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2004 Club Championship Round 1

by on October 8, 2004

10/8/04 QUEENS CC. RD.1

Welcome back to the Queens Championship Games Bulletin. For those of you new to the tourney, here’s the drill: Give your neat and accurate scoresheets to me (Jay Kleinman) or Joe Felber and I’ll be sure to include your game in the bulletin. I’ll publish as much of a poor score as I can but when moves got dropped or incorrectly recorded it can be tough for me to imagine what happened next. (And with the volume of games, I really don’t have the time to play Sherlock Holmes.) Regarding the annotations, I run the games through the Chessbase database to find the opening novelties and then QUICKLY review them with Fritz. I emphasize “quickly” because, again, with the volume of games I don’t have the time to do comprehensive analyses of each game. My usual goal is to find the key spots of each game where Fritz’s evaluation function registers major changes (i.e. the points where games are won and lost). Enjoy!

Frawley,J – Bierkens,P [D43]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.e5 Nh5 10.Be2 Nxg3 11.hxg3 A game from 1996 (Fahimi-Escher) continued 11 fxg3, but Fritz likes the text better. 11…Bb7 12.0–0 Brave. Fritz wouldn’t commit to this yet, instead preferring 12 Ne4. 12…Nd7 13.a4 a6 14.Nh2 Bb4 15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Bh5 0–0–0 17.Qc2 Nb6 18.axb5 cxb5 19.Rfd1 Kb8 20.Nc3 The Ne4 stood well. Fritz wants 20 Ng4. 20…f5 21.Bf3 g4 22.Bxb7 Kxb7 23.Nf1 h5 24.Ne2 h4 25.f4 Loses quickly. Fritz thinks 25 Nf4 extends things a bit, but the end result should be the same. 25…gxf3 26.gxf3 hxg3 27.f4 g2 28.Kxg2 Rdg8+ 29.Nfg3 Qh4 The scoresheet now reads 30 Qh1+, suggesting a move got dropped somewhere around here. Two more moves were played after this and then White resigned. 0–1

Frumkin,E – Bauer,A [C34]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 Say what?? 1…e5 2.f4 Now I know this is a late April Fool’s joke. Frumkin plays a King’s Gambit?? 2…exf4 3.Nf3 h6 4.Bc4 c6 4.. g5, 4.. d5, and 4.. Nc6 are the “book” choices. 5.d4 Nf6 6.Qe2 Qe7 7.Nc3 g5 8.Ne5 Fritz thinks 8 e5 is crushing. 8…Rh7 9.h4 d6 10.hxg5 dxe5 [10…hxg5! 11.Rxh7 Nxh7 12.Nxf7 d5–+] 11.gxf6 Qxf6 12.dxe5 Qxe5 13.Rf1 Be6 13.. Bb4= 14.Bxf4 Bxc4 15.Qxc4 Qc5 16.Qd3 Nd7 17.0–0–0 0–0–0 18.Qh3 Be7 19.Kb1 Bg5 20.Bd6 Qc4 21.Bh2 Qe6 21.. f6 preparing to defend the dark squares was needed. 22.Qg3 Game, set, and match. 22…Ne5 23.Qxe5 Qxe5 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.Bxe5 f6 26.Bxf6+ Kd7 27.e5 Ke6 28.Ne4 Bxf6 29.exf6 Rf7 30.Nc5+ Ke5 31.Nxb7 Rxf6 32.Rxf6 Kxf6 33.Kc1 Ke5 34.Kd2 Kf4 35.Ke2 Kg3 36.Kf1 1–0

Pierre,A – Arluck,W [B40]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.0–0 Bg7 6.Re1 Nge7 7.d3 0–0 8.Nbd2 d5 9.e5 Qc7 10.Qe2 b5 11.Nf1 Nd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Bg5 13 Bf4 is Fabrego (2516) – Bernada (2233), Barcelona 2000, 1–0 in 27. 13…Nc6 14.Bf6 Bd7 15.h4 Nb4 16.Rec1 Rac8? [16…Bxf6 17.exf6=] 17.Be7 Na6 18.Bxf8 Bxf8 19.Nh2 Nc5 20.Ng4 Be8 21.Qd2 Nd7 22.Qg5 b4 23.Bf3 Bg7 24.Re1 a5 [24…Nxe5 25.Rxe5 Bxe5 26.Nxe5 Still leaves White on top.] 25.Re2 a4 26.Kg2 Qd8 27.Qf4 h5 28.Nh6+ Kh7 29.Nxf7 Bxf7 30.Qxf7 Nf8 31.Qa7 Nd7 32.Qxd4 Qe7 33.Rh1 Rf8 34.Ree1 Qf7 35.Qf4 Qxf4 36.gxf4 Rxf4 37.Kg3 White went to win in about 75 moves, but the scoresheets stopped making sense here. 1–0

Felber,J – Chernick,S [B01]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nf6 7.0–0 e6 8.Bf4 This position comes up five times in the database with 8.. Be7 played four times and 8.. Nbd7 played once. 8…Qd8 This would appear to be a tempo loss. Black could’ve put the Queen here on Move 3 and saved himself a move. 9.Re1 Bd6 10.Ne5 Bf5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Bxe5 13.Bxe5 Nbd7 14.Bd6 Nb6 15.Bc5 Qc7 16.a4 Nbd7 17.Ba3 0–0–0 18.b4 Ng4 19.Qh3 Qf4 20.Rf1 20 Ne4= 20…Ndf6 Fritz wants to gobble with 20.. Qxd4 when White doesn’t have sufficient comp for the pawn. 21.b5 Nd5 22.Ne2 Qe4 23.Rae1 Qg6 24.bxc6 bxc6 25.Rb1 Kd7 26.Rb7+ Ke8 27.c4 Rc8 28.cxd5 cxd5 29.Qb3 Qh6 30.Qb5+ 1–0

Denig,P – Lawson,B [A40]

Queens CC Jamaica (1),08.10. 2004

1.d4 g6 2.Bf4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Qd2 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nf6 7.e3 0–0 8.Nc3 Nc6 My database has four games with this position; each time White continued with 9 Be2. 9.a3 d6 10.Bd3 Bg4 11.Ng5 e5 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.Bg3 Rad8 14.Qc2 h6 15.h3 Bc8 16.Nf3 e4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 Bxb2 19.Rb1 Qa5+ 20.Kf1 Bg7 21.Kg1 Qxa3 22.Kh2 Qe7 23.Rhd1 Fritz thinks Black’s advantage is small after 23 Bxc6. 23…Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Rd8 25.Bd5 Nb4 26.Qb3 Nxd5 27.Rxd5 Rxd5 28.Qxd5 Be6 29.Qa5 b6 30.Qd2 Qd7 31.Qe2 Qd5 32.Qa6 Qa5 33.Qb7 Bd5 34.Qc8+ Kh7 35.Ne5 Be6 36.Qc7 Qc5 37.Qb8 a5 38.Nd3 Qb5 39.Nf4 Bc4 40.h4 a4 41.Qd6 Qc5 42.Qd7 a3 43.e4 a2 44.Qa7 a1Q 0–1

Drobbin,M (1955) – Schemitz,P (1539) [D02]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 Bf5 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.cxd3 Nbd7 7.0–0 7 Nc3 is Frenklakh – Vedenina (1995), 0–1 in 39. 7…Be7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Rc1 0–0 10.Na4 Nh5 11.Be5 f6 12.Bg3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Bd6 14.e4 Qc7 15.Qb3 Rae8 16.Nc3 Qb8 17.Rfe1 Kh8 18.Re2 Bc7 19.Rce1 Nb6 20.Qc2 f5 21.b3 f4 22.g4 Qc8 23.g5 Qd7 24.Qd2 Qf7 25.exd5 exd5 This is as far as the scoresheets make sense. White went on to win in 56. 1–0

Milerski,H – Simonaitis,A [D32]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.d4 c5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.e3 Nf6 7.g3 Bg4 8.h3? 8 Bg2 is the move. The text just hangs a pawn. 8…Bxf3 9.Qxf3 cxd4 10.exd4 Nxd4 11.Qe3+ Qe7 12.Bb5+ Nxb5 13.Qxe7+ Bxe7 14.Nxb5 Bb4+ 15.Bd2 Bxd2+ 16.Kxd2 Ne4+ 17.Ke2 0–0 18.Rhd1 Nf6 19.Kf1 a6 20.Nd4 Rac8 21.Nf5 The Knight seemed better where it was, blockading the d5 pawn and watching over c2. 21…Rc2 22.Rab1 Ne4 23.Kg1 Nxf2 24.Rxd5 Nxh3+ 25.Kh1 h6 26.Rbd1 Nf2+ 27.Kg1 Nxd1 28.Rxd1 Rxb2 29.Rd7 Re8 30.Rd1 Ree2 31.Nd4 Rg2+ 32.Kf1 Rgd2 33.Ke1 Rxd1+ 34.Kxd1 Rxa2 0–1

Waxman,M – DiStefano [C54]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.0–0 Bg4 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.Re1 a6 This position arises four times in the database with the continuation of 9 Bb3 each time. 9.b4 Bb6 10.Nf1 h6 11.Be3 d5 12.Bxb6 12 exd5 better, according to Fritz. 12…dxc4 13.Bc5 Re8 14.dxc4 b6 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 16.b5 bxc5 17.bxc6 It’s official. The c-file now has the most pawns I’ve ever seen on one file. 17…Rd3 18.Re3 Rxe3 19.Nxe3 Nxe4? 19.. Bxf3 and it’s hard to see how anyone can win this. 20.Nxg4 Nxc3 21.Ngxe5 f6 22.Nd3 Re6 23.Kf1 Rxc6 24.a3 Ne4 25.Nf4 g5 26.Nd5 g4 27.Ne7+ 1-0

Sylvers,M – Cimafranca,E [A04]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0–0 A common position in the database with four different continuations: 6.. Bd7, 6.. b5, and less commonly 6.. Nh6 and 6.. f5. Black goes a different route. 6…Qb6 7.c3 Nf6 8.Nbd2 0–0 9.Re1 Bg4 10.Qc2 Rfd8 11.e5 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Rxe5 Qc7 14.Re1 Qd7 15.Nc4 Bf5 16.Ne5 Qc8 [16…Qe6=] 17.Qb3 c4 18.Qxb7 Qxb7 19.Bxb7 Rab8 20.Ba6 cxd3 21.Nc6 e6 22.Bf4 [22.Nxb8 Rxb8 23.Rd1+-] 22…Rb6 23.Nxd8 Rxa6 24.Red1 Nd5 25.Bd2 Bf6 26.Nb7 Rb6 27.Nc5 Rxb2 28.Bh6? Nxc3 29.Rd2? Rxd2 30.Bxd2 Ne2+ 31.Kg2 Bxa1 32.Kf3 Bd4 33.Nb3 Bb6 34.g4 Bxg4+ 35.Kxg4 Bxf2 And Black wins in 45, the scoresheets no longer coherent. 0–1

Muwwakkil,M – Swan,P [D31]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.dxc5 5 cxd5 is most common, while 5 a3 and 5 e3 are also played. 5…Bxc5 Continued development with either 6.. Nc6 or 6.. Nf6 was preferable. White’s c5 pawn wasn’t going anywhere. 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Qxd5 Qxd5 7.. Nd7 better, though Black would still be worse. 8.Nxd5 Ne7? 9.Nc7+ Kf8 10.Nxa8 Na6 11.a3 Bg4 12.Ne5 Be6 13.e3 Bb6 14.Nxb6 axb6 15.Bxa6 bxa6 16.0–0 f6 17.Rd1 g6 18.Rd8+ Kg7 19.Rxh8 Kxh8 20.Nf3 Nc6 21.Nd4 Nxd4 22.exd4 h5 23.Be3 b5 24.Rc1 Bc4 25.Rc3 a5 26.b3 Be2 27.d5 g5 28.f3 b4 29.axb4 axb4 30.d6 Bb5 31.Rc7 h4 32.Rb7 Bc6 33.d7 Bxd7 34.Rxd7 g4 35.fxg4 h3 36.gxh3 f5 37.gxf5 Kg8 38.Bc5 Kh8 39.f6 Kg8 40.Rg7+ 1–0

Rice,B – Murphy,R [B88]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 d6 7.0–0 Be7 8.Kh1 0–0 9.f4 A very popular position with five “book” continuations: 9.. d5, 9.. Nxe4, 9.. a6, 9.. Nxd4, and 9.. Qb6. 9…e5 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.Be2 a6 12.Be3 b5 13.a3 Qc7 14.f5 Rfd8 15.Qe1 d5 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Rxd5 18.Ng5 Bxe2 19.Qxe2 Bxg5 20.Bxg5 f6 21.Bh4? 21 Be3 keeps the fight going. 21…Nd4 22.Qg4 Qd8 [22…Nxc2–+] 23.Qe4 [23.Rad1=] 23…Rc8 24.Rac1 Rdc5 [24…Rc4–+] 25.c3 Rc4? Walking into a knockout.. 26.h3? which White misses. 26 Rcd1 costs Black a piece. 26…Nb3 27.Qe1 Nxc1 28.Bxf6 Qxf6 29.Qxc1 Rf4 30.Rxf4 exf4 31.Qxf4 Rd8 32.Qf3 Qd6 33.Qb7 Qg3 A good example of the old maxim that the winner of a chess game is the player who makes the second to last mistake. 0–1

Kerr,J (1913) – Ryba,A (1150) [E00]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 It’s a small chess world. When I ran this game through the database I was surprised to find an old grad school friend, Holger Dietz, took a draw in this position in Hofstetter – Dietz (2255), Germany 1992. 6.Bh4 6 Bxf6 is Tikovsky – Dobias, 0–1 in 34, in a game from 1943. 6…0–0 7.e3 Re8 8.Nf3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nh7 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0–0 Nc6 12.Bb5 Bd7 13.Rc1 a6 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.Ne5 Bd7 16.Nxd7 Qxd7 17.Qf3 c6 18.Ne4 Qd5 19.Rc5 Qb3 20.Nd6 Rf8 21.Qe2 Qb6 22.Nc4 Qc7 23.Ne5 Nf6 24.f4 Nd7 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.Qg4 Qe7 27.Rh5 f5 28.Qg6 Rf6 29.Qg3 Kh7 30.Qf3 Rg6 31.Kh1 Rc8 32.e4 Qd7 33.exf5 White is worse after this. Fritz likes 33 Rd1. 33…exf5 34.Qd3 Qd5 35.Rg1 Rf6 36.Qh3 Qxd4 36.. Re8 best. Now White evens it out again. 37.Rxf5 Rcf8 38.Rxf6 Rxf6 39.Qb3 Qd7 40.g3 Qe6 41.Qd3+ Qf5 42.Rd1 Qxd3 43.Rxd3 Rf7 44.Kg2 Kg6 45.Kf3 Kf5 Wandering a little too far. 46.Rd6 Threatening 47 g4 mate. 46…Rf6 47.Rd7 Kg6 48.Rxb7 Rd6 49.Rb6 Kh7 50.Rxa6 Rd2 51.b4 Rxh2 52.Rxc6 Ra2 53.Rc3 Rb2 54.Ke3 Kg6 55.Kd3 Kf5 56.Kc4 Kg4 57.b5 Rg2 58.b6 Rxg3 59.Rxg3+ Kxg3 60.b7 Kxf4 61.b8Q+ 1–0

Ryba,N – Blake,B [A26]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d6 5.Nf3 g6 6.0–0 Bg7 7.d3 0–0 8.Bd2 Rb8 9.Qc1 9 Rb1 is the usual move here. 9…Re8 10.Re1 Bg4 11.Bh6 Bh8 12.h3 Bd7 13.Kh2 a6 14.Bg5 Ne7 15.Nd2 Bc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.b3 d5 18.Rb1 Nf5 19.g4 Nd4 20.Nf3 Qd6 21.Kg2 Ne6 22.Bh6 e4 23.dxe4 dxe4 24.Nd2 24 Ng5 best, according to Fritz. 24…Qe5 25.f3 Nxg4 26.hxg4 exf3+ 27.exf3 Qxc3 28.Qxc3 Bxc3 29.Red1 Bxd2 30.Rxd2 Nc5 White won in 50 moves, the scoresheet not clear at this point. 1–0

Lorenzo,A – Drazil,P [C55]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 08.10.2004

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 d6 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd5 Fritz likes 6.. Nxd4 when it’s still a game. 6…Nxd5 7.Nxf7 A modified Fried Liver Attack. The usual route is 1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Nc6, 3 Bc4 Nf6, 4 Ng5 d5, 5 exd5 Nxd5 6 Nxf7. Black usually avoids the Fried Liver with 5.. Na5 or, less commonly, 5.. Nd4. 7…Kxf7 8.Qf3+ Ke8? Allowing a quick finish. [8…Ke6 9.Nc3 Nce7 10.Bg5+- But better than the text.] 9.Bxd5 Ne7 10.Qf7+ Kd7 11.Be6+ Kd6 12.dxe5+ Kxe5 13.Bf4+ Ke4 14.Nc3+ Kd4 15.0–0–0+ Kc5 16.Qh5+ Kc6 17.Qb5# 1–0

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