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Lebanese 2014 Individual Qualification Championship

Jamal Shamiyeh is back!! With 6.5 (!!) points out of 7 possible ones, and a full point difference from his followers, Jamal proved that he is a force that can be reckoned with. Every one (nearly) expected that the seed number 1 FM Amr El Jawish will win it easily, but round 3 board 1 …

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Lebanese Chess Fever

That is the least with which I can describe the chess situation among the Lebanese players.  In April, WFM Maya Jalloul shared 3rd place in the Women Sharjah Cup. In the meantime, the current champion FM Ibrahim Chahrour and his runner-up FM Ahmad Najjar participated in the very strong Asian Individual Championship, scoring 4 points …

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Lebanon in Chess Olympiads

Lebanon in Chess Olympiads: Statistics and Curiosities First of all, let me take the opportunity to wish for the Lebanese Olympic teams (Men and Women) all the luck in the Tromso Olympiad (Norway). Men’s team is composed of: FM Faisal Khairallah, FM Antoine Kassis, FM Amr ElJawish, FM Ibrahim Chahrour and Bassel Charaf (Captain: GM …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 1

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 1: Missed Opportunities With 882 players in the Open (Men) section, and 675 in the Women one, the organizers of the 41st Olympiad in Tromsø (Norway) can be more than satisfied, especially that more than 256 GMs are taking part in the Open and 20 ladies holding the GM titles in the …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 10

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 10 A tense penultimate round That the least what we can say about today’s round games. In the Women section, Lebanon faced Costa Rica. On board one, Knarik Mouradian played with the black pieces the King’s Indian Defense against WFM Olga Gamboa. Kanarik reacted very well to the ambitious Averbakh variation executed …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 11

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 11 Think always positive I try to use this motto during my daily work, especially on preparation for, during, and at the conclusion of big events. And what if that event was the biggest one ever? Taking a look a back, processing the details, especially the negative ones, drawing conclusions, taking notes …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 2

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 2: A bad day for the Lebanese ladies Playing on one of the top matches is not an easy task, especially against one of the strongest teams of the world. This pressure can be sensed by the Lebanese ladies ‘games moves against their Hungarian opponents’. On board one, Knarik Mouradian adopted the King’s …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 3

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 3: A day of King’s Indian Attack This opening is serving well the Lebanese players, men and ladies alike. The ladies beat their Fiji opponents 3 – 1. I expected a 4 -0 results, but Danielle started playing a series of weak moves throwing away her winning position to her unrated opponent. …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 4

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 4:It could be a clear wash Yes indeed, The Men’s team, facing the Malta one, missed the opportunity to put the full 4 points into their pocket. Faisal Khairallah, playing Black against the CM David Vincenti, adopted the Leningrad variation of the Dutch defense. An imprecise move from David in the opening …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 5

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 5: 1.5 points gift from Lebanon to Moldova Lebanese people are famous for their generosity, not only in the home land but abroad also. For a tiny proof, just take a look at their match, in the Open (Men) section against the strong team of Moldova. It is not in every tournament …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 6

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 6: A good day for the Ladies, a bad one for the Gentlemen Yesterday’s rest day is usually an occasion for the players to recharge their brains’ batteries. Some did, some recharged them partially, and others preferred to recharge other parts of their body’s batteries. In the Women section, Knarik Mouradian, playing …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 7

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 7 Nerves. Nerves As the Olympiad enters now its second part, the players’ nerves and composure play a very important role in their match preparation. In the Open section of this round, it seems that the Jordanian players were better prepared than their Lebanese opponents. On board one, Faisal Khairallah, playing Black …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 8

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 8 Please don’t get mated on the board As I opened the chess24 app on my mobile (too much lags on the official Olympiad website), looking, in the Open section, for the Men team, I was expecting Lebanon: 4 – San Marino: 0, to be somewhat surprised by the 3:1 result. After …

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Tromsø Olympiad: Round 9

Tromsø Olympiad: Round 9 Not properly a cool round The Fide presidency election was the hot spot of today’s news. His Excellency Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was reelected as President of FIDE, with 110 votes against 61 for Garry Kasparov. Back to earth now. Although Lebanese Men team made a tie with their New Zealander opponent, the …

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