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Round 2 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016

A lucky escape by the Champion!

Am I setting the board in the right way? What about the players ‘colors? Anything wrong? No. Everything is right. My eyes are not deceiving me. Amr ElJawich is losing! Is that possible? Is Mohamad ElHabash going to play the game of his life by defeating the Lebanese champion, proving that he deserves his place in the final? It seems that yesterday’s draw against an x-champion wasn’t a beginner’s luck. All what he need now was a precise technique to convert his devastating advantage into a full point. But a last imprecise move, a king’s retreat in a rook endgame, enabled Amr to construct a theoretical drawn position. What an escape. Dear readers, you have to keep an eye on the new comer, Mohamad El-Habash.

What about the game between AbdelAziz Mahmoud and the young Giorgio Kaloust? A difference of more than 580 Elo points is more than a enough sign that it will be an easy game for the former. Nothing of this sort. A well endgame play and a tenacious defense from the young Giorgio put a limit to all the attempts by AbdelAziz to make a certain breakthrough. The nice technique of Giorgio to save the half point deserves a praise, especially against an x-champion.

The game between Gen. Hassan  Jouni and Mohamad Farhat was a little bit dull, till a certain imprecise moves by the former on the queen side enabled the later to generate a certain initiative. The cramped position of the white pieces and the passive play resulted in blundering the white queen, and the game point.

The game between the 2 x-champions Ahmad Najjar  and Antoine Kassis witnessed another unclear play on the queen side. The draw by the 3-times repetition was fair for both players.

The game between Tarek Moudallal and another x-champion Faisal Khairallah could be taken as a model how to profit from the lack of development, even in the endgame phase. Not just about the development, but also about the domination of a knight over  bishop, active rook and king and his triangulation, importance of central pawns, and especially the waiting maneuver and patience adopted by Faisal to recapture the shattered white pawns, all those, and more, can be taken as an instructive lesson to be taught in chess classes. Sorry Tarek, but that is my feeling.

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