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Heavyweight Tilt Ends in a Split Decision at August Open

by on August 27, 2010

The Queens August Open (August 6-27) drew 19 players.

In the absence of Jay Bonin and the Ryba brothers, James Black Jr. (2102) was top seed, and was promptly upended by Jonathan Phanstiel (1779) in the only upset.

Edgar Cimafranca (1935) returned after a six month hiatus, as did Al Casanova (1776) in Round 2.  Ed Frumkin (2035) fell asleep on Friday the 13th, overlooking Cimafranca’s Queen sacrifice, while Bill Arluck (2073) fell to Louis Lima (1919).  Joe Felber (2014) and Arunas Simonaitis (1977) defeated Sundar Swaminathan (1836) and Phanstiel to join Cimafranca and Lima at 2-0.

Round 3 saw wins by Felber over Lima and Simonaitis over Cimafranca to get both to 3-0.  Black, Cimafreanca, Lima, Phanstiel (win over Arluck) and Paul Denig (1631) were at 2-1.  Mujwwakkil and Frumkin had a back and forth game that ended up in a draw by repetition.

Ironically Board 1 was a matchup of the two largest people at QCC (Simonaitis over 300, Felber around 250) and with only two place prizes, a draw was the only sensible result, although Rooney managed to use a lot of time trying to refute Joe’s gambit.   Al Salonga was top U1800 ($70) with 2.5-1.5 after beating Ken Cruz (1700).  Mindy Conyers (1455) was top U1500 ($65) with 2-2 after beating Santa Calderon (1367), who is moving to Arizona.

Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed.

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