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Round 8 of Zonal 3.1 – Doha 2013

Fadi drew, Maya lost

It wasn’t just a draw, but a great fighting game. Fadi, playing White against the leader of the zonal, the Iranian GM Pouria Darini, was faced with the topical theoretical Najdorf variation of the Open Sicilian (May I add the Topalov line [the h5 push] in the Najdorf !!). A typical complex middle game arose with chances for both sides. The black e-passed pawn forced Fadi to seek salvation in an endgame. It seems that he wings of the win have start dancing in the Iranian mind, as he sacrificed the exchange on the c6 (not on c3 !!), expecting a quick triumph. But Fadi was up to the task, eliminating gradually all Black’s counter-play, and even succeeded in creating winning chances. He was in a need for a couple of precise moves (and couple of minutes on his clock) just to limit Pouria ‘ s king activity. But the later succeeded in finding a saving resource, forcing the repetition of the position, and the splitting of the point. It is a very interesting game from a technical point of view, which needed to be studied calmly at home!

May be her situation in the tournament forced Maya to adopt the Veresov opening against her Jordanian opponent, the WIM Lougain Dahdal. The later reacted well, and both reached the middle game phase with equal chances, though Maya’s king protection is weakened somewhat. Then, suddenly, with her 23 f4 (?), Maya opened the gate to Lougain’s pieces to infiltrate in her camp. Instead of defending solidly, Maya pushed her king upward, enabling the Jordanian master to conduct a mating attack against it. The end was near. So Maya resigned.

Standing after round 8:

Men:

Rk.

 

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

1

GM

Darini Pouria

IRI

2530

6.5

2

GM

Golizadeh Asghar

IRI

2486

6

3

GM

Al-Modiahki Mohamad

QAT

2550

5

4

GM

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

IRI

2568

5

5

GM

Al-Sayed Mohammed

QAT

2502

4.5

6

IM

Khader Sami

JOR

2374

4.5

7

FM

Ahmed Ali Layth Ahmed

IRQ

2319

4

8

IM

Nezad Husein Aziz

QAT

2410

3.5

9

IM

Eid Fadi

LIB

2364

3.5

10

 

Al-Hajiri Bader

KUW

2019

3.5

11

FM

Alhuwar Jasem

UAE

2268

3

12

 

Al Ghamdi , Ahmed M 

KSA

0

3

13

 

Tamra Attallah

PLE

2080

2

14

FM

Faraj Yahya

YEM

2264

2

 

Women:

Rk.

 

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

1

GM

Zhu Chen

QAT

2491

7.5

2

WIM

Hejazipour Mitra

IRI

2236

7

3

WIM

Ghader Pour Shayesteh

IRI

2242

6.5

4

WIM

Dahdal Lougain

JOR

1972

4.5

5

WIM

Saleh Nora Mohd

UAE

1892

4.5

6

WFM

Jalloul Maya M.

LIB

1962

3

7

 

Al-Khelaifi Aisha

QAT

1681

3

 

WFM

Al-Khelaifi Salama

QAT

1810

3

9

 

Faqeeh Aseel

PLE

0

1

10

 

AL-Ramadan Nadya

KUW

0

0

 

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(The pictures were taken during the play of round 7)

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