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Last round of Zonal 3.1 – Doha 2013

A victorious round for the Lebanese players

I wished that every zonal round result would be like this one, but what can we do?! That’s life. I am sure that, after you, dear reader, downloaded then scrolled the games’ moves, you would wish the same. A spectacular miniature played by Fadi, as White, against his Palestinian opponent, Atallah Tamra. Adopting the Accelerated Sicilian Dragon and keeping the king in the center is a big sin. A bishop sacrificed on d6 on move 15 was refused by Atallah, but Fadi brilliant queen sacrifice on move 18 couldn’t be declined by his opponent, who resigned before getting mated on move 20. A spectacular miniature played à la Fadi Eid.

Maya, on the other hand, playing as Black against the Qatari WFM Salama El-Khelaifi, adopted the Sicilian defense, to which the Qatari player used the Wing Gambit, sacrificing a pawn for speeding her pieces development and hunting the Black king. Maya hold on to her extra pawn, and even obtained a middle game advantage. After some ups and downs, it was Maya who was targeting White’s king. 2 extra exchanges converted into netting a rook, and as more was on the way, convinced Salama to dispose her arms.

Final Standings:


Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Darini Pouria IRI 2530 7.5
2 GM Golizadeh Asghar IRI 2486 7
3 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2568 6
4 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2550 6
5 GM Al-Sayed Mohammed QAT 2502 5.5
6 IM Khader Sami JOR 2374 4.5
7 IM Nezad Husein Aziz QAT 2410 4.5
8 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2364 4.5
9 FM Ahmed Ali Layth Ahmed IRQ 2319 4
10   Al-Hajiri Bader KUW 2019 3.5
11 FM Alhuwar Jasem UAE 2268 3
12   Al Ghamdi , Ahmed M  KSA 0 3
13   Tamra Attallah PLE 2080 2
14 FM Faraj Yahya YEM 2264 2



Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491 8.5
2 WIM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2236 8
3 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh IRI 2242 7.5
4 WIM Dahdal Lougain JOR 1972 5.5
5 WIM Saleh Nora Mohd UAE 1892 4.5
6 WFM Jalloul Maya M. LIB 1962 4
7 WFM Al-Khelaifi Salama QAT 1810 3
8   Al-Khelaifi Aisha QAT 1681 3
9   Faqeeh Aseel PLE 0 1
10   AL-Ramadan Nadya KUW 0 0


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