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Round 1 of the Arab Elite Chess Championship – Dubai 2011: Adly won in 13 moves and an impressive win by Fadi Eid

A new and a step forward in the Arab chess calendar, an Elite tournament, assembling the highest rated players of each Arab country. The event is a new and original idea from the Arab Federation board. The starting list is as follows:

1 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605
2 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564
3 GM Salem A R  Saleh UAE 2489
4 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2454
5 IM Khader Sami JOR 2416
6 IM Al-Zendani Zendan YEM 2396
7 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2381
8 FM Mohammad Samir SYR 2349
9 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2329
10   Elarbi Abobker LBA 2273
11 FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2206
12   Al-Hageri Badr KUW 2130
13   Yaaqoub Rashid SUD 2102
14   Daouda Sabar Ousmane MTN 2097
15   Tamra Attallah PLE 2090


As it can be seen, a strong field of players, headed by 3 Grand Masters, which implies that the event is a good opportunity for IMs and GMs norm hunters. The only disadvantage is the odd number of players, which means that one player will get a Bye. And round 1 player who got it was Elarabi AboBaker, and this is a little bit strange as, as it is more commonly known, the lowest rated one should get it in the first round. But we will leave this to the organizers.

(After checking the tournament swiss-manager file, it seems that the Libyan player couldn’t make it, and his name was withdrawn from the round 2 pairing)

So, the pairing AND the results of the first are as follows:

Bo.   Name Rtg Result   Name Rtg
1 GM Adly Ahmed 2605 1 – 0 FM Mohammad Samir 2349
2 FM Njili Kamel 2329 ½ – ½ GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad 2564
3 GM Salem A R  Saleh 2489 1 – 0 FM Ayyad Husain 2206
4   Al-Hageri Badr 2130 0 – 1 IM Tissir Mohamed 2454
5 IM Khader Sami 2416 1 – 0   Yaaqoub Rashid 2102
6   Daouda Sabar Ousmane 2097 0 – 1 IM Al-Zendani Zendan 2396
7 IM Eid Fadi 2381 1 – 0   Tamra Attallah 2090
8   Elarbi Abobker 2273 0   not paired  


The only score- surprise of this first round was the draw between Tunis FM Ksamel Njili and the Qatari GM Mohammad AlModiahki.

The other game surprise was the 13-moves game on the first board between the Egyptian GM Ahmad Adly (White) and the Syrian FM Mohammad Samir (Black):

(1) Adly,Ahmad (2605) – Samir,Mohammad (2349)

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 cxd4 5.0–0 e6 6.Nxd4 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Nc3 h6 ?!

9.f4 !! exf4 10.gxf4 Qd7

11.f5!! Bxf5 12.Nxd5 Bg6 ?

13.Rxf6 1–0 Humm. I don’t want to be on the Black side.

The Lebanese highest rated player IM Fadi Eid , playing White, scored a nice win over the Palestenian Attallah Tamra:

(7) Eid,Fadi (2381) – Tamra,Attallah (2090)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Bb3 a5 9.a3 d6 10.h3 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bd7 12.a4 Bc6 13.0–0 Nd7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Bc4 Rc8 16.b3 Re8 17.f4 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Qc5 19.Qe1 e6 20.Rd1 d5 21.Bd3 dxe4 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Bxe4 Rc7 24.c4 b6 25.Qc3+ Kg8 26.f5 Qe7 27.Qg3 Nc5 28.fxg6 hxg6

29.Bxg6!! fxg6 30.Qxg6+ Kh8 31.Qh5+ Kg8

32.Rd4 Rf8 33.Rg4+ Qg7 34.Rxg7+ Rxg7 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Qe5 Rb7 37.g4 Kf7 38.h4 Rd7 39.Qh5+ Ke7 40.Qg5+ Ke8 41.Qg6+ Ke7 42.h5 Rd1+ 43.Kh2 Nd7 44.Qg7+ Kd6 45.h6 Rd2+ 46.Kg3 Rd3+ 47.Kf4 e5+ 48.Kg5 Nc5 49.Qf8+ Kd7 50.Qf5+ Kd6

51.Qxd3+ 1–0 An Elegant finish.

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