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Bulletin 2005-07

by on July 31, 2005

Queens Chess Bulletin

July 2005


by Ed Frumkin

It must be getting monotonous to everyone else, but IM Jay Bonin (2431) won another event at the Queens Chess Club. This time it was the April Open (April 1-29). The same formula as the Midwinter Open worked again: win four in a row and take a quick draw with Brian Lawson (2050). The four victims were Zoltan Sugar (1720), Mitchell Drobbin (1944), William Arluck (2026) and Brian Blake (1786), who had knocked off Ed Frumkin (2012) and Larry Tamarkin (2024) in Rounds 2 and 3. Bonin won $200 and six Grand Prix points. Brian Lawson, Joe Felber (2073) and Brian Blake each had 4-1 scores to win $88.50 each (dividing $110 2nd, $75 3rd and $80 1st B and rounding up slightly). Blake knocked off Arunas Simonaitis (1996) in Round 5 and has likely kissed Class B goodbye forever. Jay Kleinman (1825) was 1st A ($70) with 3.5, overcoming a Round 1 upset draw with Andrew Ryba (1320) and a Round 3 loss to Felber with a big time comeback in Round 5 against Drobbin, winning what had appeared at first to be a lost game and then what appeared to be a draw in Mitch’s Zeitnot (time pressure). Richard Murphy (1932) and Julia Kerr (1927) split 2nd A ($35, $17.50 each) with 3-2 scores. Zoltan Sugar was 2nd B at 3-2 ($40) with a win from Frumkin in Round 3 and draws with Drobbin and Tamarkin in the last two rounds. Bradley Rice won 1st C/below ($80) with 2.5 and Andrew Ryba took 2nd C/below ($40) with 2-3 Thirty players took part; Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed.



by Ed Frumkin

The fifth episode of this continuing tradition drew a new record of 11 two player teams (rating total under 4000) plus a house team. “Lawzhin Defense,” consisting of Brian Lawson (2050) and Mitchell Drobbin (1944), was top-ranked, followed closely by 2004 co-champions “Murphy’s


Law (Ed Frumkin [2012] and Dick Murphy [1932])” and “J Factor (Joe Felber [2073] and Jay Kleinman [1825]). 2004 co-champions Ken Cruz (1730) and Zoltan Sugar (1720) as “Cruz to Victory” were ranked fifth but changed their name to “Cruz Control” this time.

Round 1 on May 6th saw the top three teams win: “Lawzhin Defense” swept “The Surgeons (Mulazim Muwwakkil and Vincent DiStefano),” the top-ranked under 3400 team; “Murphy’s Law” barely squeaked by “ABAAA (Aliakbar Asar [1698] and Andy Bauer [1638])” as Dick had to sack the exchange for a perpetual against Andy; “J Factor” swept “Illegible Scoresheets (Steve Chernick [1619] and Henry Milerski [1400])”and two matches were drawn. “Reverend Al & His Bodyguard (Arunas Simonaitis [1916] and Al Bolling” [1603]) were held by “Underrated & Overoptimistic (Paul Denig [1617] and Suriyan Nathan [1400]” thanks to Nathan’s win on Board 2; “Cruz Control” was held by “The Pianists (Nicholas Ryba [1318] and Marcus Francis [1395])” by Nicky’s win over Ken on Board 1 (Nicky was permitted to play Board 1 in view of his superior recent results and the expectation that he will pass Marcus shortly). “RA2# (Alex Ryba (1873/4) and Andrew Ryba (1320)” took a Round 1 bye.

Round 2 saw the top two teams meet and “Lawzhin Defense” won 11⁄2-1⁄2 by virtue of Mitch’s win from Dick. “J Factor” took out “Rev Al”” by the same score with Jay Kleinman having some trouble against Al’s 1 g4 before prevailing. Joe’s draw with Rooney is historically a big success.

“RA2#” debuted with a sweep of “Cruz Control,” “Underrated and Overoptimistic” swept “The Pianists,” “ABAAA” swept “Illegible Scoresheets” and “The Surgeons” swept our house team “The Czechmates (Frank [1596] and Paul [604] Drazil).”

In Round 3 “J Factor” beat “Lawzhin’s Defense” 11⁄2-1⁄2 behind Joe’s win from Brian. “RA2#” swept its second consecutive match, this time against “Underrated & Overoptimistic.” Alex Ryba’s attacking win against Denig showed that his 30-year-old British rating of 192 (which converts to 2236 USCF) is very believable and certainly is reflected in the obvious talent of Andrew and Nicholas. “Murphy’s Law” beat “Cruz Control” 11⁄2-1⁄2 through Dick’s win from Zoli. “Rev Al” swept “ABAAA,” “Illegible Scoresheets” swept “The Pianists” with Paul Drazil subbing for Marcus Francis, and “The Surgeons” took a bye as Doc played in the big tournament in Minnesota.

Round 4 went the limit, as the final games determined both the team and board prizes. “J Factor” vs. “RA2#” had all four players at 21⁄2-1⁄2, tied for the lead on their individual boards with “RA2#” trailing by half a match point by virtue of the first round team bye. With “RA2#” leading the under 3400 teams by a full match point, they were guaranteed at least a piece of a prize. The 2-1 teams, “Lawzhin’s Defense” and “Murphy’s Law” had already met, so they were paired with “Rev Al” and “The Surgeons,” respectively. Andrew Ryba upset Kleinman with Black, so Felber had to do the same against Alex Ryba and barely succeeded. Joe and Andrew ended up winning their board prizes as well, as the only other 21⁄2-1⁄2, Mitch Drobbin, was held to a draw by Al Bolling. Brian beat Rooney to enable a 11⁄2-1⁄2 win for “Lawzhin’s Defense” and “Murphy’s Law” swept “The Surgeons.” “Underrated and Overoptimistic” drew with “ABAAA” with Asar over Denig and Nathan over Bauer. “Illegible Scoresheets” swept “Cruz Control” with Jim Frawley (1663) pinch- hitting for Sugar and “The Pianists” swept “The Czechmates.”


1st: “J Factor” 31⁄21⁄2 ($110), 2nd: (tie) “Lawzhin’s Defense” and “Murphy’s Law”) $27.50 each,

1st under 3400: “RA2#” 3 ($66), 1st board 1: Joe Felber 31⁄21⁄2 ($66), 1st board 2: Andrew Ryba 31⁄21⁄2 ($66). 25 participated. Ed Frumkin directed for the Queens Chess Club, assisted by Joe Felber.



by Jay Kleinman

Ed Frumkin will step down as President of the Club at the end of his current term. Ed made the announcement in June in an e-mail to several members. No scandals or inappropriate behaviors were cited; instead, Ed noted that his duties as chair of the Marshall Chess Club’s tournament committee (to which he was recently elected) would preclude maintaining his current level of involvement to the Queens Club. He did not rule out running for a lower office as he said he will still be regularly attending Queens Club tournaments. Members interested in running for club president should do so at the Club’s annual meeting on September 30th, but should probably start mobilizing bases and exciting core constituencies now.



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In Memoriam

The Club was saddened to learn recently of the passing of George Guttendorfer. While I didn’t know George well, he was always very friendly and clearly loved playing the game. George played his final USCF game at the Nassau Chess Club in February of 2004. Just a few months before that, however, George had what may’ve been the tournament of his career right here at the Queens club and in our biggest showcase: the club championship. Out of 7 games, George checked in with a staggering four (!) upsets. This issue we devote the Games section to George Guttendorfer and his remarkable run at the Queens Club Championship of 2003.

In the first round, George draws up 500 points

Guttendorfer,G (1476) – Macapinlac,M (1979) [A13]

Queens CC Jamaica (1), 10/10/2003

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.0–0 0–0 7.d4 c6 8.Nc3 Re8 9.a3 h6 10.b4 a6 11.Bd2 Bf5 12.Nh4 Bh7 13.Rc1 Nbd7 14.Na4 Qe7 15.Re1 b5 16.Nc5 Nb6 17.e4! Beginning a wave of complications which gives both sides plenty of opportunities to fall off the precipice. dxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.f3 Qf6 21.fxe4 Qxd4+ 22.Be3 Qxd1 23.Rexd1 Nd5?And Black falls off first. 23.. Nc4? falls to 24 Rxc4!, but even after 23.. Nc8 (best, according to Fritz) White’s activity compensates for the pawn deficit. 24.exd5 Rxe3 25.Nf5 Rxa3 26.Nxd6 cxd5 27.Rc8+ 27 Rxd5 likely would’ve given White the full


point. Rxc8 28.Nxc8 a5 29.Ne7+ Kf8 30.Nxd5 axb4 31.Nxb4 Rb3 32.Nc6 f6 1⁄2–1⁄2

Any exceptional tournament performance has its share of luck and this was no exception. In Rd.2 Kenny Schemitz had George cornered. Kenny, however, had no way of knowing at the time that this was George’s tournament, not his.
Schemitz,K (1724) – Guttendorfer,G (1476) [E92]

Queens CC Jamaica (2), 10/17/2003

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Be3 e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Ng4 10.Bc1 10 Bg5 and 10 Bd2 are the usual choices. 10…f5 11.0–0 f4 12.Ng5 Nh6 13.c5 Nf7 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 Ng5 16.Bc4 Kh8 17.h4 17 Qg4 h6, 18 Rd1 looks very convincing for White. 17…Nxe4 18.Nxe4 d5 19.Ng5 dxc4 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.exf7 e4 21.. Nd5= 22.Bxf4 Now Black’s intended 22.. Bxa1 loses. 22…Nd5 23.Bg5 Qf8 24.Qxd5 Bxa1 25.Rxa1 h6 26.Bf6+ Kh7 27.h5 c6 28.Qe6 Qc8 29.hxg6+ [29.Qxe4 Qf5 30.f8Q and mate in 3.] 29…Kxg6 30.Be7+?? Time pressure perhaps. [30.f8N+ Qxf8 And Fritz announces mate in 11 beginning with 31 Bd4+.] 30…Qxe6 31.f8N+ Rxf8 32.Bxf8 Qf6 33.Re1 Qxf8 34.Rxe4 Qf7 35.Kf1 Qd5 36.f3 c3 0–1

In Rd.4, Antonio Lorenzo refuses to accept the facts of a dead drawn ending. Chalk yet another one up for George.
Lorenzo,A (1832) – Guttendorfer,G (1476) [B30]
Queens CC Jamaica (4), 10/31/2003

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0–0 8.Qd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd4 Nf4 The database has 11.. Nxc3, 11.. e5, and 11.. Bxd4. 12.Qxf4 Qxd4 13.Qf3 Surprisingly, 13 Qxd4 was already forced. 13…Rb8 14.Rd1 Qf6 15.Qxf6 Bxf6 16.Na4 Bf5 17.b3 Rfd8 [17…Bxc2 18.Rd7 (18.Rc1 Be4–+) 18…Bb1–+] 18.Bd3 Bg4 19.f3 Bh4+ 20.Ke2 Be6 21.Nc5 Rd6 22.Ne4 Rd5 23.g3 Bf6 24.Nxf6+ exf6 25.Be4 Re5 26.Kf2 f5 27.Bd3 Re8 28.Rhe1 Ra5 29.a4 Rd5 30.Re2 Red8 31.Rde1 Kf8 32.Bc4 Rd2 33.Bxe6 fxe6 34.f4 a5 35.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 36.Re2 Rd6 37.Ke1 Ke7 38.Rd2 Rd5 39.Ke2 Kd6 40.Rd3 c5 41.c3 h6 42.b4? Fortunate to survive the opening, White tries to turn a draw into a win and pays the usual price. 42…axb4 43.cxb4 cxb4 44.a5 b3 45.Rxd5+ exd5 46.Kd2 Kc6 47.Kc3 Kb5 48.Kxb3 Kxa5 49.Kc3 Kb5 50.Kd4 Kc6 51.h3 Kd6 52.g4 fxg4 53.hxg4 Time, but it’s a book win anyway. 0–1

And in Rd.5, Rich Murphy is lucky to get a draw out of his encounter with the Guttendorfer Express.

Murphy,R (1952) – Guttendorfer,G (1476) [E61]

Queens CC Jamaica (5), 11/7/2003

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0–0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 d6 7.e3 c5 8.Be2 a6 9.0–0 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.dxc5 11 d5 is Schmidt-Hamilton (Siegen 1970), 1–0 in 38 moves. 11…Nxg3 12.hxg3 dxc5 13.Qc2 Be6 14.Ne4 Qb6 15.Nc3 Qb4 16.a3 Qb6 17.Rac1 Nc6 18.Nd5? Qxb2 19.Qxb2 Bxb2 20.Rb1 Bxa3 21.Rxb7 Rab8 [21…Rfd8 22.Nxe7+ Nxe7 23.Rxe7 a5–+] 22.Rfb1 [22.Rc7 Bxd5 23.cxd5 Nb4 24.Rxc5=] 22…Bb4 [22…Rxb7 23.Rxb7 Rb8 24.Rxb8+ Nxb8 25.Nxe7+ Kf8 26.Nd5 a5–+] 23.Nxe7+ [23.Rc7 still equalizes.] 23…Nxe7 24.Rxe7 Ra8 25.Ne5 a5 26.Bf3 Ra6 27.Bb7 Rb6 [27…Rd6 Black controls the board here.] 28.Bc6 [28.Bd5 White’s last shot at equalizing.] 28…Bxc4 29.Nxc4 Rxc6 30.Rd1 Ra6 Fritz thinks Black is clearly won in the final position. The two extra passers, especially the a-pawn, are deadly. 1⁄2–1⁄2



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