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Round 4 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016

A solid round

If the win of Amr El Jawish over Tarek Moudallal (by forfeit of the later) is disregarded, and the high tension of a couple of games of the first round, I noticed that the level of opening preparation and the players’ solid play in the 4 rounds are very impressive. Some games went even deep to some 12 or more deep plies, a symptom that indicates the increase of chess education among the Lebanese players.

The modest opening adopted by Mahdi Kaoury against the Sicilian defense of Antoine Kassis enabled the later to equalize too early, and even obtained an edge in a French type structure. The exchange of several pieces, queens included, didn’t left too much play for both contenders. The split of the game point was the normal result.

Although the draw by repetition of moves was the result of the encounter between AbdelAziz Mahmoud and Faisal Khairallah, the opening phase and the subsequent play were very interesting. The English defense of Faisal against the English opening of AbdelAziz (yes, no mistake in the naming!) generates a tense middle game, but the play didn’t cross of the border of risk free. The precise play of both players enabled the signature of peace.

On the contrary of the mentioned games, the other 2 ones witnessed blood shed on the board. Gen. Hassan Jouni scored his first win in the championship by beating Mohamad ElHabash in a game where the former adopted the English opening, reaching a dream position without any sign of counter play from his opponent. The outside queen side passed pawn, promoted to a queen, enabled a quick win on the weakened white squares around ElHabash’s king.

The exchange Slav was on the schedule of the game between Ahmad Najjar and Mohamad Farhat. More than a dozen of theoretical moves were played, enabling Mohamad to obtain a solid position. A miscalculation by him permitted Ahmad to win a pawn and liquidated into a winning heavy pieces endgame. Not waiting to see the white queen side rolling, Mohamad preferred to stop the clocks.

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Ranking Crosstable after Round 4

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 3 0 2
2 5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 LBN * ½ ½ 1 + 3 0 ½
3 8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 LBN ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½
4 4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 LBN ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
5 1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 LBN ½ * ½ 1 2 0 1
6 10 Kaouri Mahdi 2113 LBN 0 ½ * 1 0
7 7 Habash Mohamad 1883 LBN ½ ½ * ½ 0 0 1
8 2 Kaloust Giorgio 1542 LBN ½ 0 * 1 0 ½
9 6 Farhat Mohamed 1792 LBN 0 0 ½ * 1 0 0
10 11 Jouni Hassan 1792 LBN 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 0
11 9 Moudallal Tarek 2026 LBN 0 - 0 * 0 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 - 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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