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Round 7 of the 42nd Lebanese individual Chess Championship 2016

Mistakes, Technique, and Creativity

The game between Mohamad Farhat and AbdelAziz ElMahmoud was decided too early by the mishandling of the former of his opening. Losing several tempos on the queenside by White was severely punished by AbdelAziz, with his pieces dominating the queenside, netting him a vital central d4-pawn. The rest was a matter of technique.

The Pirc defense was used by Gen. Hassan Jouni against Fasial Khairallah. I don’t know what pushed Gen,Jouni to choose a set up against a player who knows about the fianchetto setup inside-out. Possibly a bad hint was passed to him? Or lack of time to prepare? Anyway, Black’s position disintegrated too soon and was prolonged a little bit just by playing intertie.

I remember Amr, when at age of 15, entered the Lebanese history by winning the Lebanese championship title. And now he is facing the 14 years old Giorgio Kaloust, one year younger than him, who succeeded in qualification to play in the prestigious event. But the difference of level of play and experience is too big and clear. Dear Giorgio, you cannot play the Dragon variation in this manner. It is suicide. Was it psychological debacle? I think your trainer will have a lot of work to do (BTW, do you have a trainer? If not, try to engage one as soon as possible. You have a great potential, dear).

Switching from one opening to another in the same game by transposition og moves was the scenario adopted by Mohamad ElHabash against Mahdi Kaouri. Jumping from a double fianchettos system, to an English opening, then to Sicilian setup with the Maroczy bind must cost Mohamad to much energy, as Mahdi played the classical and normal moves that worked perfectly with this type of middle game. The endgame reached was advantageous to Black due to the isolated white c-pawn, a passive white bishop against a strong black knight, and a dominant black king. Mohamad’s counter play came a little bit short of a tempi. A nice technical win by Kaouri.

It was just pure coincidence that I kept my comments on the most exciting game of a round till the end of the report. And the game between Ahmad Najjar and Tarek Moudallal is not an exception in this, but exception by its beauty, ideas, fighting pirit and creativity. After a tricky transposition of moves (again!)Tarek adopted the Dutch setup against Ahmad’s English opening. The creative offer of a sacrifice of the black c- pawn was still theory, but seems declining it has put Ahmad out of his form. Tarek took the initiative, and with a very creative play, he coordinated his minor pieces in an exemplary manner, resulted in winning the exchange. Ahmad’s attempt to win a couple of black pawns as compensation could fail if Tarek continued his attack on the white king. But entering the endgame phase gave Ahmad some hope to equalize, and he almost succeeded, till making a tactical mistake, by allowing Tarek to return the exchange with winning chances even with 2 pawns down. The 2 connected black pawns on the queen side, supported by an active rook were difficult to hold, even for an endgame expert  like Ahmad played the technical phase à la perfection, killing any hope of the generated play on the king side from Ahmad.  A very beautiful game, and deserve to be also a candidate for winning the (most beautiful game of the championship) prize.

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Ranking Crosstable after Round 7
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Res. Koya
1 5 FM El Jawich Amro 2243 LBN * ½ ½ 1 + ½ 1 1 0 3
2 3 FM Khairallah Faisal 2251 LBN * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 5 0 3
3 8 FM Najjar Ahmad 2312 LBN ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 1 0
4 4 FM Kassis Antoine 2136 LBN ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4 ½
5 10 Kaouri Mahdi 2113 LBN ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1 4 ½ 1
6 1 CM Abdulaziz Mahmoud 2126 LBN 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 0 1
7 9 Moudallal Tarek 2026 LBN - 0 1 0 * 1 1 3 0 1
8 7 Habash Mohamad 1883 LBN ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 0 0 1
9 2 Kaloust Giorgio 1542 LBN 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 0 ½
10 6 Farhat Mohamed 1792 LBN 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 0 0
11 11 Jouni Hassan 1792 LBN 0 0 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 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 - 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 18:30
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 16:00
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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