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Round 10 of the Lebanese Individual Chess Championship 2013 – Final Stage

Who will be the Champion?

With every round and every game the tension grows, especially on the leaders’ boards. Take for example board 3 game between Maya Jalloul (White) and Antoine Kassis. Nearly everyone expected an easy win of Tony over Maya, forgetting that she succeeded in drawing her game with the current champion Faisal Khairallah. The offer of a draw by Tony was gladly accepted by Maya, an offer that even Tony couldn’t believe himself how he made it in a somewhat superior position.

Another typical psychological situation occurred on board 6 between Bassel Charaf (White) and Ibrahim Chahrour. In an English Opening, Bassel obtained the typical initiative on the queen side, meanwhile Ibrahim was trying all-the-way attack on the king side. Then suddenly, Ibrahim started to miscalculate variations and played weak moves, enabling Bassel to cash in some materials and later the exchange. One unnoticed mistake by Bassel (I keep to you, dear reader, to discover it) could reverse the situation, but the time trouble had his say and Ibrahim dropped a rook, the point. This enabled Anotine Kassis to join him in the lead of the championship, followed by just half a point difference by Ahmad Najjar, who profited from the bad form of Amr ElJawish to inflict on him his 3rd consecutive loss.

In a Symmetrical variation of the English Opening (again!), Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani (White) and Faisal Khairallah played very solidly. It was too solidly for Dr. Mahmoud as Faisal systematically starts an initiative on the queen side, then shifted it to the center of the board, and landed the final attack on the king side, a game reminiscent of the classical school, where no mistake was apparent made by White.

While Tarek Moudallal on board 2 got a free round time (and the game point) due to the forfeit/absence of his opponent Marwan Nassar, the English Opening (again and again) played on board 3 between Nadim Hammoud (White) and AbdelAziz ELMahmoud has a different story. Whom is attacking whom was the scenario adopted by both parties of this interesting game. A black out by Nadim enabled AbdelAziz to net materials and the game point.

 

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 Maasarani Mahmoud 2109 0  -  1 FM Khairallah Faisal 2271 11
1 Nassar Marwan 2091 0F  -  1F Moudallal Tarek 1968 10
2 Hammoud Nadim 1944 0  -  1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2074 9
3 WFM Jalloul Maya M. 1942 ½  -  ½ FM Kassis Antoine 2166 8
4 FM El Jawich Amro 2173 0  -  1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2263 7
5 Bassel Charaf 2070 1  -  0 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1980 6

Rank after Round 10:

Rank SNo. Name IRtg Pts Wins Draws Loses Res. Koya SB vict
1 8 FM Kassis Antoine 2166 7.5 5 5 0 1.0 4.5 37.00 5
2 6 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1980 7.5 7 1 2 0.0 3.5 30.25 7
3 7 FM Najjar Ahmad 2263 7.0 7 0 3 0.0 3.0 26.00 7
4 5 Bassel Charaf 2070 6.5 5 3 2 0.0 4.0 28.75 5
5 11 FM Khairallah Faisal 2271 5.5 3 5 2 1.5 4.0 27.00 3
6 12 Maasarani Mahmoud 2109 5.5 5 1 4 1.0 1.5 19.25 5
7 9 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2074 5.5 3 5 2 0.5 2.5 24.50 3
8 4 FM El Jawich Amro 2173 5.0 3 4 3 0.0 2.0 18.25 3
9 10 Moudallal Tarek 1968 3.5 2 1 6 0.0 1.5 13.25 3
10 1 Nassar Marwan 2091 3.5 3 1 5 0.0 1.5 12.00 3
11 2 Hammoud Nadim 1944 1.5 1 1 8 1.0 0.5 4.00 1
12 3 WFM Jalloul Maya M. 1942 1.5 0 3 7 0.0 1.5 9.75 0

 

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