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Drobbin, Lawson and Frumkin Share the Glory at 10th Queens Futurity

by on September 14, 2007

From July 6 (just after the World Open’s conclusion) until September 14, ten of the Queens Chess Club’s strongest matched wits in the Club’s annual FIDE futurity, a round robin played at game in two hours.  Five players (Jay Kleinman, Bill Arluck, Mitch Drobbin, Brian Lawson and Ed Frumkin) already had FIDE ratings ranging from 2029 to 2103 and five others (Dick and Tom Murphy (no relation), Nicholas and Andrew Ryba (brothers now 13 and 15, respectively) and Brian Blake (who handed IM Jay Bonin his only defeat at QCC in 2006) were this year’s FIDE wannabes (Dick would have earned his FIDE rating in ’06, but one player abandoned the event with two games unplayed and has yet to show his face again)).

Brian Blake got off to a quick start with wins from Arluck and Kleinman, but mysteriously managed only two draws the rest of the way; Tom Murphy, on the other hand, lost four in a row at the outset but finished with 3½ out of four after scoring his first draw against his namesake (as an aside, “The Namesake” is an excellent movie.  Kal Penn can do more than just “Kumar” or “Taj”).  Bill Arluck, who hardly ever draws, except against Bonin, while most of the rest of us do far worse, won two in a row after the Blake loss (from Tom Murphy and Frumkin) before hitting a patchy stretch until the finish which left him out of the money with 4-5 (3-4-2).  Brian Lawson started out with a draw against Frumkin after a hiatus of two months or so and then took five points in his next six before slowing down with a draw against Blake and a loss to suddenly hot Tom Murphy.  Brian was the only player to finish his schedule in the initial nine Fridays without a postponement, so he played in the following G/45 while collecting game scores for the tournament bulletin as the other nine made up six postponed games.  Drobbin and Frumkin, with two postponements each, still had time to overtake and pass Lawson, but both won the first postponement and drew the second to catch him at 6-3.  The Ryba brothers, deliberately paired against each other in Round 1 (an interesting draw compared to one previous effort) played solidly and were generally plus one or two throughout, finishing at 4½–4½ to share fourth place.  The first three divided $500 ($225-150-125) and the Rybas split $100, matching their entry fees for the upcoming 2007 Club Championship (as Dana Carvey would say, “How conveeeen-yent!”).  We expect that the Rybas and Tom Murphy will obtain FIDE ratings from this event and hereby announce that Dick Murphy and Brian Blake will head the list of invitees for 2008.  Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed.  You can check out the games on the club website, http://www.queens-chess.com.    A chart is appended below.

# Player          1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10    Tot
1 Frumkin      X    ½    1     ½    1     1     0     ½    ½      1      6
2 T Murphy   ½    X    1     ½    0     0     0      0      1      1      4
3 Blake           0    0     X     0    0     1     1      0     ½      ½     3
4 R Murphy   ½    ½    1     X    ½    ½    0      0     0       ½    3½
5 N Ryba        0     1     1    ½    X    ½    ½     0     ½      ½    4½
6 Kleinman     0     1     0    ½    ½    X    1     ½     0       0     3½
7 Arluck          1     1     0    1     ½    0     X    ½     0       0      4
8 Drobbin        ½    1     1    1     1     ½    ½    X    ½       0      6
9 Lawson         ½    0    ½    1    ½     1     1    ½     X       1      6
10 A Ryba        0    0    ½    ½   ½      1     1    1      0       X     4½

 

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