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Same Old Same Old: Bonin Wins Queens January Open

by on January 30, 2009

This will sound familiar: IM Jay Bonin (2389), outranking the rest of the field by over 300 points, finished clear first. It wasn’t quite as easy as that sounded. Jay was held to a third round draw by sixteen year old Andrew Ryba (1998), leaving him in a six way tie for the lead at that point with Andrew, fourteen year old Nicholas Ryba (2032) and Joe Felber (2023), who drew with each other in Round 3, Bill Arluck (1998), who had a Round 3 bye and Dennis Moore (1937), who knocked off Ed Frumkin (2025) for the second consecutive Queens event, evening their personal score at 2-2. Jay was in big trouble in the first two rounds, somehow escaping with the full point against both Paul Denig (1650) and Edgar Cimafranca (1942), who was playing in his first event in more than four years. With 32 paid entries the guaranteed prizes of $200 and $100 were raised to $250 and $150, with category prizes of $90 U1900, $85 U1700, $80 U1500 and $75 U1200, the first time in memory that we gave a prize in such a low rating group. Jay beat Bill Arluck and Nicholas Ryba in the last two rounds to take clear first with 4½. In Round 5 Felber beat Cimafranca and Andrew Ryba beat Arunas Simonaitis (1953) to end up with 4-1 scores to split second prize. The upsets were numerous but few qualified under our stringent regulations (paired up 200 or more for a win or 400 or more for a draw). Denig knocked off Sundar Swaminathan (1838) in Round 4 and had the better of a draw against Frumkin in Round 5, but then had to keep an eye out for Guy Rawlins (1512), half a point behind him, but with winning chances against Louis Lima (1833), but Louis held. Denig ended up with 3½; since the 1700s and 1800s had no better than 3, Paul took the U1900 prize and Rawlins’ 3-2 took the U1700 prize. Henry Milerski (1400), Carrie Goldstein (1400), Philip Mathew (1331) and Marcus Francis (1230) split the U1500 prize four ways with their 2-3 scores, while Santa Calderon (1125) took the U1200 prize with the same score, aided by her Round 4 upset of Milerski. Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed for the Queens Chess Club.


(Ed Frumkin)


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