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Tie for Top Honors at 2004 Queens Team Championship

by on May 28, 2004

Tie for Top Honors at 4th Queens Team Championship                by Ed Frumkin

From May 7 to May 28, 2004 the Queens Team Championship was once again contested on two boards.  The proposed prizes of $100-$50 to the top 2 teams, $60 to the top under 3400 team and $60 each to best score on Board 1 and Board 2, based on ten teams, was realized as precisely that number of teams turned up.  The total rating had to be under 4000, which made top-ranked Murphy’s Law (Ed Frumkin (2046) and Dick Murphy (1942)) a prohibitive favorite, outranking every other team by at least 300 points.  Paladins Two, with Joe Felber (2000) and Bock Cheng Yeo (1676) was next in rating order, followed by Latino Kings, with top-rated Jose Tejeda (2132) and Vinny DiStefano (1487), Double Pawn Gang of New York (Arunas Simonaitis (1905) and Paul Denig (1630)), Arluck Is With Us (Bill Arluck (2054) and Steve Chernick (1400), and Cruz to Victory (Ken Cruz (1720) and Zoltan Sugar (1711).  Paul Maul (Mitch Drobbin (1954) and Paul Schemitz (1395)) was the favorite for under 3400 team, nearly 300 points above Home Run Hitters (Frank Drazil (1667) and Henry Milerski (1407) and further ahead of The Neurosurgeons (Mulazim (Doc) Muwwakkil (1847) and Ana Bottazzi (708)) and the Ryba Brothers, Nicholas and Andrew, making their Queens tournament debut after months of preparation in the skittles room.  Round 1 definitely failed to go according to rating expectations as the top two teams could only draw their matches, as Arluck beat Frumkin with a nice trap after a piece sacrifice, while Dick Murphy began a 4-0 roll on second board.  Paladins Two were held to draws on both boards by Cruz to Victory, while the Latino Kings were swept by Paul Maul thanks to a nearly 200 point upset win by Mitch Drobbin.  DPGNY easily swept the Rybas.  The Home Run Hitters and The Neurosurgeons came in with Round 1 byes and got swept by Murphy’s Law and Paladins Two, respectively.  DPGNY could only draw on both boards against Paul Maul, leaving four teams with 1½-½ match scores and three at 1-1, as Arluck Is With Us and Cruz to Victory exchanged victories with the Black pieces (Arluck over Cruz, Sugar over Chernick) and Latino Kings swept the Rybas.  Round 3 saw a very narrow victory by Murphy’s Law over DPGNY, as Frumkin salvaged a draw an exchange down against Simonaitis and Denig blundered in a drawn position against Murphy.  As a result Murphy’s Law reached a 2½-½ match score.  Paladins Two again drew both games, this time against Paul Maul, both now at 2-1.  Latino Kings swept Arluck Is With Us and Cruz to Victory swept Home Run Hitters; both winners also had 2-1 scores.  Nicholas Ryba got the brothers’ first point by beating Ana Bottazzi to create a drawn match.  Round 4 saw Frumkin blunder against Felber, but Murphy came through against Yeo for a drawn match.  Would anyone catch them?  Color situations forced the additional pairings of Latino Kings vs. DPGNY and Cruz to Victory vs. Paul Maul.  Tejeda beat Simonaitis after Denig had beaten DiStefano, creating yet another drawn match.  Cruz missed a win and drew with Drobbin, but Sugar ground down Schemitz to enable Cruz to Victory to tie for top team at 3-1.  Paul Maul was top under 3400 team with 2-2.  Nicholas Ryba beat Henry Milerski to create another drawn match for the siblings.

Zoltan Sugar’s 3½-½ was insufficient for the Board 2 prize after Murphy’s 4-0, but he clearly carried his team to the finish line.  Board 1 ended in a three way tie at 3-1 among Felber, Tejeda, and Arluck.  Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber.

4th Queens Team Championship May 7-28, 2004
Rank Team Rating Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Prize
 1 Murphy’s Law 3988 B5     0.5 W8     1.5 B4      2.5 W2    3.0 $75
 2 Paladins Two 3676 W6    0.5 B9      1.5 W7     2.0 B1     2.5
 3 Latino Kings 3619 B7     0.0 B10    1.0 W5     2.0 W4    2.5
 4 Dbl Pawn Gang of NY    3535 W10  1.0 B7      1.5 W1     1.5 B3     2.0
 5 Arluck Is With Us 3454 W1    0.5 B6      1.0 B3      1.0 W9    2.0
 6 Cruz to Victory   3431 B2     0.5 W5     1.0 B8      2.0 W7    3.0 $75
 7 Paul Maul 3349 W3    1.0 W4     1.5 B2      2.0 B6     2.0 $60
 8 Home Run Hitters 3074 Bye    0.5 B1      0.5 W6     0.5 W10  1.0
 9 The Neurosurgeons 2555 Bye    0.5 W2     0.5 B10    1.0 B5     1.0
10 Ryba Brothers   unrated B4      0.0 W3     0.0 W9     0.5 B8     1.0  
Team # Player Rating BOARD 1
 1 Frumkin, Edward 2046 B5     0.0 W8     1.0 B4      1.5 W2    1.5
 2 Felber, Joseph 2000 W6    0.5 B9      1.5 W7     2.0 B1     3.0 $20
 3 Tejeda, Jose 2132 B7     0.0 B10    1.0 W5     2.0 W4    3.0 $20
 4 Simonaitis, Arunas 1905 W10  1.0 B7      1.5 W1     2.0 B3     2.0
 5 Arluck, William 2054 W1    1.0 B6      2.0 B3      2.0 W9    3.0 $20
 6 Cruz, Kenneth 1720 B2     0.5 W5     0.5 B8      1.5 W7    2.0
 7 Drobbin, Mitchell 1954 W3    1.0 W4     1.5 B2      2.0 B6     2.5
 8 Drazil, Frank 1667 Bye    0.5 B1      0.5 W6     0.5 W10  1.5
 9 Muwwakkil, Mulazim      1847 Bye    0.5 W2     0.5 B10    1.5 B5     1.5
10 Ryba, Nicholas           new B4      0.0 W3     0.0 W9     0.0 B8     0.0  
Team # Player Rating BOARD 2
 1 Murphy, Richard 1942 W5     1.0 B8      2.0 W4     3.0 B2     4.0 $60
 2 Yeo, Bock Cheng 1676 B6      0.5 W9     1.5 B7      2.0 W1    2.0
 3 DiStefano, Vincent 1487 W7     0.0 W10   1.0 B5      2.0 B4     2.0
 4 Denig, Paul 1630 B10    1.0 W7     1.5 B1      1.5 W3    2.5
 5 Chernick, Steven 1400 B1      0.0 W6     0.0 W3     0.0 B9     1.0
 6 Sugar, Zoltan 1711 W2     0.5 B5      1.5 W8     2.5 B7     3.5
 7 Schemitz, Paul 1395 B3      1.0 B4      1.5 W2     2.0 W6    2.0
 8 Milerski, Henry 1407 Bye    0.5 W1     0.5 B6      0.5 B10   0.5
 9 Bottazzi, Ana 708 Bye    0.5 B2      0.5 W10   0.5 W5    0.5
10 Ryba, Andrew            new W4     0.0 B3      0.0 B9      1.0 W8    2.0  
# games 8 10 10 10 38
Team color is the color played by the team’s Board 1.
Prizes: $100-$50 to top 2 teams, $60 to top under 3400 team, $60 each to top Bd 1 & Bd 2

PDF: 2004-05-28 Team report

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