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Lebanon at Asian Nations Cup 2016: Watch out guys!

I was very reluctant in writing this article, as I knew by a pure coincidence that Lebanon was participating in the Asian Nations Cup in Abu Dhabi. By browsing the chess-results site, UAE page, it was a happy surprise to see Lebanon among the nations list. Another click on the team composition link put a happy smile on my face: Fadi Eid is back!! (Nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s  J ).

Below is the team composition with players’ results in the classical competition:

Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Gam. % Rtg-Ø
1 IM Eid Fadi 2352 LIB 0 0   1 1 ½ 0 1 1 8 56.3 2305
2 FM El Jawich Amro 2241 LIB ½ 0 1 1 1 0 0   1 8 56.3 2204
3   Bassel Charaf 2112 LIB     ½ 0     ½ 1 1 3 5 60.0 2006
4   Asmar Elie 2051 LIB 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0   8 31.3 2171
    Maasarani Mahmoud 2052 LIB 0 ½ ½   1 0   0 1 3 7 42.9 2125

 

Seeded as 12th, in the classical competition, they finished as they started:

Final ranking
Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 India 9 8 1 0 17 26
2 China 9 7 1 1 15 27½
3 Kazakhstan 9 6 2 1 14 23
4 Iran 9 6 0 3 12 23½
5 Uzbekistan 9 5 1 3 11 23
6 Mongolia 9 4 2 3 10 20½
7 Bangladesh 9 5 0 4 10 20½
8 UAE 1 9 5 0 4 10 18½
9 Vietnam 9 4 1 4 9 20½
10 Kyrgyzstan 9 4 1 4 9 19½
11 Iraq 9 3 3 3 9 18½
12 Lebanon 9 4 1 4 9 17½
13 Afghanistan 9 4 1 4 9 17
14 Oman 9 4 1 4 9 15½
15 Sri Lanka 9 3 2 4 8 15
16 Jordan 9 4 0 5 8 13½
17 Palestine 9 3 1 5 7 16
18 UAE 2 9 3 1 5 7 14
19 Nepal 9 0 5 4 5 11½
20 Kuwait 9 2 1 6 5 11½
21 Tajikistan 9 0 3 6 3 13
22 UAE 3 9 0 2 7 2 10½

 

The round-by-round pairings and results were as follows:

 

Rd. SNo. Team MP Res. C
1 1 China 15 ½ b
2 11 Kyrgyzstan 9 ½ w
3 20 Nepal 5 3 b
4 17 Palestine 7 w
5 13 Jordan 8 b
6 7 Mongolia 10 ½ w
7 9 UAE 1 10 1 b
8 10 Iraq 9 2 w
9 21 UAE 3 2 4 b

 

Did you notice something? China couldn’t get a clean result! Amr El Jawich succeeded in drawing against the super young talent GM Wei Yi who has the phenomenal rating 2714.

Following the live transmission of the games of the first and second rounds, I noticed that the results and the games moves were not as they occurred actually over the boards. After some (WhatsApp) chatting with Amr, and comparing other live games of other teams, I concluded that the organizer’s technical team has connected the DGT boards in a wrong way, which caused chaos among the spectators, the viewers and the reporters alike, producing wrong games and results of teams/players pairings, a problem fixed later at the start of round 3. No one is perfect.

I will not criticize each player’s performance and technicity of play, as each one is capable of doing this by himself. Enough to mention that the lack of local tournaments and time gap between them took its toll in the players’ playing technique (e.g. during January, February and March there wasn’t even a Blitz tournamentL ).

Even though, finishing as 3rd Arabic nation is an indication for the willingness of the Lebanese players. This is not strange, as in nearly every game, the Lebanese player wants, likes and tries to attack from move 1. And this is normal after a long break from chess-over-the-board. Hope that in the participation of forthcoming local events will calm them down, as playing cool has its rewards too.

In the Rapid Cup (5 rounds qualification phase), the team result was as follows:

Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts Gam. % Rtg-Ø
1 IM Eid Fadi 2357 LIB 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 40.0 2385
2 FM El Jawich Amro 2247 LIB 0 1 1 1 ½ 5 70.0 2281
3   Bassel Charaf 2068 LIB 0 1   1 0 2 4 50.0 2199
4   Asmar Elie 2030 LIB 0 ½ 1 0 0 5 30.0 2101
    Maasarani Mahmoud 2016 LIB     0     0 1 0.0 1995

 

With a final qualification phase standing:

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 India 5 5 0 0 10 15½
2 Vietnam 5 4 0 1 8 15
3 Iran 5 4 0 1 8 15
4 China 5 3 1 1 7 14½
5 Bangladesh 5 3 1 1 7 12
6 Kazakhstan 5 3 0 2 6 13
7 Uzbekistan 5 3 0 2 6 12
8 Mongolia 5 3 0 2 6 12
9 Kyrgyzstan 5 3 0 2 6 12
10 UAE 1 5 2 1 2 5 10
11 Lebanon 5 2 1 2 5 9
12 Qatar 5 2 0 3 4 9
13 Afghanistan 5 1 2 2 4 8
14 Iraq 5 2 0 3 4
15 Sri Lanka 5 1 1 3 3
16 Tajikistan 5 0 3 2 3
17 Kuwait 5 0 3 2 3
18 Jordan 5 1 1 3 3
19 Oman 5 1 1 3 3
20 UAE 2 5 1 1 3 3 5
21 Nepal 5 0 2 3 2 5
22 Palestine 1 0 0 1 0 0

 

With the pairings/results:

12 Lebanon  Rank: 11
Rd. SNo. Team MP Res. C
1 1 China 7 0 b
2 21 UAE 2 3 w
3 17 Afghanistan 4 3 b
4 11 UAE 1 5 2 w
5 3 Vietnam 8 ½ b

 

So, the Lebanese team improved his overall final standing by one step, and finished 11th and 2nd among the Arabs J (though China didn’t repeat its mistakeL against Lebanon and went to win the Rapid and Blitz Cups).

 

In the Blitz Cup, the team composition and results were as follows:

Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts Gam. % Rtg-Ø
1 IM Eid Fadi 2366 LIB 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 40.0 2326
2 FM El Jawich Amro 2176 LIB 0 0 1 1 1 3 5 60.0 2225
3   Bassel Charaf 2114 LIB 0 0 1 1 1 3 5 60.0 2066
4   Asmar Elie 2035 LIB 0 1 1 1 0 3 5 60.0 2042

 

With a final standing in the qualification phase:

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts.
1 China 5 4 1 0 9 16
2 India 5 3 2 0 8 12½
3 Vietnam 5 3 1 1 7 13½
4 Kazakhstan 5 3 1 1 7 13½
5 Mongolia 5 3 1 1 7 13½
6 Iran 5 3 1 1 7 13
7 Uzbekistan 5 3 1 1 7 12
8 Bangladesh 5 3 0 2 6 11½
9 Lebanon 5 2 2 1 6 11
10 Kyrgyzstan 5 2 1 2 5
11 Afghanistan 5 2 1 2 5
12 Nepal 5 2 1 2 5
13 Iraq 5 2 1 2 5 9
14 Qatar 5 2 0 3 4 10½
15 Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
16 UAE 2 5 1 2 2 4
17 Tajikistan 5 1 2 2 4 5
18 Jordan 5 1 1 3 3 8
19 Palestine 5 1 1 3 3
20 UAE 1 5 1 0 4 2 8
21 Oman 5 1 0 4 2 3
22 Kuwait 2 0 0 2 0 0

 

The round-by-round pairing/results as follows:

11 Lebanon  Rank: 9
Rd. SNo. Team MP Res. C
1 1 China 9 0 b
2 10 Iraq 5 2 w
3 22 UAE 2 4 4 b
4 12 UAE 1 2 3 w
5 14 Kyrgyzstan 5 2 b

 

And they did it! Lebanon toped the Arabic nations in the Blitz Cup JJ

A personal message: The LCF has to embrace each player officially representing Lebanon in any international event on multiple levels:  media and technical wise, which happens before, during and after the mentioned event. In addition, satisfaction is accomplished not by snapping a couple of selfies nor letting the big chess family rely on coincidence for supporting their members. (It is interesting to know how much each player earned pocket money as a compensation for their taken day-offs).

Click here to download the games.

 

 

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