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Round 5 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016

More theoretical preparation is needed

After scrolling the moves of the 5th round games, I noticed a lack of theoretical knowledge of the opening phase, as well as in the middle game one, on most of the board. Some want to surprise his opponent with an early deviation, others just cited the moves without deep understanding of the issuing middle game requirement. What to do to cover those gaps? Sometimes the engines can find a solution, but it will be just a tactical and temporarily one. But I believe that one-self hard work in studying and reading the correct books will raise his level considerably, on condition to apply the studied materials in the appropriate events under the supervision of the specialized trainer or coach. The later can save a huge amount of time in the players’ chess life, being on the materials or training levels, on condition to provide the necessary budget to cover his fees. This is possible if collective thinking was applied.

A solid opening was on the schedule of the encounter between Mohamad Farhat and Tarek Moudallal. After just a few moves, Mohamad get greedy, and starts look at the b7 pawn as a juicy fruit, to discover, after tasting it, that it was a poisoned one. In order to keep his queen alive, he was forced to sacrifice a knight. At this stage, it was more logical to save time for both the contenders, but playing by inertia, Mohamad continued the play till reaching a pawn ending, when the shape of Tarek’s extra rook on the board forced him to stop the clock.

I don’t know what Amr ElJawish was thinking of, or how much time remained on his clock when, after 17(!) theoretical moves of the Armenian variation of the Winawer French, adopted by his opponent Mahdi Kaouri, a draw was agreed on move 18(!). Imagine watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie when the action scenes are going to start, and you are prepared to get excited, the electricity went off. A vexing feeling.

A very exciting game was played between the 2 x-champions of Lebanon: Antoine Kassis and AbdelAziz Mahmoud. Antoine succeeded in constructing a very promising attacking position against the uncastled king of AbdelAziz. The position was so promising that a lot of variations could lead to a clear, if not winning, advantage. Confused by the tempted lines, he chose the one that was the least dangerous for his opponent. Though the final endgame position could promise Antoine an advantage, he agreed to split the point on AbdelAziz ‘offer of peace.

The Fianchetto system adopted by Mohamad AlHabash against the King’s Indian Defense of Ahmad Najjar didn’t work well for him. An imprecise move at the early middle game stage enabled Ahmad to show his tactical talent, netting him a pawn. Mohamad tried to hold his position, but the forced play of Ahmad didn’t let his opponent get out of his trouble. The extra knight with the mass king side pawns of black color were more than enough to convince Mohamad to stop the clock.

Adopting the Nimzo-Indian by a player requires from his great responsibilities, such as studying hundreds of typical and classical games that made the chess history, an up-to-date theory knowledge and countless techniques of defenses and counter-attacks, not to mention the pawn structure and the unbalanced middle game stage.

I have no idea how much of the techniques mentioned above Giorgio Kaloust has mastered when de decided to play this famous defense  against Faisal Khairallah, but this is a sign of courage and self-confidence. Putting one‘s king in safety must be the priority of each player before attacking or counter-attacking.  Faisal’s position was so overwhelming to a certain extend that even after Giorgio has snatched the white d5-pawn, his attack and his use of the weak dark squares in Giorgio camp were exemplary. It is like an octopus that squeezed his victim, the black king, from all sides. The rook sacrifice was a nice touch that didn’t conclude the attack, but letting the other rook to be prepared to mate the lonely king, even after the exchange of the queens. Preventing the mate by stopping the clock was the right decision taken by Giorgio.

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