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Round 7 of the 43rd Lebanese Individual Championship 2017

The lion showed his fangs

The star game of this round is Ralph Khairallah – Tarek Moudallal. Tarek gave his new Sicilian defense a rest, and adopted a gambit variation of his favorite: The Scandinavian Defense. But he chose the second rated line (3..Nbd7?!) instead of the more theoretical one (3..Bd7), to be faced with a fierce defense from the young Ralph, who reacted in exemplary way in the transition phase from the opening to the middle game. He even netted a second pawn, fortified his wonderful center. The threat of adding a knight to his collection forced Tarek to stop the clock. Well played, Ralph.

The game Samir Sursock with Mahdi Kaouri was, in a certain way, very vexing. Samir succeeded in constructing an exemplary attack against Mahdi’s French defense. The attack was so beautiful that sacrifices executed by Samir were like jewels. The vexation came at the end of the attack, when one more jewel was needed (31 Rxf6!!), but he played an inferior move, and when a draw could be reached, he swapped the move order of his plan (36 Rf1!! Should be played here, not at move 40), then was forced to resign due to the overwhelming material advantage that Mahdi obtained.

The Benko Gambit players are satisfied with their typical initiative on the queen side with one pawn down. But what if they have all their trump cards with the b-pawn still on the board?! A smashing position is the normal conclusion. That’s what happened in the encounter between AbdelAziz Mahmoud and Ahmad Najjar. Already AbdelAziz position was strategically lost in the opening stage. Although he tried to seek salvation in somewhat simplified endgame, but that’s why the Benko players play the Benko: to win with a pawn down. An easy strategic win for Ahmad Najjar.

A somewhat one side game was between Amr El Jawish and Marwan Nassar. The edge that Amr acquired from The Scandinavian Defense of Marwan was enough for him to increase it, and transforming it into a strong initiative on the king side. This attack was transformed into material gain, the exchange, which was more than enough for Amr to collect the point. It seems that it wasn’t a Scandinavian day.

The Symmetrical English was on the menu of Faisal Khairallal – Antoine Kassis game. Faisal’s early exchange of queens was a clever touch from his side, as he kept the game going, with some initiative, requiring from Antoine a precise play to keep the balance. As with time pressure everything can happen, the attack conducted by Faisal in the endgame on both side of the board was attractive, and too difficult to refute. With the addition of the passed a-pawn, threatening queening or winning a knight, or both of them, it was an impossible way to prevent the defeat. Stopping the clock by Antoine was justified.

The last  game of this round to finish was Elie Asmar – Marwan Sharbel. How Black is expecting to find the Maroczy bind without his light squares bishop and a bad dark one?! The execution of the typical plan by Elie was very thematic, reaching the desirable winning bishop endgame, where the white king did his usual job in the necessary breakthrough on the white squares.  Hopping for miracle to save Black didn’t happen.

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Round 7 on 2017/07/25 at 6.30 PM

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Res.

Name

Rtg

SNo.

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

1  -  0

Nassar Marwan

2015

12

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

1  -  0

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

3

6

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

0  -  1

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

2

7

Asmar Elie

2009

1  -  0

Sharbel Marwan

1940

1

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

0  -  1

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

11

9

Khairallah Ralph

1762

1  -  0

Moudallal Tarek

2080

10

Round 8 on 2017/07/26 at 6.30 PM

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Res.

Name

Rtg

SNo.

12

Nassar Marwan

2015

-

Moudallal Tarek

2080

10

11

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

-

Khairallah Ralph

1762

9

1

Sharbel Marwan

1940

-

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

8

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

-

Asmar Elie

2009

7

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

-

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

6

4

FM

El Jawich Amro

2209

-

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

5

Ranking Crosstable after Round 7

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

*

0

1

½

1

1

1

1

16.00

2

7

Asmar Elie

2009

*

1

0

1

1

1

0

1

5

13.50

3

11

Kaouri Mahdi

2074

1

0

*

½

1

½

½

1

16.50

4

5

FM

Khairallah Faisal

2273

½

*

0

1

0

1

1

1

11.25

5

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

2304

0

0

1

*

½

½

1

1

4

14.25

6

3

FM

Kassis Antoine

2137

½

½

0

½

*

½

1

1

4

13.25

7

12

Nassar Marwan

2015

0

1

½

½

*

½

½

½

11.75

8

6

CM

Abdulaziz Mahmoud

2117

0

½

0

*

0

1

1

1

7.25

9

1

Sharbel Marwan

1940

0

0

1

0

0

½

1

*

9.75

10

9

Khairallah Ralph

1762

0

0

0

½

0

*

1

½

2

4.25

11

10

Moudallal Tarek

2080

0

1

0

0

0

0

*

1

2

6.00

12

8

FM

Sursock Sameer

2101

0

0

0

½

0

½

0

*

1

2.75

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