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Round 7 of the 41st Lebanese Individual Championship – Final Stage 2015

Round 7 of the 41st Lebanese Individual Championship – Final Stage 2015


Amr ElJawish : SOLO

The battle between generations is always interesting. What if the leading of the championship was on the stake? The experienced Ahmad Najjar adopted with the black pieces the Modern Defense against the young Amr ElJawish, an opening which was transposed after few moves to the Accelerated Dragon of the Sicilian Defense, to finish with the Classical Variation of the later. I doubt about the correctness of the choice of Ahmad to this variation, as his opponent is well known for his experience of the fianchetto system, especially the King’s Indian. But Ahmad Najjar remains Ahmad Najjar. Amr profited from the slight advantage resulting from the opening phase, to increase it in the middle game stage, a stage where Ahmad for a certain reason couldn’t tolerate the presence of 2 white knights on the board, resulting in exchanging one of them for his white-squares bishop, followed by giving up the exchange in the hope of creating a certain counter-play on the queen side or forming a fortress. Amr seized his change to generate an exemplary attack on Ahmad’s king, resulting in a fascinating heavy pieces maneuvering, forcing Ahmad to dispose his arms.

The Faisal Khairallah – Amir Abou ElHusn encounter was somewhat a one side game. The imprecise opening moves from Amir in his Nimzo-Indian defense gave Faisal a large advantage: Space, domination in the center, 2 bishops, outpost for the minor pieces, and a free attack on the king side, not to mention the weaknesses in the Black camp, going from a weak isolated d-pawn to passive pieces deployment. The black piece sacrifice on the white center was a desperate attempt to generate something. Immediately  resigning was the right move executed by Amir.

Mohamad Al Salman adopted the Fianchetto Variation against Antoine Kassis’ King’s Indian defense. The game proceeded somewhat in a calm way, where each player was trying to improve his position. 26 g4? was an attempt by Mohamad to initiate a certain attack, which was masterly refuted by Antoine, gaining him a sure advantage, later to be thrown away. The blunder on move 35 by Antoine (35..c4?)  wasn’t noticed by Mohamad 9time trouble for both sides?), who was eager to get to the Black king. One hesitated move from White was what Antoine waiting for, to force a perpetual, and to end the game peacefully, but not without fight.

The new comer Karim Hamwi played an interesting game, with White, against Elie Asmar. Karim transposed to the Scotch Opening, and chose the Meisis variation, gaining the necessary the space advantage for his pieces. This forced Elie to the defensive with the only chance to make some counter-play on the queen side. An interesting exchange sacrifice by Karim put the oil the fire, and Elie was forced, few moves later, to return the gift. After several exchanges the position somewhat stabilized, resulting in fortress by Black, where the extra white knight couldn’t show its effect. This highly fighting game resulted in a draw, a game that proves what the new generation is capable of.

Another bad day for Jamal, who played with the black pieces against Bassel Charaf. Jamal, with his Grunfeld setup, tried to generate some play against Bassel’ solid center, but in vain. The space counts for something, and that was proved by Bassel. Played it à la Leko, Bassel, with a passed pawn supported by an active king converted his advantage to a full point.

The waiting policy adopted by Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani against AbdelAziz Mahmoud didn’t pay him much. AbdelAziz, who manipulated the black pieces, profited masterly from the open d-file for his heavy pieces, and the light ones alike, to generate a fierce attack, resulting in a tactical stroke that put the White king in a sorrow state. Resigning was the only way to end Maasarani’ suffer.


Ranking Crosstable after Round 7
Rank SNo. Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 4 FM El Jawich Amro 2204 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6
2 1 Asmar Elie 1995 ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5
3 5 FM Khairallah Faisal 2303 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 5
4 12 FM Najjar Ahmad 2243 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 5
5 6 Bassel Charaf 2111 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4
6 10 FM Kassis Antoine 2147 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ + 1 4
7 11 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2123 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 0
8 8 Maasarani Mahmoud 2087 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 3
9 9 Al Salman Mohamad 1833 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * +
10 7 Hamawi Karim 1871 ½ 0 ½ - ½ 0 - *
11 3 Abou El Hussen Amir 1905 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 * 1
12 2 Shamieh Jamal 2127 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1


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