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Round 10 of the 41st Lebanese Individual Championship – Final Stage 2015

Amr El-Jawish :The Champion of Lebanon with one round to go

Playing a certain 15 moves of a certain variation means one of two things: either the 2 players know what they are heading for in the long run or they found a certain forced sequence of moves that they can’t avoid. When looking at the Amr El-Jawish – Karim Hamwi game, it was enough for the former to double his rooks on the e-file, make the break-through then another one on the queen side leading to the collapse of Black position. This raises the question: Why playing this type of line, as Black, if a further plan is not prepared or studied in advance?

I don’t know how much the players of this championship were relying on their engines in their games preparation for the championship, but without studying the classics no one can achieve anything, even on short term prospect.

Take a look at Jamal Shamiyeh – Mohamad ElSalman game. Just few moves and they are out of theory. You are seeing adventure. You are watching a real chess game (the round 9 game between Antoine Kassis and AbdelAziz ElMahmoud came to my mind). Black took the advantage, then, after a mistake White equalized his chances. Then again White made a mistake from which Black couldn’t get profit the most of it. Then a tactical sequel of strokes from both sides put Jamal in the driving seat, when, in the endgame phase, Jamal sacrificed his advantage of the exchange to reach a winning pawn endgame, forcing Mohamad to resign. A nice game to watch,

The same can be said of Elie Asmar – Antoine Kassis game, but with a different result. Elie went for the all attack in the Nimzo-Larsen Attack against Antoine’s King’s Indian Defense. It was like a do-or-die strategy. In a superior position, Antoine’s exchange of queens led to evaporation of his advantage, which passed to Elie. The later seems that he couldn’t adjust to the new situation and accepted the peace offer of his opponent. Possibly the tournament situation forced him to maintain his advantageous position in the top standing of the players.

The longest game (74 moves) of the championship was played between Amir Abou El-Husn and Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani. In a Pirc Defense, each contender treated the opening in his way. A complicated middle game with ups and downs from both players ended in a stable advantage for Black in the endgame. Then, most probably due to time trouble, Dr. Massarani started a series of low-rated moves, conceded his advantage, and after some tricky moves from Amir, the white b-pawn couldn’t be stopped from the promotion, forcing Black to resign.

When watching the game Faisal Khairallah – Bassel Charaf, one gets the impression that Faisal is taking his anger out from his last couple of losses. His Saemisch variation against Bassel’s Nimzo-Indian defense guaranteed him a pawn avalanche on the king side. Bassel couldn’t adjust to the new situation, weakened his king’s protection, which permitted to Faisal’s attack to succeed in scoring the full point.

Another game I was pleased to see its moves was between Ahmad Najjar (White) and AbdelAziz ElMahmoud. Attacks, defenses, counter-attacsk, maneuvering with different types of pieces, even attacks in the endgame. The 2 players gave most of them in this game, to produce the second longest game, till now, in the number of moves (73)in this championship. I think Ahmad was trying to score a win against his opponent to keep a shade of hope to win the ultimate title, but it would be too risky to avoid the peace proposed by his opponent.

With this draw and one round to go, Amr El-Jawish guarantees the win of the ultimate title with 1.5 points away from his nearest rival Ahmad Najjar.

Congratulations Amr

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Pts

1

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2204

*

1

½

1

1

½

½

1

1

1

1

2

12

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2243

0

*

0

1

½

½

1

1

1

1

1

7

3

1

Asmar Elie

1995

½

1

*

1

½

½

0

1

1

½

½

4

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2303

0

0

0

*

½

1

1

½

1

1

1

6

5

10

FM

Kassis Antoine

2147

0

½

½

½

*

½

½

½

½

+

1

6

6

Bassel Charaf

2111

½

½

0

½

*

½

½

½

1

½

1

7

11

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2123

½

½

0

½

½

*

½

1

0

½

1

5

8

9

Al Salman Mohamad

1833

0

0

1

½

½

½

½

*

0

0

+

4

9

8

Maasarani Mahmoud

2087

0

0

0

½

½

0

1

*

½

1

0

10

2

Shamieh Jamal

2127

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

½

*

+

0

11

7

Hamawi Karim

1871

0

0

½

-

½

½

-

0

-

*

1

12

3

Abou El Hussen Amir

1905

0

0

½

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

*

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