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Drobbin and Felber Win Queens First Holiday Open

by on December 28, 2007

Usually the Margaret Tietz Center holds its annual Holiday Party on a Friday evening in mid- December, making a Swiss event impossible during the final month of the year.  In 2007, however, our benevolent hosts held their party on a Thursday evening.  That allowed us to hold a 5-SS, 30/75, SD/60 tournment at the Club, from 11/30/2007- 12/28/2007 (inclusive).

When the smoke of the battles had cleared, Mitch Drobbin (1929) and Joe Felber (2000) had scored four out of five points, thus each taking home $90 for his efforts (first was $100, 2nd prize $80).  Mitch led the event 4-0 after four rounds, and as White, developed a slight edge in a Grunfeld (or Schlechter) Slav against Joe in Round 5.  Joe offered Mitch a draw on Move 16 (conceding first to the player with the “hot hand”), but Mitch decided to try for the “clean sweep.”  Eventually Joe won two Pawns and converted the advantage into a win in a Queen and Pawn ending (featuring a three -on- one Queenside Pawn majority).

Experts Bill Arluck (2001) and Brian Lawson (top-rated at 2029) split the Third Prize of $60, by winning their Round 5 encounters against Zoltan Sugar (1733) and Sundara Swaminathan, respectively.

Sundara (1804), Andrew Ryba (1937) and Nicholas Ryba (1835) ended up in a three-way tie ($17 each) for the $50 Class A prize. This was achieved with their final scores of three points out of five.

Also finishing the event with three points were Ken Cruz (1736) and Richard Ziet (1705).  These two enterprising players split the $50 Class B prize for their efforts.

The Queens Chess Club was also pleased to welcome newcomer Philip Mathew (1444) to his first event at the Tietz Center. Not discouraged by losses in his first two rounds, Philip still finished the event by scoring 2.5 points out of his remaining three rounds.  This “sprint at the finish” was rewarded, as Mr. Mathew emerged as the sole winner of the $50 Class C / Below prize.

Finally, note that the next QCC event will be the Winter Open, which commences on 01/04/2008, and concludes on 02/01/2008.

The 22- player Holiday Open was directed by Joe Felber and Ed Frumkin, for the Queens Chess Club.

(Report by President and Treasurer Joe Felber)



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