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Round 8 of the Arab Elite Championship 2011: Salem sole leader, and a strong come-back from Fadi

The only drawn game of the 8th round of the Elite championship was enough to affect the standing at the top rank before the ultimate round. While Salem AbdelRahman , playing on the Black side of the first board against Samir Mohamed, was winning in adopting his usual weapon Grunfeld Defense, Ahmad Adly (Black) was trying very hard to score the full point in a double-rooks ending against Kamel Njili.All Adly’s efforts were in vain as Kamel defended well, forcing peace agreement.

Is there a way you can use to beat the 20th century best arab player, Mohamed AlModiahki, especially if he is playing on the White side? Answer: No way!! On the 3rd board, Mohamed conaducted his game with a strong positional play, reaching an ending with a strong night posted in the heart of the Black position of Zendan Zendani, to be crowned by an exchange sacrifice. And the only way for Zendan to prevent the appearing of a new white queen is to sacrifice his rook for that pawn, and resign a few moves later.

A very nice game was played by Fadi Eid, as Black, on the 4th board against Hussein Ayyad. Fadi played his strong weapon, the Scnadinave defense, to reach a typical middle game with a strong knight on c5, centralized rooks and Queen, not to mention the bishop. Even an exchange sacrifice by Hussein couldn’t hold Fadi’s attack, who replied by a counter-exchange sacrifice, smashing the White’s king protection. White resigned when the mat was unavoidable.

While Atallah Tamra couldn’t hold the 2 white passed pawns of Rashid yaqoube on board 5, Sami Khader, as Black, played very aggressively on board 6 against Badr ElJagery, whose king was under attack very early. And to avoid more losses, he had to resign, as Sami remained with a knight ahead.

The last board shows how the Grand Prix Attack has to be played through the hans of Mohamed Tisir against Ousmane Daouda. You got the feeling that Mohamed is taking his revenge for his poor show on the previous rounds. Attack Attack and nothing else than the Attack. And the point is in the hand.

Round 8 results:

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


Standing after round 8:

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Salem A R  Saleh UAE 2489 7
2 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605 6.5
3 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564 5
4 FM Mohammad Samir SYR 2349 4.5
5 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2329 4.5
6 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2381 4.5
7 IM Khader Sami JOR 2416 4
8   Yaaqoub Rashid SUD 2102 4
9 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2454 4
10 FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2206 3.5
11 IM Al-Zendani Zendan YEM 2396 3.5
12   Tamra Attallah PLE 2090 3.5
13   Al-Hageri Badr KUW 2130 1
14   Daouda Sabar Ousmane MTN 2097 0.5

The final round will start tomorrow at 10 AM – Dubai time, 9 AM Beirut time, and has the following pairing table:

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

As it can be seen, the encounters of the first 2 boards are very critical for the final standing, where everything can happen.

(1) Mohammad,Samir – Salem,A R  Saleh

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rc1 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2 0–0 13.d5 Rd8 14.Ke1 Nb4 15.Bd2 Na6 16.Bxa6 bxa6 17.Rc7 f5 18.e5 Rxd5 19.Rxe7 Rb8 20.Ke2 Bd7 21.Rc1 Bf8 22.Bg5 h6 23.Bf6 Bxe7 24.Bxe7 g5 25.Bd6 Rb2+ 26.Ke3 Bb5 27.Rc8+ Kf7 28.Rc7+ Kg6 0–1

(2) Njili,Kamel – Adly,Ahmed

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Bc4 e5 7.Nf5 Be6 8.Bb3 g6 9.Ne3 Nbd7 10.Ned5 Bg7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Bg5 h6 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Qd3 Qd7 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.Nd5 Bg7 18.c3 Kh8 19.Ne3 f5 20.Bxe6 Qxe6 21.Qd5 Qe7 22.exf5 gxf5 23.f4 b5 24.Rd2 Qa7 25.Qf3 d5 26.Kh1 d4 27.cxd4 exd4 28.Rfd1 Rde8 29.Nc2 Re4 30.Nb4 Qe7 31.Nd3 Re3 32.Qh5 Qe4 33.Qh4 Kh7 34.Qf2 Rc8 35.Kg1 a5 36.a3 Re8 37.h3 Bf6 38.Nc5 Qe7 39.Nd3 Qe4 40.Nc5 Qe7 41.Nd3 Rg8 42.Ne5 Bxe5 43.fxe5 Qxe5 44.Rf1 Rg5 45.Qf4 Qxf4 46.Rxf4 Rxh3 47.Rfxd4 Rb3 48.Rd6 f4 49.Kh2 f3 50.gxf3 Rxf3 51.Rb6 Rf7 52.Rdd6 Rh5+ 53.Kg3 Rg7+ 54.Kf3 Rh3+ 55.Kf4 Rh4+ 56.Kf3 b4 57.Ra6 Rf7+ 58.Kg3 Rh5 59.axb4 axb4 60.Rdb6 Rg5+ 61.Kh4 Rf4+ 62.Kh3 h5 63.Ra7+ Rg7 64.Ra5 Rf3+ 65.Kh4 Rf2 66.Kh3 Kg8 67.Rb8+ Kf7 68.Rb7+ Kg8 69.Rb8+ Kf7 70.Rb7+ Kf8 ½–½

(3) Al-Modiahki,Mohamad – Al-Zendani,Zendan

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.a4 d6 7.h3 Na5 8.Ba2 c5 9.Re1 Be6 10.Nbd2 Qd7 11.c3 Bxa2 12.Rxa2 Qe6 13.Ra1 Nh5 14.d4 exd4 15.cxd4 c4 16.b4 cxb3 17.Rb1 Rac8 18.d5 Qd7 19.Nxb3 Nc4 20.Nfd2 Nxd2 21.Bxd2 Nf6 22.Na5 Rc7 23.Bf4 Rfc8 24.Qb3 Bf8 25.Bg5 Be7 26.Qb5 Qxb5 27.Rxb5 b6 28.Bxf6 Rc1 29.Rb1 Rxb1 30.Rxb1 Bxf6 31.Nc6 g5 32.Kf1 Re8 33.f3 Be5 34.Nxa7 Bd4 35.Nc6 Bc5 36.Rb5 h5 37.e5 Ra8 38.Rxc5 dxc5 39.d6 Rxa4 40.d7 Ra8 41.d8Q+ Rxd8 42.Nxd8 Kg7 43.Ke2 Kg6 44.g4 hxg4 45.hxg4 Kg7 46.Kd3 Kf8 47.e6 f6 48.Nc6 b5 49.Ke4 c4 50.Nb4 Ke7 51.Kf5 1–0

(4) Ayyad,Husain – Eid,Fadi

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Bb5+ Nbd7 5.Be2 Bxe2 6.Nxe2 Nxd5 7.0–0 e6 8.c4 N5f6 9.Qb3 Qc8 10.Nbc3 Be7 11.Bf4 0–0 12.Rac1 a6 13.h3 Re8 14.Bh2 Bf8 15.Rfd1 b6 16.Qc2 Qb7 17.d5 e5 18.Ng3 g6 19.a3 Bh6 20.Rb1 b5 21.b3 Bf8 22.a4 bxc4 23.bxc4 Qc8 24.Kh1 Nc5 25.f3 Nfd7 26.Nge4 f5 27.Nxc5 Nxc5 28.Bg1 Bd6 29.a5 Qd7 30.Re1 Re7 31.Re2 Rae8 32.Rbe1 h5 33.Bf2 Kh7 34.Bh4 Rf7 35.Bf2 Rfe7 36.Qb2 Nd3 37.Qc2 Nxe1 38.Rxe1 Bb4 39.Rd1 Bxc3 40.Qxc3 e4 41.Bh4 exf3 42.Bxe7 fxg2+ 43.Kxg2 Qxe7 44.Rd2 Qg5+ 45.Kf1 Re3 46.Qd4 Qg3 47.Rf2 Qxh3+ 48.Rg2 Qh1+ 0–1

(5) Yaaqoub,Rashid – Tamra,Attallah

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.0–0 e6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nb5 d5 8.exd5 exd5 9.Bxd5 Nge7 10.Bxc6+ Nxc6 11.Re1+ Be6 12.Bf4 0–0 13.Bd6 Re8 14.Bg3 Rf8 15.Nc7 Rc8 16.Rxe6 fxe6 17.Nxe6 Qe7 18.Nxf8 Qxf8 19.a3 Qc5 20.Qe2 Kh8 21.Re1 Qd5 22.Qd3 b5 23.h4 Bf6 24.Bf4 Kg8 25.Re2 Kg7 26.Bg5 h6 27.Bxf6+ Kxf6 28.c3 Rd8 29.cxd4 Nxd4 30.Nxd4 Qxd4 31.Qxb5 Qxh4 32.Qa6+ Kf7 33.Qxa7+ Kg8 34.Re1 Qf6 35.Qe7 Qxe7 36.Rxe7 Rd1+ 37.Kh2 Rd2 38.Rb7 Rxf2 39.a4 Rf6 40.a5 Ra6 41.b4 Ra8 42.Rb6 Kg7 43.a6 h5 44.b5 Kh6 45.Rb7 1–0

(6) Al-Hageri,Badr – Khader,Sami

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be6 8.Nc4 Rb8 9.Ne3 Nf6 10.g3 h5 11.Bg2 h4 12.Ned5 Bxd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Nd4 15.c3 Nf5 16.Bh3 g6 17.Qf3 Qa5 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.Qf6 Rh7 21.Qxd6 Rd8 22.Qxe5 Rh5 23.Qg7 hxg3 24.fxg3 Qxd5 25.0–0 Rxh3 26.Rad1 Qc5+ 27.Rd4 Rxd4 28.Qxf7+ Kd7 29.cxd4 Qxd4+ 30.Kg2 Rh5 0–1

(7) Tissir,Mohamed – Daouda,Sabar Ousmane

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.f4 Bg7 4.Nf3 a6 5.a4 Nc6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 Bd7 8.0–0 Rb8 9.d3 Qc8 10.Nd5 b6 11.c3 Bg4 12.Ne3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Na5 14.Ra3 c4 15.d4 Nh6 16.g4 f6 17.f5 Nf7 18.h4 Nb3 19.Nd5 Qd7 20.Be3 0–0 21.Nf4 g5 22.Ne6 Rfc8 23.hxg5 fxg5 24.Nxg5 Nxg5 25.Bxg5 Nxd4 26.cxd4 Bxd4+ 27.Kh1 Bxb2 28.Ra2 Bg7 29.Bc1 c3 30.g5 Be5 31.Qh5 e6 32.g6 hxg6 33.fxg6 Rf8 34.Raf2 Rxf2 35.Rxf2 Rf8 36.Qh7+ Qxh7+ 37.gxh7+ Kg7 38.Bh6+ Kxh6 39.Rxf8 Kxh7 40.Bf1 b5 41.axb5 axb5 42.Bxb5 Bd4 43.Bd3 Kg7 44.Rf3 e5 45.Kg2 Kg6 46.Kg3 Kg5 47.Bc2 Kh5 48.Rf5+ Kg6 49.Kg4 Be3 50.Ba4 Bd2 51.Rf8 Be3 52.Rf3 Bd4 53.Bd1 Bc5 54.Rxc3 Kf6 55.Bb3 Ke7 56.Bd5 1–0

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