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Bulletin 2005-01

by on January 31, 2005

Queens Chess Bulletin

January 2005


by Joseph J. Felber

With 6 points, Jay Bonin took home the $500 first prize at the Club’s 2004 Championship. Second and third prizes were split four ways, among Peter Bierkens, Bill Arluck, Joe Felber and Ricardo Perez- Billinghurst. Each had 5 points, and won $125.

Arunas Simonaitis and Mitch Drobbin tied for the “A” prize, winning $110 each with their 4.5 point scores.

Zoltan Sugar and Alberto Pierre split the “B” prize; each scored 4 points and won $67.50.

The “C” prizes were won by Frank Drazil, Paul Schemitz, Bradley Rice and Nicholas Ryba. Each player scored 3 points and won $48.75.


CLUB BUSINESS REVIEWED AT ANNUAL MEETING Entry Fees, Another New Time Control, And The Return Of The Futurity

by Joseph J. Felber

The Annual Queens Chess Club Meeting was held on October 1, 2004. The current officers had their joint terms renewed for another year, and Jay Bonin showed several very entertaining games, including a win over GM Leonid Yudasin.

Those in attendance voted to increase the “take” off the top of gross entry fees for all events from 10% to 15% (at Joe Felber’s suggestion). This will allow us to keep a little more money in the Club Treasury for unforeseen contingencies.

Those in attendance also voted to change the starting time of all games to 8PM, effective 01/07/2005, to allow for a new standard tournament time control of 30/75, followed by SD/60.


Finally, there was also a brief discussion of once again holding a FIDE Futurity. Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber agreed to evaluate the feasibility of this idea. We had stopped holding them because too many players were “dragging their feet” in completing their games, per the pre- arranged Round Robin schedule. As you may know, such standard Round Robin Tables are found in the current USCF rulebook.



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.

Two of the Club’s top Officers knock off Masters in our first two selections. In an interesting chess coincidence, b3 was the move White needed to play in both games.

Shapiro,D (2274) – Felber,J (2046) [D96]Nassau CC (5), 15.11.2004, (Annotations by Joe Felber, except for italicized comments by Jay Kleinman. All lines are from Fritz.) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qb3 c6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Qxc4 0–0 8.e4 Qb6 New, according to the Chessbase database. Instead, most popular is 8.. b5. The other choices are 8.. Be6, 8.. Qa5, and 8.. Nbd7. 9.0–0–0 Long Island player Mike Pappaceno told me that Smyslov tried this idea- castling long against the Gruenfeld- against Botvinnik- news to me! 9…Na6 10.Be2 Be6 11.Qa4 Nb4 (Diagram)

12.Kb1 12 b3 is best, according to Fritz. 12…Nxe4 [12…Nxa2!! 13.Nxa2 Nxe4 14.Bxe7 Rfe8 15.Qb4 Rxe7!! 16.Qxe7 Bf8 17.Qh4 Ba3–+ Fritz] 13.Nxe4 Bf5 14.Bxe7 Bxe4+ 15.Kc1 Bh6+ 16.Nd2 a5 17.Bxf8 [17.Bc5 Qd8 18.Qb3 (18.Qa3 Re8–+) 18…Bc2–+ Fritz] 17…Rxf8 18.Qa3 Qxd4 19.Qb3 Qc5+ 0–1

Simon,J (2209) – Frumkin,E (2004) [B07]Marshall, 02.09.2004
1.d4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.a3 c6 5.f4 d5 6.e5 Ng8 7.g4 h5 8.gxh5 Rxh5 9.Be2 Rh8 10.Be3 Bf5 11.Qd2

e6 12.0–0–0 Nd7 13.Nf3 b5 14.Nb1 a5 15.Bd3 Nh6 16.h4 Nb6 17.h5 (Fritz likes 17 b3 with an equal game. 2

J.K.) 17…gxh5 18.Ng5 Nc4 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Qe1 Bg6 21.Qg1 Qc8 22.Bf2 Nf5 23.Nc3 a4 24.Kd2 Kd7 25.Ke2 Ng7 26.Rd2 Qb7 27.Qc1 Be7 28.Nf3 Rhb8 29.Nd1 c3 30.bxc3 Qa6+ 31.Ke1 Ra7 32.Re2 Be4 33.Rh3 Bxf3 34.Rxf3 Rab7 35.Qd2 Rb1 36.Qd3 Qxd3 37.Rxd3 Ra1 38.Kd2 Bxa3 39.Ne3 Bc1+ 0–1

At 16, Hikaru Nakamura has just become the 2nd youngest player to win the U.S. Championship (Fischer was 14 when he won the title in 1959). As such, I retroactively claim half the title based on the following game, played when Nakamura had just turned ten.

Kleinman,J (1960) – Nakamura,H (1715)Marshall January Congress (2), 1997

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0–0 0–0 5.d4 d6 6.c4 Re8 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Nc5 10.Re1 a5 11.Qc2 Nh5 12.Be3 b6 13.a3 f5 14.b4 fxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Bf5 17.Qh4 e4 18.Qxd8 Rexd8 19.Nd4 Re8 20.Rab1 Bxd4 21.Bxd4 e3 22.Rb2 exf2+ 23.Kxf2 axb4 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.axb4 Bd3 26.c5 Rf8+ 27.Ke3

bxc5 28.bxc5 Ba6?

certainly not 28..

29.cxd6 cxd6 30.Rb6 32.Rxd6 Ng7 33.Bxg7

[28…Bf1! is equal, but dxc5?? 29.Bxc5+-] Re8+ 31.Be4 Bf1 Kxg7 (Diagram)

34.Re6?? (Just about anything else wins) Rxe6 35.dxe6 Kf6 36.Bd5 Bh3 37.e7 Kxe7 38.Kf4 h6 39.Ke5 g5 40.Bc4 Bg4 41.Bg8 1⁄2–1⁄2

(Rest assured that I will forever maintain an even score against a U.S. chess champion as I’ve made the strategic decision never to play him again.)


On The Web – Don’t forget to check out the Club’s website at An invaluable resource, the site has an archive of this newsletter dating back to 2002, as well as all round reports from the 2004 and 2003 Club Championships.

______________________________________________________________________________ The Queens Chess Bulletin is edited and published by Jay Kleinman. All submissions welcome.




PRESIDENT Ed Frumkin SECRETARY Jay Kleinman V.P./TREASURER Joseph J. Felber WEBMASTER Brian Lawson

Recent Champions of the Queens Chess Club (Point totals are out of 7 rounds, except for 1996 which had 8 rounds)

  1. 1993  Anatoly Tonkonogy
  2. 1994  Edgar Cimafranca Jr. Joseph J. Felber
  3. 1995  Brian Lawson
  4. 1996  Edward Frumkin
  5. 1997  Jay Bonin

    Edward Kopiecki

  6. 1998  Edward Kopiecki
  7. 1999  Peter Bierkens
    Edgar Cimafranca Sr.

    Brian Lawson

  8. 2000  Jay Bonin
    Alexander Stripunsky
  9. 2001  Jay Bonin
  10. 2002  Devlin Sinclair


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