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Round 6 of the 37th Lebanese Individual Chess Championship 2011: Khairallah and Najjar kept the lead

By : Charles Kayleh

Round 6 saw no change in the leaders of the Lebanese Championship, where Ahmad Najjar and Faisal Khairallah kept their position intact, though the former game was easily played, the latter’s one contained a lot of tough fights.



The board 1 game between the 4-times champion Faisal Khairallah (White) and the defending one Amr ElJawish witnessed an English opening adopted by the former , against the King’ s Indian setup of Amr. As it is known, this opening gives the first player  a long static advantage , and has to be countered by a precise and dynamic play from the second one.


As the diagram above shows, white , after 22 Ra7, has a domination on the queen side, due to the open a-file, black b-pawn weakness, passive b8-rook, 2 white d-pawns holding in some way the center supported by the 2 bishops and a knight. While Black has some opportunities to create counter play whit his flexible central pawns and pressurizing the white d5-pawn.

After several moves, White’s knight galloped to a5 , putting more pressure on b7-pawn, but in the process, wasted some times by re-positioning his dark squares bishop to d2, instead of killing Black’s counter play by pushing e4, stabilizing the center. This gave Amr the opportunity to play 29..e4 by himself, creating the desired complications, reaching the following position after the 32nd black move:

Black has collected the important white d5-pawn, his queen is in a menacing position, a strong d5-bishop, not to mention the threat of a knight jump on g4 bringing a lot of worries to the white King. It is important to notice that Amr has entered the time trouble zone, and Faisal has already saved some 20 minutes on his clock. White played now: 33 Rd1? and the obvious reply was on board: Ng4 34 f3 Bxc3 35 Qxc3 exf3 36 Bxf3. Now instead of the equalizer Bxf3 , Amr should have played 36.. Qh5 !! (threatening to mate in 2 moves) 37 Bxg4 Qh1+ 38 Kf2 QxRd1 with a winning position, Later he played a lot of Blitz moves, but had to seed the point to his opponent.

Michel Adaimi – Ahmad Najjar game was no fight at all. The first player started too early by exchanging pieces, thinking probably that this strategy can bring equality, which Ahmad proved that that was wrong, by demonstrating an earned advantage after each exchange. Space, open file and ranks for his rook, dominant minor pieces were more than enough for Ahmad to collect easily the point.

A solid draw was the result of  a3-repetition moves  on board 3 between Antoine Kassis , playing White, and Mahmoud  Maasarani, where neither side wanted to take any risk.

On board 4, another miniature was the result of the game between Jamal Shamiyeh (White) and BasselSharaf. Symmetrical English has yielded to the following tactical position after the 14th white move:

Instead of playing the calm 14..Nh4, Bassel played the creative 14..e5 !, sacrificing a piece in  return for activity,  opening the diagonal for his queen, and creating tactical threats against white king. After 19 moves, we reach the following position, with White to move:

Jamal blundered by playing 20 Bxd4?? Bxd4 and as he realized that his king was in a mating net, resigned immediately, while 20 Kf1 would keep him in the game.


Roland Akhrass continued his strong nerves play by beating, with the Black pieces, Marwan Nassar. While on the neighbored board, witnessed the closed variation of the Sicilian defense, adopted by the young Ibrahim Shahrour (White) against MaawanSharbel. Ibrahim created a typical attacking position against his opponent’s, to reach the following position after the 27th black move, with White to play an mate in 3:


28 Qh6 + Kf6 29 Nh5 +!! Black resigned as 29..Ke5 30 Qf4 mat. A well-played game by Ibrahim.

The 7th board saw the game between the defensive Jihad ElHusseini and in aggressive mood Amin Haidar, where another maxim (playing passively means losing) is implemented, and Amin collected his first win over the board in the championship.


Rank after round 6
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide
1 2 FM Najjar Ahmad 2267 LIB 5 17½
2 1 FM Khairallah Faisal 2283 LIB 5 16½
3 9 BasselCharaf 2034 LIB 4 12½
4 3 CM Kassis Antoine 2230 LIB 13½
5 6 Maasarani Mahmoud 2111 LIB 11½
6 11 Daniel Kobeissi 2024 LIB 11
13 Akhrass Roland 1946 LIB 11
8 8 Shamieh Jamal 2068 LIB 3 13½
9 14 Adeimi Michel 1895 LIB 3 12½
10 12 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1966 LIB 3 11½
11 5 CM El JawichAmro 2155 LIB 3 10½
12 7 Nassar Marwan 2072 LIB
13 15 Haidar Amin 0 LIB 8
14 10 Sharbel Marwan 2028 LIB 2 5
15 16 Jihad Al Husseini 0 LIB 1 4


(1) Khairallah,Faisal (2283) – El Jawich,Amro (2155)

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.d3 e5 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 h6 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 Be6 12.b5 Ne7 13.Bb2 Qc8 14.Re1 Nd7 15.Qc2 f5 16.Ra1 Rb8 17.Nd2 Nf6 18.Qb3 h5 19.Nd5 Nexd5 20.cxd5 Bf7 21.b6 c5 22.Ra7 h4 23.Nc4 Qd7 24.Qa4 Qe7 25.Na5 Qd8 26.Qb3 Qc8 27.Bc1 hxg3 28.hxg3 Re8 29.Bd2 e4 30.dxe4 fxe4 31.Bc3 Bxd5 32.Qb2 Qf5 33.Rd1 Ng4 34.f3 Bxc3 35.Qxc3 exf3 36.Bxf3 Bxf3 37.Qxf3 Qh5 38.Qd5+ Qxd5 39.Rxd5 Rxe2 40.Rxd6 Re1+ 41.Kg2 Ne5 42.Rxb7 Rxb7 43.Nxb7 c4 44.Rd8+ Kh7 45.Na5 Re2+ 46.Kf1 Nc6 47.Nxc6 Rb2 48.Rd7+ Kh6 49.b7 c3 50.b8Q 1–0


(2) Adeimi,Michel (1895) – Najjar,Ahmad (2267)

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.e5 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nd5 7.Bc4 Be6 8.Qf3 c6 9.Nge2 0–0 10.Bxd5 Bxd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Qxd5 cxd5 13.Nf4 e6 14.Nd3 Nc6 15.c3 b5 16.a4 a6 17.axb5 axb5 18.Rxa8 Rxa8 19.Kd2 b4 20.Kc2 bxc3 21.bxc3 Bf8 22.Nb2 Ra1 23.Rd1 Na5 24.Bd2 Ra2 25.Kb1 Ra3 26.Kc2 Be7 27.Rb1 Ra2 28.Kd3 Kg7 29.g4 h6 30.h3 Ba3 31.Nd1 Nc4 32.Be1 Rh2 33.Nf2 Be7 34.Nd1 Bh4 35.Ne3 Rxh3 36.Bxh4 Rxe3+ 37.Kc2 g5 38.Be1 Re4 39.Kd3 Rxg4 40.Ke2 h5 41.Kf3 Rf4+ 42.Kg3 Kg6 43.Bf2 Nd2 44.Rb2 Ne4+ 45.Kg2 Rxf2+ 46.Rxf2 Nxf2 47.Kxf2 Kf5 48.Kf3 h4 49.Ke3 g4 50.Ke2 Ke4 0–1


(3) Kassis,Antoine (2230) – Maasarani,Mahmoud (2111)

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.f4 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd5 6.Bc4 c6 7.0–0 0–0 8.Bb3 Nc7 9.c3 Nba6 10.Qe1 c5 11.Be3 dxe5 12.fxe5 cxd4 13.cxd4 Be6 14.Bxe6 Nxe6 15.Qh4 Nb4 16.Na3 Rc8 17.Rad1 Nd5 18.Bh6 Qb6 19.Rd2 Qb4 20.Nc2 Qa5 21.a3 Rc7 22.Ne3 Nxe3 23.Bxe3 Qd5 24.Rdf2 Rd7 25.Rd2 Rc7 26.Rdf2 Rd7 27.Rd2 ½–½


(4) Shamieh,Jamal (2068) – Bassel,Charaf (2034)

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 c5 5.e3 Nc6 6.Be2 Bg4 7.0–0 Nh6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 cxd4 10.exd4 Nf5 11.d5 Ncd4 12.Be4 h5 13.g4 hxg4 14.hxg4 e5 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.gxf5 gxf5 17.Bg2 Qh4 18.Re1 0–0–0 19.Be3 Rdg8 20.Bxd4 Bxd4 0–1



(5) Nassar,Marwan (2072) – Akhrass,Roland (1946)

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bxd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nb4 9.Bxf4 Bf5 10.0–0 Bxc2 11.Qd2 Bg6 12.Rae1 0–0 13.a3 Nd3 14.Re2 Nxf4 15.Qxf4 Bd3 16.Ref2 Bxf1 17.Rxf1 Bd6 18.Qg4 h6 19.Qh5 c5 20.dxc6 bxc6 21.Ne4 Be7 22.Nc3 Bf6 23.Rd1 Rb8 24.b4 Rb7 25.Ne4 Rb5 26.Qg4 a5 27.Nxf6+ Qxf6 28.Ne5 Rxe5 29.dxe5 Qxe5 30.Qf3 axb4 31.axb4 Re8 32.Qf2 Qe2 33.Qd4 Re4 34.Qa1 Rg4 35.g3 Rxb4 36.Re1 Qd2 37.Re8+ Kh7 38.Qf1 Qd4+ 39.Kh1 Qd5+ 40.Kg1 Rb2 41.Re3 c5 42.g4 Rd2 43.Qb1+ g6 44.Qe4 Qxe4 45.Rxe4 Rd7 46.Rc4 Rc7 47.Kf2 Kg7 48.Kf3 Kf6 49.Ke4 Ke6 50.Rc3 f6 51.Ra3 c4 52.Rc3 f5+ 53.gxf5+ gxf5+ 54.Kd4 h5 55.h4 Rc8 56.Re3+ Kf6 57.Kc3 f4 58.Re4 Kf5 59.Re7 Kg4 60.Rf7 f3 61.Kd2 c3+ 62.Ke3 c2 63.Kf2 Kxh4 0–1



(6) Chahrour,Ibrahim (1966) – Sharbel,Marwan (2028)

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.d3 0–0 8.0–0 Bd7 9.h3 Nh5 10.g4 Nf6 11.Ne2 Rc8 12.Ng3 Ne8 13.c3 b5 14.f5 Ne5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Qf3 b4 17.c4 Nc7 18.h4 Kg7 19.h5 a5 20.Rb1 a4 21.Bf4 Bd4+ 22.Be3 Be5 23.Kf2 Na6 24.Rh1 Bd4 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.Bxd4+ cxd4 27.Qf4 Nc5 28.Qh6+ Kf6 29.Nh5+ 1–0



(7) Jihad,AlHusseini – Haidar,Amin

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nf6 7.Bg2 Bd6 8.a3 0–0 9.0–0 Bd7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bd2 Qe7 12.Re1 Ne4 13.Nh4 Be8 14.Qc1 Nxd2 15.Qxd2 g5 16.Nf3 Kg7 17.b4 Nd7 18.e3 Bh5 19.h3 Nb6 20.Qc2 Nc4 21.Nd2 Nb6 22.Nb3 Bg6 23.Qd1 h5 24.Nc5 Nc4 25.Qc1 b6 26.Nb3 b5 27.Nd2 Nb6 28.Nb3 Rac8 29.Nc5 Rce8 30.a4 bxa4 31.N3xa4 Qc7 32.Na6 Qb7 33.N4c5 Qf7 34.Ra2 f4 35.exf4 gxf4 36.f3 fxg3 37.Rae2 Bf4 38.Qd1 Bf5 39.Nd3 Rxe2 40.Rxe2 Bxd3 41.Qxd3 Re8 42.Nc5 Nc4 43.Kf1 h4 44.Kg1 Kf6 45.Kf1 Re7 46.Kg1 Rxe2 47.Qxe2 Be3+ 48.Kh1 Bxd4 49.f4 Bxc5 50.bxc5 Qe7 51.Qd1 Qe3 52.Qa1+ Kf5 53.Qd1 Kf6 54.Qa1+ Ke6 55.Qb1 Qxf4 56.Qg6+ Qf6 57.Qe8+ Kf5 58.Qh5+ Kf4 59.Qf3+ Kg5 60.Qg4+ Kh6 61.Bf3 Ne5 62.Qh5+ Kg7 63.Be2 Qf4 64.Qe8 Qe4+ 65.Bf3 Qxf3+ 0–1



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