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2009 Club Championship Round 8

by on December 4, 2009



Queens Chess Club


2009 Championship Bulletin

Round 8

October to December, 2009


Welcome to the 2009 Queens Chess Club Championship !!


Our tournament will end on Friday December 4, 2009. Byes for Rounds 6, 7 and or 8 can no longer be requested.


The time control is game in 2 hours (120 minutes). If you are using an analog clock (the old fashioned clock), please set it for 4:00 for the time to run out at 6:00. If you are using a delay clock, set the delay for five minutes and the time to count down from 1 hour 55 minutes or 115 minutes, depending on which kind of clock you have. A delay clock is preferred. Please arrange yourselves so that the clock faces the center aisle, not the wall!!


We will try to post pairings by Tuesday on the club’s website,

We are using duplicate score sheets so that we can provide weekly bulletins on the website and in paper copy on the following Friday. Please submit a copy to Brian Lawson – in some cases we need both versions to figure out the moves, so each player should submit a copy, preferably simultaneously.


This tournament is also being FIDE-rated for the first time. If you do not yet have a FIDE rating, a good result against players who have them may get you started on getting a FIDE rating of your own. If you have played against FIDE-rated players before, you may have a FIDE ID# already, even if your results have not yet led to a published FIDE rating (a rating of 1900 or higher is required to be official, I think). FIDE ratings are published four times per year and this tournament will be included in the January 2010 ratings.


We apologize for the lack of a separate room for analysis. When your game is over, please mark your result on the pairing sheet, turn in your copies of the score sheet and do not analyze or talk while there are still games going on. You are permitted to quietly watch the other games. If you have a friend or relative still playing, please stand behind that player, not facing him or her.


Guaranteed prizes to the top three finishers are $500-$300-$200 to the top three, $150-$100 to the top 2 under 2000, $140-$95 to the top 2 under 1800 and $130-$85 to the top 2 under 1600, for a total of $1700. If, for example, a player with a rating in the 1700s scores more points than anyone in the 1800s or 1900s, that player would qualify for the higher U2000 prize. In 1999 one of our co-champions managed to do just that, sweeping the four games he did play.


Good luck and good chess !!


(103) Guevara,Robert (2084) – Drobbin,Mitchell (1961) [A01]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.d3 e6 5.g3 c6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.Nd2 e5 8.Ngf3 Bd6 9.h3 Qc7 10.Qe2 0–0–0 11.e4 Be6 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.0–0–0 b5 15.Kb1 d4 16.c3 Qb6 [¹16…dxc3] 17.cxd4 exd4 18.e5 Nxe5 19.f4 Ned7 20.Qxe6 c5 21.Ne4 Diagram


21…Bc7 22.Nxc5 Rhe8 [22…Qxc5 23.Qa6+ Kb8 24.Qb7#] 23.Qxb6 Bxb6 24.Nb7 Re2 25.Rc1+ Kb8 26.Nxd8 Rxg2 27.Nc6+ Kb7 28.Nxd4 Bxd4 29.Bxd4 Rxg3 30.Bxf6 gxf6 31.Rhg1 Rxh3 32.Rg7 Rxd3 33.Kc2 Rd6 34.Rd1 Rxd1 35.Kxd1 Kc6 36.Rh7 Kd6 37.Rxh6 a6 38.Rh7 Nc5 39.Kc2 Kd5 40.Rh5+ Kd6 41.Rf5 Nd7 42.Kc3 Ke6 43.Rh5 Nb6 44.Kd4 Nd7 45.b4 Kd6 46.Rd5+ Kc6 47.Rxd7 Kxd7 48.Kd5 Ke7 49.f5 Kd7 50.a3 1–0

(104) Drazil,Frank (1523) – Goldstein,Carrie (1400) [C02]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Ne7 4.Nf3 Nd7 5.Bg5 c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Qb6 8.b3 Nf5 9.Nc3 Bb4 10.Rc1 Qa5 11.Bd2 Nb6 12.a3 Diagram


12…Bxa3? [¹12…Bxc3 13.Rxc3²] 13.Nb5 [13.Na2! and White wins the Queen.] 13…Bb4 14.Nc7+ Ke7 15.Nxa8 Nxa8 16.Bd3 Nc7 17.Bxf5 Bxd2+ 18.Qxd2 Qxd2+ 19.Kxd2 Nb5 20.Bd3 Na3 21.Rc7+ Kd8 22.Rhc1 [¹22.Rxf7] 22…Nc4+ 23.R7xc4!? [23.bxc4! Kxc7 24.cxd5+ Kb8 25.d6+-] 23…dxc4 24.Rxc4 Ke7 25.Rc7+ Kd8 26.Rxf7 g6 27.Ng5 a5 28.Rg7 b6 29.Nf7+ 1–0

(105) Ilao,Rito (1736) – Murphy,Thomas (1680) [E90]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0–0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.Bd3 c5 8.d5 Nc7 9.Bf4 Nh5 10.Be3 a6 11.a4 a5 12.Qd2 Na6 13.0–0 Nb4 14.Be2 Bd7 15.Nh2 Nf6 16.f4 b6 17.e5 Ne8 18.Nf3 Qc7 19.Rac1 Rd8 20.b3 dxe5 21.fxe5 Bxe5 22.Nxe5 Qxe5 Diagram


23.Rce1?! [23.Bh6! Ng7 24.Rcd1²] 23…Nd6 24.Bf3 Qh8 25.Bf4 [25.Bg5! Nf5 26.Bxe7 Nxe7 27.Rxe7²] 25…Bf5 [25…Qd4+! 26.Qxd4 cxd4 27.Ne2 Nd3=] 26.Rxe7 Qd4+ 27.Kh1 [27.Qxd4! cxd4 28.Bxd6 Rxd6 29.Nb5 Rd7 30.Rxd7 Bxd7 31.Nxd4±] 27…Qxd2 28.Bxd2 Rde8 29.Rfe1 Rxe7 30.Rxe7 Re8 31.Rxe8+ Nxe8 32.Bf4 Kf8 33.Bb8 Bc2 34.Bd1 Bf5 [34…Bxd1! 35.Nxd1 Nd3 36.Ba7 Nc1 37.Bxb6 Nxb3 38.Kg1 Nd6 39.Nb2 Ke7=] 35.Ba7± Nd3 36.Kg1 Nb2 37.Bxb6 Nxd1 38.Bxc5+ Kg7 39.Nxd1 Bc2 40.d6 Nxd6 41.Bxd6?! [41.Ne3! Bxb3 42.Bxd6+-] 41…Bxd1 42.b4 axb4 43.Bxb4 Bxa4 44.Kf2 f5 45.h4 Kf6 46.Ke3 Ke5 47.g3 Bb3 48.Bc3+ Kd6 49.Kd4 Bc2 50.Bd2 Be4 51.Bf4+ Kc6 52.c5 h5 53.Bd6 Bd5 54.Ke5 Be4 55.Kf6 f4 56.gxf4 Bd3 ½–½

(106) Muwwakkil,Mulazim (1793) – Tan,Joseph (1801) [B22]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Nf3 0–0 8.Bc4 Nc6 9.0–0 a6 10.a4 [10.e5!] 10…Qa5

[10…Nxe4 11.Bxf7+ Rxf7 12.Nxe4 d5=] 11.d5 Ne5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Qb3 b5 14.Bd3 Bd7 Diagram


15.axb5?? [¹15.Bd2²] 15…Qxa1µ 16.b6 Qa5 17.Be3 Rab8 18.b7 Bb5 19.Nxb5 axb5 20.Rc1 Rxb7 21.Qd1 Ra8 22.Bc5 b4 23.Be3 Nh5 24.Qg4 Rc7 25.Bc4 b3 26.Qd1 Rac8 27.Qxb3 Nf4 28.Kf1 Rxc4 29.Rxc4 Qa1+ 0–1

(107) Denig,Paul (1688) – Simonaitis,Arunas (1931) [D05]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 d5 2.e3 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.b3 Nc6 5.Bb2 Nf6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Ne5 Qc7 8.f4 cxd4 9.exd4 Qb6 10.c3 0–0 11.Bd3 Bd7 12.Qe2 Ne7 13.0–0 Ng6 14.Rf3 Bc6 15.Raf1 Rae8 16.Kh1 Nd7 17.Rh3 Nf6 18.g4 Ne4 19.g5 Diagram


19…Nxd2 [19…Bxe5 20.fxe5] 20.Qh5 h6 21.gxh6 Nxf1 22.Bxg6 [22.Qxg6!! fxg6 23.h7+ Kh8 24.Nxg6#] 22…Bxe5 23.hxg7 Kxg7 24.Qh7+ Kf6 25.Qh4+ Kg7 26.fxe5 Ng3+ 27.hxg3 1–0

(108) Lawson,Brian (2022) – Swaminathan,Sundar (1776) [A29]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009


1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Be6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0–0 Be7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nb5 d3 10.Qxd3 Ncb4 11.Qd1 c5 12.e4 Nf6 13.Bf4 Qxd1 Diagram


14.Rfxd1 [¹14.Nc7+ Kf8 15.Raxd1 Rc8 16.Nxe6+ fxe6 17.Ng5²] 14…0–0 15.Nc7 Rad8 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Ng5 e5 18.Bxe5 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Ng4 20.Rd7 Re8 21.Bf4 h6 22.Ne6 g5 23.Bd6 Bxd6 24.Rxd6 b6 25.a3 Nc2 26.h3 Ne5 27.Nc7 h5?? 28.Nxe8 1–0

(110) Mitlitzky,Steven (1901) – Chaklader,Iqbal (1701) [C10]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0–0 b6 8.Qe2 Bb7 9.b3 0–0 10.Bb2 c5 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.Nxc5 Bxc5 13.Rfd1 Qe7 14.Ne5 Rfd8 15.c4 Rac8= 16.Rac1 Ba3 17.Bxa3 Qxa3 18.Bb1 Qc5 19.Qe3 Qxe3 20.fxe3 Ne4 21.Nd3 g6 22.Nf2 Nf6 23.Kf1 Kf8 24.h4 h5 25.Bc2 Ke7 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Rd1 Rxd1+ 28.Bxd1 e5 29.Bc2 Ke6 30.a3 e4 31.Ke2 Ke5 32.Nh3 Ng4 33.Ng5 Diagram


33…f6 [33…Nh6!³] 34.Nh3 [34.Nf7+! Ke6 35.Nd8+ Kd7 36.Nxb7+-] 34…Kf5 35.Nf4 Ne5 36.Nd5 [36.g3] 36…Bxd5 37.cxd5 Nd7 38.b4 Ke5 39.Bb3 f5 40.Kf2 [¹40.Kd2] 40…Nf6 41.d6 Kxd6 42.Kg3 Ng4 43.Kf4 Ke7 44.Bc4 Kf6 45.Ba6 Nf2 46.Bb5 Nd3+ 47.Kg3 Ne1 48.Kf2 Nc2 49.Be2 Nxa3 50.b5 g5 51.Bxh5 Nxb5 52.hxg5+ Kxg5 53.Be2 Nc3 0–1

(111) Phanstiel,Jonathan (1775) – Kleinman,Jay (1866) [D31]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 Nf6 8.b3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Nd5 10.Qd2 a5 11.bxc4 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 b4 13.Qb2 0–0 14.c5 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Nxa6 16.Ne5 Qd5 17.0–0 f6 18.Nf3 e5 19.e4 [¹19.Rad1] 19…Qxe4 20.Rfe1 Qd5 21.dxe5 Nxc5 22.Rad1 Qb3 23.Qd4 Ne6 24.Qg4 f5 25.Qh4 Rad8 26.Rd6 c5µ 27.Qe7 Diagram


27…Rfe8?? [27…Rde8!–+] 28.Rxd8+- Rxd8 29.Ng5 Rd1 30.Qf7+ 1–0

(112) Bonin,Jay (2388) – Ryba,Nicholas (2063) [D06]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Qb3 Nc6 9.Qxd5 Qxd5 10.Nxd5 Bxd4 11.Nxc7+ Ke7 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Nd5+ Ke6 14.Ne3 Rac8 15.f3 Nc2+ 16.Nxc2 Rxc2 17.e4 Bg6 18.Bd3 Rxg2 19.0–0–0 Rc8+ 20.Kb1 Rf2 21.Rdf1 Rd2 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Ke5 24.Rg1 Kf4 25.Rg3 h5 [25…Rd8 26.Bc4 Rd2µ] 26.b3 Rc3

27.Be2 h4 28.Rg4+ Ke3 29.Kb2 Rc7 30.Bd1 Rd7 31.Kc1 Rd2 32.Rxh4 Rxa2 33.Rh8 Diagram


33…Kf2= [33…Ra1+! 34.Kc2 f5µ] 34.h4= Ra1+ 35.Kd2 Ra2+ 36.Kc3 Ra1 37.Rd8 Rc1+ 38.Kb2 Rc7 39.Rd5 f6 40.b4 Bf7 41.Ra5 b6 42.Ra3 Kg3 43.Rd3 Kxh4 44.f4 Bh5 45.e5 Rc4 46.Bxh5 Kxh5 47.Re3 fxe5 48.fxe5 Rc8 49.Rd3 Re8 50.Rd5 Kg5 51.Kc3 Re7 52.Kd4 Kf4 53.b5 g5 54.e6 0–1

(113) Wan,Tong (1437) – Yang,Hyunseung (1675) [A51]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.e3 e4 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2 c6 6.Qc2 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 0–0 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.0–0–0 Bd7 12.Nf4 Rc8 13.Bb5 Nxd4 14.Rxd4 Bxb5 15.Qb3 Bc6 16.Kb1 Qd7 17.h3 Rfd8 18.Rhd1 a6 19.f3 g5 20.Ne2 exf3 21.gxf3 Qf5+ Diagram


22.Ka1?! [¹22.Qc2 Qxf3 23.Rg1 h6 24.Rf4 d4 25.Rxf3 Bxf3³] 22…Qxf3 23.Qc2 [23.Rg1 h6 24.Rf4 Qxe2 25.Bxf6³] 23…Qxe3 24.R4d3 Qe6 25.Rf3 d4 26.Nxd4 Rxd4 27.Bxd4 Bxf3 0–1

(114) Frumkin,Edward (2026) – Kopec,Danny (2345) [A25]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 f5 6.e3 Nf6 7.Nge2 d6 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 0–0 10.0–0 Be6 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.cxd5 Ne7 13.b4 axb4 14.axb4 Kh8 15.Qb3 g5 16.e4 f4 17.Bb2 [17.d4±] 17…Nfxd5! 18.exd5 f3 19.Nc3 fxg2 20.Kxg2 Qe8 21.Rbe1 Qf7 22.f3?! [22.Qc4] 22…c6 23.Ne4 Nxd5 24.Qc4 b5 Diagram


25.Qxc6? [25.Qc2] 25…Ra2? [25…Rac8! 26.Qxd6 Rc2+ 27.Kh1 Rxb2–+] 26.Rf2 Nxb4 27.Qxd6 Rxb2 28.Rxb2 Qxf3+ 29.Kg1 Nxd3 30.Rb3 Nxe1 31.Rxf3 Nxf3+ 32.Kg2 h6 33.Qb6 g4= 34.Qg6 [34.Qxb5] 34…Ne1+ 35.Kg1 Nf3+ 36.Kg2 Ne1+ 37.Kg1 b4 38.Qxg4 b3 39.Nd2 b2 40.Qb4 Rd8 41.Nf1 Nd3 42.Qb6 Rc8 43.Qb7 Rc4 44.Nd2 Nb4 45.Kf2 Rd4 46.Qc8+ Kh7 47.Qf5+ Kg8 48.Qe6+ Kf8 49.Qc8+ Kf7 50.Qf5+ Ke7 51.Nf3? [51.Nb1µ] 51…Nd3+–+ 52.Kg2 b1Q 53.Nxd4 exd4 54.Qe4+ Be5 55.Qh7+ Kd6 56.Qg6+ Kc5 0–1

(115) Sigamoney,Cyril (1776) – Felber,Joseph (2008) [A45]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 g6 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.e3 Bg7 5.c3 0–0 6.Bd3 f5 7.Ne2 d5 8.Nd2 Nd7 9.a4 c5 10.b4 b6 11.0–0 Qe7 12.b5 Nf6 13.Re1 Bd7 14.Nf1 Rfe8 15.c4 Rac8 16.Rc1 Red8 17.Qb3 Be6 18.Nd2 dxc4 19.Bxc4 Bxc4 20.Rxc4 Ng4 21.h3 Ne5

22.Rc2 Nd7 23.Rec1 Qe8 24.Nc4 Nf8 Diagram


25.dxc5 [25.d5² Rb8 (25…Rxd5 26.Nxb6) ] 25…Rxc5 26.Nf4 Ne6 27.g3 Nxf4 28.exf4 Rcd5 29.Ne3 Rd3 30.Qc4 R3d4 31.Qb3 Bf8 32.Rc4 Rd3 33.R4c3 Qe4 34.Rxd3 Rxd3 35.Qc4 Rd4 36.Qc6 Bc5 37.Qxe4 Rxe4 38.Rc4 Bxe3 39.Rc8+ Kg7 40.fxe3 Rxe3 41.Rc7 Rxg3+ 42.Kf2 Rxh3 43.Rxa7 Ra3 44.Ra6 h5 45.a5 bxa5 46.b6 Rb3 47.Rxa5 Rxb6 48.Ra7 Rb4 49.Kf3 h4 50.Ra2 Rb3+ 51.Kg2 Rg3+ 52.Kh2 Rf3 53.Ra4 Kh6 54.Ra7 Rxf4 55.Rxf7 Kg5 56.Rh7 Kg4 57.Rg7 g5 58.Rg8 Rf3 59.Rg7 f4 60.Rg8 Rh3+ 61.Kg2 f3+ 62.Kg1 Rg3+ 63.Kh1 f2 64.Kh2 Rf3 65.Rg7 Rf5 66.Rg8 Kf4 67.Re8 g4 68.Kg2 g3 Time. 0–1

(116) Cimafranca,Edgar (1919) – Arluck,William (2010) [B40]

Queens Chess Club Championship Queens Chess Club (8), 04.12.2009

1.e4 e6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Nge7 5.d4 Nxd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qd1 Bb4 9.Bd2 0–0 10.a3 Bc5 11.Be2 f5 12.0–0 f4 13.Kh1 Ne5 14.b4 Bd4 15.Be1 Bb6 16.c5 Bc7 17.Nb5 f3 18.gxf3 Ng6 19.Nxc7 Qxc7 20.Qd6 Qd8 21.Rg1 b6 22.Rd1 bxc5 23.bxc5 Qf6 24.Bd2 Rf7 25.Be3 Bb7 26.Rb1 Bc6 27.Bd4 Qh4 28.Rg4 Qh5 29.Rbg1 Raf8 30.Rg5 Qh6 31.R1g4 Rxf3 32.Bxf3 Rxf3 33.Be3 Qh3± Diagram


34.Qd3?? [34.Qd4] 34…Rxf2 35.Rg2 Qf3 [35…Rxg2 36.Rxg2 Nf4–+] 36.Kg1 Rxg2+ 37.Rxg2 Bxe4 0–1

Three Way Tie at 2009 Queens Chess Club Championship — report by Ed Frumkin

Our annual championship returned in 2009 after a year’s hiatus, caused by the last minute loss of our playing site in 2008. After about five weeks we returned at a new location (All Saints Lutheran Church) on October 24, 2008 (about six blocks north of our former location). Our 2007 champion Alex Lenderman has gone on to bigger and better things (the GM title), so this year’s event started with otherwise perennial champ IM Jay Bonin (2378) and seven experts, ranging from 50+ Ed Frumkin (2026), Brian Lawson (2022), Bill Arluck (2010) and Joe Felber (2008) and younger, still improving players Robert Guevara (2084) and those dangerous kids, Andrew (2071) and Nicholas Ryba (2056) at the top of the wall chart. For the first time the championship was being rated by FIDE as well as the USCF, so we hoped many players would get a start on international ratings, with eight rounds and eventually 16 players who already had such ratings. We had 32 players paired in Round 1 on October 9 and the surprises started early. Two players were rated 1776, so naturally that’s where the cut line fell, with Sundar Swaminathan drawing Black against Bonin and Cyril Sigamoney with Black against Laura Fraticelli (272) on Board 16 (the higher quick rating made quite a pairing difference). Missing the cut didn’t seem to bother Sundar, as Bonin blundered a pawn and offered a draw, which Sundar snapped up. Frumkin and Lawson were upended by Iqbal Chaklader (1701) and Paul Denig (1688), respectively, the latter slated to be the house player but eventually coming up with the entry fee after another house player was recruited. Joe Felber was paired with Hyunseung Yang (1675), who had forgotten which week the tournament was starting and no-showed. The biggest upset was Robert D’Elia (1049) over Haylin Suan Lim (1800), putting Robert in the early lead for the contest for prizes to be awarded prior to the 2010 championship. Andrew Ryba, Jay Kleinman (1866) and Marcus Francis (1292) started in Round 2 with Round 1 byes, with Kleinman defeating Bonin in a shocker. Fortunately for Bonin, with 8 rounds he’d still have time to come back. There were three draws (Joseph Tan (1801)-Nicholas Ryba, Sigamoney-Louis Lima (1950), and Tong Wan (1467)-Lim). Edgar Cimafranca (1919), Zoltan Sugar (1760) and Charlie Piccirillo joined in Round 3 with two byes, with Zoltan becoming a second victim of D’Elia. After three rounds there were only two perfect scores, Felber and Bill Arluck, Felber beating Guevara and Arluck beating Mitch Drobbin (1961). There were no draws at all in Round 3 and only 12 in the entire tournament, with no player involved in more than two. At 2½-½ were Andrew Ryba after beating Kleinman, Arunas Simonaitis after a Round 3 bye, Tan after beating Lima, and Sigamoney after upsetting Nicholas Ryba. One other upset was Yang over Steve Mitlitzky (1901). IM Danny Kopec entered the tournament in Round 4 with three byes, hoping to run the table as Pieter Bierkens had in 1999 (the 1999 event was only seven rounds, and Pieter managed to be part of a three way tie at 5½-1½). Felber and Arluck drew and Andrew Ryba beat Tan, creating a three way tie for the lead at 3½-½ while Sigamoney and Simonaitis drew. Frumkin had won three in a row to get back into contention at 3-1, joining Guevara (win over Cimafranca), Drobbin (win over Yang), Simonaitis, Muwwakkil (win over Lawson) and Sigamoney. Kopec’s debut was a win from Lima, while Bonin defeated two-upset D’Elia. In Round 5 Andrew beat Felber and Arluck beat Guevara, the highest-rated 3-1. Frumkin beat Simonaitis, Drobbin beat Muwwakkil from a bad position and Sigamoney lost to Bonin. For Round 6 on November 20 after a week’s hiatus caused by a church event, we had joint leaders of Andrew Ryba and Bill Arluck at 4½-½, but since Andrew had his second bye scheduled for a school activity, Bill played Frumkin, the highest-ranked 4-1, instead. Frumkin won to join Andrew at 5-1, while Bonin reached 4½-1½ by beating Felber. Kopec and Nicholas Ryba drew to reach 4-2, joining Drobbin (zero pint bye), Cimafranca, Muwwakkil (win from Guevara) and Sigamoney (win from Lawson) at that score. Simonaitis and Mitlitzky had a crazy Rook and pawn ending that ended in a draw and a huge amount of dueling analyses, possibly to show up in the next quarterly newsletter. Bonin, Felber and Tan took byes for November 27, with Sigamoney and Swaminathan deciding to play in Philadelphia too late to get Round 7 byes. Frumkin and Andrew drew quickly while Bill Arluck waited for Kopec, who forgot to check the schedule and was in New England with his family. Charlie Piccirillo also forgot about the round on Thanksgiving Friday (is this a teacher thing?). Bill decided to play Danny anyway the following Wednesday, but his wonderful sportsmanship was unfortunately rewarded with a crushing defeat as White in only 18 moves. Nicholas beat Muwwakkil and Cimafranca beat Drobbin. Now we had Andrew and Frumkin at 5½-1½ and Bonin, Kopec, Nicholas and Cimafranca at 5-2, with Arluck, Kleinman and Jon Phanstiel at 4½-2½. Simonaitis dropped a pawn in the opening with Kleinman and then decided to sacrifice an additional Bishop. Jay took a while to get unraveled, but the extra piece finally won. An extra piece didn’t work out as well for Steve Mitlitzky, who flagged in a winning position against Phanstiel (the reason delay clocks were invented?). The last round pairings were Frumkin-Kopec, Bonin-N Ryba (Danny and Nicholas had already played in Round 6 – did you remember?), Cimafranca-Arluck and Phanstiel-Kleinman on the top four boards. It was surprising to see Bonin totally outplayed the night after beating GM Rohde at G/30, but that’s what happened (Nicholas, Danny and I knew Jay was busted when we heard him offer a draw). Frumkin had his chances against Kopec, but didn’t use them well enough. Kopec and both Rybas finished tied for the title of club champion at 6-2. Bill Arluck stopped Cimafranca (a former co-champion who was in the 1999 tie with Bierkens) from joining the party with excellent endgame play. The three co-champions split $1000 (rounded to $335 each). Phanstiel hit Kleinman with a nice deflecting Knight move to join Frumkin and Arluck at 5½-2½. Ed and Bill had nothing to show for being in and out of the lead but memories, but Jon, by outscoring all the class A players, took the $150 U2000, leaving Cimafranca and Joe Tan to split the second U2000 prize of $100. This enabled Iqbal Chaklader and Paul Denig to split the U1800 prizes of $140 and $95 ($120 each) with 4½-3½ after they upset Mitlitzky and Simonaitis, respectively. The U1600 prizes of $130 and $85 went to Frank Drazil and Marcus Francis with scores of 4-4 and 3½-4½, as they defeated Carrie Goldstein and Robert D’Elia, respectively, in Round 8. We ended up with 40 entrants and two house players, Paul Radak (1134) and Kenny Cruz (1717), the latter playing his first tournament game since a July surgery. Robert D’Elia now leads the upset contestants with 751 points (over Lim) for top single and 1462 (711 from Sugar) total, within about 300 points of the winning sum from the entire 2008-2009 season in one event (of course, his rating will increase substantially on the February list). Muwwakkil (Lawson and Guevara), Sigamoney (Nicholas Ryba and Lawson), Chaklader (Frumkin and Mitlitzky) and Denig (Lawson and Simonaitis) had two upsets each, all of the 200-350 point variety. Nicholas Ryba, Kleinman and Swaminathan each had one (all from Bonin), as did Yang (from Mitlitzky), Drazil (from Lim) and Ruth Arluck (986) in Round 8 from Philip Mathew (1305). Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed and thank all who participated in this cliffhanger of a tournament. Amazingly there were five players with five wins (nobody had more) and three (Guevara, Frumkin and Bill Arluck) won nothing (Nicholas Ryba and Jon Phanstiel did win)!! Cyril Sigamoney, Iqbal Chaklader and Paul Denig appear to have achieved FIDE-rateable performances. What should we conclude from the divergent winning paths of our co-champions? Kopec took his three byes at the start, Andrew Ryba took his in Rounds 1, 6 and 8 due to school activities and Nicholas played every round, but gave up a Round 2 draw and a loss in Round 3. Joe Felber, Bill Arluck and I could certainly conclude that we peaked too early…


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