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Bulletin 2004-08

by on August 1, 2004


Chess Bulletin

August 2004

by Joe Felber
Inserting himself into the “starting lineup” at the last moment, in order to even out the field, Club V.P./Treasurer Joe Felber found that the “chess gods” were kind to him on 07/02/2004. He won the four round G/15 eight-player event 4-0, thus taking home the $25 first prize.

The $16 second prize was split between second-ranked player Mitch Drobbin and Bradley Rice, each of whom finished with 3-1 scores.

Finally, the $14 Under 1700 prize was evenly divided by Paul Denig and Zoltan Sugar, each finishing with 2-2 scores. ______________________________________________________________________________


by Ed Frumkin

The 9th Queens Junior-Senior Championship, held June 4-25 at the G/2 control, initially drew 20 players. The original plan was to have 4 age “classes”, but when Mitch Drobbin arrived late and took a Round 1 bye to make it 21, we switched to three groups of seven. The senior seven were 55 and older, the “juniors” were under 44, and the mid-life group was aged 45-54. The only upsets in the early going were “junior” Paul Schemitz (1391) over fellow “junior” Paul Denig (1642), junior Andrew Ryba (est. 950) over mid-lifer Bradley Rice (1535) and mid-lifer Vincent DiStefano (1513) over senior Andrew Bauer (1609), all in Round 2. After two rounds, seniors Bill Arluck (2058) and Ed Frumkin (2000), and “midlifers” Joe Felber (2000) and Arunas Simonaitis (1913) led at 2-0. With Simonaitis taking a Round 3 bye, the pairings were Felber-Arluck and Drobbin-Frumkin on the top table. The former ended in a draw after a tough defense by Bill, only to miss a winning ending chance, while Mitch came back from a bad position to beat Ed. Now there was a five way tie at 2½½-½½ among Arluck, Felber, Drobbin, Simonaitis and Jay Kleinman (1809). Kleinman had taken a Round 2 bye but suddenly had a Round 4 conflict when only one bye was permitted in this event. The pairings if everyone played would have been Arluck-Drobbin, Simonaitis-Felber and Frumkin-Kleinman, and the latter would have been played on Thursday instead of Friday. Unfortunately for Jay, Simonaitis was iffy also and on Wednesday decided he wouldn’t be available Friday. That eliminated both Rooney and Jay, making Board 2 Frumkin-Felber. Bill Arluck beat Mitch fairly easily to finish on top at 3½½-½½ ($126), while Frumkin obtained revenge against Felber for a last round loss in the previous tournament. Mulazim Muwwakkil (1832) toppled Kenneth Cruz (1706) in an all-senior matchup to equal Frumkin’s 3-1 score. Ed and Mulazim (better known as “Doc”) won $49.50 each, dividing the $63 second prize and the $36 first senior prize. Joe Felber and Mitch Drobbin split the mid-life prizes of $36 and $20, taking home $28 each with scores of 2½½-1½½. Zoltan Sugar (1723) took top junior of $36 with 2½½-1½½ and Julia Kerr (1897) and Paul Schemitz won $10 each to split second junior with 2-2 scores. Ed Frumkin directed, with assistance from Joe Felber.



by Ed Frumkin

Since there were no Grand Prix points at stake in May and June, IM Jay Bonin passed up the Queens Team and Junior-Senior events, but returned for the Queens Midsummer Open (July 9-August 6). At the start he outranked the field by nearly 350 points and ran off four consecutive wins against Paul Denig (1642), Marian Waxman (1960), Joe Felber (2000) and Bill Arluck (2058). He led by a full point going into his final game with Rob Guevara (2010), which he drew. Mulazim Muwwakkil (1832) had the toughest opposition and went 4-1 with wins over Guevara (Round 2), Felber (Round 4) and Ricardo Perez Billinghurst (2140) (Round 5), only losing to Arluck in Round 3. Ed Frumkin matched Muwwakkil at 4-1 with a last round win over Mitch Drobbin, overcoming a Round 2 loss to Brian Blake (1774). Guevara (last round draw with Bonin), Arluck and Waxman (drawing each other in Round 5), and Simonaitis (Round 5 bye) all scored 3½½-1½½. Andrew Ryba (990) took two more high-rated scalps in Frank Drazil (1618) and Ken Cruz (1706) in Rounds 2 and 3. Peter Swan (1436) made a strong Queens debut with a draw against Drobbin in Round 1. With 31 entrants, the guaranteed top two prizes of $200-$100 were raised to $240-$120-$80, $140-$75 1600-1899, and $140-$75 under 1600. Bonin won $240 and 6 Grand Prix points, Muwwakkil $140, Frumkin $120, and Guevara, Arluck, Waxman and Simonaitis $20 each. Antonio Lorenzo (1800), Brian Blake, Zoltan Sugar (1723) and Jim Frawley (1622) won $19 each for 3-2 scores and Mark Sylvers (1458) and Paul Schemitz (1391) won $108 each with 2½½-2½½. Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber.



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 spam), snail mailed to 45-89 163rd St, Flushing, NY 11358, or given to me at the Club.

Black’s 25th tosses a piece into the fire in a double-edged position. White needed to return the piece and did, but he did it the wrong way.

Scott Didham (1949) – Jay Kleinman (1809) [D02]

World Open Philadelphia (3), 7/2/04, Annotations by Jay Kleinman

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nbd2 c6 4.a3 An odd choice. 4 e3 is Dus Chotimirsky-Omeliansky, St. Petersburg 1905, 0–1 in 68. 4…Nf6 5.e3 Bd6 6.b3 0–0 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 Re8 9.Ne5 Nf8 10.0–0 N6d7 11.f4 f6 12.Nxd7 Bxd7 13.Nf3 Qb8 I played this thinking it would help enforce ..d5, but White is controlling d5 with minor pieces while I’m using some heavy pieces; not a good way to control a square. 14.Qe2 Re7 15.Rf2 Be8 16.h3 Bg6 At last getting rid of my problem Bishop. 17.Raf1 Bxd3 18.cxd3? This eliminates White’s counterplay via c4. He said afterward he was playing for d4, but c4 and c5 is a much better plan. 18…Nd7 19.Kh1 Qc7 20.g4 e5 Usually good policy to fight a flank attack with a central one. 21.fxe5 fxe5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Nd4 g6 24.Qd2 Rae8 25.Qc3 (Diagram)

Nxd3!! Fritz says this takes the game from equal to equal, but it had great practical shock value. Black opens himself up to death on the long diagonal but I saw White could do nothing of it because Black always has .. Be5 in response to any move of the White Knight. 26.Qxd3 I took a long time to play the sac but White replied immediately. One of us knew something the other didn’t. But which one? 26…Rxe3 27.Nf5?? White returns the piece and offers the Queen as well! Flashy but loses. [27.Re2!! This is the way to return the piece and hold the draw. Fritz presents the following fantastic line as best play: 27…Bf4!! 28.Bc1!! Rxd3 29.Rxe8+ Kf7 30.Bxf4 Qxf4 31.Rxf4+ Kxe8=) 27…gxf5 28.Rxf5 For the second move in a row White has left his Queen en prise. And again Black gets matedif he grabs it with 28.. Rxd3?? 29 Rg4# 28…Qe7! Covering g4 and ending meaningful resistance. 29.Qd2 Rxh3+ 30.Kg1 Rg3+ 31.Kf2 Rxg4 32.Rh1 Bg3+ 33.Kf1 Qe1+ 34.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 35.Kg2 Be5+ 36.Kf3 Rxh1 37.Bxe5 Rgg1 0–1

Bernie Hill gave me this game for publication about a week after he played it. I misplaced it (that’s just what I do), forgot all about it, and was pleasantly surprised to find it again recently. It turned out to be Bernie’s Farewell Miniature from his final Queens Chess Club tournament.

Bernie Hill (2208) – Mitch Drobbin (1920) [A50]

Marpril Open (4), 3/26/04

Annotations by Bernie Hill

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6? Allows White too much control of the center. 4.e4 Bb7 5.Bd3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e5 Ne4 8.Qf3 (8 Nf3 takes us back to Pillsbury-Wolff, Monte Carlo 1902. Most common, however, is 8Nge2.- J.K.)8…Nxc3 Giving White too much space on the kingside. Better would be 8.. Bb4 and quick castling. 9.bxc3 Nc6 10.Nh3! Be7 11.Nf4 Bg5? (Diagram)

12.Nh5!! This may be the strongest move I have ever played! There is no good answer. 12…g6 13.Ng7+ Kd7 If 13.. Kf8 then 14 Ne6+ wins Black’s Queen. 14.Bf5+ Ke7 15.Bxg5+ 1–0


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