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Round 2 of the 37th Lebanese Individual Championship 2011: A mini-miniature by Adeimi and 2 solid draws by Shamiyeh and Shahrour

By: Charles Kayle

Round 2 witnessed a lot of curious and interesting position on different boards. On board one, a Scandinavian Defense was played by Jamal Shamiyeh, as Black, against the top seeded FM Faisal Khairallah. A Bagirov system of the Alekhine defense was adopted by the former, and after 12 moves the following position was reached:

Faisal played 13 Qb3 and kept his advantage. Possible 13 Qe2, pressurizing the e7 pawn. If 13..e6 then a fantastic move is available: 14 c6!! Bxc6 15 Nxe6!! Wining the exchange or at least a pawn with a dominant position. And if 13..Bf6 then the same motif can be applied: 14 c6 Bxc6 15 Nxf7!! Rxf7 16 Qe6

After missing this, Faisal tried to put pressureon  the Black position, but in vain. And even, after counterattacking in the center, Jamal reached an advantageous position, with a centralized queen and bishop, and a freer rook. But time trouble was approaching which forced him to agree on a draw.

A four pawns attack, leaded by Marwan Nassar as White, against FM Ahmad Najjar , was the course of the second board. But it is very difficult to play this type of attack without castling, which forced Marwan to dance with his king on several squares looking for a secured one, but failed to find it.

The diagram position was reached after white 21st move, and Ahmad reacted with the strong 21..Nxe5!! Getting profit from Marwan unsecure king. Marwan tried to complicate the position as much as he could, spent a lot time on his clock, but Ahmad calculated precisely and collected the point.

Board 3 saw the most solid game till now, where the CM Antoine Kassis, playing White, tried the exchange variation of the Ruz Lopez against his young opponent the FM Ibrahim Shahrour, reaching an endgame with a slight advantage for the first player. But Ibrahim defended well, and Antoine couldn’t breach his opponent’s wall, and the game ended peacefully with repetition of moves.

The defending champion FM Amr ElJawish still lacking the fighting mood, as the board four proved, when facing, asWhite, the solid Caro-Kann defense from the solid and experienced Mahmoud Maasarani. Amr spent a lot of time on his opening moves, trying to create a certain initiative against the king side of his opponent, just to be faced with a counter-play on the other side of the board. After a mass exchange of pieces, an opposite colored bishops position forced the players an immediate draw.

Board five was the star of the round, where the young Michel Adaimi, playing with the white pieces, created a miniature against Roland Akhrass, who mishandled theItalian Bishop opening.

King in the center, open e-file, dark-squares weaknesses around the Black king, Black queen getting crazy to find heaven, harmonious development of White forces, all this forced Roland to play 10..Be6, and after 11 Ne4 bye-bye Queen, and the game. This is possibly the shortest game in the championship.

On the neighbor board, the opposite scenario was taking place between Jihad ElHusseini andBasselSharaf. A long game with more than 90  moves were played between the 2 players, with more than 4 hours play, where everyone expected a draw, Bassel, as Black, profited from a slip from his opponent, to snatch a win after an elementary trick.


Jihad played 85 Kf1, allowing Bassel to play h3, winning the game

The game on the last board between Marwan Sharbel (White) and the young Daniel Kobeissi showed a Grand Prix Attack against the Black King, where Marwan successfully won the rook on a8. But Daniel counter-attacked, getting profit from the prisoned knight on a8, and started an attack on the White king.

In this position, White played 28 Qb3 ? (Instead of the secured 28 Re1), and after 28 ..Qxd3, Daniel didn’t let it go.

A round full of interesting fights.


(1) Khairallah,Faisal (2283) – Shamieh,Jamal (2068)

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxd5 4.d4 g6 5.c4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.c5 Nd5 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0–0 10.0–0 b6 11.Ng5 Bb7 12.Re1 Nd7 13.Qb3 Qe8 14.cxb6 axb6 15.Ba3 c5 16.Bb5 e5 17.dxc5 Qe7 18.Bxd7 Qxd7 19.f3 Qe7 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.Rxe4 bxc5 22.Ra4 Qc7 23.Rd1 Qc6 24.Rxa8 Rxa8 25.c4 e4 26.fxe4 Bd4+ 27.Kh1 Qxe4 28.Bc1 Qe2 29.a3 Kg7 ½–½


(2) Nassar,Marwan (2072) – Najjar,Ahmad (2267)

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f4 0–0 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.e5 Ne8 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Rb8 11.Qe2 c5 12.Be3 cxd4 13.Bxd4 dxe5 14.fxe5 Qa5 15.b4 Qxb4 16.Rb1 Qa5 17.Rb5 Qa6 18.Qb2 Qe6 19.Bd5 Qf5 20.Be4 Qe6 21.Bd5 Nxe5 22.Kd1 Nxc4 23.Qc1 Qd7 24.Bxg7 Nxg7 25.Ke2 Nd6 26.Rb3 Ngf5 27.Rd1 b5 28.g4 Ng7 29.Qh6 Qc7 30.Qf4 e6 31.Ne4 exd5 32.Nf6+ Kh8 33.Rc1 Qe7+ 34.Re3 Ne6 35.Qe5 Nc4 36.Rxc4 bxc4 37.g5 d4 38.Nd5+ f6 39.gxf6 Qf7 40.Ra3 Rbe8 41.Kd1 Nf4 42.Qxf4 Qxd5 43.Rf3 Qb5 44.Qc1 Qa4+ 0–1



(3) Kassis,Antoine (2230) – Chahrour,Ibrahim (1966) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0–0 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 Qf6 8.Qg3 Bd6 9.d3 Qg6 10.Qxg6 hxg6 11.f4 exf4 12.Bxf4 Bxf4 13.Rxf4 Ne7 14.Nd2 0–0 15.Nc4 f6 16.h4 c5 17.Raf1 Nc6 18.Ne3 Ne5 19.g4 c6 20.Kg2 Rad8 21.Kg3 b5 22.g5 Rd6 23.Ng4 Nxg4 24.Kxg4 Re6 25.Rh1 Re5 26.Rhf1 Re6 27.Rh1 Re5 28.Rhf1 Re6 ½–½



(4) ElJawich,Amro (2155) – Maasarani,Mahmoud(2111)

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0–0 Ne7 7.Nbd2 h6 8.b3 c5 9.dxc5 Nc6 10.Bb2 Bxc5 11.a3 a6 12.b4 Ba7 13.c4 0–0 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Rc1 Re8 16.Bxa6 Nxb4 17.Bxb7 Rb8 18.axb4 Rxb7 19.Bd4 Bb8 20.Re1 Rxb4 21.Bc3 Rb7 22.Nd4 Be6 23.f4 Ba7 24.Kh1 Nc5 25.Qf3 Bc8 26.Nc6 Qb6 27.Nxa7 Qxa7 28.Bd4 Qa2 29.Qe3 Nb3 30.Nxb3 Rxb3 31.Rc3 Rxc3 32.Qxc3 Qc4 33.Qe3 Bf5 34.Rc1 Qa2 35.h3 Be4 36.Qf2 Qxf2 37.Bxf2 Ra8 38.Kg1 Rb8 39.Ra1 Rb1+ 40.Rxb1 ½–½



(5) Adeimi,Michel (1895) – Akhrass,Roland (1946)

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.0–0 Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.fxg7 Rg8 9.Bg5 Qd6 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Ne4 Rxg7 12.Nxd6+ cxd6 13.Bf6 Rg6 14.Bxd4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Bd5 16.g3 0–0–0 17.Nb3 1–0


(6) Jihad,AlHusseini – Bassel,Charaf (2034

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Be7 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 0–0 6.0–0 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Nbd2 Nb6 9.h3 Bf5 10.Re1 Bxd3 11.Bxd3 Qxd3 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Rxe5 Bf6 14.Re3 Qd5 15.Qc2 Rfe8 16.Nf3 Nc4 17.Rxe8+ Rxe8 18.Bf4 Qb5 19.Rb1 c6 20.Nh2 h5 21.Nf3 Qd5 22.Rd1 Qe4 23.Qxe4 Rxe4 24.Bc1 Nb6 25.Re1 Rxe1+ 26.Nxe1 Na4 27.Nd3 Kf8 28.Kf1 Ke7 29.Ke2 Kd6 30.Bf4+ Kd5 31.Kd2 c5 32.f3 c4 33.Nb4+ Ke6 34.Kc1 h4 35.Nc2 Nc5 36.Ne1 Be5 37.Be3 Bd6 38.Kc2 a5 39.b3 b5 40.bxc4 bxc4 41.Bxc5 Bxc5 42.Kd2 Kf5 43.Nc2 Kf4 44.Ke2 Kg3 45.Kf1 a4 46.Ne1 Ba3 47.Nc2 Bc5 48.Ne1 Be3 49.Nc2 Bc1 50.Nd4 Bd2 51.Ne2+ Kh2 52.Kf2 g5 53.Kf1 Be3 54.Nd4 Kg3 55.Nb5 Bc5 56.Nc7 Kf4 57.Ke2 Ke5 58.Nb5 Kd5 59.Nc7+ Kc6 60.Ne8 Be7 61.Kd2 Kd5 62.Nc7+ Kd6 63.Nb5+ Ke5 64.Nd4 Ba3 65.Nc2 Bc5 66.Ke2 f6 67.Ke1 Kf4 68.Ke2 f5 69.Ne1 Kg3 70.Kf1 Be3 71.Nc2 Bd2 72.Na3 Bxc3 73.Nxc4 Bd4 74.Nd6 Kf4 75.Ke2 g4 76.fxg4 fxg4 77.hxg4 Kxg4 78.Ne4 Kf4 79.Nd2 Kg3 80.Kf1 Kf4 81.Ke2 Bc3 82.Nf3 Bf6 83.Nd2 Be7 84.Nf3 Kg3 85.Kf1 h3 86.gxh3 Kxf3 87.Ke1 Ke3 88.Kd1 Kd3 89.Kc1 Kc3 90.Kb1 Kb4 91.Kc2 Ka3 92.Kc3 Kxa2 93.h4 Bxh4 94.Kb4 a3 0–1



(7) Sharbel,Marwan (2028) – Daniel,Kobeissi (2024)

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.0–0 Nf6 7.d3 0–0 8.a3 Bd7 9.Qe1 a6 10.e5 Ng4 11.e6 fxe6 12.Bxe6+ Kh8 13.Ng5 Nh6 14.Bxd7 Qxd7 15.Ne6 Rf6 16.Nxg7 Kxg7 17.Nd5 Re6 18.Qc3+ Nd4 19.Nb6 Qc6 20.Nxa8 Kf8 21.Qa5 Nxc2 22.f5 Nxf5 23.Bh6+ Kf7 24.Rac1 Re2 25.Rf2 Rxf2 26.Kxf2 Ncd4 27.Qc7 Qb5 28.Qb6 Qxd3 29.Bf4 Qe2+ 30.Kg1 Qe4 31.Rf1 Ne2+ 32.Kh1 Nxf4 33.Qb3+ Kg7 34.Qf3 Qxf3 35.Rxf3 Nd5 36.g4 Nd4 37.Rd3 e5 38.Kg1 e4 39.Rd1 e3 40.Kg2 e2 41.Re1 Nf4+ 42.Kg1 Nd3 43.Rxe2 Nxe2+ 44.Kf1 Nef4 45.b3 Nd5 46.Kg2 Nc1 47.Kf3 Nxb3 48.Ke4 c4 49.Kxd5 c3 50.Nc7 c2 51.Ne6+ Kg8 0–1


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