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Bulletin 2004-01

by on January 31, 2004

January 2004


by Ed Frumkin

The 2003 championship of the Queens Chess Club (7-SS, October 10-November 21)was our strongest in recent memory. IM Jay Bonin, who won the title clear in 2001 and shared it with GM Alex Stripunsky in 2000 and Ed Kopiecki in 1997, was in a highly unfamiliar position of being ranked third at the start, behind Cuban-born GM Julio Becerra and IM Danny Kopec. In addition to the three titled players, the field boasted 6 experts, 10 A’s and 9 B’s.

$1000 was guaranteed to the top three ($500-$300-$200) and an additional $660 was added in class prizes for the field of 37 and one house player. Round 1 was largely uneventful but for two surprises, Frank Drazil (1611) over Bill Arluck (2025) and George Guttendorfer’s (1468) draw with Manny Macapinlac (1979). Round 2 was replete with surprises on the top boards, with Marian Waxman (1983) holding a draw a pawn down against Becerra and Rob Guevara (1984) somehow beating Kopec from a position where he was down two pieces for a Rook.

Guttendorfer did it again, winning from Kenny Schemitz (1734) when the latter mishandled a mating attack. Edgar Cimafranca (1931) upended Jose Tejeda (2136) and Mulazim Muwwakkil (1814) toppled Joe Felber (2038) when Joe somehow missed a winning Rook sac. Paul Schemitz (1328) drew with Andy Bauer (1650). The only upset in Round 3 was Bradley Rice’s (1444) draw with Kenny Schemitz.. Rob Guevara had a winning position against 2002 champ Devlin Sinclair (2175) but his flag dropped one move short of making the initial control. This left only three perfect scores: Bonin, Sinclair, and 1996 champ Ed Frumkin (2014). In Round 4 Jay took his revenge on Devlin for his losses in the 2002 championship and 2003 January Open and Becerra squeezed Frumkin into zugzwang before finishing with an exchange sac. Moments later Tejeda did the same to Waxman. Guttendorfer pulled off another upset by beating Antonio Lorenzo (1832), who pushed too hard in a drawn position. With Becerra committed to a bye in Round 5, Kopec-Bonin was top board, with Bonin winning. Sinclair narrowly beat Tejeda to join Becerra at 4-1. 1999 co-champion Peter Bierkens (2185), taking the Swiss gambit route with three byes in the first four rounds, upended Frumkin to reach 3.5-1.5. Upsets abounded on the lower boards, with Frank Drazil over Ken Cruz (1808), Aliakbar Asar (1655) over Mitch Drobbin (1949), and Ruth Arluck (1121) over Henry Milerski (1411). George Guttendorfer made it four upsets in five rounds by drawing with Dick Murphy (1950). Round 6, the penultimate round, saw a long struggle end up drawn in Bonin-Becerra. Ironically, Jay had been zero for seven or eight with the GM before drawing Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (this game) in the same week (the others were at G/30). Bierkens defeated Sinclair and Guevara toppled Felber to reach impressive 4.5-1.5 totals. Muwwakkil upset Bill Arluck to continue a string of good results after drawing a pawn down against Waxman the previous week. Frank Drazil toppled Waxman to reach 4-2 to lead class B. Steve Chernick (1530) knocked off Cruz to catch Guttendorfer for the class C lead at 3-3. Round 7 ended with a short Bonin-Bierkens draw to clinch first for Jay (Jay and Peter had had a very tough draw five days earlier at the Marshall).

Becerra beat Guevara to take second prize. Bierkens was caught by Kopec (win from Frumkin), Sinclair (win from Muwwakkil) and Tejeda (win from Drazil) at 5-2, so they divided the $200 third prize and the $100 expert prize. Cimafranca beat Arunas Simonaitis (1941) to catch Guevara at 4.5-2.5 to win $100 each in class A. Asar caught Drazil for the B prize by wining against Lorenzo, with each winning $90. Chernick made it two in a row by beating Drobbin to take top C ($120) with 4-3; Guttendorfer was second C ($60) with 3-4. Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed and Jay Kleinman produced weekly bulletins.



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Lenderman,A (2217) – Frumkin,E (2014)

14th New York Fall Futurity, Round 5 (40/2, SD/1)

Annotations by Ed Frumkin

This game was played on November 16, 2003, a mere nine days before my surgery that came totally out of left field. For the first weekend of this tournament my opponent actually had the highest FIDE rating (higher than Bonin), but he wasn’t setting the world on fire with 2.5-1.5. A few moves in, it became clear that he didn’t properly set the five second delay, so I demanded the five minutes back, ratcheting up the game’s future intensity.

1 e2-e4 d7-d6 2 d2-d4 Ng8-f6 3 Nb1-c3 g7-g6 4 Bc1-e3 c7-c6 5 f2-f3 b7-b5 6 Qd1-d2 Nb8-d7 7 Bf1-d3 This move tells me he doesn’t really understand the opening. The follow up should be some combination of g4, h4, Bh6 and 0-0-0, which should partially explain why ..Bg7 has been delayed. 7.. Nd7-b6 8 Ng1-e2 Ra8-b8 8.. Qc7 9 0-0 Bg7 10 Kh1 0-0 11 Bh6 Bxh6 12 Qxh6 b4 13 Nd1 c5 14 dxc5 Qxc5 15 a3 Draw agreed in Harestad (2270) – Bern (2395), Norway 1993. -J.K.9 0-0 Bg7 Now that the Kingside can opener is much less scary, Black can also go short. 10 a2-a4 Nb6-c4 11 Bd3xc4 b5xc4 12 Ra1-b1 0-0 13 Be3-h6 Qd8-a5?! 14 Rf1-d1 This move exposes my opponent as a complete hack. 14 Nd5 Qd8 15 Nxf6+ exf6 16 Bxg7 Kxg7 17 Qc3 seems to force …Ba6. Perhaps the follow up of …Rb7 and Rfb8 would work here, too. 14.. Bg7xh6 15 Qd2xh6 Qa5-h5 16 Qh6-e3 Rb8-b7! Protecting a7 and e7. Because of the rating difference, my opponent is largely compelled to keep pieces on the board hoping to outplay me later, but he surely hasn’t achieved much yet. 17 e4-e5 Nf6-e8 The natural 17.. Nd5 blunders a pawn to 18 Nxd5 cxd5 19 Nf4, so Black must take an alternate route. 19.. Qf5 keeps it equal, according to Fritz- J.K.18 Nc3-e4 f7-f5!? This prevents White from building up at his leisure by stealing a little space and helping to safeguard Black’s Queen. It also serves very well much, much later. 19 Ne4-g3 Qh5-h4 20 f3-f4 Ne8-c7 21 Ne2-c3 Bc8-e6 22 Ng3-e2 Rf8-b8 23 Qe3-c1 Since move 16 White has made four Knight moves to end up on the same squares and retreated his Queen, while Black is now hoping to make use of the ‘extra Bishop’. 23.. Nc7-d5 24 Nc3xd5 Be6xd5 25 Ne2-c3 Bd5xg2! I was surprised that sac maven Joe Felber never gave this a thought!! Once again the USCF rating system aids the lower-ranked player. 26 Kg1xg2 Qh5-g4+ 27 Kg2-f2 Qg4-h4+ 28 Kf2-f1 Qh4-h3+ 29 Kf1-g1 Qh3-g4+ I offered a draw and expected him to decline. 30 Kg1-f2 Qg4-h4+ 31 Kf2-e3 Qh4-h3+ 32 Ke3-d2 d6xe5! Recapturing with the f-pawn would permit …Qh6+ and allowing the d-file to be opened would be an obvious disaster, so Black now gets lots of pawns for the piece. Black need only to figure out how to get his Rooks into action. 33 Nc3-e2 e5xd4 34 Kd2-e1 c6-c5 35 Ke1-f2 Qh3xh2+ 36 Kf2-f3 At this point I tried to calculate whether 36.. Rb3+ 37 cxb3 Rxb3+ 38 Nc3 dxc3 39 bxc3 Rxc3+ 40 Qxc3 Qh3+ would be enough to win, but I thought I’d repeat the position first, like the real masters do. 36.. Qh2-h5+ 37 Kf3-f2 Qh5-h2+ 38 Kf2-f1 Rb7-b6! If the left door doesn’t work, try the middle door! 39 Rd1-e1 Rb6-e6 40 Ne2-g1 Re6-e4! See the note to move 18! Black’s attack comes at the speed of a glacier, but White can do nothing. 41 Rxe4 fxe4 would be followed by ..Rf8 and Ne2 is dislodged by ..d3. 41 Ng1-f3 Re4xf4 42 Qc1-d1 Qh2-g3 43 Re1-e3 d4xe3 44 Qd1-d5+ Kg8-f8 45 Kf1-e2 Qg3-f2+ 0-1 A very satisfying game.


Club Champ Jay Bonin dispatches a G.M. in this one.

Bonin,J – Shabalov,A

Marshall CC 2003

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 e6 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Qc2 Bd6 7 Be2 0-0 8 0-0 dxc4 9 Bxc4 b5 10 Bd3 Bb7 11 e4 e5 12 dxe5 Nxe5 13 Nxe5 Bxe5 14 h3 b4 15 Na4 Bd4 16 Be3 (shades of a Felber-Crawford game! E.F.) Bxe3 17 fxe3 Nd7 18 e5 h6 (18…Kh8!? E.F.) 19 e6 fxe6 20 Bc4 Qe7 21 Qg6 Rf6 22 Rxf6 Nxf6 23 Rc1 Rd8 24 Nc5 Bc8 25 Nd3 Rf8 26 Nf4 Bd7 27 Qd3 Rf7 28 Ng6 Qc5 29 Qd4 Qg5 30 Ne5 Re7 31 h4 Qg3 32 Rf1 Nd5 33 Rf3 Qe1+ 34 Kh2 Be8 35 Rg3 h5 36 Qc5 Rb7 37 Qd6 Nf6 38 Bxe6+ Kh7 39 Bf5+ Kg8 40 Nd3 1-0


Frumkin,E (2034) – Lynn,B (1679)

Queens January Open Jamaica (1), 02.01.2004

Annotations by Ed Frumkin

1.g3 Normally a win against a class B player would not be cause for celebration; however, it’s a somewhat different story when your last game at Queens had been six weeks earlier and had been followed four days later by a quintuple bypass!! This was Bennett’s first game at Queens; he is an occasional opponent of Joe Felber at the Nassau Chess Club on Mondays and the Freeport Chess Club on Thursdays. I was aware that he has one win against Joe, which his pretty impressive for a player with under two years of tournament experience! 1…d5 2.Bg2 Nf6 3.d3 e5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.0­0 Be7 Bennett seemed uncomfortable, taking four minutes on this move. White’s next transposes from a Reversed Pirc to a Reversed Dragon, one of my normal English Opening setups. 6.c4 0­0 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.a3 Be6 9.b4 a6 10.Bb2 Bd6 10.. f6 is standard but very passive. 11.Nbd2 f5 12.Rc1 f4 13.Ne4 A more thematic plan would be 13 Rxc6 bxc6 14 Nxe5 as in Frumkin-Judd (1561), 13th NY Fall Futurity, 11/16/02. In that game Black’s f-pawn was at f5 and the KN was at b6 instead of d5. 13…fxg3 14.hxg3 Nf6 15.Nfg5 Ba2 A strange place for the Bishop. White’s next appears to squander his edge. 16.Nc5 Bxc5 17.Rxc5 Nd7 18.Bd5+ Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Qxg5 20.Rxd7 Rac8 White doesn’t have much pull, if any. Perhaps he should have played his 21st and 22nd in reverse order, but Black was getting into time pressure. 21.Kg2 Rf6 22.e4 Rg6 23.Rh1 Rf8 24.Qb3+ Kh8 25.Rf7 Rf6 26.Rxf8+ Rxf8 27.Qd1 Qf6 Black offered a draw here. 28.f4 Qf7 29.f5 Rd8 30.Rf1 Qd7 31.Rf3 Qd6 32.g4 Nb8 He offered another draw here. The lower-rated player should offer a draw only once per game; additional offers border on a rule violation for annoying the opponent! Agreed! Furthermore, regardless of rating, it’s generally regarded poor form to repeat a draw offer without an intervening offer from your opponent. J.K. 33.g5 Nd7 34.Qh1 Kg8 35.Qh2 c5 36.f6! cxb4 37.f7+ Kh8 38.Bxe5! Black’s pieces are overworkedd because of the need to control f8. His next appears forced; 38.. Qe7 allows 39 Bxg7+ Kxg7 40 Qh6+ Kh8 41 g6 threatening two mates, 38.. Qf8 fails to 39 g6 and 38.. Qc6 allows the text move. If instead 38.. Nxe5 39 Qxe5! Qf8 40 g6! and 41 Rh3 would finish up, since ..h6 would have no effect and Black’s Rook is stuck on the back rank due to 41 Qe8! Rd8 42 Qxd8 Qxd8 43 f3/Q+. 38…Qg6 39.Qh6! Strangely enough, both g-pawns are pinned. I don’t recall ever seeing such a position. White’s move defends and attacks, threatening 40 Qxg6 h xg6 41 Rh3#! 39…Nf8 40.Rf6! And now the Rook finishes from the other side. Black should resign here: 40.. Qxh6 41 gxh6 Nd7 gives White a choice of cute finishes (42 f8/Q or 42 Rd6!!) and 41.. gxh6 allows 12 different mates (42 R any!); 40.. gxh6 41 Rxg6#; 40 gxf6 41 Bxf6+ 40…Re8 41.Rxg6 Rxe5 42.Qxg7# Not bad for a comeback game that happened to fall on my 56th birthday!



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A hearty congratulations to Ed Frumkin for his recovery from quintuple coronary bypass surgery and to Jose Tejeda for the birth of Darice Ariana Tejeda on 12/26/03.


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