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Final round of Arab Individual Championship – Dubai 2021

Final round: Back to Earth

Every professional player, even an amateur, knows how important the preparation for the final round is. This preparation consists of several aspects: technical, physical, and psychological. I won’t delve into each one, as otherwise the report will take some 40 pages or so. Enough to know that the players had enough time to prepare for their corresponding opponents by adjusting physically and mentally to the new situation, fortifying their prepared lines, filling the gaps in the repertoire, studying the strong and weak points of their opponents, preparing meticulously the line-to-be-played, just to cite a few tasks.

Faisal’s stonewall setup against the Libyan FM Mohamed Abobker Elarabi was again a good fit for his final game in this championship. The Libyan player, finding himself a pawn down in an inferior position, tried to complicate the position. Faisal stood still, repulsed the attack and collected the game point. A nice game played by Faisal.

I don’t know what crossed Akram’s mind to choose a specific theoretical variation of the Grunfeld defense against the Iraqi FM Amed Ali Layth. That variation consists of 18 forced moves which ends with a winning position for White. He found himself like in zugzwang position and had to resign on move 23.

Collecting some 78 Elo points from this classic event, 34 from the Blitz and 51 from the rapid ones, and improving his final ranking over his seeded one in each of the mentioned event, all this demonstrate the potential Akram has. I am sure his reevaluation of his play, and the improvement he can achieve with the help of a good trainer, will put him on the right track.

Amr’s game against the Qatari IM Husain Aziz was very tense. The later obtained an advantage in the opening, and pressured hard in the middle game. Even when Amr succeeded to reduce his opponent’s advantage after the queens’ exchange, Husain kept his advantage. A mistake by the later enabled Amr to start his counter play, and succeeded in equalizing the position. The blunder on move 44, due to time trouble, threw away all his efforts, and a chance to ascend to the podium.

Maya didn’t play as she got a (bye).


Final Ranking after 9 Rounds (Open)

Rk.

SNo

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

1

GM

Bellahcene Bilel

ALG

2528

7

1.5

52

40

2

4

GM

Zaibi Amir

TUN

2399

7

1

48

37

3

9

IM

Aziz Husain

QAT

2357

7

0.5

50

39

4

5

FM

Msellek Ilyass

MAR

2384

6.5

0

50

40

5

7

IM

Khader Sami

JOR

2358

5.5

0

49

39

6

12

FM

El Jawich Amro

LBN

2309

5.5

0

46

35

7

8

IM

Ameir Moheb

EGY

2357

5.5

0

44

37

8

11

IM

Eiti Bashir

SYR

2334

5.5

0

43

33

9

3

IM

Saeed Ishaq

UAE

2409

5.5

0

43

32

10

2

IM

Ezat Mohamed

EGY

2418

5

0

45

34

11

24

CM

Al-Aqrabi Saleh

YEM

2127

5

0

43

34

12

19

FM

Othman A. Moussa

UAE

2225

5

0

41

32

13

14

IM

Nassr Ali

ALG

2269

5

0

40

31

14

16

IM

Ahmad Al Khatib

JOR

2254

5

0

38

31

15

6

IM

Tissir Mohamed

MAR

2376

4.5

0

46

36

16

25

Elier Ali

LBA

2103

4.5

0

42

33

17

18

FM

Khairallah Faisal

LBN

2247

4.5

0

41

31

18

15

FM

Koniahli Malek.

SYR

2255

4.5

0

41

32

19

26

FM

Ayyad Maher

BRN

2064

4.5

0

40

33

20

20

FM

Tagelsir Abubaker

SUD

2210

4.5

0

39

29

21

21

IM

Al Hosani Omran

UAE

2202

4.5

0

37

28

22

17

FM

Ahmed Ali Layth Ahmed

IRQ

2253

4.5

0

35

28

23

13

FM

Elarabi Abobker Mohamed

LBA

2302

4

0

44

34

24

10

IM

Issa Rafat

JOR

2357

4

0

38

29

25

23

FM

Saim Mohamed Ilias

ALG

2176

4

0

37

30

26

28

FM

Al-Hajiri Bader

KUW

2044

4

0

34

26

27

27

Hamed Mohamed

SUD

2060

4

0

31

25

28

31

Khoder Akram

LBN

1963

3.5

0

43

33

29

22

CM

Muhseen Abdullah Mohammed

IRQ

2200

3.5

0

37

30

30

29

Miswadah Baha

PLE

2042

3.5

0

31

26

31

30

CM

Ali Abdullahi Farah

SOM

1972

3

0

30

25

32

32

FM

Salim Mohammed Salim Al Amri

OMA

1909

2.5

0

30

24

33

33

CM

Yahi Mohamed Salem

MTN

1891

1

0

35

27

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds (Women)

Rk.

SNo

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

TB1

TB2

TB3

1

4

WIM

Moaataz Ayah

EGY

2037

8.5

0

50

39

2

5

WFM

Boshra Alshaeby

JOR

2033

6.5

0.5

47

36

3

10

WFM

Alattar Ghayda M.

JOR

1868

6.5

0.5

45

36

4

3

WGM

Mezioud Amina

ALG

2077

6

0

55

41

5

6

WIM

Nassr Lina

ALG

1951

6

0

48

36

6

12

Khalil Manar

SYR

1822

6

0

38

30

7

1

WGM

Wafa Shrook

EGY

2173

5.5

0

53

40

8

14

WCM

Rouda Essa Alserkal

UAE

1666

5.5

0

48

37

9

2

WIM

Latreche Sabrina

ALG

2091

5.5

0

48

36

10

19

WFM

Miladi Amen

TUN

1575

5.5

0

43

32

11

8

WFM

A-Ali Sali Abbas Abdulzahra

IRQ

1914

5

0

47

37

12

7

WFM

Al Maamari Wafia Darwish

UAE

1923

5

0

43

34

13

18

WFM

Ben Said Safa

TUN

1577

5

0

42

32

14

16

Almaini Aishah Sarhan

UAE

1610

5

0

39

30

15

13

Al-Fayyadh Zainab Asif Abdulah

IRQ

1733

5

0

38

29

16

9

Ahmad Murad Fatema Alzahraa.

SYR

1872

4.5

0

44

33

17

15

WFM

Razan Alshaeby

JOR

1650

4.5

0

39

32

18

28

Al Aisaee Anat

OMA

0

4.5

0

37

29

19

31

Eman Sawan

PLE

0

4

0

45

35

20

17

Mariam Essa

UAE

1606

4

0

40

31

21

24

Taqwa Hamouri

PLE

1113

4

0

39

30

22

11

WFM

Jalloul Maya

LBN

1861

4

0

37

29

21

Ahamoury.Roya

PLE

1437

4

0

37

29

24

23

Nema Rabab Ahmed

KUW

1148

4

0

31

23

25

29

Al Bulushi Rawan

OMA

0

3.5

1

39

30

26

22

Lamya Al.Areqi

YEM

1237

3.5

0

29

23

27

25

Abdulsalam Salema Mohammed

LBA

0

3

1

35

27

28

20

Elizabeth Emile Nagib Tanyous

SUD

1481

3

0

34

26

29

30

Almusawi Maram

BRN

0

2.5

0.5

34

27

30

27

Ahmed Najla

BRN

0

2.5

0.5

30

23

31

32

Rayan Sedee Mohamed

SUD

0

2

0

31

24

32

26

Abraheem Hana Salih

LBA

0

0

0

27

21

[Event "Arab Individual Open Championship 2021"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2021.12.03"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Aziz, Hussein"]
[Black "El Jawich, Amro"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B31"]
[WhiteElo "2357"]
[BlackElo "2309"]
[Annotator "Kayle,Charles"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[SourceVersionDate "2012.10.13"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.
O-O Bg7 5. c3 e5 6. d4 cxd4 7. cxd4 exd4 8. Bf4 Nge7 9. Bd6 O-O 10. Nbd2 a6 11.
Qa4 Ra7 12. Bd3 b5 13. Qc2 Bb7 14. a4 b4 15. Rfe1 a5 16. Nb3 Re8 17. Rad1 Nc8
18. Bc5 Ra8 19. Nbxd4 Nxd4 20. Bxd4 Bxd4 21. Nxd4 Qb6 22. Nb5 Nd6 23. Qc7 Ra6
24. Qxd7 Bc8 25. Qc7 Nxb5 26. Qxb6 Rxb6 27. Bxb5 Rf8 28. f4 Be6 29. Kf2 Rc8 30.
Rc1 Rd8 31. Red1 Rbd6 32. Rxd6 Rxd6 33. Ke3 Kg7 34. h3 h5 35. e5 Rd8 36. Rc5
Rd1 37. Bc6 Rb1 38. Rxa5 Rxb2 39. Rb5 b3 40. a5 Ra2 41. Bb7 b2 42. a6 Bf5 43.
Rxb2 Rxb2 44. a7 Rxb7 (44… Ra2 45. a8=Q Rxa8 46. Bxa8 h4) 45. a8=Q Rb3+ 46.
Kf2 h4 47. Qd8 Rb2+ 48. Kg1 Be6 49. Qf6+ Kg8 50. Qxh4 1-0

[Event "Arab Individual Open Championship 2021"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2021.12.03"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Elarabi, Abobker Mohamed"]
[Black "Khairallah, Faisal"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A90"]
[WhiteElo "2302"]
[BlackElo "2247"]
[PlyCount "114"]
[SourceVersionDate "2012.10.13"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. c4 c6 6. O-O Bd6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. a3 Ne4
9. c5 Bc7 10. Bf4 Bxf4 11. gxf4 Nd7 12. e3 Kh8 13. Kh1 b6 14. Nxe4 fxe4 15. Ng5
Nf6 16. b4 h6 17. Nh3 Bd7 18. f3 exf3 19. Qxf3 Be8 20. Qe2 Bh5 21. Bf3 Bxf3+
22. Qxf3 Ne4 23. Qg4 Qf6 24. Ng1 bxc5 25. Nf3 cxd4 26. exd4 a5 27. bxa5 Rfb8
28. Ra2 Rxa5 29. Ne5 Rba8 30. Qf3 c5 31. dxc5 Nxc5 32. Rg1 Qf5 33. Qg3 R5a7 34.
Rag2 Ne4 35. Qh4 Kh7 36. Rg6 Rc8 37. a4 Nd2 38. h3 Qe4+ 39. R6g2 Nc4 40. Ng4
Rf8 41. Re1 Qf5 42. Rge2 Ra6 43. Kg2 d4 44. Rf2 Rxa4 45. Qg3 Ra3 46. Rf3 Qd5
47. Kf2 Ra2+ 48. Kg1 Nd6 49. Ne5 Rf6 50. Nd7 Rf7 51. Ne5 Rc7 52. Qg6+ Kh8 53.
Rg3 Ra8 54. Rd1 Nf5 55. Rgd3 Rc2 56. Rg3 Rc7 57. Nf7+ Rxf7 0-1

[Event "Arab Individual Open Championship 2021"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2021.12.03"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Ahmed, Ali Layth Ahmed"]
[Black "Khoder, Akram"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D85"]
[WhiteElo "2253"]
[BlackElo "1963"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[SourceVersionDate "2012.10.13"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8.
Be3 O-O 9. Qd2 Qa5 10. Rc1 Rd8 11. d5 Nc6 12. Be2 Bg4 13. O-O e6 14. Bg5 Rd7
15. Qf4 Bxf3 16. dxc6 Bxe2 17. cxd7 Bxf1 18. Rxf1 h6 19. Be7 Rd8 20. Bxd8 Qxd8
21. Qd2 b5 22. Rd1 a5 23. a3 1-0