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2012 Interclubs Blitz Championship

Ansar: Sole winner

16 teams, representing 16 different chess clubs across Lebanon, took part in the 2012 interclubs Blitz championship, which was held in the municipality of Saida. 7 rounds were on the schedule, with 6 players as main players of the team and 6 as reserves, with 5 minutes plus 2 seconds per move per player.

Ansar Chess Club team emerged as the sole winner, winning all his matches. Seeded as number one team, with IM Fadi Eid, FM Amr ELJawish, CM Antoine Kassis,  the Syrian FM Joan Bakr, supported by the ambitious Bassel Sharaf and Ali Atwi on their list, winning the championship was somewhat expected, but with no reserve player means that it was a deserved one.

X-Soviet-Alumni team emerged as the runner-up, just losing to the winner. Headed by the experienced Rafic Barakat, the young players showed what they were capable of, showing fighting chess on every board in every match.

Amicale-des-Freres team took the last step of the podium, by just losing to the winner and the runner-up ones. Leaded by the current champion of Lebanon Faisal Khairallah, and backed up by strong blitz players like Nassim Sakr and the young Ibrahim Shahrour, taking the 3rd place was the logical result after their  somewhat failure with their match with the X-Soviet-Alumni team (2.5 – 3.5).

One glad surprise of the event was the first participation of Jamhour Sporting Chess Club, whose team was composed of very young players. Seeded as the last one, this team managed to advance 2 places in the final standing!! And you imagine the faces of the players when they were forced to resign their games against these future champions.

Ansar Chess Club team emerged as the sole winner, winning all his matches. Seeded as number one team, with IM Fadi Eid, FM Amr ELJawish, CM Antoine Kassis,  the Syrian FM Joan Bakr, supported by the ambitious Bassel Sharaf and Ali Atwi on their list, winning the championship was somewhat expected, but with no reserve player means that it was a deserved one.

X-Soviet-Alumni team emerged as the runner-up, just losing to the winner. Headed by the experienced Rafic Barakat, the young players showed what they were capable of, showing fighting chess on every board in every match.

Amicale-des-Freres team took the last step of the podium, by just losing to the winner and the runner-up ones. Leaded by the current champion of Lebanon Faisal Khairallah, and backed up by strong blitz players like Nassim Sakr and the young Ibrahim Shahrour, taking the 3rd place was the logical result after their  somewhat failure with their match with the X-Soviet-Alumni team (2.5 – 3.5).

One glad surprise of the event was the first participation of Jamhour Sporting Chess Club, whose team was composed of very young players. Seeded as the last one, this team managed to advance 2 places in the final standing!! And you imagine the faces of the players when they were forced to resign their games against these future champions.

Final Standing:

  1. Ansar (21)
  2. X-Soviet Alumni (18)
  3. Amicales-Feres (15)
  4. Lebanese Army (14)
  5. Nasr Bar Elias (12)
  6. Arab-University-Alumni (12)
  7. Tanmiya (10)
  8. Riyadi (10)
  9. Ahli-Saida (10)
  10.  Al-Moultaka (10)
  11.  Homentmen (9)
  12.  Masharih (7)
  13.  Ararat (7)
  14.  Jamhour (7)
  15.  Al-Houdoud (4)
  16.  Al-Kabas (0)

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