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Round 8 of the Lebanese Individual Chess Championship 2013 – Final Stage

Gifts, sacrifices, or blunders?

In every game of this exciting round, you can find, dear reader, at least one move that you have to contemplate for some time. Some can be considered gifts without expecting anything in return, and without making any damage in the position. Other moves are considered sacrifices, as they are the normal conclusion of a positional domination, and others are mistakes or blunders, ruining the player’s position. And it is interesting to ask the player why he made this move or that, or what ideas popped up in their mind to execute these lovely/ugly moves.

On board 1, who would expect that a passive retreat of Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani’s knight to b1 contains that great dose of venom? In addition to the cold that caught Tarek Moudllal, he has to drop a lot of materials. He fought for extra some moves, but Dr. Maasarani played precisely, and bagged in the point.

Under which category you put the offer of the g5-pawn on board 2 made by Faisal Khairallah on move 18 to his opponent AbdelAziz ElMahmoud? A mistake? Imprecise? Gambit? Or just practical? I prefer to call it interesting, though, in the final position, AbdelAziz can offer the c5 pawn, taking advantage of his bishop pair, but accepting the peace offer concluded the game.

Was Marwan Nassar oblige to push his a-pawn on move 17? 2 bishops and superior domination on the queenside led Antoine Kassis to sacrifice his bishop on that same square; a sacrifice that wasn’t accepted by Marwan, but maybe he should. After an unsuccessful attack, he found himself a piece down, then a rook. A gift? Blunder? Or generosity?

What about the 18.Qa5 played by Nadim Hammoud on board 4 against Ahmad Najjar? The later just pushed b6, forking the queen and the c5 rook. Nobody envied Nadim for his mental feeling at that moment.

What about the 20..Nxd4 made by Ibrahim Chahrour on board 5 against Maya Jalloul? Sacrifice? Gift? Merge the 2 words and we obtain the right explanation: converting one advantage to another more valuable one. And the c3-knight offered by Maya? A blunder or a gift? May be the fusion of the two words.

On board 6, Amr El Jawich played 19.b4, offered a pawn to Bassel Charaf. Is it a sacrifice? Element of deviation? Blunder? Whatever you chose, Amr could settle for a draw at his leisure; but he preferred to continue developing a certain attack, against it Bassel defended well. Amr was forced to defend, and for doing so, lost (offered? sacrificed?) more pawns, but couldn’t save the game.

Today’s free day is most probably the only gift to the players to get some rest, as the remaining 3 rounds are very critical for the final standing.

Click here to download Round 8 games.

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

 

Ranking after Round 8:

Rank SNo. Name IRtg Pts Wins Draws Loses Koya SB vict
1 6 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1980 6.5 6 1 1 2.0 18.75 6
2 8 FM Kassis Antoine 2166 6.0 4 4 0 4.0 27.00 4
3 12 Maasarani Mahmoud 2109 5.5 5 1 2 0.5 14.00 5
4 4 FM El Jawich Amro 2173 5.0 3 4 1 1.5 14.50 3
5 7 FM Najjar Ahmad 2263 5.0 5 0 3 1.0 15.50 5
6 11 FM Khairallah Faisal 2271 4.5 2 5 1 2.5 16.50 2
7 5 Bassel Charaf 2070 4.5 3 3 2 1.5 12.50 3
8 9 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2074 3.5 1 5 2 2.5 14.75 1
9 1 Nassar Marwan 2091 3.5 3 1 4 1.5 9.50 3
10 10 Moudallal Tarek 1968 1.5 1 1 6 0.5 4.00 1
11 2 Hammoud Nadim 1944 1.5 1 1 6 0.5 3.50 1
12 3 WFM Jalloul Maya M. 1942 1.0 0 2 6 1.0 4.50 0

 

 

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