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Round 10 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016


A draw will be enough

After winning both of the their games, Faisal Khairallah and Ahmad Najjar shared the lead in the championship with 7.5 points each, followed by Amr ElJawish with 6.5 points, after drawing with Antoine Kassis.

As mentioned in the previous report, Ahmad will have a Bye in the last round, while Faisal is going to face Mohamad Habash. By theory, due to the Elo and experience differences, Faisal’s game will be a nice trip to win against Mohamad, and if he was generous of conceding a draw, it is on Mohammad’s shoulders to decide the game’s trend, depending on his preparation, as he will have the White pieces to face the leader. Anything can happen.

The win of Faisal over Mohammad Farhat was somewhat without problem, as the later didn’t make any real threat to the advantageous position of the former. Mohammad‘s bad handling of the opening enabled his opponent to win a valuable point with a dominant position. Instead of waiting for another loss of pawn, and being suffocated by the white’s pieces, Mohammad’ stopping the clock was a wise decision.

The f3 variation used by Antoine Kassis against Amr’s Sicilian Najdorf is reputed as the most solid, with prospect winning chances. Just see how Carlsen beat Kariakin in the final tie-break game to retain his title. Little by little, Antoine advantage increases, due to his dominant knights, targeting black weak squares, and a favorable pawn structure. In order to avoid the worse, Amr offered a draw, which was surprisingly accepted by Antoine, as it was his last chance to be placed 3rd in the final ranking list. Tiredness? No more ambition? Satisfying in being in the top 5 instead of 3? Only Antoine can answer.

Giorgio Kaoust, with his game against Ahmad Najjar, played his opening solidly, though not ambitiously enough to create any serious threat. The fianchetto bishop is the most valuable piece that most importantly protects the white squares gaps around the white king. The decision of parting with it must be taken with precise care. But Giorgio made that positional mistake, and his king had to pay dearly.


The AbdelAziz ElMahmoud – Tarek Mudallal encounter was a one sided game. The play of AbdelAziz in the opening solid, and needed from his opponent the usual creativity to break it. The offering of the b3-pawn gift was accepted and the hell’s doors were opened. White’s pieces smashed Black’s position. Continuing to game with a knight less was nonsense for Tarek.

The English opening was the one the most played in this championship with ups and downs results. And the game between Gen. Hassan Jouni and Mahdi Kaouri wasn’t an exception. Instead of continuing his normal play on the queen side, White was attracted by Black’s play in the center and on the king side. A strategy that enabled the black pieces to dominate all the central black squares, as well as the ones around the white king. By stopping the clock, White avoids his king being mated on the next move.

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Ranking Crosstable after Round 10
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Res. Koya
1 3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 LBN * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1   1 1 ½
2 8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 LBN ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½
3 5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 LBN ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 + 1 ½ 1   0 3
4 10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 LBN 0 0 ½ * ½   1 1 1 1 1 6 0 1
5 4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 LBN 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½   1 0 2
6 1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 LBN ½ 0 0   ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5 0 1
7 9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 LBN 0 1 - 0 0 0 *   1 1 1 4 0 1
8 2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 LBN 0 0 0 0 0 ½   * 1 ½ 1 3 0 ½
9 7   Habash Mohamad 1883 LBN   0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ 0 2 ½
10 6   Farhat Mohamed 1792 LBN 0 0 0 0   0 0 ½ ½ * 1 2 ½ 0
11 11   Jouni Hassan 1792 LBN 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 0

 

Round 1 on 2016/11/23 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1  -  0   Jouni Hassan 1792 11
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 0  -  1   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 ½  -  ½ FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 ½  -  ½   Habash Mohamad 1883 7
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 1  -  0   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026     Bye 0  
Round 2 on 2016/11/24 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
11   Jouni Hassan 1792 0  -  1   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
7   Habash Mohamad 1883 ½  -  ½ FM El Jawich Amro 2243 5
8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 ½  -  ½ FM Kassis Antoine 2136 4
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 0  -  1 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 3
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 ½  -  ½   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 2
10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113     Bye 0  
Round 3 on 2016/11/25 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 1  -  0   Jouni Hassan 1792 11
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 1  -  0   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 1  -  0   Moudallal Tarek 2026 9
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 ½  -  ½ FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
6   Farhat Mohamed 1792 ½  -  ½   Habash Mohamad 1883 7
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126     Bye 0  
Round 4 on 2016/11/27 at 16:00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
11   Jouni Hassan 1792 1  -  0   Habash Mohamad 1883 7
8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 1  -  0   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 -  -  + FM El Jawich Amro 2243 5
10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 ½  -  ½ FM Kassis Antoine 2136 4
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 ½  -  ½ FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 3
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542     Bye 0  
Round 5 on 2016/11/28 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 1  -  0   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 2
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 ½  -  ½ CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 ½  -  ½   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
6   Farhat Mohamed 1792 0  -  1   Moudallal Tarek 2026 9
7   Habash Mohamad 1883 0  -  1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
11   Jouni Hassan 1792     Bye 0  
Round 6 on 2016/11/29 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
11   Jouni Hassan 1792 0  -  1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 1  -  0   Habash Mohamad 1883 7
10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 1  -  0   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 0  -  1 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 5
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 0  -  1 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 4
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251     Bye 0  
Round 7 on 2016/11/30 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 1  -  0   Jouni Hassan 1792 11
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 1  -  0   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 2
6   Farhat Mohamed 1792 0  -  1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1
7   Habash Mohamad 1883 0  -  1   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 0  -  1   Moudallal Tarek 2026 9
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136     Bye 0  
Round 8 on 2016/12/02 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
11   Jouni Hassan 1792 0  -  1   Moudallal Tarek 2026 9
10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 0  -  1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 ½  -  ½   Habash Mohamad 1883 7
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 ½  -  ½   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 1  -  0 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 4
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243     Bye 0  
Round 9 on 2016/12/03 at 18.30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 1  -  0   Jouni Hassan 1792 11
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 ½  -  ½ FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 3
7   Habash Mohamad 1883 0  -  1   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 2
8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 1  -  0 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 0  -  1   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
6   Farhat Mohamed 1792     Bye 0  
Round 10 on 2016/12/04 at 16:00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
11   Jouni Hassan 1792 0  -  1   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 10
1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1  -  0   Moudallal Tarek 2026 9
2   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 0  -  1 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 8
3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 1  -  0   Farhat Mohamed 1792 6
4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 ½  -  ½ FM El Jawich Amro 2243 5
7   Habash Mohamad 1883     Bye 0  
Round 11 on 2016/12/05 at 18:30
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 -   Jouni Hassan 1792 11
6   Farhat Mohamed 1792 - FM Kassis Antoine 2136 4
7   Habash Mohamad 1883 - FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 3
9   Moudallal Tarek 2026 -   Kaloust Giorgio 1542 2
10   Kaouri Mahdi 2113 - CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 1
8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312     Bye 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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