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Bulletin 2004-05

by on May 31, 2004

Queens Chess Bulletin




by Ed Frumkin

After regaining the Queens Chess Club Championship in November 2003, IM Jay Bonin continued his winning ways by rolling over the opposition in the Queens January Open (January 2-30, 2004) en route to a perfect 5-0 score. He defeated Antonio Lorenzo (1832), Richard Murphy (1952), Edward Frumkin (2034), Brian Lawson (2011) and Mitch Drobbin (1946). For his performance he won the $200 top prize and six Grand Prix points. Three players achieved 4-1 scores: Devlin Sinclair (2175), Brian Lawson and Mitch Drobbin. Sinclair lost to Lawson in Round 3. They divided the $100 2nd place, $90 expert prize and $90 top A to take home $93.35 each. Two players scored 31⁄21⁄2-11⁄21⁄2 but won no prize (Ed Frumkin and Bill Arluck (2012)). Edgar Cimafranca had the only 3-2 score, which won the $50 2nd A prize. The $90 B prize was split three ways among Jay Kleinman (1770), Zoltan Sugar (1698) and Bennett Lynn (1679) with 21⁄21⁄2-21⁄21⁄2. Zoltan’s draw with Jim Frawley (1579) was the penultimate game to finish. Jim took the $90 top C/below prize with 21⁄21⁄2-21⁄21⁄2 and Frank Drazil (1562), Bradley Rice (1487) and Paul Schemitz (1319) divided the 2nd C/below for $16.70 each. Twenty-nine players took part and Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber. ______________________________________________________________________________

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by Ed Frumkin

The blitz tournament held February 13 at the Queens Chess Club on the eve of the U.S. Amateur Team East drew 10 players. Instead of a 5 or 6 round double Swiss event, we chose to run a round robin plus one extra position round (which might be familiar to any former bowlers). Gary Friedman overtook early leader Mitch Drobbin in Round 6 and led with 71⁄21⁄2 after the round robin portion, followed by Edgar Cimafranca and Paul Denig with 61⁄21⁄2 and Mitch Drobbin and Alberto Pierre with 6. Charley Burgos, Zoltan Sugar, Vincent DiStefano, Bradley Rice and Frank Drazil followed with 31⁄21⁄2, 3, 21⁄21⁄2, 2, and 11⁄21⁄2 out of 9, respectively. The position round saw


Gary beat Edgar. Paul top Mitch, and Alberto defeat Charley, with DiStefano-Sugar and Rice- Drazil ending in draws. Gary Friedman thus took first with an undefeated 81⁄21⁄2-11⁄21⁄2 for the $40 top prize, Paul Denig’s 71⁄21⁄2-21⁄21⁄2 was good for clear 2nd and $30, Alberto Pierre’s 7-3 took 3rd for $20, and Edgar Cimafranca’s 61⁄21⁄2-31⁄21⁄2 took 4th for $10. The entirety of the entry fees were thus returned to the prizewinners. We hope to rate the next blitz event in August with the necessary software to cut the rating fee from $.40 per game (exorbitant) to $.20. Ed Frumkin directed. ______________________________________________________________________________


by Ed Frumkin

The February G/45 at Queens (February 20 and 27) drew 24 players and finished in a tie at 31⁄21⁄2- 1⁄21⁄2 between IM Jay Bonin (2402) and TD Ed Frumkin (2025). Bonin won his first three games from Ken Cruz (1757), Rob Guevara (2010) and Bill Arluck (2025) before conceding a draw as Black against Bernie Hill (2208). Frumkin beat Alberto Pierre (1662) and then got luck against Mulazim Muwwakkil (1855) in Round 2, squandering a good opening, blundering a piece, regaining it going into an inferior ending and then getting stalemated after having his last pawn captured. He then beat Brian Lawson (2000) and Joe Felber (2017) the second week to catch Bonin. Edgar Cimafranca (1951) was top A with 3-1, losing only to Hill in Round 2 and beating Dick Murphy (1944) as Black in a final round showdown. Paul Denig (1630) was top B with 3-1, falling to Guevara in Round 1, but topping Antonio Lorenzo (1801) and Muwwakkil in the second week. Bradley Rice (1470) won the C/below prize with 11⁄21⁄2-21⁄21⁄2 with a last round win from Henry Milerski (1400). The prize fund totaled $410: $110-$70 to the top 2 ($90 each for Bonin and Frumkin), $70 to top A (Cimafranca), $90 to top B (Denig), and $70 to top C/below (Rice). There were two masters, five experts, five A players, seven B players and five under 1600. Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber.

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by Joe Felber

Jose Tejeda (2056) successfully navigated some complex “chessic waters” on his way to a 4-0 sweep of the 57th Speedy Open. The four round Game/15 Quick Chess event was held on 04/30/2004, and drew eight players.

Tejeda won the $30 first prize. With scores of 2.5 points out of four, Bradley Rice (1510) and Vincent Di Stefano (1483) evenly split the combined second and third prizes of $25.

Finally, Steven Chernick (1334) took the Under 1500 prize of $7. Vice President and Treasurer Joe Felber directed the event for the Club. ____________________________________________________________________________________



by Ed Frumkin

The Marpril Open (March 5-April 2) drew 32 players and three housemen: two masters, six experts, six A players, eleven B players, and seven under 1600. Round 1 was filled with upsets, as Hill, Bill Arluck, and Frumkin were beaten by Bennett Lynn (1748), Aliakbar Asar (1721) and Zoltan Sugar (1711) and Joe Felber was fortunate to hold his pupil Bock Cheng Yeo (1676) to a draw. Brian Blake (1767) was held to a draw by Paul Schemitz (1385) Round 2 saw the return of Jose Tejeda (2132) after a two month absence as the new father of a baby girl. The upsets resumed with Lynn over Cimafranca, Blake over Felber, Rice over Cruz (1757) and Mark Sylvers (1429) over Denig. Round 3 was a return to normalcy, ending with three perfect scores: Bonin (over Murphy), Guevara (over Lynn) and Lawson (over Julia Kerr (1925). Round 4 saw a Guevara-Bonin draw and Tejeda beating Lawson. Lynn beat Felber. Tejeda and Bonin drew in Round 5 while Guevara beat Bernie Hill. Lynn upset Frumkin and Lawson toppled Simonaitis (1904). The prize fund totaled $840: $220-$110 to the top 2, $100 to top expert, $100 to top A, $120-$80 to top 2 B and $110 to top C/below. Guevara was clear first at 41⁄21⁄2 -1⁄21⁄2, followed by Bonin, Tejeda, Lawson ($70 each) and Lynn ($120) at 4-1. Dick Murphy was top A at 31⁄21⁄2- 11⁄21⁄2 with a last round win from Julia Kerr; Jay Kleinman (1781) was second B with the same score with a last round win from Lorenzo. Vincent DiStefano (1499) was top C/below with 21⁄21⁄2-21⁄21⁄2, beating Asar in the final round. Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber.
The Marpil also marked the debut of the Club’s new G/2 time control. – J.K. ______________________________________________________________________________


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Felber, J. (2031) – Drobbin, M. (1946)

January Open, Rd.2, 1/9/04

Annotations by Joe Felber (italicized notes by Jay Kleinman)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Bd3 c5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nb4!? I didn’t like this at first, but it’s hard to clearly refute. ECO gives only 8.. f6 and 8.. Qb6. Chessbase has 21 games with 8.. Nb4. Nine wins for White, seven draws, and five wins for Black. 9.Bb1 b6 10.a3 Nc6 11.Bd3 Maybe 11 Nf3!? was better? 11…Be7 11… a5 is Gruenfeld – Lein, Lone Pine 1979, drawn in 59; 11… Bb7 was also tried with a sad end for Black in a 1960 game from Leipzig. 12.0–0 Bb7 13.Nf3 0–0 14.Ng3 Perhaps not the best here. Better 14 Be3!? and if 14.. a5, 15 Nc3 Ba6, 16 Nb5!? 14…a5 15.Be3 Perhaps 15 b3!? 15…Ba6 16.Bxa6 Rxa6 17.Rc1 Better 17 Qd3!? 17…b5! 18.Qd3 Rb6 I believe that Black is slightly better now due to White’s opening inaccuracies. 19.Rc2 a4 20.Bd2 b4 21.axb4 Nxb4 22.Bxb4 Rxb4 23.Rfc1 Nb6 24.Nd2 Bg5 Nothing much I could do to stop this pin, so Black maintains a slight edge. 25.Qc3 Bxd2 26.Qxd2 Rc4 27.f4!? Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Nc4 29.Qf2 g6 (Diagram)


30.Rxc4!? Tempting but probably just a bit dubious. What I didn’t notice was the latent strength of Black’s Queenside Pawn majority. That majority will decide the game. Fritz points out that White should have skippedthesacandinsteadplayed30Ne4!withjustaslightedgeforBlack. 30…dxc431.Ne4Kg732.h3!? Qb6 33.Kh2 Qc6!? 34.Nf6 Rb8 35.Qh4 h5 36.Qg5 Rh8! Surprising but very strong since it stops White’s play dead in its tracks. At this point, I had 1:03 (one hour, three minutes) left on the digital clock, while Mitch’s clock read 0:16 (sixteen minutes). Unfortunately for White, although we are now in the sudden death portion of the contest, Black has just enough to win the game! 37.Qg3? An uninspired and insipid move, no doubt a reaction to the strength of 36.. Rh8. Like or not, White had to try 37 g4. 37…c3 Clearly Black is now winning. 38.bxc3 a3 39.c4 a2 40.Qc3 Qa4 41.Qa1 Rb8 42.f5 Rb1 43.Nxh5+ Pure desperation. I am playing on only because Mitch is in fairly severe time pressure here. 43…gxh5 44.Qc3 exf5 45.Qg3+ Kf8 46.Qg5 Qc6 47.Qxh5 a1Q 48.Qh8+ Ke7 49.Qh4+ Kd7 50.Qh7 Rh1+ 51.Kg3 Qg6+ Mitch’s clock read something like 3:22 or 3:33 , but I figured he could mate me nevertheless. A good battle like this one is the reason I keep playing tournament chess after 32 years, even if I ended up on the losing side this time! 0-1

They say we learn the most from careful study of our defeats, but too many of us squander the opportunities by tossing those scoresheets. Kudos to Joe for bravely setting a good example.

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by Jay Kleinman

Master Bernie Hill, a fixture at the Club since the late Middle Ages, moved to Florida in April. While we wish him well in his new State, he will be greatly missed. If you somehow never got to watch Bernie review any of his many brilliancies, just let him know and I’m sure he’ll come back. ______________________________________________________________________________ TheQueensChessBulletiniseditedandpublishedquarterlybyJayKleinman. Allsubmissions




V.P./TREASURER Joe Felber WEBMASTER Brian Lawson ____________________________________________________________________________________________





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