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Round 3 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016

An instructive and tense round


The Grand Prix Attack always generates exciting games, and the encounter between Amr ElJawish and Ahmad Najjar wasn’t an exception. After a somewhat balanced opening, Ahmad starts play on both sides of the board, making a psychological pressure on Amr, who snatched the b4 pawn with a nice game and conserved the advantage for a long series of moves. Though the advantage was still in Amr’s possession, the influence of Ahmad’s illusionistic initiative, especially the black bishops advanced posts put a lot of pressure on the former play. Amr’s imprecise move (25 b4?!), instead of the strong 25 f5) enabled Ahmad to net the exchange for a pawn, with a nice initiative in the endgame. But his king wanted to play a hero or a kamikaze role, which permitted Amr to find a clever idea: closing the door to the black king and forcing a perpetual check, and the split of the point. A high tense game.

A crazy game was on the schedule of the encounter between Mohamad Farhat and Mohamad ElHsabash. The game started as a Queen’s gambit declined to be changed to the Tarrasch (or the semi-Tarrasch) , then jumping , after transposition of moves to the Panov-Botvinnik attack that can be reached from a Caro-Kann or a Nimzo-Indian defense! What an acrobat job! I don’t know why, but I got the feeling that both of them get trapped by the other moves order, as a lot of opening subtleties were missed by each other. As there is no time to cover them all here, enough to say that, after winning the d4-pawn, ElHabash avoided the repetition of moves that Farhat was trying to impose on his opponent, sacrificed an exchange in an open center, making a game live again. A crazy endgame arose, where the rooks and the bishops dominated the open board, a very complicated endgame that needed a lot of patient and calculation. Farhat could kept his material and positional advantage but preferred to allow his opponent to repeat the moves, putting an end to the raise of the blood pressure of each of them, and of mine.

A calm game arose between Giorgio Kaloust and Gen. Hassan Jouni. After stabilizing the center, the later succeeded in generating a certain initiative on the queen side. The refusal of Giorgio to repeat the moves is an indication of the evolution of this inner psycho, a fighter is born. It suffices for Gen. Jouni to play the innocent, but mistaken, looking move (30..Rcc2) to let Giorgio taking the initiative (I will let you, dear reader, to discover Giorgio excellent  move by yourself). After that, he didn’t let his opponent escape. A growing initiative on the queen side, supported by a 2 ranging bishops and an approaching zugzwang forced Gen, Jouni to sacrifice his knight for the white passed b-pawn, and, after few moves, to stop the clock. I am sure that this win will push Giorgio, and his parents, to celebrate his first win in the championship (but, please, not the last one).

The four pawns attack is one, if not the most, of the dangerous system against the King’s Indian defense. The player with the black pieces must study, and practice, some long, forced, and importantly, tactical lines in order just to be afloat! No invention or novelty is permitted from him, not even choosing a second rated line. And that was the mistake committed by Mahdi Kaouri in his game, as Black, against Faisal Khairallah. The latter didn’t let the initiative go. Pressure, pressure, then cashing, cashing, followed by a resourceful technical maneuvering, and the game point is collected. I like very much the traps that Mahdi tried to push Faisal into them, and how the later avoided them with counter traps. A class game.

A King’s Indian Attack (KIA) player doesn’t need an invitation to start his initiative, being on the queen or the king side. It is in his blood. What if his opponent does nothing? The sit-and-wait policy adopted by Tarek against Antoine Kassis’ KIA was a dream strategy for the later. A calm play, space advantage in the center, typical maneuvering of the white bishop, as well as for his knight, result in the creation of a passed pawn. The technical queen maneuver applied by Antoine cleared the way to the promotion of the passed pawn. The only way for Tarek to avoid being mated or the appearing of a new white queen was to stop the clock. Being patient was the key factor of this game.

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Results and standing:

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 - 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

 

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

 

 

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