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Bulletin 2006-04

by on April 30, 2006

Queens Chess Bulletin


by Ed Frumkin

The Queens Winter Open, held January 6 to February 3 at the Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care, drew 28 entrants and one house player. IM Jay Bonin (2363), many-time Queens Chess Club champion, had a 300 point lead over the field that included three experts and seven Class A players.

The tournament had a somewhat comic beginning when Henry Milerski (1423) forgot to pick up TD Ed Frumkin (2000) at the L train stop in Brooklyn. After a 45-minute wait, Ed rushed back to Manhattan and phoned in the advance entry list. Henry’s penalty was being paired with Ed, and Ed crushed him on February 8, penalizing him for a two-month playing hiatus. The rest of the round was normal except for Nicholas Ryba (1534)’s upset of Arunas Simonaitis (1994), the 460- point gap being the biggest single upset so far in the Club’s October 2005-September 2006 competition. Nicholas also leads in total upset points to date.

Round 2 saw a bigger shocker, as Bonin lost to Brian Blake (1870), Brian taking the upset lead at 493. This was Jay’s first loss at QCC in about three years and it threw the tournament wide open for anyone to win. (See Games section on pg. 3 for the game.)

Joe Felber (2016) was probably fortunate to save half a point against Mulazim (Doc) Muwwakkil (1793) and Mark Sylvers (1328) pulled a mild upset on Bradley Rice (1500). With Bill Arluck (1990) and Dick Murphy (1914) taking Round 2 byes after first round wins, only four emerged with 2-0 scores. Brian Lawson (2059)-Mitch Drobbin (1960) and Blake-Frumkin, though very interesting back and forth encounters, both ended up drawn, with Lawson and Blake committed to byes in Round 4. Felber beat Dick Murphy and Muwwakkil stayed hot by toppling Arluck. Nicholas Ryba upended Tom Murphy (1718), nearly tacking on to his upset point total (only wins paired up 200+ or draws paired up 400+ count). Paul Denig (1616) and Neal Bellon (1586) joined the upset contest with wins from Simonaitis and Antonio Lorenzo (1800), respectively.

In Round 4 Drobbin-Felber ended in a hard fought drawn Rook and Pawn ending, while Muwwakkil-Frumkin was a Black win. Frumkin’s penalty for being sole leader was a last round loss to Bonin. Lawson (over Felber), Drobbin (over Blake) and Kenneth Cruz (1733) over Muwwakkil matched Jay’s 4-1 total.

With prizes of $200-$100-$60 for the top three places and $108 for top 1700-1899, the four took home $117 and 1.5 Grand Prix points each. Jim Frawley (1677) took top 1500-1699 money of $108 with 3-2, despite a zero point bye in Round 5 to attend a ballet performance. Andrew (1584)

April, 2006

and Nicholas Ryba split the 2nd prize of $36 for 1500-1699 with 21⁄2 -21⁄2 scores. Guy Rawlins (1365) and Mark Sylvers split the $108 under 1500/unrated prize with 2-3 scores. Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed.

______________________________________________________________________________ ARLUCK, BONIN WIN LATE WINTER OPEN

by Joe Felber

With scores of 4.5 out of 5 points each, IM Jay Bonin (2354) and Expert Bill Arluck (2043) dominated the Late Winter Open. The event was a five- round Swiss, held at the Club between 02/24/2006 and 03/24/2006 (inclusive). Bill and Jay each took home $150 for his efforts.

Honorable Mention must surely go to Club VP and Chief TD Ed Frumkin (2000), who finished with four points, but had the strange misfortune to win no prize money! In fact, he admirably “roared back” from a first-round loss to young Andrew Ryba (1607), in a game where he was actually winning at one stage of the battle.

Club Secretary Jay Kleinman (1922) played steady chess throughout, and thus won the $100 Class A prize, with a final score of 3.5 out of 5. He defeated Rooney Simonaitis (1986) in the last round, losing only to Arluck in Round 2.

Kenny Cruz, Andrew Ryba, and Jim Frawley all went 3-2 to share the B prize and got $33.50 each.

Finally, Bradley Rice (1463) won the $100 prize for Class C and Below, albeit with a bit of help from the “chess gods!” He scored a forfeit win in Round 5, due to an opponent who failed to show up for the game, AND also (to my knowledge) failed to notify one of the TD’s, in advance of the round, that he would be unable to play. This scenario shows WHY it is most unfair to all other players in an event, for any one player to forfeit a game without notice. Chess competitions should ALWAYS be decided in an actual battle over the board, and NOT via technicalities in the rules!

Ed Frumkin (with some assistance by this writer) did his usually outstanding job in directing the event for the Club. ____________________________________________________________________________________________


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We lead off this issue with David and Goliath. White’s better after 25 moves, but then overreaches with a Rook sac in pursuit of a phantom mate.
Bonin,J (2387) – Blake,B (1870) [E61]
Queens Winter Open (2), 1/13/06

Annotations by Brian Blake
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Nh5 This is a knights version of a pin! 8.e3


Nxg3 9.hxg3 Bg4 10.Be2 Nd7 11.Qc2 e6 12.a3 c5 13.Nb5 Qb6 14.Qe4 Bxf3 [14…Bf5 15.Qxb7 Qxb7 16.Nxd6+ Ke7 17.Nxb7 Rab8 18.Na5 (18.Nxc5 Nxc5 19.dxc5 Bxb2 20.Rd1 Bc3+ 21.Nd2 (21.Kf1) 21…Rhd8) 18…Rxb2] 15.Bxf3 Rb8 16.0–0–0 Nf6 17.dxc5 dxc5 18.Qc2 a6 19.Rd6 Qa5 20.Nc3 0–0 21.Qa4 (Diagram)

Here White offers a draw but Black has earpulgs in and doesn’t hear the offer! White may’ve realized his move is a blunder. Fritz points out that 21.. Qxa4 22. Nxa4 g4! 23. Be2 Ne4 wins material. -J.K. 21…Qc7 22.Rhd1 Nd5 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.Bxd5 b5 25.Qc2 [25.cxb5 Rxb5] 25…bxc4 26.Rxh6? Bxh6 27.Qg6+ Bg7 28.Rh1 Rfd8 29.Rh7 Qe5 30.Qxf7+ [30.Bxf7+ Kf8] 30…Kxh7 31.Qh5+ Bh6 32.Qf7+ Qg7 0–1

Frumkin,E (2000) – Brusovankin,R (1919) [A24]

USATE New Jersey (6), 2/20/06
Annotations by Ed Frumkin
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.a4 a5 9.d3 Be6 10.h3 Qc8 11.Kh2

Na6 12.Be3 Nb4 Ne8 14.fxe5 (Diagram)

Stronger than Nc5. 13.f4


dxe5!? After 20 minutes thought he offers the exchange. 15.Bc5 Qd7 16.Bxf8 Bxf8 17.Rf3 Rd8 18.Qb3 Qc7 19.Rd1 Bc5 20.Nc1 f5 21.N1a2 Nd6 22.Rff1 Nf7 23.Nxb4 axb4 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Ne2 Nh8 26.Qc2 Ng6 27.b3 Qg7 28.Qc1 Rf8 29.Rde1 Bc8 30.Rd1 f4 31.gxf4 Nxf4 32.Nxf4 exf4 33.Rf3 Rf5 34.Re1 Bd7 35.Re2 Qg6 36.Kh1 Bd6 37.d4 Rh5 38.c5 Bg4 Missed that! 39.Qf1 Bc7 40.Re7 Bd8 41.Rxb7 Bxf3 42.Qxf3 By now we’re one of the last games going and the match is tied 1.5 – 1.5. If I win we take the prize and if we draw, it’s tiebreak time. 42…Qe6!? 43.Qxf4! Qxh5 allows a perp. 43…Rf5 44.Qg4+ Bg5 45.Be4 Rf1+ 46.Kg2 Qxg4+ 47.hxg4 Rf4 48.Bxh7+ Kh8 49.Bf5 Rxd4 50.Rh7+ Kg8 51.Rc7 Kf8 52.Rxc6 Be7 53.Kf3 Rd1 54.Ke4 Rc1 55.Rc8+ Kf7 56.c6 Rc3 57.Bh7! By now I have the largest fan club in my career! 57…Ke6 58.Bg8+ Kd6 59.a5 Rc1 60.a6 Ra1 61.Bc4 Bh4 62.Rh8 Bg3 63.Rh6+ Kc5 64.g5 Bb8 65.Rf6 Rg1 66.g6 Rg4+ 67.Kd3 Rg3+ 68.Ke2 Kb6 69.Bd3 Be5 70.Re6 Bc7 71.Kd2 Bf4+ 72.Kc2 Bc7 73.Re4 Bd6 Draw offer. 74.Rc4 Rg2+ 75.Kb1 Rg1+ 76.Rc1! Rg2 77.Be4! Re2 78.Rc4 Re1+ 79.Kc2 Kxa6 80.g7 Rg1 81.c7 1–0

Kleinman,J (1922) – Lima,L (1651) [B51]

March Open Mineola (5), 3/24/06 Annotations by Jay Kleinman
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.Bxc6+ 4 d4 is Chandler’s recommendation. 4…bxc6 5.h3 Now 5 c4 is best but I never remember that. 5…d5 6.Qe2 6 d3 is Rojas – Silva (2355) drawn in 60 (1991). 6…e6 7.e5 Ne7 8.0–0 Nf5 9.c3 a5 10.d3 Be7 11.Re1 0–0 12.Nbd2 [12.Bf4 Qb6 and I didn’t know how I’d develop the QN.] 12…Ba6 13.a4 Qb6 14.b3 Rfe8 15.Rb1 Rab8 16.g4! Black’s pieces are mostly on the queenside, so this seemed like a good time to hit the kingside. 16…Nh4 17.Nxh4 Bxh4 18.c4 Qc7 19.Nf3 Be7 20.g5 Rb7 21.Bf4 Reb8 22.Nd2 Qd8 23.h4 Rc8 True, White’s b-pawn is backward, but with White’s Nd2 Black can do nothing but glare at it. 24.Kh2 Kh8 25.Rg1 g6 In these types of positions, the defender (Black here) is usually better off putting off these pawn moves until they’re absolutely necessary. The tricky part is figuring out when they’re absolutely necessary. 26.h5 Kg7 27.Rg3 Qb6 Black convinces himself the kingside will hold, and looks for counterplay the only place he can. 28.Kg2 Rbb8 29.Rh1 Qb4 30.Rgh3 Rh8 31.R1h2 Planning to triple on the h-file. 31…Rhg8 Is he Muhammed Ali? Daring me to get close? 32.hxg6 hxg6 33.Rh7+ Kf8 34.Qf1 White returns to the plan of tripling on the h-file. 34…Ke8 35.Qh1 Rf8 36.Rg7 Qc3 37.Rh3 Rb7 37.. Rxb3 gets Black two pawns and a knight for the rook and equality, according to Fritz. After the text, however, I became mesmerized by the “threat” of 38.. Bxg5, 39 Bxg5 Qxe5, hitting both the Rg7 and Bg5. 40 Bh6 covers both pieces but I worried needlessly over 40.. Rh8 and the threat of 41.. Rxh6! I could’ve met that easily by simply moving the Rh3 along the rank thereby freeing up the Qh1 to retake on h6. At that point I don’t think Black would have enough for his sacked bishop, and his king would be airy. Nevertheless, my fear was real so I played to answer the “threat.” 38.Qe1?? And when you run from shadows you tend to hit walls! 38 Qf1 would’ve been fine, freeing up the Rh3 to move into h7. 38…Rxb3 The bedrock of White’s civilization is dead. The queenside pawns are toast, another wonderful game ruined in one move. 39.Qe2 Rb2 40.Rhh7 dxc4? Hope lives. 40.. Ra2 or 40.. Rb4 are both pretty convincing. 41.Qe4 Qxd3 And now hope thrives! [41…Kd7 42.Rxf7 Rxf7 43.Rxf7 Qxd3–+] 42.Qxc6+ Qd7 43.Qxa6 Rxd2 44.Bxd2 Qxd2 45.Qc8+ Qd8 46.Qxd8+ Bxd8 47.f4 Bb6 An interesting position. Material is completely equal, though White is about to go a pawn up as the little fella on c4 is all alone in the world. I thought my position was overwhelming but… 48.Rh3 Kd7 49.Kf3! There’s no rush to pick off the c4 pawn; keeping Black’s king from infiltrating seemed more pressing. 49…Kc6 50.Ke4 Rd8 Setting a sneaky trap. If now 51 Rxf7? Rd4+, 52 Kf3 Rd3+, 53 Kg4 and after the rook exchange on h3 the little fella on c4 is born again. 51.Rc3 Rd4+ 52.Ke3 Rd7 53.Rxc4 Kd5 54.Kd3 Kc6+ 55.Ke4 Kc7 In the remainder of the game I get frustrated at my inability to put my opponent away and switch from plan to plan to plan. For his part it must be said Lima put up a terrific defense in a valiant attempt to hold. 56.Rg8 Kc6 57.Rg7 Bd8 58.Rg8 Bb6 59.Rh8 Now I’ve decided to bring this rook back to the front yard as it’s certainly not accomplishing much in the back. 59…Rd1 60.Rh3 Rd7 61.Rd3 Re7 62.Rc1 Bc7 63.Rb1 Re8 64.Rb5 Re7 65.Ke3 Sometimes you have to go back before you can go forward. 65…Re8 66.Ke4 And sometimes you have absolutely no clue what you’re doing and you wonder why you’re not playing bridge instead. 66…Re7 67.Rb1 For the life of me I still couldn’t find the winning breakthrough. Maybe if I interchange my rooks and put the OTHER rook on h7 that will confuse him. No, that probably won’t do. 67…Re8 68.Rd2 Still thrashing about. 68…Re7 69.Rbb2 Re8 70.Rh2 Rd8 71.Rhd2 Re8 72.Kd3 Now I’m finally on to something. I’ll hit his c5 pawn with my rook and king when it’s impossible for him to cover it with his bishop. 72…Re7 That helped. I think Black’s needle got stuck here, which happens when you’re trying to save a tough position for hours. 72.. Rh8 keeps the fight going a bit longer. 73.Kc4 Re8 74.Rb5 Finally. Interestingly, 3.5 out of 5 was identical to my score in Queens where I won Top A and got $100. Here, though, Steve Romero (1787) beat me out with 4. 1–0



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