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Round 9 of the 38th Lebanese Individual Chess Championship

The leader is still leading

As the encounter on the table 1 between Amir Abou ElHissen (White) and Amr ElJawish didn’t take place due to the absence of the former, the battles were taking rage at the other boards.

On table 2, the Symmetrical English opening was played on the board by Mahdi Kaouri (White) and Bassel Sharaf. A tactical middle game arose where in nearly every move the advantage was passing from one side to another; till the instant when Mahdi made the last mistake, allowing 2 dangerous passed pawns to appear on the c and d files, forcing him to resign.

On table 3, Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani adopted the Pirc defence as Black, against Tarek Moudallal. Most of the play was concentrated on the queen side. Tarek profited from some imprecise moves from his opponent to snatch a pawn, then liquidating into a winning endgame.

On table 4, Jammal Shamiyeh defended the black side against Ibrahim Chahrour, using the Scandinavian Defense. A balanced endgame was reached, where every party had double pawns. Then, suddenly, White allowed his opponent to open up the queen side where Ibrahim’s king was taking refuge, putting him in a mating net, which forced Ibrahim to seed the point to his opponent.

As Faisal Khairallah conserved his lead of the tournament by beating easely with the White pieces  Mohammad Mikati on table 6, who had his nightmare tournament of his life, an important encounter was taking place on the neighbour table 5 between Antoine Kassis (White) and Ahmad Najjar. An Archngelsk/Muller variation was shosen by the later in order to face Antoine’s Spanish Opening. The corresponding strategic plans were implemented on the board, where Antoine profited from the disposition of Ahmad’s army on the queen side, to initiate a devastating attack against the later’s king side. Another mating net was nicely sewed by Antoine around the black king, forcing Ahmad to get part of his bishop, and, after few moves, to resign.

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Standing after round 9:

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Pts

1

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2281

2

CM

Kassis Antoine

2217

7

3

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2271

6

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2170

6

5

 

Maasarani Mahmoud

2108

6

 

Shamieh Jamal

2056

7

FM

Chahrour Ibrahim

1941

8

 

Moudallal Tarek

1962

4

9

 

Bassel Charaf

2059

10

 

Kaouri Mahdi

2069

11

 

Abou El Hissen Amir

0

2

12

 

Mikati Mohammad

2002

0

 

Elo rating statistics of the players after round 9:

Name

IRtg

W

n

We

W-We

K

Rtg+/-

Ra

Rp

Najjar, Ahmad

2271

5.0

8

5.98

-0.98

15

-15

2073

2079

Shamieh, Jamal

2056

3.5

8

3.85

-0.35

15

-5

2073

1954

Maasarani, Mahmoud

2108

3.5

7

3.44

0.06

15

1

2114

2018

Bassel, Charaf

2059

3.5

8

3.09

0.41

15

6

2147

2104

Abou El Hissen, Amir

0

1.0

7

 

 

0

 

2125

1816

Kaouri, Mahdi

2069

3.5

8

3.71

-0.21

30

-6

2099

2056

Moudallal, Tarek

1962

4.0

9

2.68

1.32

15

20

2124

2081

Chahrour, Ibrahim

1941

3.5

8

2.18

1.32

15

20

2129

2003

Kassis, Antoine

2217

6.0

8

5.22

0.78

15

12

2094

2193

Khairallah, Faisal

2281

6.5

8

6.11

0.39

15

6

2066

2221

Mikati, Mohammad

2002

0.0

8

3.14

-3.14

30

-94

2087

1166

El Jawich, Amro

2170

5.0

8

4.60

0.40

15

6

2112

2207

 

 

 

 

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