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38th Lebanese Individual Chess Championship

12 gladiators ready for the fight

This Thursday will be the Day, when the 12 finalists will start the fight for the ultimate national title, the Champion of Lebanon. (Who is the best) will be the question that the spectators and followers of the championship will ask. For a period of 11 days (from 6th till the 18th of December, with 10th and 14th as rest days), this championship will be the focal attention of all the amateurs and professionals alike, especially as this event will be the boosting of the new federation board, headed by Mr. Nabil Badr, who is going to press the start button on the first board at 6 PM, in the Golden Tulip hotel, Jnah branch, Baalbek Hall.

The 12 gladiators: Who are they?

I will try to summarize the profile of each of them, and list them in the increasing order by their corresponding Elo rating:

Gladiator # 1:

Faisal Khairallah – Fide Master – Elo: 2281, the current champion. He won the prestigious title in 2002, successfully defending it in 2003 and 2004, winning it back in 2008 (he won the 2008 rapid chess championship en-passant!) and 2011. He represented Lebanon in several Arab and continental championships, a member of the Olympic team in several Chess Olympiads. Will 2012 be the year in which the solid and methodical Faisal celebrates his 6th anniversary of holding the title?

Gladiator # 2:

Ahmad Najjar – Fide Master – Elo: 2271, the player who can defeat any elite player, as witnesses his games as a member of the Olympic team in Arab and continental events.  I am not uncovering a secret if I am telling you that his nick-name is: Mighty-Lucky player, as he is famous, especially in the Arab chess circles, of his capability to snatch a draw or even a win from a lost position. He won the title in 1999, and in 2007. He also was the champion of rapid chess in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2011. Will he do it again this year?

Gladiator # 3:

Antoine Kassis – Candidate Master – Elo: 2217. This solid player won the title in 1995, and Champion of rapid chess in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2010. He is considered the corner stone of every Lebanese Olympic team he was member of. Will he win it back after a break of 16-years interval?

Gladiator # 4:

Amro ElJawish – Fide Master – Elo:2170. The youngest player ever to win the championship in 2010 at age of 15 and member of the Olympic team in 2010 and 2012! he is  considered as one of the new generation that the country is relying on in international competitions. Will he break the rules and win it back this year?

Gladiator # 5:

Mahmoud Maasarani – Elo: 2108. He is one of the most solid players to beat and several times champion of North Lebanon. He nearly always finishes in the leading part of the finals. Will he succeed in snatching it from the other gladiators?

Gladiator # 6:

Mahdi Kaouri – Elo 2069. The arrival to the young Kaouri to Lebanon from abroad put new fuel in the oven and increases the hope Lebanon for its bright future in chess scene. Armed with a solid understanding of the game, I am sure he will cause a lot of trouble to the other competitors. Will he be the sensational surprise of the event?

Gladiator # 7:

Bassel Charaf – Elo: 2059. He is one of the candidate players to have a place on the podium. Last year he came in 3rd place. This year?

Gladiator # 8:

Jamal Shamiyeh- Elo:2056. He is several times Champion of the army and several times candidate to the final stage of the championship. Will he put his solidity aside, and break through?

Gladiator # 9:

Mohammad Mikati- 2002. Due to his better performance in the qualification phase, he was chosen to play in the final after the withdrawal of Nassim Sakr, one of the finalists. This championship presents to him the opportunity to prove to himself, and to the others as well, his position as a player who deserve a place there.

Gladiator # 10:

Tarek Moudallal – Elo: 1962. Finally he made it! Will his lively games worry his opponents? This event is his opportunity to prove it.

Gladiator # 11:

Ibrahim Shahrour – Fide Master – Elo: 1941. Although his ranking in the seeding list is 11, the Under 16 champion deserves his place. Along with Mikati, Kaouri and ElJawish, he is going to prove that the youth deserves its place in the first rank.

Gladiator # 12:

Amir AbouElHussn: The only unrated player who deserves his place through qualification stage. This is a gold opportunity for him to get an international Elo with high digits. He has nothing to lose but a lot to gain. This motto is enough to play for a win!

Bellow is the round by round schedule of the championship:

Round 1 on 2012/12/06 at 6 PM            
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
                 
Round 2 on 2012/12/07 at 6 PM            
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 -   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 6
9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 -   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 5
10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 -   Bassel Charaf 2059 4
11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 -   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 3
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 -   Shamieh Jamal 2056 2
                 
Round 3 on 2012/12/08 at 5 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 - FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 1
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
                 
Round 4 on 2012/12/09 at 5 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 -   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 6
11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 -   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 5
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 -   Bassel Charaf 2059 4
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 -   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 3
                 
Round 5 on 2012/12/11 at 6 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 -   Shamieh Jamal 2056 2
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 - FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 1
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
                 
Round 6 on 2012/12/12 at 6 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 -   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 6
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 -   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 5
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 -   Bassel Charaf 2059 4
                 
Round 7 on 2012/12/13 at 6 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 -   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 3
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 -   Shamieh Jamal 2056 2
7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 - FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 1
8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
                 
Round 8 on 2012/12/15 at 5 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 -   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 6
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 -   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 5
                 
Round 9 on 2012/12/16 at 5 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 -   Bassel Charaf 2059 4
7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 -   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 3
8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 -   Shamieh Jamal 2056 2
9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 - FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 1
10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
                 
Round 10 on 2012/12/17 at 6 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170 -   Mikati Mohammad 2002 11
1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 10
2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 - CM Kassis Antoine 2217 9
3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 - FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 8
4   Bassel Charaf 2059 -   Moudallal Tarek 1962 7
5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 -   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 6
                 
Round 11 on 2012/12/18 at 6 PM            
                 
SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069 - FM El Jawich Amro 2170 12
7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 -   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 5
8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941 -   Bassel Charaf 2059 4
9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 -   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108 3
10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 -   Shamieh Jamal 2056 2
11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 - FM Najjar Ahmad 2271 1
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