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Round 8 of the 38th Lebanese Individual Chess Championship

Half an hour is a half round

As I put it in the title of the current article, that what happened. After 30 minutes of the start of the round, the encounter on table 4 between Jamal Shamiyeh (White) and Tarek Moudallal was sold, in a balanced position,  by a draw agreement; while Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani (White) and Amir Abou ElHissen (Black) won their games on the corresponding tables 5 and 6 by forfeit of their corresponding opponents, Mahdi Kaouri and Bassel Sharaf, after the 30 minutes tolerance. That was the first lost by this manner in this championship, and I hope it will be the last.

On table 1, another awaited encounter was taking place between Amr ElJawish (White) and Faisal Khairallah, where the later surprised his opponent by adopting the Caro-Kann defense. The former replied by another surprise: the Panov attack, forcing both gladiators to play precise moves in order to keep the balance. Both players entered the middle game phase with great tension on the board. A tactical shot by Amr on move 22 could earn him a pawn, and very possibly the point, but he missed it, allowing Faisal to liquidate into a symmetrical material balance with sharing of the game point.

Another disaster game for Mohammad Mikati occurred on table 2 when he faced, with the white pieces, Antoine Kassis. After less than 60 minutes of play, he found himself a bishop down for 2 pawns, with all the white squares around his king under Antoine’s control. An exposed king, with mat threats on the files, ranks and diagonals forced Mohammad to dispose his arms.

The exchange variation in the classical KID was adopted by the experienced Ahmad Najjar , as White, against the young Ibrahim Shahrour. Exchanging his white squares bishop for Ahmad’s knight was a risky strategy adopted by the later. The former profited from the d-file and white squares weakness in the Black camp to tie down Black’s pieces. A pawn in Ahmad’s bag, supported by a passed one on the queen side, forced Ibrahim to sacrifice his knight, with the hope of changing the trend of the game, but in vain.

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Standing after round 8:

Rank

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

Pts

1

10

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2281

2

1

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2271

6

3

9

CM

Kassis Antoine

2217

6

4

3

 

Maasarani Mahmoud

2108

5

12

FM

El Jawich Amro

2170

5

6

8

FM

Chahrour Ibrahim

1941

7

6

 

Kaouri Mahdi

2069

8

2

 

Shamieh Jamal

2056

9

7

 

Moudallal Tarek

1962

3

10

4

 

Bassel Charaf

2059

11

5

 

Abou El Hissen Amir

0

2

12

11

 

Mikati Mohammad

2002

0

 

Elo rating statistics of the players after round 8:

 

Name

Fide-No.

IRtg

W

n

We

W-We

K

Rtg+/-

Ra

Rp

FM

Najjar, Ahmad

5300100

2271

5.0

7

5.40

-0.40

15

-6

2052

2114

 

Shamieh, Jamal

5300444

2056

2.5

7

3.19

-0.69

15

-10

2092

1912

 

Maasarani, Mahmoud

5300681

2108

3.5

6

2.74

0.76

15

11

2140

2079

 

Bassel, Charaf

5300657

2059

2.5

7

2.60

-0.10

15

-2

2158

2056

 

Abou El Hissen, Amir

5303010

0

1.0

7

 

 

0

 

2125

1816

 

Kaouri, Mahdi

5302803

2069

3.5

7

3.20

0.30

30

9

2104

2104

 

Moudallal, Tarek

5300630

1962

3.0

8

2.38

0.62

15

9

2126

2039

FM

Chahrour, Ibrahim

5301653

1941

3.5

7

1.84

1.66

15

25

2139

2040

CM

Kassis, Antoine

5300150

2217

5.0

7

4.80

0.20

15

3

2069

2129

FM

Khairallah, Faisal

4628250

2281

5.5

7

5.27

0.23

15

3

2075

2192

 

Mikati, Mohammad

5302374

2002

0.0

7

2.98

-2.98

30

-89

2059

1127

FM

El Jawich, Amro

5300380

2170

5.0

8

4.60

0.40

15

6

2112

2207

 

 

 

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