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Bulletin 2008-01

by on January 31, 2008

Queens Chess


January, 2008 _______________________________________


by Ed Frumkin
IM Alex Lenderman of Brooklyn joined the Club on October 5 and dominated the 2007 championship of the Queens Chess Club through the November 16 finish in our strongest such event. Lenderman (2455), perpetual club champ IM Jay Bonin (2427) and FM Farai Mandizha of Zimbabwe (2405) topped the crosstable, followed by eleven experts, including former club champions or co-champions Peter Bierkens (2199), Ricardo Perez Billinghurst (2142), Brian Lawson (2034), Edward Frumkin (2002) and Joseph Felber (2000). By tourney’s end the field totaled 46, including permanent house player Paul Drazil. Regularly moving additional tables in from the skittles room is something we’re happy to do (our normal setup allows 16 boards)!

Round 1 was routine except for Paul Denig (1636)’s smooth victory over Lawson. Round 2 added Mandizha, Dick Murphy (2002), Tony Lorenzo (1903), Jon Phanstiel (1777), Mulazim (Doc) Muwwakkil (1753) and Ruth Arluck (1022) to the rolls and additional upsets by Sundara Swaminathan (1805) over Larry Tamarkin (2109), Nicholas Ryba (1797) over Bill Arluck (2035) and Muwwakkil over Dick Murphy, a game in which a miss-set clock played a major role. Jay Kleinman (1911) appeared to have an edge on Perez Billinghurst, who won with a counterattack. Julia Kerr (2015) and Zoltan Sugar (1733) joined in Round 3 with two byes. Round 3 ended with only three perfect scores: Lenderman with a lucky win from Rob Guevara (2061), Bonin after beating Steadroy Lloyd (2056) and Perez Billinghurst after a wild attacking game against Frumkin. Mandizha derailed Nicholas Ryba with the Hedgehog. Round 4 saw the much-awaited Lenderman-Bonin matchup, which went to Alex after a nice line-opening pawn sacrifice. Mandizha won a complex struggle against Perez Billinghurst. Felber toppled Bierkens and the C and under part of the tournament had two big surprises: Ruth Arluck over Henry Milerski (1400) and Paul Drazil drawing with Marcus Francis (1095). Wins paired up 200 points or more and draws paired up 400 or more are counted in a year-long contest for single biggest upset and cumulative upsets from October to September. Brian Blake won on time against Julia Kerr just as he was about to sacrifice a Rook for a mate. Lenderman got White again in Round 5 and beat Mandizha to lead the field by a full point. Bonin beat Muwwakkil, who had won three in a row after his first round bye (Bill Arluck and Swaminathan after Murphy). Frumkin won with Black against Guevara and Felber lost narrowly to Perez Billinghurst. Ken Cruz (1736) was the third to notch an upset over Bill Arluck and Francis beat Milerski. Round 6 was comparatively normal with no qualifying upsets. Lenderman protected his lead with a short draw with Perez Billinghurst, Bonin bumped off Frumkin in a strange Hedgehog offshoot and Lorenzo toppled Kerr with the Levenfish Attack against her Dragon. Going into the seventh and final round the leading scores were Lenderman with 5Â1⁄2, Bonin with 5, Mandizha, Perez Billinghurst and Lawson with 4Â1⁄2 and five experts plus Tony Lorenzo with 4. 5 B players had 3-1/2 and 3 C players had 2-1/2 to lead

their class groupings. Lawson sacked the house against Lenderman to no effect. Bonin held a draw with Black against Mandizha. Perez Billinghurst won with Black against Tamarkin. Felber missed a win against Guevara and only drew, while Frumkin was matched up against Lloyd’s empty chair (can’t get to a phone?). Lenderman took the first prize of $500 with 6-1/2-1/2, Bonin and Perez Billinghurst (2006 co- champions) split second and third to take $250 each at 51/2-11/2. Frumkin got the $190 expert prize as a gift. Tony Lorenzo was top A for $110 with 4-1/2-2-1/2 after drawing with Andrew Ryba. The same score got $145 each for Jon Phanstiel and Ken Cruz after wins from Nicholas Ryba and Sundara Swaminathan (with 16 players, class B has two prizes of $180 and $110). Although the C and under coleaders Frank Drazil (1581), Michael Phillip (1560) and Brad Rice (1527) lost to B players Lamont Nelson, Jehron Bryant and Richard Ziet, they split the $150 prize with Nigel Bryant (1587), who caught them by drawing with Andy Bauer (1711). Paul Drazil notched his second upset, a win from Carrie Goldstein (1400) and he now leads for both single upset (776) and cumulative (1011.5). Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed with assistance from Jay Kleinman. Larry Tamarkin collected the scoresheets and prepared weekly bulletins. _____________________________________________________________________________________


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 31⁄2 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 41⁄2–41⁄2 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, _____________________________________________________________________________________


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 tournament 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.

Annual Club Meeting Held; Officers Elected

by Jay Kleinman
Club officers were elected for 2008 at the annual club meeting held just prior to the start of the club championship. Joe Felber and Jay Kleinman were both returned to their respective positions of president/treasurer and secretary. The big change this year was that veteran officer Ed Frumkin stepped down from the vice-presidency and was replaced by Brian Lawson, who will also continue to serve as webmaster. Frumkin “retired” from governing in anticipation of a move which would have greatly increased his travel time to the Club. Since the meeting, however, that move has been scrubbed and Ed will therefore continue to be a regular presence here as our chief T.D. Also at the meeting, our 2006 co- champ Jay Bonin lectured on his games and, as usual, both educated and entertained the crowd. _____________________________________________________________________________________


Yang Dai (1935)-Frumkin (2022) Atlantic Open Rd 2 U2200 section 8/25/07, annotations by Ed Frumkin: 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3 Nc3 g6 4 Be3 c6 5 Qd2 b5 6 Bd3 Nbd7 7 f3 Bb7 8 Nh3 e5 9 Ne2 a6 10 c3 d5
11 dxe5?! dxe4 12 Bxe4 Nxe4 13 fxe4 Nxe5 14 Bd4 Bg7 15 0-0-0 0-0 16 Qf4 Qe7 17 Ng3 c5 18 Be3 b4 19 cxb4 cxb4 20 Kb1 Rac8 21 Bd4 a5 22 Ng5 a4 23 h4 b3 24 a3 Rc2 25 h5 Nc4! (letting the dogs out, so to speak and threatening …Qxa3!!) 26 hxg6 fxg6 27 Qxf8+ Qxf8 28 Bxg7 Qxa3 (Mike Atkins’ computer actually thought I could actually play Kxg7 and allow the N fork) 29 Rd8+ Kxg7 30 Rxh7+ Kf6 31 Rf7+ Kxg5 32 bxa3 (0-1 was better) Nxa3+ 33 Ka1 Ra2#

Lawson,Brian − Blake,Brian [A26]
QCC 2007 Futurity (8), 24.08.2007
[Annotations by Brian Lawson]
This is a back and forth battle where both sides miss winning chances. 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 f5 6.d3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Rb1 d6 9.Bg5 [The goal is to un−coordinate Black’s pieces. 9.b4

immediately is probably much better] 9…h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nd2 [Now 11.b4?? costs White a piece after 11…e4 so White loses some before he can play his pawn to b4] 11…Bd7 [This seemed a little passive to me. I expected 11…Be6.] 12.b4 [Finally!] Rb8 13.b5 Nd4 14.e3 Ne6 15.Qc2 c6 16.Rb4 Qc7 17.Rfb1 Nc5 18. Na4 cxb5 19.cxb5 b6 20.d4?! [This loosens White’s center. Better is 20.Nc3 Ne6 21.Rc4 Qd8 22.Nd5] 20…exd4 21.exd4 Ne6 22.Rc4 [Here I thought that I was winning but Fritz, as usual, feels less enthusiastic about White’s position.] Qd8 23.Bd5 Kh8 24.Nf3 Rc8 25.Bc6 [I didn’t want to allow the rook trade. I figured that I could still make use of the open file. With the c−file firmly in my grasp, I thought that I would find a quick win.]

Qe8 26.Re1 Qf7 27.Nb2 Qg7 28.Rd1 Rfe8 29.Qa4 Rc7 30.Nd3 Ng5 31.Nxg5 hxg5 32.Nb4 Be6 33.Re1 Ree7 34.Nd5?? Bxd5? [Blake lets me off the hook. 34…Rxc6 is winning. I had seen the possibility of this intermediate move but misjudged the position. Black’s bishops will take control of the board. The move 34.Nd5 felt wrong when I made it but I couldn’t see why. I did a half−move later…] 35.Rxe7 Qxe7 36.Bxd5 Qe1+ 37.Kg2 Re7 [Better is 37…Bxd4 38.Rxd4 Rc1 39.Kh3 g4+ 40.Rxg4 fxg4+ 41.Qxg4 Qf1+ 42.Kh4 Qxf2 43.Qxg6 Qd4+ 44.Kh3 Qxd5 45.Qh6+ Kg8 46.Qxc1 Qxb5=] 38.Rc2 Rd7 39.Rc8+ Kg7 40.Qc4 Qe7 [Now White is better again as Black’s pieces are log jammed on the seventh rank and White controls the c−file.] 41.Be6 Rb7 42.Bd5?? [Now 42.g4! is the winner after 42…f4 43.Bd5 Rd7 44.Rg8+ Kh7 45.Qd3+−] 42…Rd7 43.Be6 [Having totally missed the g4 idea, I couldn’t find anything better than the perp. I also felt a little lucky to escape at move 34. A draw was a fair conclusion to this game so maybe there is such a thing as “Chess Justice”!] 1⁄2-1⁄2

Cruz,Ken (1700) − Felber,Joe (2017) [B15]
QCC August Open (5), 31.08.2007
[Annotations by Joe Felber]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 IM Jeremy Silman, in his book THE DYNAMIC CARO KANN, calls this the “Original Caro.” It has been played a few times by GM Alexander Chernin and, although I agree that it is a bit drawish, I have scored a few surprising wins with it. Perhaps White gets lulled into a false sense of security when playing against it? Note that ALL King and Pawn endings are easy wins for White, so Black MUST avoid too many exchanges in this variation! 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Bc4 I don’t see this move in ECO, but it looks natural to me. 7…0-0 8.0-0 Bg4 8.. Bf5 seems to be a reasonable alternative. 9.h3 Bh5 10.c3 Nd7 11.Bb3 Re8 The ECO lines invariably show this Rook going to e8, and the Nd7 often redeploys to f8. 12.Qd3?! Of course there’s no reason to simply lose a tempo like this (it’s surely not helpful to White’s cause). 12…Bg6 13.Qd1 I like to call moves like this “de−developing” ones! 13…Nf8 At this point, I was looking at ..Ne6 and ..Nf4 (often a useful Knight square for Black in the Caro− Kann). 14.Bc2 Bc7 15.Bxg6 Nxg6 16.Re1 Qd6 Writing of a similar move in THE CHESS STRUGGLE IN PRACTICE − ZURICH 1953, GM David Bronstein notes that such a battery is not with the expectation that the opponent will overlook a mate threat later on. The essential idea is to provoke a weakening of the enemy King position at some later point in the game. 17.Be3 Re7 My plan was to play 18.. Rae8 and then either .. Nf4 or perhaps .. f5−f4 (which is sometimes useful to Black in this line). Note that Black’s battery on h2−b8 diagonal might give Black the tactical chance for .. Nh4 later on (but only if Be3 moves first). 18.g3 Ken is apparently annoyed by that “battery,” but Black has provoked the weakness which he was seeking to create. I thought the position was fairly equal after 18 Qd2. 18…Rae8 19.Qb3? Again, things look even (or else a small edge to White) after 19 Qd2. 19…Rxe3! Watch those pawn moves around your King position. This only works because of 18 g3. 20.Rxe3 Rxe3 21.Kg2 Disaster befalls White around the g3 and f3 squares, if the Re3 is captured. 21…Re2 22.Rg1? In the event of 22 Kf1, I was considering 22.. Rxf2+ −− although I did not see a forced mate. A superficial glance would indicate things “look OK” for White, but… 22…Qxg3+! 0-1




SECRETARY Jay Kleinman _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Queens Chess Bulletin is edited and published by Jay Kleinman. All submissions welcome. The print version disappeared for a while because the editor’s computer and printer stopped talking to each other and because the amount of my free time and my toddler’s age are negatively correlated. Fear not, a new computer has been purchased and we’re back. I don’t know what to do about the toddler. _____________________________________________________________________________ Check out the club’s website at for extensive archived articles and tournament reports.

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