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Bulletin 2006-07

by on July 31, 2006

by Joe Felber

With a dramatic win over top-ranked Victor Ying (2175), in the longest game of the last round, Expert Bill Arluck (2003) prevailed in the 2006 version of the Junior/ Senior Championship. The 30/75, 4-SS event was held at the Club between 04/21/2006 and 5/12/06. Perhaps this is the only game that Victor has lost at our Club thus far — but we hope that it will not discourage him from playing in future events!

Bill Arluck took home the $100 first prize for his excellent performance (he finished with 3.5 points out of four).

The event featured a unique prize structure devised by Club VP and Chief TD Ed Frumkin. Too bad he was out of town for the last round, as Club President and Treasurer Joe Felber was left to his “own devices” to award the prizes!

Ed’s prize structure featured $100 to first, $50 to second, and $40 to the winner of each one of four age-group categories. These categories were: Senior — born before 1943; Boomer — born 1948- 1952; Midlife —- born 1953- 1971; and Junior, born after 1975.
Since the current USCF Rule Book provides that no player can win more than one prize, and those with the same score should win exactly the same amount (if possible), I combined the $50 second place prize with the Senior, Midlife, and Junior prizes, for a $170 total to be split ($43 each, rounded up) among the four players who finished with three points. These players were Victor Ying (2175), Rob Guevara (2080) Ed Frumkin (2040), and Richard Murphy (1920). I felt that this prize allocation was both equitable and necessary, as none of the “three-pointers” had a greater claim to the 2nd place prize than any other player in the three- point category.

Finally, the $40 “Boomer prize” was split evenly between Rooney Simonaitis (1938) and “Doc’ Muwwakkil (1806) (both had gone home by the time the Arluck-Ying encounter had been decided). Rooney and “Doc” finished the event with 2.5 points out of four.

The enthusiasm of the Ryba brothers for the game is encouraging to the writer of these lines; I fully expect them to be Experts or Masters within a few years!

Finally, Rich Murphy played steady and solid chess throughout. In Round 2, he scored an enterprising win against Rob Guevara, and in Round 4 he conducted a Pawn-up Rook and Pawn ending against Club President Joe Felber (2015) in exemplary fashion. Congratulations to all the prizewinners, and better luck to the non-winners next time! The event was jointly directed by Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber, for the Club.



by Joe Felber

At around 3PM on Friday, 05/19/2006, lightning apparently struck some traffic signal lights near the intersection of 168th Street and the Grand Central Parkway. This created so much havoc with the traffic in the area that some players surely stayed away from the Club. With a scheduled starting time of 8PM, the 4-SS, G/15 event did not actually commence until about 8:35PM. TD Joe Felber’s usual 45-minute drive from his office in Melville took about two hours, thus leading to the late start.

Once the play actually got underway, Brian Lawson (Quick rating — 1844) played adventurous chess, and won the six-player event and the $30 first prize, with 3.5 points out of four. His only draw was against top-rated Club President and Treasurer Joe Felber (1891 on the April rating list).

Andrew Ryba (1603) scored three out of four, to take the $12 second-place prize; his results included a win over Felber, when Joe hung his Queen for Rook, to an “attack along the ranks” — — a typical chessplayer weakness! He also had a draw vs. Mitch Drobbin (1810), and a victory over brother Nicholas.

The $8 Under-1700 prize was split evenly between Ken Cruz (1664) and Nicholas Ryba (1638).

As for the play of non-winners Mitch Drobbin and Joe Felber, it can only be said that they fell victim to the “typical blunders” of Quick chess —– but it’s all part of competing!

Again, congratulations to all the prizewinners, and better luck to the non-winners in the next event!



by Ed Frumkin

It’s difficult to say which was more chaotic, the start of this tournament or its conclusion!!
The afternoon of June 2 was characterized by extreme thunderstorms and heavy rains. The cancellation of the Giants-Mets game two hours before game time should have given us an inkling: most of the subway lines were flooded and several players couldn’t get out of Manhattan for hours. TD Ed Frumkin gave up after two hours of trying and called the Tietz Center around 7:30. Joe Felber started the tournament with four teams and without his own, as his prospective teammate Jim Frawley didn’t get to the club until nearly 9. The first four teams were Rob Guevara (2085) and Mulazim Muwwakkil (1817), subsequently known as “Prognosis:Terminal (Muwwakkil’s nickname is “Doc”)”, Mitch Drobbin (1984) and Andrew Ryba (1760), subsequently “The Greatest Name”, Kenneth Cruz (1763) and Zoltan Sugar (1726), subsequently “Sugar Time”, and Nicholas Ryba (1678) and Marcus Francis (1243), subsequently “Queens Junior/Senior Champs”. The tournament was designed for four rounds for two player teams with ratings totaling under 4000, to offer two team place prizes, one under 3400 team prize, and a top prize on Board 1 and Board 2. The prizes were based on ten teams, so four was quite an initial disappointment. Dick Murphy (1910) and Antonio Lorenzo (1800) were already entered with a Round 1 bye “Morphy’s Mate” and the trains stranded Frumkin


(2026), postponing his hookup with Arunas Simonaitis (1921) as “Keresmatic Combo”. The house team of Frank (1537) and Paul Drazil (575), “Czechmates”, managed to show up. If Joe had paired himself and Jim with them, we might have had a very different tournament. As a result of the weather disaster, two half point byes were permitted instead of one, as Frawley was already committed to a Round 3 bye to play in the National Open. Andy Bauer (1621) had also come but had no partner.

Prognosis:Terminal drew its match with Sugar Time, both wins coming with Black (Guevara and Sugar) and The Greatest Name swept Queens Junior/Senior Champs. Before Round 2, Ed Frumkin went into serious recruiting mode; hooking up Felber (2000) with Bauer (“Senior Moments”), Frawley (1602) with Sherman Boim (1530), who was also going to the National Open (“Triborough Team”), and Steve Chernick (1644) with Guy Rawlins (1346) (“Rawlin’ to Victory”) to get to nine paid teams. As a result, the pairings were The Greatest Name vs. Keresmatic Combo (Drobbin-Frumkin a draw, Simonaitis-A Ryba a fine swindle by White), Prognosis:Terminal vs. Triborough Team a sweep for P:T, Morphy’s Mate vs. Sugar Time went 11⁄2-1⁄2 to M’s M (Murphy win, Sugar-Lorenzo a draw), Rawlin’ to Victory vs. Senior Moments a surprising draw thanks to Chernick’s upset win over Felber, and Czechmates vs. Queens Jr/Sr Champs a draw with White winning both F Drazil-N Ryba and Francis-P Drazil. Now three teams were at 11⁄2-1⁄2 (Keresmatic Combo, Prognosis:Terminal and Morphy’s Mate), three at 1-1 and 4 at 1⁄2-11⁄2. With the Table 1 pairing of Keresmatic Combo-Prognosis:Terminal coming up, a new problem was to replace P:T’s Guevara on Board 1, as he was going to Vegas, too! He was given a list of players and phone #s with ratings between his and his partner’s and recruited Brian Lawson (2000). Frumkin couldn’t take any further initiative in the selection since the recruitwouldhaveBlackagainsthim!! Tomakethingsmoreinteresting,GuyRawlinsrecruited one more team, Steve Mitlitzky (1912), coming off a near 20 year hiatus, and Jeffren Viera (1872), becoming “Viera Team”.

Round 3 pairings were: Keresmatic Combo-Prognosis:Terminal (drawn with both wins by Black), Viera Team-Morphy’s Mate (drawn with both wins by Black), Senior Moments-The Greatest Name (drawn with both wins by White), Queens Jr/Sr Champs-Rawlin’ to Victory (drawn with both wins by White) and Sugar Time-Czechmates, a sweep for Sugar Time. As a result there was very little net change, with the same three leaders now at 2-1, five teams at 11⁄2- 11⁄2 , two at 1-2, and the house team at 1⁄2 -21⁄2. With ten paid teams, the intended prize fund of $100-$50, $60 under 3400, $60 each top Board 1 and Board 2 was now met. Morphy’s Mate- Keresmatic Combo was drawn with both wins by White, Prognosis:Terminal-Viera Team was drawn with both wins by White, The Greatest Name-Rawlin’ to Victory came out 11⁄2-1⁄2 with a nice save by Rawlins to avoid a sweep, Senior Moments-Sugar Time was a surprise draw when house man Frank Drazil mated Andy Bauer when Andy could have allowed a perpetual instead, and Triborough Team-Queens Jr/Sr Champs was drawn with both wins by Black.

Four teams had 21⁄2-11⁄2 scores: Keresmatic Combo, Prognosis:Terminal, The Greatest Name and Morphy’s Mate. In the interest of easier prize distribution, $10 was added to the prize fund to give $40 to each team. The U3400 prize was divided by all three teams in that category, Triborough Team, Rawlin’ to Victory and Queens Jr/Sr Champs, all with 11⁄2 -21⁄2. Dick Murphy of Morphy’s Mate took the Board 1 prize with 31⁄2-1⁄2, a Round 1 bye followed by three wins; Arunas Simonaitis of Keresmatic Combo pulled the same maneuver on Board 2.

Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed. A total of 23 players participated and 14 won a prize (15 if Rob Guevara gives any of his to Brian Lawson).



by Jay Kleinman

Interested in world domination? Always wanted to have your face on common currency? Then step right up and run for office at the upcoming Queens Chess Club annual membership meeting. Joe Felber has announced he’s not running for re-election to the presidency and treasurer positions due to the stressful long commute to the Club from his home, and Ed Frumkin has announced that he is not running for re-election to the vice-presidency due to his increased activities at the Marshall. Fellow officers Brian Lawson and Jay Kleinman are unable to take on more responsibilities due to work commitments (Brian) and new baby commitments (Jay). So, if you think you’re a leader and can commit each Friday to the Club, glorious positions enabling you to cement your place in chess history await!



Felber (2000)- Drobbin (1984) —- Advance French (C02)
1. e4, e6; 2. d4, d5; 3. e5 ….. I just figured, “If it’s good enough for Nimzovich, it’s good enough for me!” Plus, I was a little tired of always playing the Tarrasch Variation (3. Nd2) vs. Mitch. 3. ….. c5; 4. c3, Nc6; 5. Nf3, cxd4; The exchange 5. …. cxd4 is not given in C02 in ECO, Book C, 3rd Ed. (c. 1997. Col. 7, p. 20 gives: 5. …. Nge7; 6. Na3, cxd4; 7. cxd4, Nf5; 8. Nc2, Be7; 9. Bd3, Qb6 —- 1:0 in 32 moves — Plaskett- Mestel, Hastings 1986/1987 —- CHESS INFORMANT 43, Game 330. 6. cxd4, Nge7; 7. Bd3, g6; 8. O-O, Nf5; 9. Be3, Be7; 10. Nc3, Bd7; 11. Rc1, Qa5; Perhaps Black’s idea is 12. …. Qb4!? 12. Bxf5!? gxf5; If instead 13. … exf5, the Pawn on d5 will be weak on a long-term basis. 13. Ng5, h5! The only move, since he can’t allow either an attack on f7 (by 14. Qh5) or dark-square domination by White after 13. …. Bxg5; 14. Bxg5. 14. a3, Qd8; 15. h4 —- Both supporting Ng5 and creating “luft.” 15. ….. Na5;

16. Ne2, Nc4; 17. Rxc4! —- From the “dim and distant past” of my chess studies, I recalled a few IM or GM games with this type of Exchange sac. In return, White acquires a highly-mobile central Pawn duo. 17. ….dxc4; 18. d5, exd5 —- Otherwise, 19. d6 creates both a protected passed Pawn and a powerful dark-square bind. 19. Qxd5, Be6 —- Not 19. …. O-O? 20. Qf3! 20. Nxe6!, fxe6; The alternative might have been a bit better: 20. …. Qxd5; 21. Nc7+, Kf8; 22. Nxd5, Bxh4; 23. Bc5+, Kg7, but then 24. Nef4 should leave White with a significant edge. ——— 21. Qxe6, Qd7; 22. Qg6+, Kd8; 23. Nc3, Qc6; 24. Rd1+, Kc8; 25. Qxf5+, Kb8; Black’s Rooks have still not moved at all! 26. e6, b6; 27. Bf4+, Kb7; 28. Rd7+, Ka6; 29. Rxe7, Rhg8; 30. g3, Raf8; 31. Rf7, Rd8; 32. Rc7, Rd1+ —– Mitch later explained that he was seeking remote stalemate possibilities by playing on here (I was not in time pressure). —– 33. Nxd1, Qf3; 34. Rxa7+! — Breaking all further resistance — 34. …. Kxa7; 35. Bb8+, Rxb8; 36. Qxf3, Ka6; 37. Nc3, Re8; 38. Qc6 —– Now even the desperado sac by 38. …. Rxe6; 39. Qxe6 fails, since the Black King still has two legal moves. 38. …. Re7;

39. Nd5 (1:0). ______________________________________________________________________


PRESIDENT/TREASURER Joe Felber WEBMASTER Brian Lawson VICE PRESIDENT Ed Frumkin SECRETARY Jay Kleinman _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

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