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Round 8 of the 41st Lebanese Individual Championship – Final Stage 2015

Amr ElJawish – Flying high

The long awaited encounter between Amr ElJawish and Faisal Khairallah didn’t disappoint the chess enthusiasts. It seems that the 2 of them were well prepared for their game. The Modern Defense adopted by Faisal forced Amr to fortify his center, obtaining a stable advantage. Decentralizing his queen was most probably the cause of Black’s downfall, as his king was in a need for a dark-squares protection against Amr’s heavy army invasion. 2 open files for rooks, supported by a strong center and opponent’s weak king side were more than enough for Amr to force the matter in attacking Faisal’s king and queen!! Faisal‘s resignation was accepted with a relief from both of their Majesties.

The Maroczy setup adopted by Elie Asmar against Dr. Mahmoud Maasarani’s Dragon variation gave him the spatial advantage. The knight maneuver on the queen side leaded Maasarani to nowhere. While Elie was centralizing his pieces, a nervous reaction in the center by his opponent gave him a large advantage: Semi open d-file for his heavy pieces with a weak black d-pawn, which dropped quickly in White’s hand. Dr. Mahmoud tried to generate some counter-play but in vain. 2 connected passed pawns were too difficult to stop their march.

Another one side game occurred on the board between Amir Abou ElHusn (White) and Bassel Charaf. Amir adopted the Mieses variation of the Scotch Opening, a variation that needs deep preparation due to its tense nature. If you have an aggressive style and faced with an aggressive setup from your opponent the tension will be doubled, and a single mistake will have  fatal consequences. That was what happened in the mentioned encounter. 13 Nc3?? , a famous and normal developing move was the cause of the downfall of White’s game. Bassel sensed this, and in a master style launched a smashed attack against Amir’s king. Not waiting for the coup de grace, Amir resigned.

Jamal Shamiyeh won by forfeit against Karim Hamaoui, who was late for his game. The eternal problem persists: Traffic jam.

In a somewhat calm opening, the London system against Antoine Kassis’ King’ s Indian Defense, Ahmad Najjar succeeded in generating a strong initiative on the queen side, reached a winning position, to throw away most of it in just one move (20 b5? instead of the winning c5!!), enabling Antoine to return to the game. Strangely, Ahmad accepted the draw offer on the 25th move in a position full of play and advantageous for him. Each one has his own secrets.

The game between AbdelAziz Mahmoud and Mohamad Salman ended in a draw, but was full of fight. (Some mistakes were made in writing the moves on the score sheets, so I put just the right/clear ones in the PGN file)

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

 

From the standing above, it seems that the last rounds will contain a lot of fight, especially from the players who are eager to guarantee their seats in the next forthcoming Olympiad,

 

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