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2012 Individual Championship Qualification stage

In the new qualification system adopted by the Lebanese Chess Federation for the honorable Individual title, 49 players took part in a 9-rounds Swiss system. As decided by the federation board, the top 7 in the final ranking will join the top 5 active rated players of the Lebanese Fide list. These top 5 are: FM Faisal Khairallah (current champion), FM Ahmad Najjar, CM Antoine Kassis, FM Amr ElJawish and CM Nassim Sakr.

From the 49 participants, 16 were Fide rated, making this qualification event the stronger ever in the history of the LCF. It is pity that the tournament will not be Fide rated, as a lot of national players could get a rating credit.

The organizing team was composed of: IA Chehadeh Abou Nimri (Chief arbiter), Roland Akhrass (Director), FA Ali ElJawish (Depute arbiter), Elie Hanna and Elie Khoueiri as assistant arbiters. The team conducted the event in a professional approach, especially with the inclusion of Hanna and Khoueiri who showed serious and high responsibilities in their duties. For sure they are a welcome add to the Lebanese chess family.

Now back to the event. 55 players were already registered, then 6 of them withdrew for a certain reason or another. Due to the limited numbers of the qualifiers, each round showed a lot of tense battle on every board, especially the top 5 ones. Even the 7th name wasn’t finalized till the finish of the game on the 4th board of the final round, were Mohammad Mikati was facing Adnan Khalil. Each one of them needed to win in order to qualify. But the game was drawn and, as a result, as both scored 6 points each, enabling Amir Abou ElHissen ,with 6.5 points, to join the top 6 in the final ranking. So, the 7 players who will join the mentioned top 5 are:

  1. Bassel Charaf 7 points
  2. FM Ibrahim Chahrour 7
  3. Jamal Chamieh 6.5
  4. Tarek Modallal 6.5
  5. Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani 6.5
  6. Mahdi Kaouri 6.5
  7. Amir Abou ElHissen 6.5

 

The big upset of the event was failure of Marwan Nassar (seeded 6th) and Hisham Shehab (seeded 2nd), as 3 loses by each of them put them out of the reach of the ultimate goal.

Also it is noteworthy that the experienced Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani and the young FM Ibrahim Shahrour were the only players not to lose any game, and managed their path to the top in a clever and strategic way, as when the win is on order of the day, they did it in a professional manner.

Also it worth noting the participating of Under-10 player Ayyad Farhat, the youngest participant, along with Ralph Khairallah, Mathieu Mouwkdie and his brother Augustin (all under-14) , who, each one of them, was making his debut in the battle against the big guys.

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Final Standing:

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1 3   Bassel Charaf 2059 LIB 7 38
2 11 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1959 LIB 7 38
3 5   Shamieh Jamal 2051 LIB 38
4 8   Modallal Tarek 1993 LIB 35
5 1   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 LIB 35
6 4   Kaouri Mahdi 2054 LIB 34½
7 19   Abou El Hissen Amir 0 LIB 32½
8 9   Mikati Mohammad 1985 LIB 6 36
9 43   Khalil Adnan 0 LIB 6 35½
10 26   Bohlok Houssam 0 LIB 6 33
  52   Sayegh Elias 0 LIB 6 33
12 39   Jawhar Oussama 0 LIB 6 29
13 2   Shehab Hisham 2108 LIB 33
14 48   Muhssen Fared Saleh 0 IRQ 31
15 15   Saad Charbel 1857 LIB 30
16 45   Loubani Ahmad 0 PLE 5 34
17 6   Nassar Marwan 2041 LIB 5 34
18 10   Sharbel Marwan 1980 LIB 5 33
19 49   Rabah Rabih 0 LIB 5 32
20 13   Jouni Hassan 1895 LIB 5 30
21 21   Abou Zahr Ezzeldine 0 LIB 33½
22 14   Hammoud Nadim 1885 LIB 32½
23 54   Ward Serge 0 LIB 31
24 28   Chatila Abdulkader 0 LIB 30½
25 32   Farhat Mohamed 0 LIB 27½
26 55   Zeidan Mohammad 0 LIB 26½
27 22   Ghnatios Ralph 0 LIB 26
28 42   Khairallah Ralph 0 LIB 26
29 38   Idelbi Ahmad 0 LIB 25½
30 12   Djikerian Rafi 1900 PLE 4 35
31 27   Bou Hamdan Samir 0 LIB 4 30½
32 50   Rachidi Rabih 0 LIB 4 29½
33 47   Mouwakdie Mathieu 0 LIB 4 28
34 16   Elayyash Rawad 1832 LIB 32
35 35   Ghattas Elias 0 LIB 30
36 34   Fawaz Kassem 0 LIB 27
37 29   Chehab Ali 0 LIB 25
38 7   Asmar Elie 2031 LIB 3 32
39 51   Saadeh Antoine 0 LIB 3 30½
40 44   Khalili Moustapha 0 LIB 3 30
41 36   Habash Muhamad 0 LIB 3 28½
42 18   Abou Al Kotaa Adham 0 LIB 3 25
43 37   Hamwi Karim 0 LIB 3 23½
44 40   Kfouri Raymond 0 LIB 3 23½
45 41   Khairallah Joe 0 LIB 23½
46 31   Farhat Ayad 0 LIB 2 29
47 23   Al Hayek Muhamad 0 LIB 2 25
48 25   Berbari Imad 0 LIB 1 28
49 46   Mouwakdie Augustin 0 LIB 1 22½

(Roland Akhras and Chehadeh Abou Nimri)

(Bassel Charaf)

(Ibrahim Chahrour)

(Jamal Chamiyeh)

(Tarek Modallal)

(Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani)

 

(Mahdi Kaouri)

(Amir Abou ElHissen)

 

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