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Round 10 of the 38th Individual Chess Championship

Faisal Khairallah: leading with one point … with one round to go

It was expected to be a tough and head-to-head battle on table 2 between the top 2 highest rated gladiators of the championship. I am talking about Faisal Khairallah and Ahmad Najjar. To the surprise of the spectators, the board witnessed a one side game! Faisal, playing on the Black side, adopted again his secret/surprise weapon, the modern defense, the one he used it to beat Antoine Kassis in the 7th round, and it proved a lethal one. He tied down Ahmad’s pieces, created a passed pawn, bagging in a piece in return of it, forcing Ahmad to resign a few moves later.

On table 1, Amr ElJawish, playing White, was facing Mohammad Mikati, who continues to make the Lebanese Guiness record of the first round-robin national championship. Mohammad adopted the same bad strategy as before: keeping the king in the center and neglecting his safety. In trying to safeguarding his king, Amr snatched Mohammad’s queen!! The later didn’t have any option but to resign. Will he break the record in the last round against Najjar?

Table 3 was the battlefield between Jamal Shamiyeh (White) and Antoine Kassis. A closed middle game structure was the result of the King’s Indian defense adopted by Antoine against Jamal ‘s 1d4 move. Antoine succeeded in winning the exchange and a pawn as a bonus. Jamal continues to play as if nothing happened, replying on the presence of the opposite-color bishops and a night blockage on the light squares. By returning the exchange and activating his bad bishop outside his pawn chain, Antoine changed the course of the game, but in vain as the blockade on the light squares persisted. The peace was signed after 102 moves battle. Another record was registered in this tense event.

Tables 4 and 5 witnessed 2 quick draws in the encounters Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani – Ibrahim Chahrour , and Bassel Charaf – Tarek Moiudallal. It seems that these 4 gladiators gave their fighting will a rest for a day. Shall the Sofia rule be adopted in the next championship? We will wait and see.

Table 6 saw the match between Amir Abou ElHissen (White) and Mahdi Kaouri. In a fully equal position, Amir applied an imaginary attacking maneuver with his rook, then dropped the exchange on move 20, and the game point was collected by Mahdi.

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Standing after round 10:

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Pts

1

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2281

2

CM

Kassis Antoine

2217

3

FM

El Jawich Amro

2170

7

4

 

Maasarani Mahmoud

2108

6

5

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2271

6

6

 

Shamieh Jamal

2056

5

7

FM

Chahrour Ibrahim

1941

5

8

 

Kaouri Mahdi

2069

9

 

Moudallal Tarek

1962

10

 

Bassel Charaf

2059

4

11

 

Abou El Hissen Amir

0

2

12

 

Mikati Mohammad

2002

0

 

Elo Rating Statistics:

Name

IRtg

W

n

We

W-We

K

Rtg+/-

Ra

Rp

Najjar, Ahmad

2271

5.0

9

6.47

-1.47

15

-22

2096

2058

Shamieh, Jamal

2056

4.0

9

4.14

-0.14

15

-2

2089

1980

Maasarani, Mahmoud

2108

4.0

8

4.16

-0.16

15

-2

2093

2014

Bassel, Charaf

2059

4.0

9

3.72

0.28

15

4

2126

2083

Abou El Hissen, Amir

0

1.0

8

 

 

0

 

2118

1796

Kaouri, Mahdi

2069

3.5

8

3.71

-0.21

30

-6

2099

1977

Moudallal, Tarek

1962

4.5

10

3.05

1.45

15

22

2117

2081

Chahrour, Ibrahim

1941

4.0

9

2.46

1.54

15

23

2126

2014

Kassis, Antoine

2217

6.5

9

5.93

0.57

15

9

2090

2174

Khairallah, Faisal

2281

7.5

9

6.62

0.88

15

13

2089

2276

Mikati, Mohammad

2002

0.0

9

3.42

-3.42

30

-103

2096

1186

El Jawich, Amro

2170

6.0

9

5.32

0.68

15

10

2100

2225

 

 

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