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Round 6 of the 38th Lebanese Individual Chess Championship

The leaders are beaten by the youth

A round full of surprises! It is a proof that everything is possible to happen on the chess board.

On table 1 witnessed the encounter between 2 x-champions, the young Amr ElJawish (White) and Antoine Kassis. After Amr’s 11th move, Antoine pondered for 1 hour and 5 minutes on his next move (possibly a national record), a sign that he didn’t like his position or trying to refute a certain variation. This lap of time affected his final moves, especially as Amr was avoiding exchanging the queens, keeping the tension on the position and achieving an advantageous position. An adventurous sacrifice from Amr aggrieved the situation over Antoine’s decision making, forcing the later to blunder and to resign.

 

With a tolerance of 30 minutes to be present at the board, Faisal Khairallah arrived at his board on table 2 with 20 minutes late. This must affected his play, as his opponent, the young Ibrahim Chahrour, playing with the Black pieces, adopted his favorite opening against the 1-d4 of Faisal, the King’s Indian Defense. Ibrahim succeeded in snatching a pawn, but Faisal got compensation with active piece play. He succeeded in winning back his materials, at the cost of losing coordination of his remaining heavy pieces, from which Ibrahim profited to put Faisal’s king in a mating net, forcing the later to resign.

Mohammad Mikati, playing White on table 3 against Tarek Moudallal, was still searching for his first point score. He played his opening well; reaching the middle game phase with enough time on his clock to make a play; then suddenly he blundered a piece, and after few moves played by inertia, he gave up.

An interesting battle occurred on table 4 between Ahmad Najjar (White) and Mahdi Kaouri, who spent 23 minutes on his first 2 moves. Both gladiators fought well in the opening and middle game phases, reaching an old Benoni/king’s Indian setup. A queen is a queen, which is a proof of the draw resulted by 3-repetition check rules that Mahdi’s queen did to Najjar ‘s king, while the later’ s rooks were idle.

The first game to finish after just 65 minutes (what a coincidence: same period of time used by Antoine on his 11th move) was the one on table 5 between Jammal Shamiyeh (White) and Amir Abou ElHusn. Amir underestimated Jammal ‘s active pieces, with which the later constructed a typical attacking form against Amir’s king. Some nice tactical sacrifices were used by Jammal to collect materials, and the game point.

Table 6 was the witness of the forced peace signature between Dr Mahmoud Maasarani (White) and Bassel Sharaf, after a solid game played by the two gladiators.

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Standing after round 6:

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg Pts
1 9 CM Kassis Antoine 2217 5
  10 FM Khairallah Faisal 2281 5
3 1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2271
4 12 FM El Jawich Amro 2170
5 8 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1941
6 3   Maasarani Mahmoud 2108
7 2   Shamieh Jamal 2056 3
8 4   Bassel Charaf 2059
9 6   Kaouri Mahdi 2069
10 7   Moudallal Tarek 1962 2
11 5   AbouElHusn  Amir 0 1
12 11   Mikati Mohammad 2002 0

 

Elo rating statistics after round 6:

  Name IRtg W n We W-We K Rtg+/- Ra Rp
FM Najjar, Ahmad 2271 3.5 5 3.66 -0.16 15 -2 2092 2103
  Shamieh, Jamal 2056 2.0 5 2.08 -0.08 15 -1 2122 1935
  Maasarani, Mahmoud 2108 3.5 6 2.74 0.76 15 11 2140 2197
  Bassel, Charaf 2059 2.5 6 2.25 0.25 15 4 2156 2099
  AbouElHusn , Amir 0 1.0 6     0   2128 1855
  Kaouri, Mahdi 2069 2.5 6 2.68 -0.18 30 -5 2112 2055
  Moudallal, Tarek 1962 2.0 6 1.87 0.13 15 2 2113 1988
FM Chahrour, Ibrahim 1941 2.5 5 1.30 1.20 15 18 2140 2007
CM Kassis, Antoine 2217 4.0 5 3.62 0.38 15 6 2040 2140
FM Khairallah, Faisal 2281 4.0 5 4.03 -0.03 15 0 2028 2130
  Mikati, Mohammad 2002 0.0 5 2.17 -2.17 30 -65 2051 1076
FM El Jawich, Amro 2170 3.5 6 3.60 -0.10 15 -2 2093 2150

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