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34th Christmas Soviet Alumni Open 2012

Ahmad Najjar won it, with 5.5 points

A quick 10 moves draw against Tarek Moudallal was enough for FM Ahmad Najjar to clinch the lead of the 34th edition of the Soviet Alumni Open 2012. 3 players, with 5 points each, shared the 2nd place: Marwan Nassar, Bassel Sharaf and Tarek Moudallal. In 5-6 places, came Daniel Kobeisi and Nadim Hammoud, with 4.5 points for each of them. As you will see in the games collection, the former played a fantastic attacking game against the hyper-solid Marwan Charbel, a game that deserves its place in the Lebanese Individual final stage games. (Let me take the opportunity to thank Nadim for his efforts in providing me with pictures, games and tournament results, in addition to his duties as player and organizing duties).

Back to round 5: The spectators weren’t disappointed watching the awaited clash between Ahmad Najjar and Marwan Nassar. A Reti opening, adopted by Ahmad, with some passive moves, enabled Marwan to obtained a space advantage. Missing 37..Nxe5 (instead of Rc7) permitted Ahmad to go back in the game, with tennis-ace strokes from each side towards the other, it was Ahmad who made the final one.  In the meantime, Tarek profited from the shy-play of Marwan Charbel and converted his extra pawn advantage into a win.

In round 6, as I mentioned earlier, table 1 witnessed a quick draw between Ahmad and Tarek. The decisive encounters between Marwan Nassar (White) – Rabih Rabah (Black) on table 2, Bassel Sharaf (White) – Amir Abou ElHessen (Black) on table 3, Nadim Hammoud (White) – Mohammad Zeidan (Black), and Daniel Kobeissi (White) – Marawan Charbel (Black) lead to the win of the player wuth the White pieces!

Round 5 results:

  1    Ahmad Najjar        ( 4 ) – Marwan Nassar       ( 4 )     1-  3  1-0   

 

  2    Marwan Charbel      ( 3 ) – Tarek Modallal      ( 3«)     5-  6  0-1   

 

  3    Ousama Jawhar       ( 3 ) – Bassel Charaf       ( 3 )    19-  2  0-1   

 

  4    Samer Abou Jawde    ( 3 ) – Amir Abu El Hosn    ( 3 )    22- 18  0-1   

  5    Rabih Rabah         ( 3 ) – Elias Sayegh        ( 3 )     9- 34  1-0   

 

  6    Farid Mohsen        ( 3 ) – Nadim Hammoud       ( 2«)    26- 11  0-1   

 

  7    Adham Koutaa        ( 2«) – Kobeissi Daniel     ( 2«)    29-  4  0-1   

 

  8    Mohammad Zeidan     ( 2«) – Ibrahim Chahrour    ( 2«)    21-  7  1-0   

  9    Adnan Khalil        ( 2 ) – Imad Berberi        ( 2 )    15- 20  0-1   

 

 10    Marck Jeha          ( 2 ) – Hassan Jouni        ( 2 )    37- 10  0-1   

 

 11    Adnan Al Toufaili   ( 2 ) and Mohamad Farhat      ( 2 ) did not play   

 12    Ahmad Edelbi        ( 2 ) – HoussamBbohlok      ( 2 )    31- 12  0-1   

 

 13    Hani Mikati         ( 2 ) – Mohamad Hamad       ( 2 )    13- 24  1-0   

 

 14    Abdel Latif Hassan  ( 1«) – Krikor Oknayan      ( 2 )    17- 36  «-«   

 

 15    Rabih Rachidi       ( 1«) – Salah Janbein       ( 1«)    40- 44  1-0   

 

 16    Hadi Janbein        ( 1«) – Karim Hamwi         ( 1«)    43- 35  0-1   

 

 17    Serge Ward          ( 1 ) and Mohamad Kabalan     ( 1 ) did not play   

 18    Samir Bou Hamdan    ( 1 ) – Ali Shehab          ( 1 )    42- 32  1-0    

 

 19    Ayad Farhat         ( 1 ) and Sami Milan          ( 1 ) did not play   

 

 20    Abdel Kader Sahrafld( 0 ) and Adnan Fattouh       ( 0 ) did not play   

 

Round 6 results:

1    Tarek Modallal      ( 4«) – Ahmad Najjar        ( 5 )     6-  1  «-«   

 

  2    Marwan Nassar       ( 4 ) – Rabih Rabah         ( 4 )     3-  9  1-0   

 

  3    Bassel Charaf       ( 4 ) – Amir Abu El Hosn    ( 4 )     2- 18  1-0   

 

  4    Nadim Hammoud       ( 3«) – Mohammad Zeidan     ( 3«)    11- 21  1-0   

  5    Kobeissi Daniel     ( 3«) – Marwan Charbel      ( 3 )     4-  5  1-0   

 

  6    Samer Abou Jawde    ( 3 ) – Ousama Jawhar       ( 3 )    22- 19  1-0   

  7    HoussamBbohlok      ( 3 ) and Farid Mohsen        ( 3 ) did not play   

  8    Hassan Jouni        ( 3 ) – Mohamad Farhat      ( 3 )    10- 38  «-«   

 

  9    Imad Berberi        ( 3 ) – Hani Mikati         ( 3 )    20- 13  0-1   

 

 10    Elias Sayegh        ( 3 ) – Adham Koutaa        ( 2«)    34- 29  1-0   

 

 11    Ibrahim Chahrour    ( 2«) and Rabih Rachidi       ( 2«) did not play   

 12    Krikor Oknayan      ( 2«) – Karim Hamwi         ( 2«)    36- 35  0-1   

 

 13    Adnan Khalil        ( 2 ) and Mohamad Kabalan     ( 2 ) did not play   

 14    Mohamad Hamad       ( 2 ) – Ahmad Edelbi        ( 2 )    24- 31  1-0   

 15    Abdel Latif Hassan  ( 2 ) and Samir Bou Hamdan    ( 2 ) did not play   

 16    Adnan Al Toufaili   ( 2 ) and Sami Milan          ( 2 ) did not play   

 

 17    Marck Jeha          ( 2 ) and Salah Janbein       ( 1«) did not play   

 

 18    Ayad Farhat         ( 1 ) and Hadi Janbein        ( 1«) did not play   

 

 19    Serge Ward          ( 1 ) and Abdel Kader Sahrafld( 0«) did not play

 

 

Final Standing (after round 6)

1.    1  Ahmad Najjar                5.5  26.0  23.50  20.5  2271 2183 -0.26

  2.    3  Marwan Nassar            5.0  23.5  18.00  19.0  2041 2051 +0.08

        2  Bassel Charaf               5.0  21.0  15.50  18.0  2059 1933 -0.52

        6  Tarek Modallal              5.0  19.0  15.25  17.5  1962 2129 +0.58

  5.    4  Kobeissi Daniel             4.5  20.5  13.75  15.5  2024 1838 -0.90

       11  Nadim Hammoud           4.5  18.5  12.50  14.5  1885 1638 -0.70

  7.   18  Amir Abu El Hosn            4.0  23.0  12.50  15.0  1399 1748 +0.85

       22  Samer Abou Jawde            4.0  21.5  12.00  13.0  1288 1813 +2.70

        9  Rabih Rabah                 4.0  21.5  11.50  16.0  1933 1690 -0.98

       26  Farid Mohsen                4.0  20.0   9.25  14.0  1200 1866 +1.96

       34  Elias Sayegh                4.0  18.5  11.50  14.0  0000 1843 +0.50

       13  Hani Mikati                 4.0  17.0   9.00  11.0  1802 1410 -0.88

 13.   21  Mohammad Zeidan             3.5  22.5  10.75  13.5  1316 1866 +1.46

       38  Mohamad Farhat              3.5  19.5   8.25  12.5  0000 1573  1573

       40  Rabih Rachidi               3.5  19.0   8.75  11.5  0000 1548  1548

       35  Karim Hamwi                 3.5  16.5   7.75  10.5  0000 1528  1528

       10  Hassan Jouni                3.5  15.5   8.75  13.0  1895 1086 -1.46

 18.   12  HoussamBbohlok              3.0  20.0   9.25  13.0  1873  988 -1.54

        5  Marwan Charbel              3.0  20.0   7.50  13.5  1980 1741 -1.60

       20  Imad Berberi                3.0  20.0   7.00  12.0  1344 1692 +0.88

       19  Ousama Jawhar               3.0  20.0   6.75  12.0  1358 1622 +0.73

       37  Marck Jeha                  3.0  19.0   6.25  10.0  0000 1663  1663

       24  Mohamad Hamad               3.0  17.5   6.00   9.0  1224 1192 -0.03

       17  Abdel Latif Hassan          3.0  16.5   5.50   8.5  1414  -   +0.00

       39  Mohamad Kabalan             3.0  16.0   3.00   7.0  0000  627 0   

       41  Sami Milan                  3.0  13.5   3.50   7.0  0000  607 0   

 27.   29  Adham Koutaa                2.5  20.5   5.25  12.5  0000 1918  1918

        7  Ibrahim Chahrour            2.5  20.0   8.00  12.5  1941 1583 -1.36

       43  Hadi Janbein                2.5  16.0   5.75   6.5  0000  -   0   

       36  Krikor Oknayan              2.5  15.0   4.25   9.0  0000 1353  1353

 31.   15  Adnan Khalil                2.0  19.5   6.25  10.0  1765 1417 -1.34

       31  Ahmad Edelbi                2.0  16.5   4.50   7.0  0000 1014  1014

       32  Ali Shehab                  2.0  16.5   3.50   5.0  0000 1750 0   

       16  Adnan Al Toufaili           2.0  15.5   7.00   9.0  1704 1212 -0.92

       42  Samir Bou Hamdan            2.0  13.0   4.25   5.0  0000  593 0   

 36.   44  Salah Janbein               1.5  17.0   5.75   6.5  0000 1208 0   

       25  Serge Ward                  1.5  16.0   4.50   5.5  1223 1187 -0.02

 38.   14  Rafi Djikirian              1.0  14.5   4.00   5.0  1772  -   +0.00

       33  Ayad Farhat                 1.0  14.5   4.00   3.0  0000 1112 0   

       28  Abdel Kader Sahrafldin      1.0  13.5   1.00   1.5  0000 1195 0   

 41.   27  Elias Gattas                0.5  16.0   5.50   3.0  0000 1962 0   

       30  Adnan Fattouh               0.5  13.0   2.25   1.0  0000  997 0   

 43.   23  Mohamad Abdel Khalek        0.0  17.5   6.25   0.0  1235 1382 +0.00

        8  Kassem Fawaz                0.0  12.0   2.25   0.0  1939 1303 -0.44

 

(I kept all the tie-break info, just in case a player likes to contact Dr.Hussein Hammoud about the tie-break system used in the pairing system)

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