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6th Beirut International Open Championship 2013

Lebanese players on top boards in all rounds!!!!

With the participation of 2 Grand Masters, 2 International Masters, 1 Woman International Master and 4 Fide Masters, the least of what we can say that the 6th Beirut Open was a successful event, taking into consideration the critical situation that the country is passing through it. Several things distinguished this year edition. Firstly, the Armenian GM Tigran Kotanjian had to share first place with the Ukrainian IM Alexander Nosenko, with 7.5 points each, as the former lost his game in the 8th round against the Jordanian IM Sami Khader, a game during which Sami played a magnificent attacking plan, and concluded it brilliantly.

Secondly, and the most important phenomenon of the event, is the Lebanese players performances, especially the non-titled ones. When the last time did you hear, dear reader, that 3 (!!) Lebanese Champions were defeated by the same player in the same tournament? Answer: Nowhere, except here! Please look at the following match card,

Rd. SNo.   Name IRtg FED Pts Res. C
1 46   Hamed Ghazi 0 PLE 3.5 1 w
2 64   Tabaa Ghayth 0 SYR 5.5 1 b
3 5 FM Khairallah Faisal 2290 LIB 4.5 1 w
4 4 IM Khader Sami 2374 JOR 7.0 0 w
5 6 FM Najjar Ahmad 2264 LIB 6.0 1 b
6 8 CM Sakr Nassim 2148 LIB 6.0 1 w
7 2 GM Kotanjian Tigran 2526 ARM 7.5 0 b
8 7 FM Kassis Antoine 2191 LIB 4.5 1 b
9 1 GM Barsov Alexei 2533 UZB 7.0 ½ w

 

which belongs to Marwan Nassar !!!! I think it is the first time that a player, rated 2044, beat: Faisal Khairallah, the current champion, Ahmad Najjar and Antoine Kassis. Please, pay attention, dear reader, to the list of titles of his opponents, especially of his last round (!) one and the corresponding result. Bravo Marwan.

Another player card:

Rd. SNo.   Name IRtg FED Pts Res. C
1 44   Hajou Mohamad 0 PLE 1.0 1 w
2 29   Bedrosian Danielle 1735 LIB 3.0 1 b
3 3 IM Nosenko Alexander 2494 UKR 7.5 ½ w
4 7 FM Kassis Antoine 2191 LIB 4.5 ½ b
5 18   Muhssen Fared Saleh 1977 IRQ 6.0 1 w
6 1 GM Barsov Alexei 2533 UZB 7.0 0 b
7 63   Tabaa Basel 0 SYR 5.5 ½ w
8 64   Tabaa Ghayth 0 SYR 5.5 1 b
9 20 WIM Dahdal Lougain 1972 JOR 5.5 1 w

This one belongs to: Mahdi Karouri (Elo 2052); just one loss in the 7th round to the Uzbek GM Alexi Barsov. Dear VIP federation members, it is time to take action and bring, as soon as possible, a professional trainer to the national young talents, as a period of just less than one and a half year separate us from the next Olympiad.

Thirdly, it was a good and courage decision by the Amicale Notre Dame Chess Club, the organizers of the event, to adopt the live transmission on the net of the 4 top boards, the first to occur in Lebanon. More on the way!!

Final standing:

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts
1 2 GM Kotanjian Tigran 2526 ARM 7.5
2 3 IM Nosenko Alexander 2494 UKR 7.5
3 1 GM Barsov Alexei 2533 UZB 7.0
4 4 IM Khader Sami 2374 JOR 7.0
5 14   Nassar Marwan 2044 LIB 6.5
6 12   Kaouri Mahdi 2052 LIB 6.5
7 23   Hammoud Nadim 1885 LIB 6.5
8 6 FM Najjar Ahmad 2264 LIB 6.0
  8 CM Sakr Nassim 2148 LIB 6.0
10 11   Bassel Charaf 2053 LIB 6.0
11 18   Muhssen Fared Saleh 1977 IRQ 6.0
12 19 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1974 LIB 6.0
13 10   Shamieh Jamal 2071 LIB 5.5
14 64   Tabaa Ghayth 0 SYR 5.5
15 63   Tabaa Basel 0 SYR 5.5
16 17   Sharbel Marwan 1980 LIB 5.5
17 20 WIM Dahdal Lougain 1972 JOR 5.5
18 9   Hariri Nizar 2090 LIB 5.5
19 30   Mikati Hani 1641 LIB 5.5
20 26   Razan Alshaeby 1786 JOR 5.5
21 16   Moudallal Tarek 1984 LIB 5.0
22 54   Kfoury Raymond 0 LIB 5.0
23 25   Elayyash Rawad 1832 LIB 5.0
24 33   Berbari Imad 0 LIB 5.0
25 35   Chahrour Mohamad 0 LIB 5.0
26 21   Haydar Amin 1901 LIB 5.0
  37   Djikerian Rafi 0 PLE 5.0
28 59   Oknayan Krikor 0 LIB 5.0
29 7 FM Kassis Antoine 2191 LIB 4.5
30 5 FM Khairallah Faisal 2290 LIB 4.5
31 50   Kabalan Farah 0 LIB 4.5
32 13   Khechen Nabil E 2046 LIB 4.5
  15   Asmar Elie 2030 LIB 4.5
34 24   Bohlok Houssam 1873 LIB 4.5
35 34   Bou Hamdan Samir 0 LIB 4.5
36 55   Khairallah Ralph 0 LIB 4.5
37 49   Jawhar Oussama 0 LIB 4.0
38 51   Kabalan Mohamad 0 LIB 4.0
39 27   Jabr Bernard 1782 LIB 4.0
40 47   Hanna Adib 0 LIB 4.0
41 38   Fadel Youri 0 LIB 4.0
42 42   Fawaz Kassem 0 LIB 4.0
43 39   Farhat Ayad 0 LIB 4.0
44 41   Farhat Yahya 0 LIB 4.0
45 62   Slaiby Youssef 0 LIB 3.5
46 56   Khallouf Abdallah 0 LIB 3.5
47 43   Geha Marc 0 LIB 3.5
48 45   Hamawi Karim 0 LIB 3.5
49 61   Said Hassan 0 PLE 3.5
50 46   Hamed Ghazi 0 PLE 3.5
51 53   Kaymekmian Houchik 0 LIB 3.5
52 29   Bedrosian Danielle 1735 LIB 3.0
53 65   Fakih Mohamad 0 LIB 3.0
54 32   Aboudahr Ezzeddine 0 LIB 3.0
55 40   Farhat Hady 0 LIB 3.0
56 58   Milan Sami 0 LIB 3.0
57 52   Kamar Naim 0 PLE 2.5
58 57   Lakhoyan Hrag 0 LIB 2.0
59 60   Saadeh Antoine 0 LIB 1.5
60 44   Hajou Mohamad 0 PLE 1.0
61 22   Jouni Hassan 1895 LIB 0.0
  28   Abou El Hussen Amir 1750 LIB 0.0
  31   Abi Nader Charles 0 LIB 0.0
  36   Darwish Munir Hamde 0 PLE 0.0
  48   Hanna Naji 0 LIB 0.0

 

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