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Round 4 of the 43rd Lebanese Individual Championship 2017

Miscalculation and missed opportunities

With every round deeper into the championship, the players’ preparation increased, as can be noticed from round 4 games. Although some imprecise moves can be seen here and there, the tension between players over the board can be felt, causing half points or even full ones to be thrown away.

The London system adopted by Marwan Nassar against Samir Sursock netted him a noticeable advantage, which he tried to convert into an attack on the king side. The liquidation initiated by Samir to release the tension succeeded, as the position required from Marwan a precise calculation to keep his attack going, which failed, forced him to exchange queens, entering the endgame phase with a somewhat inferior position. The timing of his draw offer was perfect for him due to Samir’s approaching time trouble.

When to exchange or not is always a delicate decision the player has to take. The experience that Ralph is gaining is invaluable, even if his score table still clean. The aggressiveness he showed in his game with Elie Asmar proved that with proper and condensed training he can transform to a strong and promising player.

Usually when facing the Grand Prix Attack, we are expecting some blows or smashing attack from the white player. Not the sort of in the encounter Tarek Moudallal-Abdel Aziz Mahmoud. It seems that AbdelAziz refuted Tarek’s Grand Prix, and was not in danger or nesr it. His precise play and calculation were shown in his strategic play on the queen side. This is not what we have used to see from Tarek’s game, as we still miss his brilliant moves and games that we are admire. May be he forget that there is a prize for the most beautiful game of the championship.

A volatile game is with the least that I can describe the encounter between Mahdi Kaouri and Faisal Khairallah. The initiative passed from one side to another, where the complication and the need of calculation are needed after every move. The repetition of moves was a somewhat disappointing to the spectators who expected the win of one side or the other, forgetting that the players nearly always keep in their mind the sporting side of the tournament situation.

‘Can I refute Arm El Jawish’s King’s Indian Defense?” is probably the question that Marwan Sharbel was asking himself during his encounter with Amr. He get the answer: No. As he was too worry with his king’s defense, or counter play, on the king side, Amr was playing his normal King’s Indian thematic moves. When Marwan noticed that White’s major play has to be on the queen side, it was too late, as his king was under the merci of Amr’s pieces.

The modest variation adopted by Ahmad Najjar against Antoine Kassis’ Sicilian defense netted the later a big advantage, which he converted into an attack on Ahmad’s king side. 2 extra pawns were more than enough to collect the game point, on condition that no throwing away the profit in time pressure. Unfortunately that what happened, and as the table turned, Antoine recollect himself and played a brilliant technique in a knight endgame to save his half point.

Did you notice, dear reader that the players with the Black pieces scored 41.7% against the 33.3% for White, and the remaining 25% were draw? Does it mean that the Lebanese players preferred or better prepared for the black side of the board? Interesting to compare with the results at the end of the championship.

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Ranking Crosstable after Round 4

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Pts

SB

1

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

*

½

1

1

1

2.00

2

11

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

½

*

½

1

1

3

8.25

3

7

Asmar Elie

2009

*

1

0

1

1

3

3.50

4

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

½

*

½

1

1

3

3.00

5

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

0

*

1

1

1

3

0.50

6

CM

Abdulaziz ahmoud

2117

0

*

1

1

1

3

0.50

7

12

Nassar Marwan

2015

1

*

½

½

½

4.50

8

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

0

½

½

*

1

2

3.25

9

1

Sharbel Marwan

1940

0

0

½

0

*

½

1.25

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

0

0

0

½

*

½

1.25

11

9

Khairallah Ralph

1762

0

0

0

0

*

0

0.00

10

Moudallal Tarek

2080

0

0

0

0

*

0

0.00

Round 5 on 2017/07/23 at 6.30 PM

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Res.

Name

Rtg

SNo.

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

-

Nassar Marwan

2015

12

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

-

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

2

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

-

Sharbel Marwan

1940

1

6

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

-

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

11

7

Asmar Elie

2009

-

Moudallal Tarek

2080

10

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

-

Khairallah Ralph

1762

9

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