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Round 6 of the 43rd Lebanese Individual Championship 2017

The will to win

Every chess player wants to win his game. The opening preparation, knowing the weaknesses (or the strength) of his opponent, tournament situation or even previous score against his coming opponent, are all intensives to play for a win. The professional player, relying on his experience, knows, especially during the progress of his game, when to adjust to the current situation, put his emotion aside, and try to play the position and what it requires from his to do, keeping in mind that a draw is better than a loss.

In this championship, I noticed a great will to win in the inner of most of the participants. I said (most), because I want to make Ralph an exception, as this is his first experience at this level, giving him the opportunity to develop that experience, and to shape his form. Playing Black against Marwan Nassar, the middle game that he reached is so advantageous that any other experienced player will continue to play without risking anything. His decision to stabilize his position and emotional state is well understood.

 

Meanwhile, Tarek Moudallal, who recharged his batteries, is back to his romantic era style, and starts sacrificing his central pawns against Samir Sursuck, who accepted the offer and reaching a nice position, with one defect: his king is still stuck in the center. In order to get away with his earning pawns, Samir had to find nearly the only moves, and even he started to generate some play against Tarek’s castled king. This too much consumed time enabled Tarek to strike in the open center. The blundering of the c1-rook allowed Samir to stop the clock of this entertaining game.

 

The coolness with which Elie Asmar encounters Mahdi Kaouri is exemplary. The thematic push 10…f4  of Elie requires an exceptionally reaction from Mahdi, who failed in his mission. Then follows a series of perfect moves by Elie, who increased his pressure in a model way, forcing his opponent to watch the storm coming towards his king, and to resign. A nice game, demonstrating the dynamic versus the static aspect of the strategy.

 

The cautious play by Antoine Kassis and Amr ElJawish was, I think, the result of the ranking position of each of them in the event, as well as their scientific style of playing the Richter-Rauzer attack of the Sicilian. Although few inaccuracies were made in the middle game stage, the precise play of Antoine led the game to the safe shore of peace.

 

The will to win was shown to its full in the hot encounter between Ahmad Najjar and Faisal Khairallah. The transposition to the Kan variation led Faisal obtain a great, if not winning, advantage. This costs him a lot of time on the clock, and in a need to find the killing moves, he started throwing away his accumulated advantages. A situation that Ahmad get profit from it, when he started complicating the position, and creating some threats against Faisal’s king. With the first time control is approaching (40 moves to be played in 90 minutes), and his will at his peak to win Against Ahmad, Faisal refused the repetition of moves, committed a mistake (36..Qd5?, instead of 36..Bd5 – The white knight should not land on the dangerous e6 square), which permitted to Ahmad to attack the black king successfully. This second consecutive loss of the current champion puts him in a critical position for the second half of the championship.

 

The last game to finish was between Marwan Sharbel (playing White) and AbdelAziz Mahmoud. A Pirc middle game issued, with half closed position where the space advantage favors little Marwan, the game was in the boundary of draw, which was mistakenly rejected by AbdelAziz at a certain moment. The aggressive position of the black queen seems too dangerous, except that it has no square available to retreat. The nice trap set by Marwan netted him a queen for a rook. AbdelAziz tried some swindles to reach a stalemate position, but Marwan was on alert, to finish the game with a mate with 2 queens on the boards.

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Round 6 on 2017/07/24 at 6.30 PM

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Res.

Name

Rtg

SNo.

12

Nassar Marwan

2015

½  -  ½

Khairallah Ralph

1762

9

10

Moudallal Tarek

2080

1  -  0

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

8

11

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

0  -  1

Asmar Elie

2009

7

1

Sharbel Marwan

1940

1  -  0

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

6

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

1  -  0

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

5

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

½  -  ½

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

4

Round 7 on 2017/07/25 at 6.30 PM

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Res.

Name

Rtg

SNo.

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

-

Nassar Marwan

2015

12

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

-

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

3

6

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

-

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

2

7

Asmar Elie

2009

-

Sharbel Marwan

1940

1

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

-

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

11

9

Khairallah Ralph

1762

-

Moudallal Tarek

2080

10

Ranking Crosstable after Round 6

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Pts

SB

1

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

*

½

0

1

1

1

1

10.50

2

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

½

*

½

½

½

1

1

4

11.75

3

7

Asmar Elie

2009

*

1

0

1

0

1

1

4

9.00

4

11

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

1

½

0

*

½

½

1

13.00

5

12

Nassar Marwan

2015

½

1

*

½

½

½

½

9.75

6

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

½

*

0

0

1

1

1

5.75

6

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

0

½

*

0

1

1

1

5.75

8

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

0

½

0

½

1

*

1

3

9.75

9

1

Sharbel Marwan

1940

0

0

½

1

1

0

*

8.75

10

10

Moudallal Tarek

2080

0

0

1

0

0

*

1

2

5.00

11

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

0

½

0

0

0

*

½

1

2.25

9

Khairallah Ralph

1762

0

0

½

0

0

½

*

1

2.25

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