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Shamiyeh Chess Academy: A Courageous Move

Shamiyeh Chess Academy: A Courageous Move

In this pandemic and restricted conditions surrounding us, not to mention the economic crisis, among other ones, that still facing the Lebanese people on a daily basis, Shamiyeh Chess Academy faced the storm with its courageous initiative by organizing not one, but two Fide rated round-robin tournaments (!). Before embarking on the technical details of these 2 events, let me, dear reader, make a short introduction about the Shamiyeh family.


If my memory is still working well. I remember being invited some 25 years ago by Mr. Ibrahim Shamiyeh, the father of a lovely family, to give some lectures on opening themes to the then-young players in Saida city. I still sense the feeling I had when I was looking at those enthusiastic eyes that followed my hand moving the pieces on the board, explaining this or that idea or manoeuver. We were spending all the day analyzing chess positions or variations. Of course there was no engine or laptop to use. All was done in the classical way. At the end of the day, driving back to Beirut, I couldn’t wait for the next week to come to repeat the same experience.

Back to present, I look at those kids becoming men, with the same shiny eyes, carrying motivation to solve not just chess exercises and winning games, but as well as daily life problems.

It was on the initiative of Mr. Ibrahim Shamiyeh, in collaboration with the late Adnan Hariri, that in 1999, Chess was introduced to Saida , and they created the basis of Shamiyeh Chess Academy. Since then a lot of strong players emerged from there, carrying a lot of victories and wins, sending to the Lebanese communities a short message: We are here, we can fight and win battles.

Back to our event.

Mr. Jamal and Mr. Sayed Shamiyeh, the sons of Mr. Ibrahim, organized the Adnan Hariri rapid, and Ibrahim Shamiyeh blitz tournaments in an exemplary way. The players and the technical team (back to them in a while) were accommodated for free (!) in the four-star Raj Hotel – Aley for the event’s 2 days duration (20th and 21st of March), profiting from all the leisure the hotel can offer, including the playing area. I cannot recall the last time we saw a local tournament organizer has accommodated his tournament participants, especially the national players, in a prestigious hotel. This is a winning move and a step-stone for the local organizers to follow.


In addition to the live broadcasting of the games, Mr. Abdul Rahman El-Habboub was in charge of the pairings, (as they were Round-Robin events, the technical meeting [withdrawal of colors, etc.] took one day earlier using Zoom  virtual meeting tool), and the online games supervision was the officer in charge of Miss Amani Ali Khan (!). Miss Karen Chlela was assigned as Over-The-Board (OTB) arbiter (!). It is the first time in Lebanon that we have (Miss) instead of (Mr.) in the prefix name of a national arbiter in a Fide rated tournament. Another two winning moves made in one go by Jamal and Sayed. Did I mention that the photography was the responsibility of Miss Yara Elea? It is now three winning moves in one go, and counting.

During the closing ceremony, the prizes were distributed to the winners (more about them later) in the presence of the LCF VIPs. Special gifts were also distributed to the attendance on the Mother Day occasion as well.

Back now to the 12 participants. 10 of them were invited directly by the organizer, while the remaining 2 were qualified by winning special on-line tournaments. Below is the list of the final standing of each event.

As you noticed, dear reader, the current champion of Lebanon, as well as x-champions, took part in this event (missing you Faisal). Also some promising young players show their teeth, as the games and their results show (see link below).

I urge the reader to not criticize severely certain moves of the players. Don’t forget: they didn’t play OTB games for more than one year, and this lack of play with real chess pieces, instead of a computer mouse or keyboard, caused blunders on all boards. Some may think that they were some   transmission mistakes, but it wasn’t the case. The eagerness to play OTB chess was their main goal. They want to return back to normal life, to normal chess. This motive allowed the (old) generations of players (is Amr old?) to ‘gambit’ some bunch of their Elo points for this cause. And the Gambit was accepted, with a smile, by the young generation among the participants. Just take a look as the Elo deviations of the participants in both events and you will understand what I mean.

At the end, I can’t but to congratulate Shamiyeh Chess Academy for their initiative, especially Mr. Jamal and Sayed, and for their zero-mistake in organizing such event. (Sarah and Mahmoud Shamiyeh: Missing you).

 

 


Adnan Hariri Rapid Tournament

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds

Rk.

SNo

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

3

FM

El Jawich Amro

LBN

2324

9

0

42

5

2

11

FM

Najjar Ahmad

LBN

2178

8

1

34.75

4

3

7

FM

Kassis Antoine

LBN

2209

8

0

36.75

4

4

8

Arkadan Adib

LBN

1705

7.5

0

36.5

4

5

9

CM

Al Kaoury Mahdi

LBN

2070

7

0

32.25

3.5

6

1

CM

El Mahmoud Abdulaziz

LBN

2058

6.5

0

26

2.5

7

12

Khallouf Abdallah

LBN

1685

5.5

0.5

22.75

2.5

8

6

Khoder Akram

LBN

1791

5.5

0.5

22.25

2.5

9

10

Salman Samer

LBN

1735

4.5

0

12.75

1.5

10

2

Habash Mohamad

LBN

1810

3

0

8.75

1

11

5

Sarhan Wahid

SYR

1793

1.5

0

2.75

0.5

12

4

Assaad Joe

LBN

1698

0

0

0

0

Ibrahim Shamieh Blitz Tournament

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds

Rk.

SNo

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

2

FM

Najjar Ahmad

LBN

2153

9

0

43

3

2

9

FM

El Jawich Amro

LBN

2316

8.5

0

44

3.5

3

#

Arkadan Adib

LBN

1610

7.5

0

33

2.5

4

6

Khoder Akram

LBN

1566

7

0

30

1.5

5

4

CM

El Mahmoud Abdulaziz

LBN

2140

6.5

0

27

1

6

11

CM

Al Kaoury Mahdi

LBN

2137

6

0

35

3.5

7

1

Assaad Joe

LBN

1584

5

0

21

2

8

#

FM

Kassis Antoine

LBN

2179

4.5

1

23

1.5

9

5

Khallouf Abdallah

LBN

1785

4.5

0

18

1.5

10

7

Salman Samer

LBN

1514

4

0

14

0.5

11

3

Habash Mohamad

LBN

1827

3

0

11

1

12

8

Sarhan Wahid

SYR

1909

0.5

0

2.3

0

Tie Break1: Direct Encounter (The results of the players in the same point group)

Tie Break2: Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break variable

Tie Break3: Koya Tie-Break

The games can be downloaded from the chess-results links.

Chess-results links:

Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com – Adnan Hariri Rapid Tournament (chess-results.com)

Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com – Ibrahim Shamieh Blitz Tournament (chess-results.com)