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Round 9 of Arab Elite Chess Championship 2011: No draws, No mercy, Salem AbdulRahman is the winner of the 1st Elite edition

 All the games of the final round of the Arab Elite championship had decisive results. And the highest rated player between the 2 board competitors emerged as winner.

On board one, Salem AbdelRahman, playing with the black pieces, beat Fadi Eid who adopted the cool English Opening. This cool play didn’t hold Salem from showing his hot play, as the following diagram shows:

In this position, Salem played the superb sacrifice 28..Bxg4!! which was declined by Fadi (otherwise a winning attack against White’s king will take shap). Salem emerged with an extra pawn and a better position, reaching a winning endgame.

This win by Salem put him as the winner of the 1st Arab Elite Championship edition, with 8 wins and just one loss to the runner up Ahmad Adly.

On board 2, Ahmad Adly, playing White against Mohamed Tisir, emerged with a clear middle game advantage: Strong center and control of the only open c-file. With his 29th move Rc7, Ahmed attacked the black Queen, and the reply came:

29..Rbd7?? blundering the queen. Tisir resigned immediately.

This win put Adly on the second place, with 7.5 points.

Board 3 saw a somewhat one sided game between Rashid Yaqoube (White) and Mohamad AlModiahki, who played it à la Karpov. He wasn’t in a hurry to finish the game. An ending with same color bishop, with difference of the King’s position is another proof on how the Grand Master plays on the nuances of the position. Mohamed collected the point and the 3rd clear on the final standing.

The only (mat on the board) of this Elite tournament  appeared on the 4th board between Hussein Ayyad (White) and Samir Mohamed, who played a classical scheveningen Sicilian to reach a clear middle game advantage, crowned with the final position:

Another mat was going to appear on the 5th board between Atallah Tamra (White) and Kamel Njili:

Atallah resigned, not allowing the mat to appear on his board.

On board 6, Sami Khader conducted the white pieces against Ousmanne Douda. The threat of winning another black pawn and/or a black bishop convinced Douda to stop the clocks.

An early extra exchange was on the side of Zendan Zendani, as White against Badr ElHagery. Badr tried to complicate the position as much as he can. But his efforts were in vain, and had to seed the point.

Round 9 results:

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


Final Standing:

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Salem A R  Saleh UAE 2489 8
2 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605 7.5
3 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564 6
4 FM Mohammad Samir SYR 2349 5.5
5 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2329 5.5
6 IM Khader Sami JOR 2416 5
7 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2381 4.5
8 IM Al-Zendani Zendan YEM 2396 4.5
9   Yaaqoub Rashid SUD 2102 4
10 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2454 4
11 FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2206 3.5
12   Tamra Attallah PLE 2090 3.5
13   Al-Hageri Badr KUW 2130 1
14   Daouda Sabar Ousmane MTN 2097 0.5


Round 9 games:

(1) Eid,Fadi – Salem,A R  Saleh

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.g3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bxg7 Kxg7 8.Qb3 Qd6 9.a3 e5 10.Nc3 Nf6 11.Bg2 Nc6 12.0–0 Bg4 13.Qb2 Rad8 14.d3 Rfe8 15.h3 Bf5 16.Rac1 Nd4 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Na4 b6 19.Rfe1 Re7 20.Qc2 Rde8 21.Nb2 b5 22.Bf1 Qe6 23.Kh2 h5 24.e4 dxe3 25.Rxe3 Qd6 26.Rxe7 Rxe7 27.Kg1 h4 28.g4 Bxg4 29.Qc5 Bf3 30.Qxd6 cxd6 31.d4 a6 32.a4 Nd5 33.axb5 axb5 34.Bxb5 Nxb4 35.Bf1 Nc6 36.Nc4 d5 37.Nd2 Nxd4 38.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 39.Kg2 Ne1+ 40.Kh1 d4 41.Rd1 Nf3 42.Bc4 Re4 43.Bd5 Re1+ 44.Rxe1 Nxe1 45.Kg1 Nd3 0–1

(2) Adly,Ahmed – Tissir,Mohamed

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.c4 0–0 5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.0–0 Nb6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.e3 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Nd2 a4 12.Nf1 Nb4 13.a3 N4d5 14.e4 Nxc3 15.bxc3 c5 16.e5 cxd4 17.cxd4 Nd5 18.Ne3 Be6 19.Qf3 Qa5 20.Rd1 Red8 21.Bd2 Qa7 22.Rac1 Rd7 23.Rc5 Rad8 24.Rdc1 h5 25.Qe2 Nxe3 26.Bxe3 b6 27.Rc6 Bd5 28.Bxd5 Rxd5 29.Rc7 R8d7 1–0

(3) Yaaqoub,Rashid – Al-Modiahki,Mohamad

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0–0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Nd5 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 0–0 9.Nc3 Nc7 10.Bc4 d5 11.Be2 Bg4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 f6 14.exf6 Rxf6 15.Be3 Qd6 16.Rc1 Raf8 17.Be2 R6f7 18.Nb5 Nxb5 19.Bxb5 Nd8 20.Qa4 a6 21.Be8 Rf6 22.Qd7 Nc6 23.Qxd6 Rxd6 24.Bxc6 Rxc6 25.Rxc6 bxc6 26.Rc1 Rc8 27.f4 Kf7 28.Rc5 Ke6 29.g4 Kd7 30.Ra5 Ra8 31.Kf2 e6 32.Rc5 Rb8 33.Rc2 c5 34.dxc5 Rxb2 35.Rxb2 Bxb2 36.Ke2 Kc6 37.Kd3 Ba3 38.Bd2 Bxc5 39.Bc1 Be7 40.Bb2 Bh4 41.Bc1 Bf2 42.Bb2 Kb5 43.Bc3 Kc5 44.Bb2 d4 45.Bc1 Kd5 46.g5 e5 47.fxe5 Kxe5 48.Ke2 Be3 49.Bxe3 dxe3 50.Kxe3 Kf5 51.Kf3 Kxg5 52.a4 Kf5 53.Ke3 g5 54.a5 Ke5 55.Kf3 h5 56.Ke3 Kd5 57.Kd3 Kc5 58.Ke4 Kb5 59.Kf5 Kxa5 60.Kxg5 Kb4 61.Kxh5 a5 62.Kg4 0–1

(4) Ayyad,Husain – Mohammad,Samir

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 Nf6 7.Be3 a6 8.0–0 d6 9.f4 Be7 10.Kh1 0–0 11.Qd2 Re8 12.a4 Bd7 13.Nb3 Na5 14.Nxa5 Qxa5 15.b4 Qc7 16.Bd3 Rac8 17.Ne2 d5 18.e5 Ne4 19.Qe1 f5 20.Rg1 a5 21.b5 b6 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.c4 Bc5 24.Qf2 Bxe3 25.Qxe3 Qxc4 26.Rgc1 Qd3 27.Qf2 e3 28.Qe1 Rxc1 29.Rxc1 Bc8 30.h3 Bb7 31.Rc7 Bd5 32.Ng1 Kh8 33.Rc3 Qd2 34.Qxe3 Qxg2# 0–1

(5) Tamra,Attallah – Njili,Kamel

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0–0 e6 7.d3 Ne7 8.Nxd4 cxd4 9.Ne2 0–0 10.Ba4 a6 11.Bb3 b5 12.Ng3 f5 13.a4 b4 14.Bd2 a5 15.Qe2 Qb6 16.Kh1 Bb7 17.Rae1 Rf7 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Qf2 Kh8 20.Ne2 Rg8 21.Ng1 Bf6 22.Nf3 Rfg7 23.Rg1 Ng6 24.Re2 h6 25.Rge1 Kh7 26.Bc4 Qd8 27.Kg1 Nh4 28.Nxh4 Bxh4 29.g3 Bxg3 30.hxg3 Rxg3+ 31.Kf1 Qh4 32.Re4 Qh3+ 0–1

(6) Khader,Sami – Daouda,Sabar Ousmane

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 e6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.g3 Qa5 7.Bg2 Ne4 8.0–0 Ndf6 9.Ne5 Nd6 10.a4 Bd7 11.Nb3 Qd8 12.Nc5 Qc8 13.Bg5 b6 14.Ncd3 Nfe4 15.Bf4 f6 16.Nxd7 Qxd7 17.f3 Ng5 18.Bxg5 fxg5 19.Ne5 Qb7 20.Bh3 Nf7 21.Bxe6 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Bc5+ 23.Kh1 Ke7 24.Bh3 Raf8 25.Qd2 1–0

(7) Al-Zendani,Zendan – Al-Hageri,Badr

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0–0 0–0 6.c4 c6 7.Nbd2 Bf5 8.Re1 Ne4 9.Qb3 Nxd2 10.Bxd2 dxc4 11.Qxb7 Qb6 12.Qxa8 Nd7 13.Ba5 Rxa8 14.Bxb6 Nxb6 15.Ne5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Rc8 17.Rac1 Be6 18.Rc2 c5 19.Rd1 Rb8 20.Bc6 Rc8 21.Bb5 a6 22.Bxa6 Ra8 23.Bb5 Rxa2 24.Rd8+ Kg7 25.Rb8 Bf5 26.Rc1 Na4 27.Rxc4 Nxb2 28.Rxc5 Bh3 29.Rc1 Na4 30.Re8 Nc3 31.Bc4 Ra4 32.Bd3 Ra7 33.f3 Nd5 34.Kf2 Bd7 35.Rd8 Nb4 36.Be4 Be6 37.Rb1 Na2 38.Rbb8 Nc3 39.Bd3 Ra2 40.Ke1 Bf5 41.e4 Be6 42.h4 Ra5 43.Kd2 Na4 44.Rg8+ Kh6 45.Ra8 Rxa8 46.Rxa8 Nc5 47.Ra7 Nd7 48.f4 f5 49.exf6 1–0

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