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Bulletin 2005-04

by on April 30, 2005

Queens Chess Bulletin

April 2005

by Ed Frumkin


With our first grand prix event since the 2004 Club Championship, IM Jay Bonin returned to the QCC for this January 7-February 4 event. He had some serious competition from new member Victor Ying (2155–formerly of Westchester but now living in Flushing) and five other experts. Victor started a round late but caught up quickly as Round 2 saw an avalanche of draws (Bonin-Frumkin, Murphy-Felber and Perez-Kleinman); Perez and Bonin left for the Liberty Bell Open in Philly after their games, as did Rob Guevara after his loss to Simonaitis. Rooney had the only perfect score after two rounds and was duly punished in Round 3 by being paired with Bonin (this was déja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say (Round 5 in the Club Championship, anyone?)). After three rounds Bonin, Ying, Felber, Perez, Frumkin and Kleinman all had 21⁄2-1⁄2, with color problems and some earlier matchups within the score group creating the pairings of Bonin-Kleinman, Perez-Ying and Frumkin-Felber. Bonin and Ying won and the pairing of the TDs led to a semipredictable split point. Bonin won in the final round on the Black side of a Tarrasch French to take clear first with 41⁄2 ($200). Arluck beat Frumkin and Simonaitis toppled Felber to reach 4-1 and win $97.50 each (splitting the $100 2nd prize and $95 top A). Victor Ying was the only player at 31⁄2 and took third prize of $65. Ken Cruz was top B with 3-2, including an upset win over Dick Murphy in Round 4, winning $80. Frank Drazil had the same score to win top C/below to win $110. Twenty-seven took part; Ed Frumkin directed, with assistance from Joe Felber (could that be why we both lost in Round 5??).



by Ed Frumkin

Fourteen players took part in our 4 round G/15 on February 11th and top-ranked Manny Jurado (2335/4 from the November-December G/45) swept through the field 4-0 to win $50, defeating Zoltan Sugar, Rob Guevara, Brian Lawson and Arunas Simonaitis in the process. The big surprise was Andrew Ryba, ranked last at 725 quick, who beat Paul Denig (1585) and Brad Rice (1552), then drew Simonaitis (2020!) and finally lost to Guevara. Rob was clear 2nd at 3-1 ($25), while Andrew and Zoli split the under 1600 prizes of $35 and $15, netting $25 each. Zoli’s big upset was over Joe Felber in Round 3. Ed Frumkin directed.



by Ed Frumkin

Wasn’t the old Holiday Inn line “The best surprise is no surprise”? So it seems at the Queens Chess Club, as perpetual tournament leader IM Jay Bonin (2379) won four straight (from Bock Cheng Yeo (1667), Mitch Drobbin (1944), Rob Guevara (2045) and Ed Frumkin (2000)) and obtained a quick draw in the final round to take first prize of $200 and six Grand Prix points at the Queens Midwinter Open (February 18-March 18). Arunas Simonaitis (1969) was clear second ($100) at 4-1, taking two byes before beating Frank Drazil (1581), a sizzling hot Brad Rice (1368), and the always tough Bill Arluck (2023) (the secret is to avoid Bonin! They would have met in Round 6). At 31⁄2-11⁄2, Joe Felber (2062), Brian Lawson (2050) and Ed Frumkin split the $60 third prize, while Mitch Drobbin took the $85 A prize with the same score. Paul Denig (1616) came from behind with two late wins to take the $85 B prize with a 3-2 score. The $100 under 1600 prize was split five ways, as Frank Drazil, Vinny DiStefano (1530), Steve Chernick (1470), Guy Rawlins (1430) and Brad Rice all scored 2-3. The best performances were clearly by Brad Rice, starting with a win from Jim Frawley (1773) and come from behind draws against Bill Arluck and Mulazim (Doc) Muwwakkil in the first three rounds in three lost positions. Brian Blake (1774) also started very strongly, following a first round win against Rawlins with a win from Lawson and a draw with Felber, before tough losses to Arluck and Frumkin. The dangerous Ryba brothers (12-year-old Andrew and 10-year-old Nicholas) had to miss this event to prepare for their recital on March 5 (Andrew on violin, Nicholas at the piano), which was attended by Simonaitis, Frumkin and Marcus Francis. They were terrific and we put them in for the last two rounds. With 25 paid entries and three house players, this was another successful event. Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber.



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A hard-fought draw leads off the Games section this issue.

Joe Felber – Brian Blake [B74]

Midwinter Open, Jamaica, 3/05
Annotations by Joe Felber, italicized comments by Jay Kleinman
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 If GM Gyula Sax can play this trappy move order, why can’t I? 6…Bg7 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 Nc6 9.Nb3 Be6 10.f4 Rc8 So far, so book. ECO, Book B, 4th Ed. (2002) likes 10.. Qc8 as a main line, but Note 22 to column 4, pg. 490, gives 10.. Rc8, 11 Kh1 a6, 12 Bf3 b5, 13 a3 (Zapata-Armas, Matanzas, 1994) as unclear. 11.Kh1 a6 12.a4!? Bxb3 About 20 years ago, I reviewed an analogous game in CHESS INFORMANT, where Cuban GM Nogueiras called this capture “dubious” for Black. This is because White will eventually dominate the light squares. 13.cxb3 Nb4 14.Bc4 e6!? 15.Bd4 GM Kudrin once advised me that this is a good square for this piece in the Classical Dragon. 15…Re8 16.e5 16 a5 is equal. 16…Nd7! [16…dxe5?! 17.fxe5 Nd7 18.Qf3 Qe7 19.Qe2 and the idea of Ne4-f6+ may be good for White. Fritz disagrees. 19.. Nc6! and Black is winning.] 17.exd6 Practically forced. Apparently not so. Fritz prefers 17 Ne4, though Black maintains a slight edge. 17…Bxd4 18.Qxd4 Nc2 19.Qd2 Nxa1 20.Rxa1 Qb6 21.Ne4 Rc6 22.Rd1 Rd8 I believe Black has a small edge here, arising from my underestimation of 16.. Nd7! 23.a5! A crucial deflection of the Black Queen from covering d8. 23…Qa7 24.f5!? What else? 24…exf5 25.Qg5 [25.Ng5 Ne5 26.Qe1 Rdxd6 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Nxf7 Nxc4 29.Qe8+ Kg7 30.Nxd6 Nxd6 31.Qe5+ Kf7 32.Qxd6 Qe3 with a slight edge to Black, according to Fritz.] 25…Qb8 25.. Rf8! leaves Black on top. 26.Bxf7+! Kg7 [26…Kxf7? 27.Qe7+ Kg8 28.Ng5 Nf8 29.Qf7+ Kh8 30.Qf6+ Kg8 Ed Frumkin pointed out that instead of a perpetual, White wins with 31.Nf7! h5 32.Nxd8.] 27.Qe7 fxe4 28.Be8+ Kh6 29.Bxd7 Rc5 30.Qxe4 b5? A time pressure error. Better was [30…Rxa5 31.Qh4+ Rh5 32.Qf4+ Kg7 33.Bg4 seemed unclear to me. Fritz says White’s winning.] 31.Qe3+ Kg7 32.Qd4+ Kh6 33.Qxc5 Of course not the overly ambitious 33 Rd3?? Rc1+ 33…Rxd7 34.Qe3+ Kg7 35.Qe5+ Kg8 36.Qe6+ Rf7 37.h3 If 37 Rf1 Qb7! holds for Black. If White now or later


trades Queens and Rooks on f7, the K+P endings will all be better for Black, since his K takes the d-Pawn and reaches the center first, and White’s extra Queenside Pawn is meaningless. Instead, 37 d7!! wins. 37…Qd8 38.Rf1 Qd7 39.Qd5 Kf8 40.Rxf7+ Probably lets all winning chances evaporate since exchanges are known to ease the defender’s task. 40…Qxf7 41.Qd4 Ke8 42.d7+ Kd8 43.Qa7 Qf1+ 44.Kh2 Qf4+ 45.Kh1 Qf1+ 46.Kh2 1⁄2–1⁄2

The club prez tosses his Queen for Rook and minor piece.

Brian Blake – Ed Frumkin [B07]

Midwinter Open,Jamaica, 3/18/05
Annotations by Ed Frumkin, italicized comments by Jay Kleinman
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Qe2 Nc6 6.e5 Nd7 7.exd6 Not mentioned in “Pirc Alert.” 7…cxd6 8.d5 Nd4 9.Qd1 0–0 10.Nge2 Nxe2 11.Bxe2 a6 12.0–0 b5 13.a4 b4 14.Ne4 Bb7 15.c4 bxc3 16.Nxc3
Rc8 17.Be3 Qa5 18.Bd4 Qb4 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qd2 Nf6 21.Bf3 e5 22.Rfd1 Rc4 23.a5 23 Rab1 is Fritz’s choice, when Black has just a slight edge. 23…Rfc8 23.. Rd4 gives Black a decisive advantage, according to Fritz. 24.Rdc1 24 Ra4 is best. Now Black gets a second chance at ..Rd4. 24…Rd4 25.Qe1 Ba8 [25…Bxd5 26.Nxd5 Qxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Nxd5–+] 26.Rcb1 Rc5 27.Ra4 Qxc3!? Fritz chooses the quieter 27.. Qb3 to maintain the edge; the flashy text is good for equality, according to Fritz. 28.bxc3 Rxa4 29.g3 [29.Rb4 Rcxa5 30.Rxa4 Rxa4 31.Qd1 and c4 is coming. Fritz calls it equal.] 29…Bxd5 30.Bxd5 Rxd5 31.Rb8 31 Ra1 is better, but Black would still have a comfortable edge. 31…Rdxa5 32.Qe3 Re4 32.. Rc5 is probably more sensible. [32…Ra1+ 33.Kg2 R1a2 is Fritz’s choice.] 33.Qa7 Ra1+ 34.Kg2 Ree1 35.Qe7 [35.Rb7 Kh6 36.Rxf7+-] 35…Ng4 36.Qf8+ Kf6 37.Qxd6+ Kg5 38.h4+? [38.Qe7+ Kh6 39.Qh4+ Kg7 40.Qxg4 White wins] 38…Kh5 39.Qe7 One move too late. 39…h6 40.Rh8 f6 41.Rf8 Rg1+ 42.Kf3 Rae1!! 0–1

GM Andy Soltis and IM Larry Kaufman have recently devoted writings to the dynamic value of the chess pieces. That is to say, depending on the position on the board, sometimes a minor piece is equivalent to or even stronger than a rook. The following two games are a prime example of that. By Move 25 in the first game Black is down a double exchange (!), but he manages to have numerous resources at his disposal to draw, or at some points, even win the game! White ends up barely winning, but Guevara avenged himself in the very next tournament. In that game he again ends up down an exchange (this time just one exchange) but manages to win!

Jay Kleinman (1853) – Robert Guevara (2045) [B02]

Winter Open, Jamaica (3), 1/21/05
Annotations by Jay Kleinman
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 The Chase Variation of the Alekhine Defense. 4…Nd5 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nc3 c6 [6…Nxc3 7.dxc3 Bxc5 8.Qg4 g6 and the weaknesses of Black’s kingside compensate for the pawn.] 7.d4 Nxc3 7.. b6 is the only move I could find. The typical continuation is then 8 cxb6 axb6, 9 Nge2 8.bxc3 b6 9.cxb6 axb6 10.Qg4 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Nf3 h6 13.0–0 Nc7 14.c4 Ra4 15.Nd2 Qa8 16.a3 b5 17.c5 The immediate 17 Ne4! gives White a sizeable edge. I played it a move later. Now 17.. h5! forces the Queen to give up its simultaneous contact with d4 and g7, and costs White a pawn. 17…Nd5 Giving me another chance, which I don’t squander. 18.Ne4 h5 Just like me, Black is one move late with his move. The penalty, however is more severe. 19.Nd6+!! An unexpected in between move. 19…Bxd6 20.Qxg7 Another in between move, though more expected than the previous one. 20…Bf8 21.Qxh8 Rxd4 22.Qxh5 [22.Bh6 Ke7 23.f4 Best, according to Fritz. ] 22…Qa7 23.Bh6 Qxc5? Taking the bait, which also would’ve worked on 23.. Bxc5? 24.Be3! Qc4 25.Bxd4 Qxd4 Black is two exchanges down, but now the funny stuff starts. 26.Rfd1 Qb2 27.Qg5 Fritz prefers 27 a4, but I was worried about 27.. b4. 27…Nc3 28.Re1 Bc5 [28…Bxa3 29.Qg8+ Ke7 I was afraid of this, but my opponent opted against it.] 29.Qf6 Hoping for 29.. Ne4? 30 Qh8+ and then winning the wayward knight on 31 Qh4+. Unfortunately, my opponent played a tactic of his own. 29…d5! 30 exd6 is impossible due to .. Ne2+ winning the White Queen. Now Black adds another pawn to the center. 30.Qf3 Ne4 Remarkably, Fritz evaluates the game as roughly equal. Though Black has no material comp for the TWO exchanges, his minor pieces are dominating White’s rooks. 31.Qe2 [31.Rf1 Bxf2+ 32.Kh1 Qxe5 33.g3 Maintains equality, though clearly Black is


enjoying this more than White. After the text, Fritz thinks Black is winning!] 31…Bxf2+ 32.Kf1 Qd4 33.Red1 Qxe5 34.Qc2 c5 [34…Qxh2!! 35.Qxc6+ Ke7 Fritz thinks Black is winning here! 36.Rac1 (36.Qxb5? Qf4 And Black mates in 15, according to Fritz.) 36…Bc5! 37.Rxc5 Qh1+ 38.Ke2 Qxg2+ 39.Kd3 Qf3+ 40.Kc2 Qf2+ 41.Kc1 Qxc5+ 42.Qxc5+ Nxc5–+] 35.g3 f5 [35…Bd4! 36.Rab1 Qf5+ 37.Kg2 Nxg3! 38.Qxf5 Nxf5 And though Black is the equivalent of a pawn down, Fritz thinks he’s winning. All those passed pawns probably have something to do with that assessment.] 36.Qe2 c4 37.Qh5+ Kf8 38.Ra2 Bb6 39.Qh6+ Kg8 [39…Kf7 40.Qh5+ Kf8 41.Qh6+ Fritz thinks White needs to take a draw here. Two exchanges up but White is the one fighting for a draw!] 40.a4 b4 41.a5 Ba7 42.Ra4 Fighting to finally activate the White rooks. 42…Qb2!! Black hangs a pawn with check! Amazingly, it’s the only move to save the draw. Everything else loses for Black! 43.Qxe6+ Kh8 44.Qxf5 [44.Qc8+ Kg7 45.Qb7+ Kg6 46.Qa6+ Nf6!! 47.Qxa7 Ng4!! Fantastic! Black is now down a whole Rook AND an exchange, yet White can’t get out of a perpetual. 48.Qb6+ Kh5 49.Rxd5 Qb1+ 50.Kg2 Qc2+ 51.Kf1 Qb1+ Draw] 44…Qxh2 45.Qf8+ Kh7 46.Qe7+ Kg8 47.Qe6+ Kg7 48.Qg4+ With his flag hanging Black played the illegal 48.. Nxg3+ which meant he had to play 48.. Ng5, losing the knight for nothing. A shame since Fritz thinks the game is a dead draw after 48.. Kf8! 48…Ng5 49.Qxg5+ Since my flag was also beginning to rise, Black played on a few moves until mate, though the moves weren’t recorded. Moral of the story: If you’re ever down a double exchange, don’t despair. All may not be lost. If your minor pieces are well posted, you may be able to dominate the two Rooks as happened for most of this game. 1–0

Robert Guevara (2045) – Jay Kleinman(1853) [D02]

Midwinter Open, Jamaica (2), 2/25/05
Annotations by Jay Kleinman
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.Bg5 Qb6 4.Qc1 Bf5 5.e3 Nd7 6.Nh4 6 Bd3, 6 c4, 6 Nbd2, and 6 Be2 are book options. 6…Bg4 7.Bf4 Ngf6 8.f3 Be6 A funny looking square for the QB but it gets the job done for now. 9.g4 h6 10.Bg3 g5 11.Nf5 h5 12.Be2 hxg4 13.fxg4 Ne4 14.0–0 Bxf5 15.gxf5 c5! Using the whole board. The Queen is shifting to the Kingside. 16.Kg2 Qh6 Passing up the win of a pawn to chase the White King. Fritz thinks 16.. cxd4 was just a tad better. 17.Qe1 Qh3+ 18.Kg1 Bg7 19.Nc3 Seems awfully risky. Fritz prefers 19 c3, though Black would still be on top. 19…cxd4 20.Nxd5 [20.Nxe4 dxe4 21.Qa53] 20…Be5! Black offers a Rook but it’ll cost White the King. 21.Bxe5 Nxe5 22.Bb5+ Kf8 23.Qe2 Ng3 A classic example of playing a good move before looking for an even better one. 23.. Rh4! forces White to part with his Queen to stave off mate. 24.Qg2 Nxf1 25.Rxf1 And for the second game in a row between us (the only two games we’ve ever played) I’m up an exchange. 25…Qxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Rc8 27.Ba4 Rh4 28.Bb3 Ng4 29.exd4 Rxh2+ 30.Kg3 Rh4 31.Re1 Rd8 32.c3 Nh6? 33.Ne3? [33.Nxe7 Re8 34.f6 Nf5+ 35.Nxf5 Rxe1 36.Nxh4=] 33…Kg7 34.Bc2 Ng8 35.Ng2 Rh8 36.Kg4 Kf6 37.Kg3 Rd6 If I can double my Rooks on the h-file, I’m very happy. Unfortunately, as in our last encounter, Rob does an excellent job limiting the scope of my Rooks. 38.Ne3 Kg7 39.Ng4 Kf8 40.Rg1 Nf6 41.Ne5 Nh5+ 42.Kf3 Rg8 43.Bb3 e6 44.fxe6 fxe6 45.Rh1 Rook Shmook. All of White’s pieces are better placed than Black’s, and that compensates for the exchange. Again. 45…Nf4 46.Rh7 Rg7 47.Rh8+ Ke7 48.Rc8 [48.Rb8 Rb6 49.Rc8=] 48…Rd8 49.Rc7+ Kf8 50.Rc5 Kg8 51.Kg4 From here on the moves are blitzed out as both flags are hanging. 51…Rf8 52.Nf3 Nd5 53.Bxd5 exd5 54.Rxd5 Rf4+ 55.Kg3 Kf8 56.Nxg5 Rf1 57.Kg2 Rf6 58.Kg3 Rf1 59.Kg2 Rb1 60.Kf3 The remaining moves were lost in the scramble, but White ultimately queened a pawn. 1–0 ____________________________________________________________________________________


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