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Bonin Plays but Doesn’t Finish 1st!! : Bill Arluck Does

by on March 17, 2015

The Winter Open (February 20-March 13) drew 15 players as our rough winter continued. Joe Felber had to start the event himself as Ed Frumkin had to skip the first week after a medical problem surfaced at the US Amateur Team. Joe was happy to draw in Round 1 with Guy Rawlins (1689). In Round 2 Bonin beat Brian Lawson (2044) and Bill Arluck (2111) beat Ed Kopiecki (1998). The last 1-0, Ken Sasmor (1873) had the better of it when Ed Frumkin bailed out with a draw offer while Joe beat Ira Cohen (1832). Bonin was up a pawn in a Knight ending with Arluck in Round 3 but couldn’t win it. Joe missed Round 3 when his clutch died, so Sasmor played Lawson instead and lost. This led to the last round pairings of Bonin-Frumkin, Lawson-Arluck, Kopiecki-Felber and Kleinman-Muwwakkil, with Bonin and Arluck with

2½, Kleinman as top 1½ and the other with 2. Frumkin managed to hold, while Arluck came back from an inferior position to win, while Kopiecki beat Felber and Kleinman demolished Muwwakkil in a miniature. Bonin collected his “Brooklyn Bridge scenario (“The Worst That Could Happen”)“ $50 before he left and that turned out to be all he would win. Bill won the $200 first prize and Eddie split the $100 2nd prize with Jay. Ken Cruz won the top U1800 prize of $50 with a 2-2 score. At 72, Bill might be the oldest player ever to win a QCC event free and clear. Ed Frumkin and Joe Felber directed.

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