2+ Kd5 46.Re5+ Kd6 47.Rg7 Kc6 48.Rxg6+ Kb5 49.Rxf5 Rd8 50.Rgg5 d3 51.Rxc5+ Kxa6 52.Rcd5 d2 53.Rxd8 d1Q 54.Rxd1 1–0

Waxman,M (1968) – Muwwakkil,M (1814) [B01]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.g3 c6 4.. g6 is Becerra-Fierro, draw agreed in 9 moves (1998). 5.Bg2 e5 6.Nge2 Nf6 7.0–0 Bg4 7.. Bc5 is Baccarin-DeCastro (Brazil Women’s Ch., 1998), 1–0 in 24. 8.d4 e4? 9.Nxe4 Charity gladly accepted. 9…Nbd7 10.Nxf6+ Nxf6 11.Qe1 Qxe1 12.Rxe1 0–0–0 13.c3 Re8 14.Be3 h5 15.Nf4 Bd7 16.Nd3 Bd6 17.Bf4 Kc7 18.Bxd6+ Kxd6 19.Ne5 Be6 20.h4 Ng4 21.f4 f6 22.Nxg4 Bxg4 23.Kf2 Rhf8 24.Bf3 Bxf3 25.Kxf3 Kd7 White’s up a good pawn and his king is more active. Looks like we know how this should end. 26.c4 b6 27.Rad1 Kd6 28.Kf2 Kd7 Neither side seems to want a centralized king. 29.f5 Kd6 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.Re1 Exchanging too quickly. 31 Rd3 followed by 32 Re3 leaves the White king much closer to the action. 31…Rxe1 32.Kxe1 b5? [32…c5! 33.d5 Ke5 Black gets his pawn back. ] 33.b3? Giving Black another chance. 33…bxc4 34.bxc4 c5 35.d5 Ke5 36.Kf2 Kxf5 37.Kf3 g5 38.Ke3 g4 39.a3 Ke5 40.a4 a5 At “first glance,” Fritz thought White could try to win this. On further investigation, however, it thinks the position is drawn. Interestingly, if Black’s pawn were on f5 instead of f6, the position would be a win for White. The Black king needs the f5 square for himself. As long as he has it, White can never get in. ½–½

Simonaitis,A (1910) – Guervara,R (1924) [C00]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 11.07.2003
.e4 e6 2.c4 Ne7 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbc6 6.Nf3 Nf5 7.d5 7 Be3 is in the database twice, once a win for White, the other game a draw. 7…exd5 8.cxd5 Bb4+ 9.Nc3 Qe7+ 10.Be2 Ne5 11.Nxe5 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qxe5 13.0–0 0–0 14.Ba3 Rd8 15.c4 c6 16.Bf3 Qc3! Forcing a weakening of White’s pawn structure. 17.Qc1 Qxc1 18.Raxc1 Nd4 19.Rfd1 [19.Bd1 cxd5–+] 19…Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 cxd5 21.cxd5 Bh3 22.Rc7 b6 23.d6 Rd7 24.Re1 Rad8 25.Re7 h6 26.Rxa7 Be6 [26…Rxd6! 27.Bxd6 Rxd6 28.Re8+ Kh7 29.Rae7 Rg6+ Draw] 27.Bb4 Kf8 28.Rexd7 Bxd7 29.Kg2 f6 30.Kg3 Kf7 31.a4 [31.Rb7! b5? 32.Ba5+-] 31…Ke6 32.a5 bxa5 33.Bxa5 Rb8 34.Bc7 Rb3 35.Ra1 Kf5 36.Re1 Be6 37.Rd1 Bd7 38.Re1 g5 Down a pawn, Black plays for the kill. Courageous or foolish, take your pick. 39.Re3 Rb1 40.Re7? Black turns out to be courageous. Before the text, Fritz thought White had a slight edge. 40…Rg1+ 41.Kh3 Bc6 And suddenly White is getting mated. 42.Re4 Kg6 43.Re7 Bxf3 0–1

Macapinlac,M (1979) – Blake,B (1748) [A45]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d6 4.f3 Nf6 5.e4 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Qd2 Here there are five options in the database: 7.. 0–0, 7.. h5, 7.. Nc6, 7.. c6, and 7.. Nbd7. 7…e6 8.0–0–0 Nc6 9.Bb5 a6 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Nge2 d5 [11…h6=] 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Nd7 14.Rhe1 Qe7? 15.exd5 cxd5 16.Nxd5 Qd6 17.Nec3 Bb7 18.Ne3 c6 19.Nc4 Qb4 20.Ne4 Bc8 21.Ned6+ Ke7 22.Qg7 Rf8 23.c3 Qa5 24.Rxe6+!! Kxe6 25.Re1+ On 25.. Kd5 White gets to follow up his Rook sack with the Queen tosser 26 Qe5+! followed by mate. 1–0

Murphy,R (1952) – Guttendorfer,G (1476) [E61]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0–0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 d6 7.e3 c5 8.Be2 a6 9.0–0 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.dxc5 11 d5 is Schmidt-Hamilton (Siegen 1970), 1–0 in 38 moves. 11…Nxg3 12.hxg3 dxc5 13.Qc2 Be6 14.Ne4 Qb6 15.Nc3 Qb4 16.a3 Qb6 17.Rac1 Nc6 18.Nd5? Qxb2 19.Qxb2 Bxb2 20.Rb1 Bxa3 21.Rxb7 Rab8 [21…Rfd8 22.Nxe7+ Nxe7 23.Rxe7 a5–+] 22.Rfb1 [22.Rc7 Bxd5 23.cxd5 Nb4 24.Rxc5=] 22…Bb4 [22…Rxb7 23.Rxb7 Rb8 24.Rxb8+ Nxb8 25.Nxe7+ Kf8 26.Nd5 a5–+] 23.Nxe7+ [23.Rc7 Still equalizes.] 23…Nxe7 24.Rxe7 Ra8 25.Ne5 a5 26.Bf3 Ra6 27.Bb7 Rb6 [27…Rd6 Black controls the board here.] 28.Bc6 [28.Bd5 White’s last shot at equalizing.] 28…Bxc4 29.Nxc4 Rxc6 30.Rd1 Ra6 Fritz thinks Black is clearly won in the final position. The two extra passers, especially the a-pawn, are deadly. ½–½

Asar,A (1655) – Drobbin,M (1946) [B15]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 Bg4 6.Be2 Bxe2 7.N1xe2 e6 8.Bf4 Nbd7 9.0–0 Nd5 10.Re1 Be7 11.Ne4 N7f6 12.f3 Nxf4 13.Nxf4 0–0 14.c3 Qb6 15.Qe2 e5 [15…Nxe4! 16.fxe4 e5–+] 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Nh5 exd4 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.cxd4 Qxd4+ Black has won a pawn, but it’s not a good pawn. White has compensation in his better pawn structure. Fritz calls it equal. 20.Kh1 Rfe8 21.Qxe8+ Rxe8 22.Rxe8+ Kg7 A dramatic turn on the surface, but Fritz still thinks the game is level. 23.Re2 Qc4 24.Rf2 c5 25.g3 b5 26.Kg2 a5 27.a3 f5 28.Re1 Qd4 29.Ree2 c4 30.Rd2 Qc5 31.Rc2 b4 32.axb4 axb4 33.Rfe2 h5 34.f4 Kg6 35.h4 Qd5+ 36.Kh2 Qd3 37.Rcd2 Qf3 38.Rd6+ f6 39.Rdd2 c3 Reaching. Fritz likes 39.. Qb7 when no one can do anything other than sit tight and agree to draw. 40.bxc3 bxc3 41.Ra2 Qd3 42.Re7 c2? So close, yet so far. The push loses. [42…Qf1 43.Ree2 No one can make progress here.] 43.Raa7! Sneaky! Black can have his new queen, but it will cost him his old king. 43…Qe2+ 44.Rxe2 c1Q 45.Ree7 Qd2+ 46.Kh3 1–0

Cruz,K (1802) – Drazil,F (1562) [B50]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3 Nc6 4.c3 e5 4.. d5 is Kopec-Bates, drawn in 19 moves (London, 1997). 4.. g6, and 4.. Bg4 have also been played. 5.Bc2 h5 Another boring positional struggle, says the facetious commentator. 6.d3 Be7 7.h3 Bd7 8.0–0 Fearless. 8…g5 9.Be3 9 Nh2 safer. 9…g4 10.hxg4 hxg4 11.Nh2 Nf6 12.d4 g3 13.fxg3 Rxh2! 14.Rxf6 Rh8 [14…Bxf6! 15.Kxh2 exd4 16.cxd4 cxd4 17.Bc1 Forced 17…d3! 18.Qxd3 Ne5 Anyone for White toast?] 15.Rf2 Bg5 16.Qf3 f5 16.. Rh7 keeps it equal. Now White moves ahead, but only briefly. The winning advantage switches sides frequently for the rest of the game. 17.dxc5 Bxe3 18.Qxe3 f4 19.gxf4 Qh4 20.Rf1? [20.Kf1! Bg4 21.Ke1 Qh1+ 22.Rf1 Qxg2 23.Qf2 +=] 20…0–0–0 21.Nd2 Qh2+ 22.Kf2 exf4 23.Qe1 Qg3+ 24.Kg1 Qg5 25.Nf3 Qxc5+ 26.Qf2 Qh5 27.Qd2 Bg4 28.Qxf4 Qc5+ [28…Rdf8–+] 29.Rf2 Rdg8 30.Rd1 Bxf3 [30…Rh1+!! 31.Kxh1 Qxf2–+] 31.Qxf3 Ne5 32.Qf5+ Kb8 33.Qf6 [33.Rd4+-] 33…Rd8 [33…Qe3–+] 34.Qf5 [34.Rd5 +=] 34…Rdf8 35.Rd5 Qb6 36.Rxe5 dxe5? [36…Rxf5 37.Rexf5 Qxb2–+] 37.Qxe5+ Ka8 38.Qd4 Qh6 39.Rxf8+ Rxf8 40.Qd1?? [40.e5=] 40…Qe3+ 0–1

Yeo,B (1674) – Arluck,W (2018) [C02]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 The four primary options for White now are (in order of popularity): 6 Nxc6, 6 Bb5, 6 Nf3 and 6 f4. White chooses another path here which is perfectly playable. 6.Bf4 Qb6 7.Nb3 Nge7 8.Bd3 Ng6 9.Bxg6 hxg6 10.N1d2 Bd7 11.Nf3 Rc8 [11…Qb4+ 12.Qd2 Qe4+ 13.Kd1 =+] 12.c3 a5 13.Rb1 a4 14.Nbd4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 a3 16.bxa3 Qa6 17.Qe2 Rc4 18.0–0 Bxa3 19.Rb3 0–0 20.Rfb1 Rb8 21.Bc1 Bc5 22.Qb2 22 Be3= 22…b6 23.g3 Ba4 24.Be3 Bxd4 25.Bxd4 Bxb3 26.axb3 Rc6 27.Ra1 Qb7 28.Qe2 b5 29.b4 Ra6 30.Rd1 Rba8 31.Rd2 Ra3 32.h4 Qc6 33.Rd3 Qc4 34.Re3 Ra1+ 35.Kg2 Qb3 36.Rd3 Qb1 37.Kh3 Qh1+ 38.Kg4 Re1 0–1

Kerr,J (1791) – Bauer,A (1644) [D56]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 h6 6.Bh4 0–0 7.Nf3 c5 8.cxd5 cxd4 9.Qxd4 exd5 10.Bb5 Nc6 11.Qd3 a6 12.Ba4 b5 13.Bb3 Qa5 14.0–0 Be6 15.Rac1 Nb4 16.Qd4 Qd8? [16…Rac8=] 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.a3 Nc6 19.Qf4 Ne5 20.Rfd1 Ng4 21.Qd4 Rc8 22.Bc2 Bc5 23.Qd3 f5 24.Nxd5 f6 25.Bb3 Kg7 26.Qe2 Ba7 27.Rxc8 Bxc8 28.Nf4 Qe7 29.Nh4 Time, but Black was lost either way. 1–0

Frawley,J (1575) – Schemitz,K (1724) [A65]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Bf4 0–0 9.Nge2 Nh5 10.Bg3 a6 11.Qd2 b5 12.Nf4 Bh6 13.Nce2 Nd7 14.Qc3 b4 15.Qc2 Nhf6 16.h4 Ne5 17.h5 Bg7 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.0–0–0 19 f3= 19…c4!! 20.Bxc4 Nxe4 21.Qxe4 [21.Nxg6 Qg5+ 22.f4 Qxg6 23.fxe5 Bf5–+] 21…Bf5 22.Bh4 Qc7 0–1

Rice,B (1487) – Kleinman,J (1770) [C77]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.a3 d6 8.Be3 0–0 9.0–0 Na5 10.Ba2 c5 11.b3 A slow approach for White. 11…Nc6 12.Nbd2 Ng4 13.c3 Kh8 14.Rc1 Be6 15.h3 Nxe3 16.fxe3 Qa5 17.a4? bxa4 18.b4 cxb4 19.cxb4 Nxb4 20.Bxe6 fxe6 21.Nc4 Qb5 22.Rb1 Qc5 23.Qd2 Rab8 24.Rfc1 Qa7? Setting a trap… 25.Rxb4 Rxb4 26.Qxb4 d5 27.Qb6 and catching myself in it. Missed this back in my trap setting phase. 27…Bc5 28.Qxa7 Bxa7 29.exd5 exd5 30.Ncxe5? The Trap lives, thanks to my kind opponent. [30.Nfxe5 dxc4 31.Nxc4 Kg8 And White’s pawns are a lot healthier than Black’s.] 30…Bxe3+ 31.Kf1 Bxc1 32.Ke2 a3 33.Ne1 a2 34.Nc2 a1Q 35.Nxa1 Bb2 36.Nb3 Bxe5 37.Nc5 a5 38.g4 Bd4 39.Nb3 Bc3 40.d4 a4 41.Nc5 a3 42.Kd3 a2 43.Nb3 a1Q 44.Nxa1 Bxa1 45.Ke3 Re8+ 46.Kf4 Bxd4 47.h4 Be3+ 48.Kf5 d4 49.h5 d3 50.g5 d2 51.h6 On the Internet Chess Club it’s not uncommon for a player in Black’s situation to underpromote to something silly like a Knight in a position like this in order to send a message to White. Thankfully, I remembered I wasn’t that good and desperately needed all the help I could get. 51…d1Q 52.hxg7+ Kg8 53.g6 Qf3# 0–1

Arluck,R (1121) – Milerski,H (1400) [C02]
Queens CC Jamaica (5), 07.11.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Be2 f6 5.. cxd4 and 5.. Qb6 are the primary moves. 6.0–0 cxd4 7.exf6 Nxf6 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Be7 10.Bg5 Bd7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Bh5+? Kf8? 12.. g6 wins a piece. 13.Qf4 Kg8 14.Nc3 Qe7 15.Rad1 g5 16.Qc1 Qg7 17.Rd3 Rc8 18.Qd2 h6 19.Re1 Qe7? 20.Nxd5 Qg7 21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.c3 Rc7 23.Rxd7 Rxd7 24.Qxd7 Rh7 25.Qxe6+ Qxe6 26.Rxe6 Rd7 27.h3 Rd2 28.b4 Rxa2 29.Rxh6 Rc2 30.Rg6+ Kh7 31.Rxg5 Rxc3 32.b5 b6 33.Rd5 Kh6 34.Bf3 Rc5 35.Rd7 Rxb5 36.Rxa7 Rb1+ 37.Kh2 b5 38.g4 b4 39.Ra6+ Kg5 40.Ra5+ Kf4 41.Rf5# 1–0

Jay Bonin wraps up another Queens Club title with a quick draw on Board 1, and finishes alone at the top with 5.5. Congratulations to Jay. We’ll print the full list of winners in the next club newsletter. Enjoy the final games of this year’s championship.

Bonin,J (2428) – Bierkens,P (2185) [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.d4 d5 2.Bg5 c6 3.c3 Bf5 4.Nd2 Qb6 5.Qb3 Nd7 6.Ngf3 h6 7.Bh4 Ngf6 8.e3 e6 9.Be2 Bd6 [9…Be7 10.a4 0–0 11.Ne5 Rfe8 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bxe7 Rxe7 14.Qxb6 Draw agreed from Bonin-Krush (NY, 1998).] 10.0–0 ½–½

Becerra,J (2580) – Guervara,R (1984) [A01]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.f4 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Be2 Bd6 7.0–0 h6 8.Ne5 Qe7 9.d3 9 c4 is Ibragimov (2485) – Faibisovich (2415), 1–0 in 56 moves (Groningen, 1991). 9…0–0–0 10.Nd2 Rhg8 11.a3 g5 12.b4 gxf4 13.exf4 Bh3 14.Rf2 Bxe5 15.fxe5 Ng4 16.Bxg4 Bxg4 17.Qe1 Rg7 17.. Qg5= 18.Qe3! Kb8 19.Bd4 a6 20.Qxh6 Rdg8 21.Nf1 Rg5 22.Ne3 Bh5 23.h4 R8g6 24.hxg5 Rxh6 25.gxh6 Qg5 26.h7 Qg7 27.Rf4 Bg6 28.Nxd5 Qxh7 29.Ne3 Qh5 30.Nc4 Kc8 31.Re1 Nf8 32.Bf2 Nh7 33.Rh4 Qg5 34.a4 Bf5 35.b5 axb5 36.axb5 Qg7 37.Ra1 b6 38.Nxb6+! 1–0

Frumkin,E (2023) – Kopec,D (2431) [A26]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d3 h5 8.h4 Be6 9.Rb1 9 Bg5 is Bareev (2702) – Azmaiparashvilli (2673), drawn in 35 moves (2000 FIDE World Cup Knockout). 9…a5 10.a3 0–0 11.0–0 Qd7 12.Nd5 Rae8 13.b4 axb4 14.axb4 Bxd5 15.cxd5 Na7 16.Nc3 c6 17.Be3 Ra8 18.Ra1 Nb5 19.Nxb5 cxb5 20.Qb3 Ra4 21.Rfc1 Rfa8 22.Rab1 Ra3 23.Qd1 Kh7 24.Kh2 Bh6 25.Bxh6 Kxh6 26.d4 Ra2 27.Rc2 Rxc2 28.Qxc2 exd4 29.Qd2+ Kh7 30.Qxd4 Qc7 31.Re1 Ra2 32.Qf6 [32.Bf1 Qd7 33.Re2 +=] 32…Ng8 33.Qf4 Nh6 34.Rc1 Ng4+ 35.Kg1 Qe7 36.f3 Ne5 37.Bf1 Ra3 38.Be2 Rb3 39.Kf2? [39.Rc2 Rxb4 40.Qc1 Fritz thinks White has compensation for the pawn here. Equal game.] 39…Rxf3+! 40.Bxf3 Nd3+ 41.Ke3 Nxf4 42.gxf4 Kg7 43.Be2 Qxh4 0–1

Tejeda,J (2136) – Drazil,F (1611) [B90]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 Nc6 7.Be3 g6 8.Qd2 Bg7 9.Bc4 e6 9.. Qc7 and 9.. Ne5 are the most popular choices here. 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.e5 Nd5 [11…dxe5 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.0–0–0+ White has compensation for the pawn in the form of better development and pawn structure. Fritz thinks chances are equal.] 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.exd6 Qxd6 14.0–0 Qb4 15.Rfe1 0–0 16.Nxd5 Qxb2 17.Rab1 Qxa2?? [17…Qe5=] 18.Nc7 Qc4 19.Nxa8 Bc3 20.Qe2 Qc6 21.Nb6 Bxe1 22.Qxe1 Bb7 23.Bh6 Rd8 24.Qe5 f6 25.Qxf6 Qc5+ 26.Kf1 Qc7 27.Qxe6+ Qf7 28.Qxf7+ Kxf7 29.Bg5 Rd6 30.Nc4 1–0

Felber,J (2038) – Macapinlac,M (1979) [C06]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Bd3 c5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0–0 Bd6 11.Nf3 0–0 12.Bg5 Qc7 13.Bxf6 This isn’t in the database. Most popular is 13 Ng3, though 13 Nc3, 13 Re1, 13 Qc2, and 13 a3 have also been played. 13…Rxf6 14.Ng3 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Rc1 Qf7 18.Qe2 Bd4? 18.. Re6= 19.Bxh7+! Kh8 20.Bb1 Bb6 21.Qc2 g6 22.Kh1 Bd7 [22…Bxf2 23.Qe2 Kg7 24.Bxg6! Kxg6 25.Rxc8! Rxc8 26.Qg4++-] 23.f3 Bb5 24.Rfe1 Rf8 25.a4 Rc6 26.Qb3 26 Qd1 holds White’s advantage. 26…Bc4 [26…Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Qf4! Now things get wild. 28.Re1 (28.Rd1? Bxa4) 28…Bf2 29.Nh5!! Qd4 (29…gxh5? 30.Qc2!) 30.Qa3 An interesting position. White attacks a rook and a minor piece while Black is counterattacking a rook and a minor piece. 30…Rg8 31.Qe7! Even more interesting! White leaves his rook and knight en prise, but Black is worse if he grabs the rook, and mated if he grabs the knight. 31…Bh4 (31…Bxe1? 32.Nf6 Qh4 33.Nxg8 Bf1 34.Qxh4+ Bxh4 35.Nh6 +=) 32.Qe5+ Qxe5 33.Rxe5 Bxa4 34.g3=] 27.Qb4 Bf2 27.. Bc5= 28.Re7 Qf4 29.Ne2 Bxe2 30.Qxf4 Rxf4 31.Rxc6 bxc6 32.Rxe2 The peace treaty here is certainly justifiable in light of the opposite bishops. ½–½

Cimafranca,E (1926) – Simonaitis,A (1910) [A13]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.cxd5 The primary alternatives are 5 0–0, 5 d4, 5 e3 and 5 b3. 5…exd5 6.0–0 Nf6 7.d3 Be7 8.Bg5 0–0 9.Nc3 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.e3 d4 12.Ne4 dxe3 13.fxe3 Bxb2 14.Rb1 Bf6 15.Nxc5 Qe7 16.Ne4 Be5 17.d4 Bb8 18.Nf2 Qxe3 19.Re1 Qa3 Black’s offside queen gives White compensation for the pawn. 20.d5 Nd8 21.Qc2 Bd6 22.Ne4 Bf5? 23.Nf6+ gxf6 24.Qxf5 Kg7 25.Re4 Qc5+ 26.Kh1 Ne6 27.Rg4+ Ng5 28.h4 Rac8 29.hxg5 fxg5 30.Nxg5 Qc1+ 31.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 32.Kh2 h5 33.Ne6+ 1–0

Arluck,W (2018) – Kleinman,J (1770) [D00]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.d4 d5 2.Bg5 Qd6 3.c3 c6 Fancsy (2365) – Peredy (2365) continued 3.. f6, 1–0 in 47 (1996). 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.Nbd2 Nd7 6.e3 f6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg3 Qe6 9.Be2 Bd6 10.0–0 Ne7 11.Qb3 e4 12.Nh4 12 Ne1 safer. 12…Bxg3 13.fxg3 Bg4 14.Bxg4 Qxg4 15.Rf4 Qe2 White is threatened with a nasty fork on g5, a loose knight on d2, and a loose pawn on e3. Game over, right? 16.Nxe4! Wrong. This turns out to be not quite sound, but it was certainly good enough for practical purposes. [16.Rf2!! Qxe3 17.Nf1 Qd3 18.Qxb7 Rb8 19.Qc7 g5 20.Nf5 Nxf5 21.Rxf5 Rxb2 22.Re1 Qxc3 23.Rxd5 Qc2 24.Qxd7+ Kf8 25.Qc8+ Kg7 26.Qd7+ Kf8 Draw(26…Kh6?? 27.Qh3+ Kg7 28.Rf5+-) ] 16…Qxe3+ [16…dxe4! 17.Rxe4 Kd8! I discounted this line because I knew I couldn’t castle either way, and because I couldn’t connect the rooks with the illegal 17.. Kf7. But I never considered 17.. Kd8! which puts Black on top, according to Fritz. 18.Qxb7 Rb8 19.Qxa7 Rxb2–+] 17.Nf2 g5 18.Rf3 Qe6 19.Nd3! Continuing to find ways to save the wayward knight. 19…gxh4 20.Re1 Qf7 [20…Qd6! 21.Rfe3 0–0–0 22.Rxe7 hxg3 23.h3=] 21.Rfe3 Ne5 [21…Nb6 22.Rxe7+ Qxe7 23.Rxe7+ Kxe7 24.gxh4 Only slightly better than the text. Black is losing either way.] 22.dxe5 f5 Now we’re both scrambling to make Move 30. 23.gxh4 0–0–0 24.g3 Rhg8 25.Nc5 Ng6 26.e6 Qe7 27.Qa3 a6 28.Qb4 Nxh4 29.Qb6 f4 30.Qa7!! Tossing out a rook right at the time control! 30…fxe3 31.Qa8+? But the correct follow-up is missed. [31.Nxa6! bxa6 32.Qxe7 Nf3+ 33.Kf1 Nxe1 34.Kxe1+-] 31…Kc7 32.Qxb7+ Kd6 33.Qb4 Nf3+ 34.Kh1 Jettisoning a second rook! This one would come at too high a price, however. 34.. Nxe1? 35 Qf4+! Kxc5 and though White is down two rooks and a knight he ends the game with 36 Qb4 mate! 34…Rdf8? [34…d4! The only move. The points are to prevent White from playing a future Rxe3, and if 35 cxd4? Nxe1 wins as the White queen no longer has access to f4. Instead, best is 35.Nb3+ Kxe6 36.Nxd4+ Kf7 37.Qxe7+ Kxe7 38.Rxe3+ Kd6 39.Rxf3=] 35.Nb7+ Kxe6 36.Rxe3+ Seeing that my intended 36.. Ne5 loses to 37 Rxe5+!, I toss in the towel. 1–0

Murphy,R – Schemitz,K (1724) [A16]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 Bg7 5.Be2 0–0 6.0–0 d6 7.d4 cxd4 8.exd4 e6 Probably a little too slow. 9.Re1 Nc6 10.b3 Re8 11.Bb2 b6 12.d5 Ne7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.Ng5 d5 14.. Nf5 best though White still has the edge. 15.Bf3 Nf5 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 exd5 18.Qxd5+ Be6 19.Qxd8 Raxd8 20.Rxe6 Rxe6 21.Nxe6 Rd2 22.Nxg7 Kxg7 23.Nd1+ Kf7 24.Rc1 Re2 25.Kf1 Rd2 26.Ke1 Rd7 27.Ne3 Re7 28.Ke2 Nh4 29.Ba3 Re6 30.Rc7+ Kf6 31.g3 Nf5 32.Bb2+ Kg5 33.Rxh7 1–0

Kerr,J (1791) – Waxman,M (1983) [A41]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.Be2 Qe7 7.. 0–0 is the usual move here, though the text is fine. 8.Bd2 Nbd7 9.b4 0–0 10.Qb3 c5 11.a3 e4 12.Ng1 b6 13.Rc1 Ne5 14.f4 Fritz prefers 14 Nh3. The text creates a weakness that Black jumps on. 14…exf3 15.Nxf3 Neg4 16.Nd1 Ne4 17.0–0 Nxd2 18.Nxd2 Nf6 [18…Nxe3! 19.Nxe3 Bd4–+] 19.Nf2 Bd7 20.Bf3 Bh6 21.Rce1 Rfb8 22.Qd3 a5 23.b5 Re8 24.e4 Qg7 25.Qc3 Ng4 [25…Nxd5? 26.Qd3 (26.Qxg7+ Kxg7–+) 26…Nf4 27.Qxd6 Re6 28.Qc7 Rc8 29.Qb7 Nxg2 30.Bxg2 Bxd2 31.Rd1+-] 26.Qd3 Ne5 27.Qc2 Bxd2 28.Qxd2 Nxc4 29.Qc1 Ne5 30.a4 Rf8 31.Be2 Rae8 32.Bc4 f4 33.Kh1 g5 34.Nd3 Ng4 35.Nf2 Ne3 36.Rg1 Qd4 37.Bb3 c4 38.Bc2 Kh8 39.Re2 Qe5 40.Rge1 Rf6 40.. Nxg2! 41.Nd1 Rh6 42.Nxe3 fxe3 43.g3 Qxg3 44.Qxe3 Qxe3 45.Rxe3 Rh3 46.Kg2 Rxe3 47.Rxe3 Kg7 48.Rc3 Rc8 49.Bd1 Kf6 50.Kf3 Ke5 51.Ke3 Be8 52.Bg4 Rc7 53.Bf3 Bg6 54.Bg2 Bh5 55.Kd2 Kd4 56.Bf1 Bg6 57.Rg3 Bxe4 58.Rxg5 c3+ 59.Kc1 Rf7 60.Be2 Rf2 0–1

Blake,B – Guttendorfer,G [B31]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.c4 Bg7 6.0–0 Nf6 7.d3 0–0 8.Be3 8 Nc3 is typically played first. 8…d6 9.Qc1 White usually answers Black’s ..d6 in this opening with h3, preventing Black from trading off his problem Bc8. 9…Rb8 10.Nc3 Bg4 11.Ne1 Nd7 12.f3 Be6 13.f4 f5 14.Rb1 Rb7 15.Nf3 Qb8 16.b3 fxe4 17.dxe4 Nf6 18.h3 Qc8 19.Qc2 Nh5 20.Ne2 Bh6 21.Ng5 Bxg5 Fritz greatly prefers 21.. Bd7. The opening of the f file only helps White, as Black’s pieces are not currently well posted. 22.fxg5 Bxh3 Not sound, but no worse than other moves. 23.Rxf8+ Kxf8 24.gxh3 Qxh3 25.Qc3 [25.Qd3 has the important virtue of covering the Rb1.] 25…Qg4+ [25…Ng3! 26.Qh8+ Kf7 27.Nc3 Fritz thinks this is equal.] 26.Kf1 e5 26.. Qxe4 is best, though White still has the edge. 27.Qd3 Qh3+ 28.Ke1 Rf7 [28…Rd7 29.Kd2+-] 29.Qxd6+ Re7 30.Bxc5 Qh1+ 31.Kf2 Qh4+ 32.Kf1 Qh1+ 33.Kf2 Qh4+ 34.Ke3 Qxg5+ 35.Kd3 Nf4+ 36.Nxf4 1–0

Lorenzo,A (1832) – Asar,A (1655) [C44]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Be7 5.c3 dxc3 Both players gave this move a question mark on their scoresheets, but in fact it’s a known line with a long history. 6.Qd5 At first glance, one may think Black is lost here, but he’s not. The game is equal. 6…Nh6 7.Bxh6 0–0 8.Bc1? This, however, is ill-advised for White. [8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.Nxc3=] 8…Nb4 9.Qd1 c2 10.Qe2 cxb1Q 11.Rxb1 d5 12.exd5 Bf5 13.Nd2 Nc2+ 14.Kf1 Nd4 15.Qe3 Bxb1 16.Nxb1 Nf5 17.Qd3 Nd6 18.Bb3 Qd7 19.Bc2 f5 20.Nc3 Bf6 21.h4 Rae8 22.Ba4 c6 23.dxc6 bxc6 24.Nd5 Qe6 25.Nxf6+ Rxf6?? 25.. Qxf6 keeps Black on top. 26.Bb3 Kh8 27.Bxe6 Rfxe6 28.Bd2 Ne4 29.g3? 29 Qc2 keeps White on top. 29…Rd6 30.Qf3?? [30.Qxd6 Nxd6=] 30…Nxd2+ I suspect time pressure played a role in the last few moves of this topsy turvy game. 0–1

Sugar,Z (1650) – DiStefano,V (1524) [C54]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nc6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.0–0 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Ba5? Should lose immediately. Black has to either control the a3-f8 diagonal (as with 10.. Be7 or 10.. Bd6) or control e1 (as with 10.. Bxc3). The text does neither. 11.d5 [11.Re1+! Be6 (11…Ne7 12.Ba3+-) 12.Bb2 and Black’s losing a piece.] 11…Bxc3 12.Ba3? [12.Qb3! Bxa1 13.dxc6 0–0 14.cxb7+-] 12…Bxa1? 12.. Ne7 is equal. The text surrenders the vital e1 square. 13.Re1+ Be6 14.Qxa1 Qf6 15.dxe6 Qxa1 16.exf7+ Kd7 17.Rxa1 White went on to win in 42, the remainder of the game unknown due to an error at this point on the scoresheet. 1–0

Yeo,B (1674) – Rice,B (1444) [C02]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 b6 4.Nf3 Ne7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 6 Bf4 is Den – Happel (2240), 0–1 in 32 moves from 1995. 6…Qd7 7.Bd3 Ba6 8.0–0 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Nf5 10.Bg3 Nxg3 11.fxg3 Nc6 12.c3 Be7 13.Nbd2 g5 14.Qe3 0–0–0 15.Ne1 Rhf8 16.Nd3 Kb8 17.a4 a5 18.Qe2 f5 19.exf6 Rxf6 20.Nf3 Rdf8 21.Nfe5 Nxe5 22.Nxe5 Hangs the a4 pawn. Better is 22 Rxf6 with equal chances. 22…Rxf1+ 23.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 24.Qxf1 Qxa4 25.h3 Bd6 26.Qf7 Bxe5 Giving White plenty of counterplay via an advanced passer. Still, it’s hard to find a good move for Black here. If instead, [26…Qa1+ 27.Kh2 Qxb2 28.Qxe6 Qxc3 29.Qxd5 a4 30.Nc6+ draws. But this is better for Black than the game continuation.] 27.dxe5 Qa1+ 28.Kh2 Qxb2 29.Qxe6 Qxc3 30.Qxd5 White’s powerful e5 pawn compensates for the material deficit. 30…Qc5 31.Qd8+ Kb7 32.e6 h5 33.e7 h4 34.e8Q hxg3+ 35.Kxg3 Qc3+ 36.Kh2 b5 37.Qb8+ Ka6 38.Qec8# 1–0

Sylvers,M (1459) – Bauer,A (1644) [D30]
Queens CC Jamaica (7), 21.11.2003
.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 h6 4.Bf4 Nf6 4.. c5 is Muldner-Stroehl, 1–0 in 37 (Koblenz, 1990). 5.h3 dxc4 6.Qa4+ c6 7.Qxc4 Nd5 8.Bd2 a5 9.e4 b5 10.Qb3 Nf6 11.Bd3 Na6 12.0–0 Nb4 13.Bxb4 Bxb4 14.a3 Be7 15.Qc2 Bb7 16.Nbd2 0–0 17.Ne5? Rc8? Black is just up a pawn after 17.. Qxd4. 18.Ndf3 Qb6 19.Rac1 c5 20.Qc3 c4 [20…cxd4 21.Qxd4 Bc5–+] 21.Bb1 Rfd8 21.. Nxe4! 22.Rfe1 Ba6 23.Qe3 b4 24.a4 b3 25.Nxf7? White gets a worse return on his investment than your typical savings account gives these days. 25…Kxf7 26.e5 Nd5 27.Qe4 Rh8 28.Qg6+ Kg8 29.Be4 Nf4 30.Qg4 Rf8 31.Nh4 Bxh4 32.Qxh4 Nd3 33.Bxd3 cxd3 34.Qe7 d2 35.Rc7 dxe1Q+ 36.Kh2 Rh7 37.Rd7 Qxf2 38.Rd6 Qf4+ 39.Kg1 Qb7 40.Qxe6+ Kh8 41.d5 Bf1 42.Rd7 Qf2+ 0–1

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