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Bulletin 2010 #1

by on March 1, 2010


Queens Chess Club Bulletin


  • 2009 Queens Chess Club Championship
  • Andy Bauer’s passing
  • Queens Chess Club at the USATE
  • Queens Speedy Open
  • December Game/45 Swiss

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Three Way Tie at 2009 Queens Chess Club Championship

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 one bye, 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 21⁄2-1⁄2 were Andrew Ryba after beating Kleinman, Arunas Simonaitis after a Round 3 bye, Tan after beating Lima, and Sigamoney after beating 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 51⁄2-11⁄2). Felber and Arluck drew and Andrew Ryba beat Tan, creating a three way tie for the lead at 31⁄2-1⁄2 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 41⁄2-1⁄2, 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 41⁄2-11⁄2 by beating Felber. Kopec and Nicholas Ryba drew to reach 4-2, joining Drobbin, 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 analysis, possibly to show up in the next quarterly newsletter.

Bonin, Felber and Tan took byes for November 27, with Sigamoney and Swaminathan deciding too late to get Round 7 byes to play in Philadelphia. 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 51⁄2-11⁄2 and Bonin, Kopec, Nicholas and Cimafranca at 5-2, with Arluck, Kleinman and Jon Phanstiel at 41⁄2-21⁄2. 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 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, Cimafranca-Arluck and Phanstiel- Kleinman on the top four boards. It was surpising to see Bonin totally outplayed the night after beating GM Rohde at G/30, but that’s what happened. Frumkin had his chances against Kopec, but didn’t use them well enough.. Kopec and both Rybas were now tied 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.

In the end, the championship ended in a three-way tie for first place at 6-2 with IM Dr. Danny Kopec,




Andrew Ryba and Nicholas Ryba splitting $1000 (rounded to $335 each).

Phanstiel hit Kleinman with a nice deflecting Knight move to join Frumkin and Arluck at 51⁄2-21⁄2. Ed and Bill had nothing to show for being in and out of the lead but memories, but Jon, by outscoring al the A players, took the $150 U2000, leaving Cimafranca and Joe Tan to divide the second U200 prize of $100. This enabled Iqbal Chaklader and Paul Denig to split the U1800 prizes of $140 and $95 ($120 each) with 41⁄2-31⁄2 after they beat Mitlitzky and Simonaitis, respectively.

The U1600 prizes of $130 and $85 went to Frank Drazil and Marcus Francis with scores of 4-4 and 31⁄2-41⁄2, as they defeated Carrie Goldstein and Robert D’Elia 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 leads the upset contests with 751 points (over Lim) and 1462 total. 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 four players with five wins (nobody had more) and three (Guevara, Frumkin and Bill Arluck) won nothing!! Cyril Sigamoney, Iqbal Chaklader and Paul Denig

appear to have achieved performances.

(Reported by TD Ed Frumkin)


IM Dr. Danny Kopec, Nicholas Ryba



Andrew Ryba

Photo by Brian Lawson

Photo by Brian Lawson


Nicholas Ryba Wins 74th Queens Speedy Open

The 74th version of our quick event (4-SS, G/15) was held on September 4, 2009. It brought out several players who seem to major in fast chess: Brian Karen, Larry Tamarkin and Rob Guevara, none of whom had shown up at the Queens Chess Club in nearly a year. Brian was top-ranked, followed by Larry, Nicholas Ryba, Bill Arluck, Andrew Ryba and Guevara. The first round had three upsets among the seven games: Karen (2046) falling to Cyril Sigamoney (1692-all the ratings shown are quick ratings) and Arluck (1951) and Andrew Ryba (1942) being held to draws by

Zoltan Sugar (1554) and Frank Drazil (1552), respectively. Larry Tamarkin had the toughest matchup against Steve

Mitlitzky (1654 quick, 1901 regular). Sundar Swaminathan (1603) came in with a bye and Round 2 saw Nicholas Ryba top Rob Guevara and Larry beat

Hyunseung Yang (1719) to create the only two perfect scores. Nicholas

beat Larry in Round 3, only to meet his older brother Andrew in the last round, since Andrew beat Bill Arluck to be the only 21⁄2. The brothers drew in the last round to give Nicholas the $90 top prize, while Andrew, Brian and Larry divided the $60 second prize three ways with 3-1 scores. The $40 U1800 prize was split three ways among Yang, Sigamoney and Swaminathan with scores of 2-2. The same score gave Sugar the $20 U1600 prize. Ruth Arluck directed for the Queens Chess Club.

(Reported by Ed Frumkin)

It is with great sorrow that we bid farewell to our old friend and fellow chess player, Andy Bauer, who passed away last August 13, 2009. We will miss him.

Andy was a long time resident and of Glendale Queens and a regular participant in tournaments at our club.

Here is a game where Andy teaches your editor a lesson:
(713) Bauer,Andrew – Lawson,Brian [B22] Queen’s Chess Club Futurity Jamaica, NY (7), 09.04.1997

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Na3 Bg4 6.Be2 e5 7.d3 Nf6 8.0–0 Be7 9.Nc4 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 e4 11.Be2 Rd8 12.Ne3 Qe6 13.Qc2 0–0 14.dxe4 Nxe4 15.Bc4 Qg6 16.Qe2 Ne5 17.Nd5 Bh4 18.Bb3 c4 19.Nf4 Qc6 20.Bc2 Nd3 21.Nxd3 cxd3 22.Bxd3 Nxf2 23.Bc2 Rd5 24.Rxf2 Re8 25.Be3 Rde5 26.Rf3 Diagram

26…Qe6?? [26…Rxe3 27.Rxe3 Qc5 would win back the exchange and keep the balance.] 27.Qd3 Qg4 28.Raf1 Qh5 29.g3 Bf6 30.Bd4 Re2 31.R3f2 Bxd4 32.cxd4 R8e3 33.Rxe2 Rxe2 34.Rf2 Re1+ 35.Kg2 Qd5+ 36.Qf3 Qxa2 37.Qxb7 [37.Bb3!] 37…Qe6 38.Bb3 Qe7 39.Bxf7+ 1–0

(Reported by Brian Lawson)


Photo by Brian Lawson



With a perfect 4-0 score, Sundar Swaminathan (1779) swept the Game / 45 Swiss, which was held at the Queens Chess Club on
12/11/2009 and 12/18/2009. Included in his score were victories over Experts Brian Lawson (2022) and Joe Felber (2019). It was my impression that he both played strong moves and managed his clock well and, as a result, he took home the $80 first prize for his efforts.

The $50 second place prize was split between Lawson and newcomer Adrian Relingado (UNR), who each completed the event with 3-1 scores.

The class prizes of U1800 and U1500 were won by Frank Drazil (1528) and Philip Mathew (1319), each of whom finished with 2-2 scores. Frank and Philip will each receive their $35 prizes in the near future, as they left the Club on 12/18 before play had been completed.

Some readers may wonder why Adrian could
not have won one of the $35 class prizes — as he was still Unrated when the
tournament commenced. The answer is that unrated players are not eligible for class prizes in any tournament, with only a few very specific exceptions. The 5th Edition of the USCF Rule Book (effective since 01/01/2004) states the following — under Rule 28D, p. 112 — “Players without official USCF ratings are eligible only for place (or top non-class) prizes … unless alternate procedures are used to assign ratings …. .” Then the Rule Book simply gives a few examples of how FIDE or foreign ratings can sometimes
be used as a means of assigning ratings to Unrated players. There is also some additional discussion on the subject, for those who might be interested

In any event, Adrian played well throughout the 12- player event, and we hope to see more of him at the Queens Chess Club.

The December Game/45 tournament was directed by Queens CC Vice President and Treasurer Joe Felber, with assistance from Paul Denig.

(Reported by Chief TD Joe Felber)

Sundar Swaminathan

Articles, contributions and interesting games are welcome. Please submit such items to Brian Lawson for potential use in future bulletins.



Photo by Brian Lawson


Editor’s Notes

When elected as club secretary last September, I promised my fellow

officers to revive the Quarterly Club Bulletins. Well, it is a little later

than hoped but here is the first edition for 2010. Unexpected business trips and having a nasty sinus infection pretty much derailed the effort for February. Here it is March already and you won’t be reading this until April! Hopefully the next issue will not take as long. June is the target for the next bulletin but no promises!

A lot of time was spent trying to setup a layout in a publishing tool and I am not yet totally happy yet with the result. After spending years working with Microsoft Publisher for producing Playbills

and booklets, a switch was made to using Pages on a Mac. While the transition will be worthwhile, it is not seamless as I knew MS Publisher and it’s idiosyncrasies pretty well. A whole new set of idiosyncrasies now needs to be learned . . .

Over time the format will, hopefully, become a little more refined. The decision was made that perfection is the enemy of the good, or at least the good enough. Please hang with me and be patient as improvements are made.

Apologies for the lateness of some of the “news”. Most of the contents of this issue were reported on the website a long time ago. Just view this issue as sort of a “catch up” edition. In the future, the news will be more timely.

Queens Chess Club at the US Amateur Team Championship

For the second year in a row, one of our teams, the Kings of Queens, won the top Senior Prize at the US Amateur Team Championship.

This year’s version of the Kings of Queens seeded IM Dr. Danny Kopec on Board 1 and Experts Ed Frumkin, Brian Lawson and Joe Felber on Boards 2 through 4, respectively.

After a tough Round 1 where Frumkin and Lawson were upset quickly, Kopec and Felber hung on to win, thus drawing the match. This turned out to be a key match as the team went on to win Rounds 2, 3 and 4. Round 5 was lost “behind the ropes” to the 2199 rated “Cambridge

Springers” who went on to win the overall tournament. The Kings then won Round 6 handily and became the US Eastern Senior Champs on tiebreak.
(Reported by Brian Lawson)



Joseph Felber, Brian Lawson,
Ed Frumkin, IM Dr. Danny Kopec

Photo by Bill Arluck

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