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Bulletin 2006-01

by on January 31, 2006

Queens Chess Bulletin


by Ed Frumkin

For the third consecutive year, International Master Jay Bonin (2371) has won the annual championship of the Queens Chess Club. The tournament drew 32 entrants and 2 house players. Bonin led throughout, scoring 6-1, defeating Zoltan Sugar (1722), Mitchell Drobbin (1978), Joseph Felber (2005) and William Arluck (2019), drawing with Brian Lawson (2059), defeating Larry Tamarkin (2103), and drawing quickly with Jay Kleinman (1887). Bonin won $500. Dick Murphy (1912) finished clear second with a 51⁄2-11⁄2 score, being held to an upset draw by eleven year old Nicholas Ryba (1423), defeating Ken Cruz (1731), drawing with Ed Frumkin (2000) and Mark Crawford (1761) before running the table with wins from Sugar, Lawson and Arluck. Murphy won $300. Ricardo Perez Billinghurst (2095), Drobbin and Kleinman all scored 5-2. Perez Billinghurst took byes in Rounds 4 and 5 and yielded draws to Brian Blake (1857) and Arluck, while defeating Paul Denig (1666), Arunas Simonaitis (1968) and Payam Parhami (2000).

Drobbin toppled Steve Chernick (1521), Denig, Mulazim Muwwakkil (1840) and Frumkin, while drawing with Blake and Crawford. Kleinman took a Round 3 bye while relocating, beating Guy Rawlins (1402), Lamont Nelson (1300), Felber and Simonaitis before the draw with Bonin. Perez Billinghurst and Drobbin won $100 each, while Kleinman took the $150 prize for 1700-1899. Thirteen year old Andrew Ryba (1573) won the $150 prize for 1500-1699 with 31⁄2-31⁄2, beating Andrew Bauer (1682) in Round 7 while Denig and Frank Drazil (1529), who led with 3-3, lost to Crawford and Antonio Lorenzo (1812), respectively. Nicholas Ryba won the $150 under 1500 prize with 31⁄2-31⁄2, beating Mark Sylvers (1327) in Round 7 while Nelson lost to Jim Frawley (1632). Nelson took the lead in the new annual upset contest with an aggregate of 4411⁄2 points and Nicholas Ryba leads the single upset race with 244 1⁄2 for the early draw with Murphy (only wins paired up 200 points or more and draws paired up 400 points count). Ed Frumkin directed, assisted by Joe Felber and Jay Kleinman. Jay Kleinman also prepared weekly bulletins. The event was held from October 7 to November 18.



by Ed Frumkin

After a five-year hiatus, the futurity returned in the summer instead of the spring with a tightly bunched field (rating-wise) with four FIDE-rating aspirants and six hoping to improve their own. Larry Tamarkin finished clear first with 61⁄2-21⁄2 with no losses; two of his wins were from his closest pursuers, Bill Arluck and Mitch Drobbin, who both finished at 6-3. Brian Lawson was fourth at 5-4, unbeaten but with only one victory.

Jay Kleinman, at 41⁄2-41⁄2, should regain his former FIDE rating and Mitch Drobbin should have earned one. Tamarkin won $225, Arluck and Drobbin $100 each, and Lawson $70. Ed Frumkin, Arunas

January, 2006

Simonaitis, Marian Waxman, Mulazim Muwwakkil and Joe Felber also participated.


by Joe Felber

Arunas Simonaitis, with a Quick rating of 1983, battled his way to victory in the First Queens CC Game/29 Swiss. The 4-SS, 10-player event was held the Club on 12/02/2005 and 12/09/2005.
Rooney won the $80 first prize with a score of 3.5 out of four, and Payam Parhami (1837Q) won the $40 second place prize, with 3 out of 4. Rounding out the prize-winners, Andrew Ryba (1413Q) took the $40 Under 1700 prize, with a score of 2.5 out of 4. Along the way, he defeated Mitch Drobbin (1784Q) and drew with Brian Lawson (1892Q).

This event was held in direct response to a vote taken at the last Queens CC Business/ Membership Meeting. The majority of those present wanted to try one or two G/29 Quick events during late 2005 and/or 2006. We expect that another such event will be held during the first half of 2006 (although clearly players weren’t “breaking our doors down” in order to participate!).

Queens CC President and Treasurer Joe Felber directed the “experimental event.” _____________________________________________________________________________


by Joe Felber

Four veterans of the “QCC trenches” tied for first in the 2005 version of our annual Junior/ Senior Championship. The 15-player, 4-SS event was held between 07/08/2005 and 07/29/2005 (inclusive) at the Club in Jamaica.

Ken Cruz (1735), Steve Chernick (1702), Aliakbar Asar (1698), and Andy Bauer (1638) all finished with scores of three points out of a possible four. Each took home $57 for his efforts.

Andy was leading the event with a perfect three points after three rounds, but then suffered a loss to Ken in the final round. Ken found a powerful “King hunt” type of combination, by which he won Andy’s Queen for a Rook. Subsequently, Ken was able to take the full point, as there still remained Pawns on both sides of the board.

The event was co-directed by Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber. ______________________________________________________________________________


by Ed Frumkin

Held concurrently with the Futurity, this event was shortened from its usual five rounds to four and was not a Grand Prix event. Fourteen players took part. Jeffrey Viera (1864) took a first round bye and swept his next three from Nicholas Ryba, Zoltan Sugar and Paul Denig to finish alone at the top with a score of 31⁄2- 1⁄2. Denig, Steven Chernick and Bradley Rice all had 3-1 scores. ______________________________________________________________________________


by Joe Felber


International Master Jay Bonin (2360) and Bill Arluck (1994) split the first and second prizes in the 62nd Speedy Open, which was held at the Club on 09/09/2005. Each took home $30 for his efforts in scoring 3.5 points out of four.

The Game 15, 4-SS Quick Chess event drew 12 players altogether, as some of the QCC “regulars” stayed home to watch a Yankee- Red Sox encounter!

Honorable mention should certainly go to Larry Tamarkin (2109), who scored three out of four, losing only to Bonin. Unfortunately, the prize fund (announced before the commencement of Round 2) did not feature a third place prize.

Brian Lawson (1889) scored 2.5 out of four, and thus won the $20 Under 1900 prize.

Finally, young Nicholas Ryba (rated at only 1179!) also scored 2.5 out of four, thereby winning the Under 1600 prize of $10.

Joe Felber directed on behalf of the Club. ______________________________________________________________________________


by Jay Kleinman

In what is now a fairly regular occurrence, President Ed Frumkin and Vice President Joe Felber traded offices at the annual club meeting held last fall. Citing increased responsibilities at the Marshall, Frumkin declined to run for re-election and was instead elected to the vice presidency. V.P. Joe Felber was elected to the presidency. President Felber will also continue as Club Treasurer. Meanwhile, Brian Lawson and Jay Kleinman were re-elected to their respective positions of Webmaster and Secretary. No word yet on when they will trade offices. ______________________________________________________________________________


Games for the bulletin can be e-mailed to (note “bulletin game” in the subject to avoid being mistaken for spam) or given to Jay Kleinman at the Club.

This issue we’re privileged to have a couple of high-level games sent in all the way from Germany! FIDE Master Holger Dietz is a grad school friend of the editor’s and keeps up with the Club via the website. His first game is a missed win against a G.M. Holger writes: “Isn’t it funny that you will publish a game played by a German against a Yugoslav in Greece in an American chess publication. Maybe you should publish it in Swedish.” We’ll stick to English. Dietz,H (2305) – Marjanovic,S (2495) [A06]

Thessaloniki (8), 06.09.2005 (Annotations by Holger Dietz)

1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 d5 3.e3 a6 4.Bb2 e6 8.h3 Bh5 9.0–0 Bd6 10.Nbd2 13.c4 Qa5 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.a3 18.cxb5 18 c5!? 18…Na5 Nh4 22.Bb4! Qf6?! 23.Ne5?!

Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 Bg4 7.Be2 Nge7 11.Ne5 Bg6 12.Ndf3 Rc8 Bb8 16.b4 Qd8 17.b5 axb5 19.Qd3 Nc4 20.Bc3 Nf5 21.Rfc1 (Diagram)


[23.Nd22 Nb6 (23…Nf5 24.Nxc4 dxc4 25.Rxc4 Rxc4 26.Qxc4 Nxd4 27.Rd1 Nxe2+ 28.Qxe2+-) 24.Rxc8+ Nxc8 25.Rc1 Nb6] 23…Nxe5? 24.dxe5?? This psychotic mistake will probably persecute me eternally. In my calculation I had assumed that 23.. Nxe5 loses immediately to 24 Rxc8+. When Marjanovic played it, I didn’t realize that he had indeed taken with the knight (not the bishop) and immediately responded with what I had planned on 23.. Bxe5. Instead, the originally planned 24.Rxc8+ wins nicely! Then 24.. Kd7 25.dxe5 Qxe5 26.Rxb8!! (this is what Marjanovic had missed) Qxa1+ 27.Bf1! Rxb8 28.Qg3 (double attack) Rh8 29.Qd6+ Kc8 30.b6+- and the mate threat is decisive, e.g. 30.. Qc1 31.Bc5 Nf3+ 32.gxf3 Qg5+ 33.Kh2 Qd8 34.Qf4 24…Rxc1+ 25.Rxc1 Qg5 Bitter! This game was played in the penultimate round. Had I won it, I could even have tied for first with a victory in the last round. 0–1

Dietz,H (2305) – Pambalos,P (2070) [D31]

Thessaloniki (6), 04.09.2005 (Annotations by Holger Dietz)
My opponent in this game was just 13 years old. Considering his current playing strength and his age, I might be lucky and later be able to claim a 100% score against one of Greece’s top chess stars. Anyway, I consider this my best game at the tournament from a creative point of view. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 I had never encountered this line before, so I had to find the theory over the board. What embarrassed me a little was that my opponent responded almost immediately for many moves. 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Bb4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bd2 a5 9.axb5 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 cxb5 11.b3 Bb7 [11…Nd5 12.Qf3 Ra7 13.Bd2±] 12.bxc4 b4 13.Bb2 13 Qa4+ has been played as well. 13…0–0 14.Bd3 Nbd7 I considered 14.. Bxg2 15.Rg1 Bb7 16.d5!? (16.Qc2 is more solid) 16.. exd5 17.Ng4 to be extremely dangerous for Black. 15.Nxd7 Qxd7 16.d5 It was only here that I was rescued: the boy started to think for the first time. Before, he had not even considered to accept my cool pawn sac. Of course, I had invested more than an hour already versus one minute. 16…Ne8 17.e4 Qe7 18.0–0 f6 19.Bd4! Qd8 20.Qd2?! This is definitely the wrong plan. 20.Qe2 a4? 21.Bc5; 20.Qb3!+-;

20.f4!? 20…e5 21.Be3 Ba6 at this position with Black to dawned on me. Had I seen it preferred 23.Rc1! f4 24.f3. Rxf1+ 26.Kxf1!! [26.Qxf1 Rc8 26…Qc7? Black is happy that already calculated far beyond. Nxc4 28.Rxa6 Nxe3+ 29.Qxe3 chances. 27.c5! Nxe4 28.Bxa6 (Diagram)

22.Ra4?! Nd6 23.Qe2? Looking move, the later Nxe4 trick before, I would certainly have 23…f5! 24.f3 fxe4 25.fxe4 27.c5 Bxd3 28.Qxd3 Qh4÷] his little trap works, but I had Better is 26.. Qc8! 27.Rxa5 Rxa6 30.Bxa6 Qxa6+ with equal Nc3 29.Qc4 Qf7+ 30.Ke1 Nxa4

Having won the exchange and a pawn, Black was of course happy. But White has strong passers in the center and the pair of bishops dominates. In fact, White has a big, maybe already winning, advantage. 31.d6! Qxc4? [31…Nxc5 32.Bxc5; 31…b3! 32.Qxf7+ Kxf7 33.Bc4+ Ke8 34.Bxb3 Nxc5 35.Bxc5 is the best chance left to Black; he might still hold, but it is very hard to defend in a practical game.] 32.Bxc4+ Kf8 33.c6 Nc3 34.c7 1–0 _____________________________________________________________________________________





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