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Round 5 of the Arab Elite Chess Championship 2011: a Black day on all boards

And yes indeed. Not a single Player having the White pieces succeeded in scoring the full point. From 7 played games in this round, only 2 were drawn, the remaining ones were won by Black. This indicates for sure the fighting spirit of the players regardless of which side of the tables they are sitting on.

Board 1 saw a clash between the Jordanian IM Sami Khader (White) and the young and ambitious Emirati GM Salem Saleh AbdelRahman who adopted the Grunfeld defense which usually offers great opportunities for counterattack (should I remind you, dear reader, that that defense was one of the main armory of the best chess player of all times, Garry Kasparov).

The exchange variation was adopted by Sami, where Salem deviated from the major main line by playing 8..Nc6, instead of 8..c5. Sami was up to the task, entered the line with the pseudo-sacrifice on f7, and retained the advantage, as is illustrated in the next diagram (position after 10..Re8)

11 Bxf7+! Kxf7 12 Qb3+ Be6 13 d5, to reach the following position after Black 22nd move:

Now Sami played 23 Rd8+ (who can refuse to win the opponent’s queen?!). But it was much better to play 23 Nxf4!!  Qe8 24 Qd6 Qf7 25 Ne6 Nc4 26 Rd8+ Bf8 27 Rxa8 Nxd6 28 Rxf8+ Qxf8 29 Bxf8 Nxe4 30 Bb4 with an extra piece. After more 10 moves, they reached the following position:

Of course White still has a clear advantage, but his king is exposed, and he needs to coordinate his pieces. Here Sami played the losing: 33 Kh3 ? (Instead, 33 Bg5 would kept his advantage),and Salem replied with the strong 33 Re3turning the table. After some inevitable exchanges, 2 rooks + king on White second rank were more than enough to catch the White king.

On board 2, the Egyptian GM Ahmad Adly, playing with the Black pieces, seems well prepared to meet the Lebanese IM Fadi Eid pet line against the Sicilian defense. The equilibrium of the position was kept even after the exchange of queens. Then Adly started a certain initiative by creating some pressure on White’s King side pawns, which forced Fadi  to play inaccurate defensive moves, enabling the former to create a pass h-pawn that forced Fadi to sacrifice his bishop for it, and the point.

Board 3 witnessed a tied game between the Yemeni IM Zendan ElZendani (White) and the Bahrain FM Hussein Ayyad. Both players reached an ending with a slight advantage for Black, but White defended well and soon the peace was signed.

An attack against the Qatari Mohamad ElModiahki usually fails, even if it was a Grand Prix Attack, which was adopted by the Palestinian Attalah Tamra (White) against him on the 4th  board.. With his endgame technique, the Qatari GM created a lot of double pawns on the White queen side, collected later with extra benefits: 2 raging bishops, control of the center, not to mention the extra 2 pawns, Time to stop the clocks.

A theoretical duel on the Meran variation of the Semi-Slav defense was taking shape on board 5 between the Syrian FM Samir Mohamed (White) and the Moroccan  IM Mohamed Tisir. Some nice tactical manoeuver occurred in the middle game, to reach the following position after black 35th move:

Now Samir played 36 e6?! Later Black defended well and a draw was agreed in equal rook ending. Much better was to first exchange queens 36 QxQ bxQ then 37 e6! Where Black is facing a difficult endgame, and has to play very precise moves to stop White b+e pass pawns, not to mention other elements such as the presence of opposite color bishops and White more centralized King.

Another miniature game, of 14 moves only, was played on board 6 between the Mauritanian Ousmane Daouda (White) and the Tunisian FM Kamel Nijili, where the former blundered a piece, and the point. May be this was a hard time , and a tough event for the Mauritanian player, as till now his record is still clean from points or half ones.

Another blunder occurred on board 7 between the Kuwaiti Badr AlHageri (White) and the Sudanic Rashid Yaaqoub. In an advantageous position, Badr dropped a bishop , then tried to complicate to position as much as he can, and succeeded in winning back the exchange for his lost piece. But that was not enough, and the point went to Black.

Round 5 results:

Bo.   Name Rtg Result   Name Rtg
1 IM Khader Sami 2416 0 – 1 GM Salem A R  Saleh 2489
2 IM Eid Fadi 2381 0 – 1 GM Adly Ahmed 2605
3 IM Al-Zendani Zendan 2396 ½ – ½ FM Ayyad Husain 2206
4   Tamra Attallah 2090 0 – 1 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad 2564
5 FM Mohammad Samir 2349 ½ – ½ IM Tissir Mohamed 2454
6   Daouda Sabar Ousmane 2097 0 – 1 FM Njili Kamel 2329
7   Al-Hageri Badr 2130 0 – 1   Yaaqoub Rashid 2102


Standing after round 5:

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605 4
2 GM Salem A R  Saleh UAE 2489 4
3 IM Khader Sami JOR 2416 3
4 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564 3
5 FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2206 3
6 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2329 3
7 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2381 2.5
8 FM Mohammad Samir SYR 2349 2.5
9 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2454 2.5
10 IM Al-Zendani Zendan YEM 2396 2.5
11   Tamra Attallah PLE 2090 2
12   Yaaqoub Rashid SUD 2102 2
13   Al-Hageri Badr KUW 2130 1
14   Daouda Sabar Ousmane MTN 2097 0


Round 5 games:

(1) Khader,Sami (2416) – Salem,A R  Saleh (2489)

 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.0–0 e5 10.Ba3 Re8 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Qb3+ Be6 13.d5 Na5 14.dxe6+ Rxe6 15.Qa4 c6 16.Rad1 Qc7 17.Rd3 b5 18.Qd1 Kg8 19.Rd7 Qc8 20.f4 exf4 21.Rxf4 Rf6 22.Be7 Rxf4 23.Rd8+ Qxd8 24.Bxd8 Rxe4 25.Bxa5 Rae8 26.Qb3+ Kh8 27.Ng3 Re1+ 28.Kf2 R1e6 29.h4 Rf8+ 30.Kg1 Re1+ 31.Kh2 Rf4 32.Bd8 Be5 33.Kh3 Re3 34.Qe6 Rf8 35.Bc7 Rxg3+ 36.Kh2 Bxc7 37.Qe7 Rg4+ 38.Qxc7 Rxh4+ 39.Kg1 Rc4 40.Qe5+ Kg8 41.Qe6+ Rf7 42.Qe8+ Kg7 43.Qe5+ Kf8 44.Qb8+ Kg7 45.Qe5+ Kh6 46.Qh2+ Kg5 47.Qe5+ Rf5 48.Qg3+ Rg4 49.Qe3+ Kf6 50.Qe8 Rc4 51.Qh8+ Kg5 52.Qxh7 Re5 53.Qh3 Re2 54.Qd3 Re1+ 55.Kf2 Re5 56.Kg1 Rd5 57.Qe3+ Kf6 58.Qf2+ Rf5 59.Qd2 a6 60.Qd6+ Kg5 61.Qg3+ Kh6 62.Qh2+ Rh5 63.Qb8 Rhc5 64.Qh8+ Kg5 65.Qd8+ Kf5 66.Qd3+ Kf6 67.Qd6+ Kf5 68.Qd3+ Ke5 69.Qg3+ Kf6 70.Qd6+ Kg7 71.Qe7+ Kh6 72.Qe3+ Rg5 73.Qh3+ Kg7 74.Qd7+ Kf6 75.Qd6+ Kf5 76.Qd7+ Ke4 77.Qd2 Rg3 78.Qc2+ Rd3 79.Qe2+ Re3 80.Qc2+ Ke5 81.Qxg6 Rcxc3 82.Qg7+ Ke4 83.Qh7+ Kd4 84.Qa7+ Kd5 85.Qxa6 Re2 86.a4 Ra2 87.Qa5 Rcc2 88.Qd8+ Kc4 89.Qh4+ Kb3 90.axb5 Rxg2+ 91.Kf1 Rgc2 92.Qg3+ Kb2 93.Qe5+ Kb1 94.Qe4 cxb5 95.Qd3 Ra1 96.Qb3+ Rb2 0–1

(2) Eid,Fadi (2381) – Adly,Ahmed (2605

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.0–0 Nce5 9.Bb3 Nxe3 10.fxe3 e6 11.Nf3 Ng6 12.e5 d5 13.e4 Bc5+ 14.Kh1 d4 15.Ne2 0–0 16.Nexd4 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Qxd4 18.Nxd4 Bd7 19.Rad1 Rad8 20.Nf3 Bc6 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Re1 a5 23.a3 Kf8 24.Kg1 a4 25.Ba2 Ra8 26.Kf2 Ra5 27.Ke3 Nxe5 28.Nxe5 Rxe5 29.Kd4 Rh5 30.h3 Ke7 31.Re3 Rh4 32.Bc4 Kd6 33.g4 f5 34.exf5 exf5 35.Re6+ Kd7 36.Re5 g6 37.Kc5 fxg4 38.hxg4 h5 39.Be6+ Kc7 40.Rg5 Rh2 41.gxh5 Rxh5 42.Rxh5 gxh5 43.Bh3 Bd7 44.Bf1 h4 45.b3 axb3 46.cxb3 h3 47.Bxh3 Bxh3 48.a4 Bf1 49.a5 Be2 50.b4 Bf1 51.Kd5 Kb8 52.Kc5 Ka7 53.b5 Be2 0–1

(3) Al-Zendani,Zendan (2396) – Ayyad,Husain (2206)

 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Bd2 Be7 9.Bd3 0–0 10.Qe2 b6 11.0–0 Bb7 12.Bf4 Rc8 13.Ba6 Bxa6 14.Qxa6 Ra8 15.a4 Qc8 16.Qe2 Nf6 17.Rfd1 Rd8 18.Bg5 h6 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Qb5 Qd7 21.Rab1 Rac8 22.e5 Be7 23.a5 Qxb5 24.Rxb5 cxd4 25.cxd4 Rc6 26.Rdb1 Rdc8 27.Kf1 Rc1+ 28.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29.Ke2 Rc2+ 30.Ke3 Bd8 31.axb6 Bxb6 32.Ne1 Rc4 33.Nf3 g5 34.h3 Kg7 35.Rb2 Kg6 36.Ke4 Rc3 37.Ne1 Rc1 38.Nc2 Rg1 39.Ne3 Rc1 40.Kd3 Ra1 41.Ke4 Ra4 42.Nc2 Rc4 43.Kd3 Ra4 44.Ke4 ½–½

(4) Tamra,Attallah (2090) – Al-Modiahki,Mohamad (2564)

 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0–0 Nxb5 7.Nxb5 d5 8.exd5 a6 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.d4 Nxd5 11.dxc5 Nxc3 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.bxc3 Bxc3 14.Rb1 Kc7 15.Rb3 Bf6 16.Bd2 a5 17.Rfb1 Ra7 18.Rb5 Bd7 19.Rxa5 Rha8 20.Rxa7 Rxa7 21.Ne5 Be6 22.Bc3 Rxa2 23.Rb2 Rxb2 24.Bxb2 Bg7 25.Bd4 Bf5 26.c3 f6 27.Nf3 Kc6 28.Kf2 Kd5 29.Ke3 e5 30.fxe5 fxe5 31.c4+ Kxc4 32.Bb2 Bh6+ 33.Ke2 e4 34.Nd2+ Kxc5 35.h3 Kd5 36.Nf1 Bd7 37.Ne3+ Ke6 38.Bd4 Bb5+ 39.Kf2 Bd3 40.Bb6 Bg7 41.Nd1 Kd5 42.Ke3 Kc6 43.Bd8 b5 44.Nf2 Bf1 45.Kxe4 Bxg2+ 46.Kd3 Kd5 47.h4 b4 48.Nd1 Be4+ 49.Kd2 Bf3 50.Ne3+ Ke4 51.Nc4 Bc3+ 52.Kc2 Kd4 53.Nd2 Be4+ 54.Kd1 Kd3 55.Bg5 Bxd2 56.Bxd2 b3 0–1

(5) Mohammad,Samir (2349) – Tissir,Mohamed (2454)

 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0–0 9.0–0 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.e4 e5 12.h3 Re8 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Ne2 a6 16.Rd1 Qe7 17.f4 Bc7 18.e5 Bb6+ 19.Kh2 Ng4+ 20.Kg3 Nf2 21.Bxh7+ Kh8 22.Rf1 g6 23.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 24.Kxf2 Kxh7 25.Be3 c5 26.Bxc5 Qe6 27.Nd4 Qd5 28.Nf3 Rac8 29.b4 Red8 30.Re1 a5 31.a3 axb4 32.axb4 Ra8 33.Re2 Ra3 34.Be3 Qc4 35.Ng5+ Kg7 36.e6 Rc3 37.Qb2 f6 38.e7 Re8 39.Ne6+ Qxe6 40.Qxc3 Rxe7 41.Rd2 Bxg2 42.Kxg2 Qxe3 43.Qxe3 Rxe3 44.Rd5 ½–½

(6) Daouda,Sabar Ousmane (2097) – Njili,Kamel (2329)

 1.d4 b5 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Qe2 Qb6 7.0–0 a6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.a3 d6 10.b4 Nd4 11.Qd1 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Bd4 13.Bd2 Rc8 14.Be3 Rxc3 0–1

(7) Al-Hageri,Badr (2130) – Yaaqoub,Rashid (2102)

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 9.Bd4 Nh6 10.e6 f6 11.exd7+ Qxd7 12.Bc4 Nf5 13.Bc5 Nd6 14.Bb3 Ba6 15.Qd2 Nb7 16.Qxd7+ Kxd7 17.0–0–0+ Ke8 18.Ba4 Nxc5 19.Bxc6+ Kf7 20.Bd5+ e6 21.Bxa8 Rxa8 22.b4 Bh6+ 23.Kb2 Rb8 24.Ka3 Nb7 25.b5 Bf8+ 26.Ka4 Nc5+ 27.Ka5 Bb7 28.Na4 Bxg2 29.Rhg1 Bd5 30.Nb2 a6 31.c4 Bxc4 32.b6 Bb5 0–1

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