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Beirut 5th International Open Championship 2012

Kotanjian: the sole winner

With the participation of 80 players from 11 different countries, among them were 3 Grand Masters, 1 Woman Grand Master, and several International and Federal masters, this distinguished event took part in the playing hall of the Amicale Des Freres Chess Club.

The foreigner top seeded player was the GM Tigran Kotanjian, with an Elo rating of 2522, who never left the top table. The national players were headed by the current Lebanese champion FM Faisal Khairallah. The meeting of these 2 (top) players in the last round was decisive, especially as the later was playing on the White side. The possession of the 2 bishops against Kotanjian’ Sicilian gave Faisal the advantage in middle game, who tried to increase it by a king side attack, which unfortunately rebounded.

The top 3 Lebanese scorers  were: FM Ahmad Najjar (6.5 points), Antoine Kassis (6,5) and Faisal Khairallah (6).

Final ranking:

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts
1 1 GM Kotanjian Tigran 2522 ARM 8
2 2 GM Barsov Alexei 2521 UZB
3 4 GM Rausis Igor 2481 CZE 7
4 9 WGM Soloviova Liza 2294 UKR
5 11   Brock Friedemann 2238 GER
6 10 FM Najjar Ahmad 2274 LIB
7 12 CM Kassis Antoine 2211 LIB
8 16 WIM Moskalets Svetlana 2152 UKR
9 8 FM Khairallah Faisal 2297 LIB 6
10 7 FM Bakr Jwan 2301 SYR 6
11 3 IM Nosenko Alexander 2517 UKR 6
12 5 IM Khader Sami 2399 JOR 6
13 13 WIM Saduakassova Dinara 2209 KAZ 6
14 20   Shamieh Jamal 2062 LIB 6
15 19   Bassel Charaf 2064 LIB 6
16 17 CM El Jawich Amro 2139 LIB
17 73   Mikati Mohammad 0 LIB
18 28   Adeimi Michel 1929 LIB
19 42   Asmar Elie 0 LIB
20 14 CM Sakr Nassim 2178 LIB
21 27 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1955 LIB
22 21   Nassar Marwan 2061 LIB
23 59   Hariri Nizar 0 LIB
24 32   Moudallal Tarek 1828 LIB
25 35   Tarraf Tarraf 1701 LIB


How a Grand Master can beat another Grand Master? Hope that the following game, from Round 5 of the Open between the top 2 seeded players, can answer the tricky question.


 Kotanjian,Tigran (2522) – Barsov,Alexei (2521)


 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nge2 Ne7 8.Qb3 Qb6 9.a3 Ba5 10.Nc1 Nd7 11.Be2 Rc8 12.0–0 Qxb3 13.Nxb3 Bc7 14.Bxc7 Rxc7 15.Rfc1 Kd8 16.Nd2 Kc8 17.b4 Kb8 18.f3 g5 19.Kf2 h5 20.h4 gxh4 21.Rh1 Ng6 22.Rac1 Nf6 23.Na4 Re7 24.Nc5 Rhe8 25.Rc3 Nd7 26.Ndb3 Nb6 27.Na5 Bc8 28.b5 cxb5 29.Bxb5 Rg8 30.Bd3 h3 31.g3 Nh4 32.Rh2 Ng2 33.Bf1 h4 34.gxh4 Nxh4 35.Bxh3 Bxh3 36.Rxh3 Nf5 37.Rh5 Ng3 38.Rh7 Nf5 39.Ncxb7 Rge8 40.Nc5 Nxe3 41.Na6+ Ka8 42.Rxe3 Rxe3 43.Nc7+ Kb8 44.Nxe8 Rxe8 45.Rxf7 Rc8 46.f4 Nc4 47.Rb7+ Ka8 48.Rb5 Rf8 49.Nxc4 dxc4 50.Ke3 Rh8 51.f5 Rh3+ 52.Ke4 c3 53.Rc5 Kb7 54.Rc4 Kb6 55.a4 Ka5 56.f6 Rh6 57.Ke5 Rh3 58.f7 Rf3 59.Ke6 Re3+ 60.Kd7 Rf3 61.Ke7 Re3+ 62.Kf8 a6 63.d5 Rd3 64.d6 1–0

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