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Round 6 of the Lebanese Individual Chess Championship 2013 – Final Stage

3 gladiators in the lead

Before starting commenting on the round 6 games, let me, dear readers, apologize for not presenting you some pictures of the round, as I couldn’t assist it live due to some car problem.

Also I take the opportunity to thank my 8000+ readers for their supports and consolidation of our/their site (www.lebanesechess.com), as, without them, I couldn’t have the motive nor the will to write all those articles.

Back to the championship. Board 1 game between Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani and AbdelAziz ElMahmoud was an encounter of players of the same style. One would expect a draw, but some imprecise strategy made by AbdelAziz, exchanging his light squares bishop without activating the other one, gave Dr. Maasarani the necessary edge, enabling him little by little to increase his space advantage, without any counter play from the black pieces that can worry him. Dominating the center and the queen side permitted Dr. Maasarani to cash in a pawn, and under the threat of queening it, AbdelAziz resigned.

A quick draw between Tarek Moudallal and Antoine Kassis on board 2 erased all the extra lead in the standing from Kassis. Is this draw and the other of the previous round is what Tony need to recharge his playing batteries? Today we will know.

When I scrolled down the board 3 moves of Faisal Khairallah – Ahmad Najjar game, I couldn’t believe my eyes. This is not Ahmad Najjar who was playing. I checked the pairing and the games file. There is one reason for this ugly defeat of Ahmad: Faisal hypnotized him. I will let you, dear reader, to judge by yourself.

(Possibly the one of the most beautiful combination ever played in the history of the Lebanese chess) is the expression that I can express my admiration for the board 4 game between Marwan Nassar and Ibrahim Chahrour. It seems that Ibrahim was putting his pieces on the right squares, and explosion followed by a final touch to form a portrait. Sorry Marwan, but this what I feel now.

On board 5, the game between Nadim Hammoud and Bassel Charaf wasn’t similar to board 4 one, but it contained some intrigued moves order that enabled Bassel to profit from, cashing in a pawn. The issuing technical endgame phase, resulting in collecting the point, wasn’t a problem for him (may is for othersJ)

Another lovely combination occurred on board 6 between Maya Jalloul and Amr ElJawish. Some lack of development and weaknesses around Maya’s king enabled Amr to land a stroke on the g2 square. The flash appearance of the second black queen on Maya’s first rank was a signal for her to stop the clock. Is it just a coincidence that the g2-square is always a target for Ibrahim and Amr in their opponents king side?

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

Rank after Round 6:

 

Rank SNo. Name IRtg Pts Wins Draws Loses Koya SB vict
1 8 FM Kassis Antoine 2166 4.5 3 3 0 3.5 14.50 3
2 6 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1980 4.5 4 1 1 3.0 12.50 4
3 12 Maasarani Mahmoud 2109 4.5 4 1 1 1.5 9.75 4
4 4 FM El Jawich Amro 2173 4.0 2 4 0 1.0 7.25 2
5 11 FM Khairallah Faisal 2271 3.5 2 3 1 2.0 8.25 2
6 1 Nassar Marwan 2091 3.5 3 1 2 1.5 7.00 3
7 7 FM Najjar Ahmad 2263 3.0 3 0 3 1.0 8.00 3
8 5 Bassel Charaf 2070 3.0 2 2 2 0.5 5.75 2
9 9 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2074 2.0 0 4 2 2.0 8.00 0
10 10 Moudallal Tarek 1968 1.5 1 1 4 0.5 2.75 1
11 2 Hammoud Nadim 1944 1.5 1 1 4 0.5 2.50 1
12 3 WFM Jalloul Maya M. 1942 0.5 0 1 5 0.5 1.75 0

 

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