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Congratulations to Faisal Khairallah: Champion of Lebanon for the 5th time!!

By : Charles Kayle

And he made it, but not without difficulties. Put yourself in his place. You need just a half point to snatch the title, as, on the neighboring board,  his close competitor Ahmad Najjar had a nearly losing position against Amr ElJawish, and Faisal’s 2 draw offers to his opponent Marwan Nassar were rejected! Again time trouble forced Marwan to sign the peace with the new champion.

The Old Indian system was adopted by Faisal, as Black, against Marwan Nassar, who played with a strong motivation, putting a lot of pressure on the Black position.  The following position was reached after 23moves:

White pieces are better centralized, and a king side initiative is taking shape.

After the 32nd move of White, Faisal succeeded in reducing white ‘sinitiative by a wise queen maneuver:

He played 32..Qf2 , followed by Qf5+! Exchanging the queens. Although Marwan could double his rooks on the open c-file, but had not enough time to calculate all the intrigues of the resulting position. Draw.

On board 2, a very strategically King’s Indian Defense, backed up by hidden tactics, was the course adopted by Amr ElJawish (Black) against Ahmad Najjar ‘sReti opening. Ahmad played somewhat passively, enabling Amr to lunch his tactical creativity to reach a winning position:

An extra pawn already in the pocket, and a 2nd one is ready to join them, when suddenly he repeated moves: 51 Kd2 Nd5+ 52 Ke2 Nc3+ 53 Kd2 Nd5+ , as he didn’t to risk losing in his short time on the clock. Another draw was signed.

Daniel Kobeissi – BasselSharaf encounter on the 3rd board was another fight of strategy. After 53 moves, they reached the following position:

A clearly winning position for White:  his passed h-pawn is a winning asset, then, in this position, he run out of time!! pity. This win secured for Bassel a place on the podium.

A draw was the result of the 4th board encounter between Antoine Kassis (White) and Roland Akhras, where the later put pressure from the opening on Antoine’s position. But Antoine defended succeefully, exchanged pieces, to reach pawns ending position with neither side can take any risk.

Board 5 witnessed a drama. In mutual time trouble, Jamal Shamiyeh, playing Black against Marwan Sharbel, dropped a piece, and couldn’t save his position anymore.

Again, on board 6, the passivity costs Jihad ElHusseini (White) the game against Michel Adeimi , who profited from his space on the king side to penetrate with his king, create a pass pawn which forced Jihad to give up a rook for it, and the game.

Board 7 was anotherfighting draw between Ibrahim Shahrour (White) and Amin Haidar. Amin adopted the French Defense – Winnawer-Nimzowvitsch variation. Ibrahim tried to generate some attack on the king side, but Amin defended well, and the 2 players agreed to the draw.

Final Ranking
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide
1 1 FM Khairallah Faisal 2283 LIB 37
2 2 FM Najjar Ahmad 2267 LIB 7 36½
3 9 BasselCharaf 2034 LIB 6 28
4 3 CM Kassis Antoine 2230 LIB 5 27½
5 13 Akhrass Roland 1946 LIB 5 25
6 14 Adeimi Michel 1895 LIB 5 24½
7 5 CM El JawichAmro 2155 LIB 5 24
6 Maasarani Mahmoud 2111 LIB 5 24
9 7 Nassar Marwan 2072 LIB 5 22½
10 8 Shamieh Jamal 2068 LIB 26½
11 11 Daniel Kobeissi 2024 LIB 23½
12 12 FM Chahrour Ibrahim 1966 LIB 4 22
13 15 Haidar Amin 0 LIB 4 19
14 10 Sharbel Marwan 2028 LIB 3 12
15 16 Jihad Al Husseini 0 LIB 8


(1) Nassar,Marwan (2072) – Khairallah,Faisal (2283)

1.d4 d6 2.c4 Nd7 3.e4 e5 4.d5 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Bh6 7.Bxh6 Nxh6 8.Qd2 Ng8 9.h4 Ngf6 10.0–0–0 a6 11.Re1 h5 12.Nh3 Qe7 13.Ng5 Nf8 14.f3 N8h7 15.Bd3 Nxg5 16.Qxg5 Bd7 17.Kb1 Rb8 18.g3 c5 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.Qe3 Nd7 21.Rhf1 Kf8 22.f4 Kg7 23.f5 Qd8 24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.exd5 Nc5 26.Be2 b5 27.cxb5 axb5 28.f6+ Kf8 29.b4 Na4 30.Rc1 Kg8 31.Qg5 Qb6 32.Rfd1 Qf2 33.Rd2 Qf5+ 34.Qxf5 gxf5 35.Rf1 Nc3+ 36.Kb2 Ne4 37.Rd3 Nxf6 38.Rxf5 e4 39.Rc3 Kg7 40.Rg5+ Kf8 41.Rc7 Rg8 42.Rf5 Rg6 43.Rc6 ½–½



(2) Najjar,Ahmad (2267) – El Jawich,Amro (2155)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0–0 e5 7.d3 Nc6 8.c4 Ne8 9.d4 e4 10.Ne1 f5 11.Nc2 Nf6 12.d5 Ne5 13.f4 Neg4 14.Nc3 Qe7 15.h3 Nh6 16.e3 Bd7 17.Rf2 a6 18.Bf1 Nf7 19.Kh2 h5 20.Be2 Nh6 21.Qd2 Kh7 22.Rg1 Bh8 23.Nd1 Rg8 24.Rff1 Raf8 25.Ne1 Qf7 26.Ng2 b5 27.Nf2 bxc4 28.Bxc4 Bb5 29.Bxf6 Bxc4 30.bxc4 Bxf6 31.Rb1 Rb8 32.Qc2 Qd7 33.Rxb8 Rxb8 34.Rb1 Rxb1 35.Qxb1 Qa4 36.Qb3 Qa5 37.Qc2 Qc3 38.Qxc3 Bxc3 39.g4 hxg4 40.hxg4 Kg7 41.Kg3 Nf7 42.Nd1 Bb4 43.Kf2 Nd8 44.gxf5 gxf5 45.Nh4 Kf6 46.Ke2 Nb7 47.Nf2 Na5 48.Nh1 Nxc4 49.Ng3 Nb6 50.Nhxf5 Nxd5 51.Nh6 Nc3+ 52.Kd2 Nd5+ 53.Ke2 Nc3+ 54.Kd2 Nd5+ 55.Ke2 Nc3+ ½–½



(3) Daniel,Kobeissi (2024) – Bassel,Charaf (2034)

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nf3 Ng6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Qc2 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 d6 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Qe8 11.Ne1 Nd7 12.Nd3 Nb6 13.c5 Qa4 14.Bd1 Qxc2 15.Bxc2 Nc4 16.Bb3 Na5 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Ba3 Rd8 19.Nb2 b6 20.Bb4 Ba6 21.Rfe1 Nb7 22.a4 Rab8 23.c4 Nf8 24.Re3 Nd7 25.g3 Ndc5 26.Bd1 Na5 27.Rc1 Kf8 28.f4 f6 29.Kg2 Ke7 30.f5 Rdc8 31.Kf3 Rc7 32.Rec3 Rbc8 33.Ke3 g6 34.g4 Rg8 35.h3 gxf5 36.exf5 h5 37.Bxa5 bxa5 38.Nd3 Nxd3 39.Kxd3 hxg4 40.Bxg4 Rc5 41.Ke4 Rgc8 42.Be2 Bb7 43.Kd3 Ba6 44.Ke4 Rb8 45.Rg1 Rf8 46.h4 Rcc8 47.h5 Rb8 48.Rg6 Rb2 49.Bf3 Rd2 0–1


(4) Kassis,Antoine (2230) – Akhrass,Roland (1946)

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.f4 Bg4 6.Nf3 Nd4 7.Be3 Bxf3 8.gxf3 Nh5 9.fxe5 dxe5 10.0–0 Nf4 11.Bxf4 exf4 12.Kh1 Qh4 13.Ne2 Bc5 14.Ng1 Nc6 15.Bb5 0–0–0 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Qe2 Rd6 18.Qg2 Rg6 19.Qh3+ Qxh3 20.Nxh3 Be3 21.Rae1 h5 22.Re2 Rhh6 23.Rfe1 Kd7 24.c3 c5 25.Nf2 Bxf2 26.Rxf2 Rg5 27.Rg2 Rxg2 28.Kxg2 Rg6+ 29.Kf2 h4 30.Rg1 Rxg1 31.Kxg1 h3 32.Kf2 Kd6 33.d4 cxd4 34.cxd4 g5 ½–½



(5) Sharbel,Marwan (2028) – Shamieh,Jamal (2068)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Bxd6 Qxd6 7.Ne2 0–0 8.0–0 Bg4 9.f3 Bh5 10.Nbc3 c6 11.Re1 Nbd7 12.Ng3 Bg6 13.Nf5 Qb4 14.Ne7+ Kh8 15.Nxg6+ hxg6 16.Ne2 Qxb2 17.Qd2 Qa3 18.Qf4 Rfe8 19.Rab1 b5 20.Qh4+ Kg8 21.f4 Ne4 22.Rb3 Qe7 23.Qh3 f5 24.g4 Nd2 25.Rb2 fxg4 26.Qxg4 Qe3+ 27.Kg2 Nf6 28.Qg3 Nh5 29.Qxe3 Rxe3 30.Rd1 Nc4 31.Rb3 Rae8 32.Kf2 Kf7 33.Bxc4 Nf6 34.Bd3 Ng4+ 35.Kg2 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Rxe2+ 37.Kf3 Rxc2 38.Kxg4 Rxa2 39.h4 Ra4 40.Re3 a5 41.Kg5 Ra2 42.Kg4 Rg2+ 43.Kf3 Rc2 44.Rde1 a4 45.Re7+ Kf8 46.Ra7 Rc3+ 47.Kg4 a3 48.Ree7 a2 49.Rf7+ Kg8 50.Rxg7+ Kf8 51.Rh7 1–0


(6) Jihad,AlHusseini – Adeimi,Michel (1895

1.e4 e6 2.Bc4 c6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 Nb6 6.Bb3 d6 7.Nf3 N8d7 8.Bf4 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Qf6 10.Bg3 h5 11.h4 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 Qd8 13.Nd2 Nd7 14.Bg3 Nf6 15.Qf3 Bd6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Bd7 19.a3 0–0–0 20.0–0–0 c5 21.dxc5 Qxc5 22.Qd4 Qxd4 23.Rxd4 Bc6 24.Rxd8+ Kxd8 25.f3 Ke7 26.Rd1 Rg8 27.Bc4 g5 28.hxg5 Rxg5 29.Rd2 h4 30.Rf2 Rg3 31.Be2 Kf6 32.Kd2 Ke5 33.Ke3 f5 34.b3 f4+ 35.Kd3 Kf5 36.c4 e5 37.Kd2 e4 38.fxe4+ Bxe4 39.Bf3 h3 40.Bxe4+ Kxe4 41.gxh3 Rxh3 42.Re2+ Kd4 43.Kc2 f3 44.Re7 f2 45.Rf7 Ke3 46.Re7+ Kf3 47.Rxb7 f1Q 48.Rf7+ Ke2 49.Rxf1 Kxf1 50.a4 Ke2 51.a5 Ke3 52.Kc3 Rh5 53.b4 Rh1 54.b5 Rc1+ 55.Kb4 Kd4 56.a6 Rxc4+ 57.Ka5 Kc5 0–1



(7) Chahrour,Ibrahim (1966) – Haidar,Amin

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 0–0 8.Bd3 c4 9.Be2 f6 10.f4 f5 11.Qg3 Qe8 12.Nf3 Nbc6 13.h3 Nd8 14.Qh2 a5 15.Rg1 Ra6 16.g4 Kh8 17.Nh4 a4 18.Qg3 Rg8 19.Ng2 Qf8 20.Ne3 Qf7 21.Bf3 Rb6 22.Ke2 Bd7 23.Bd2 Bc6 24.Rab1 Rxb1 25.Rxb1 b5 26.Rg1 Qf8 27.Bc1 Qf7 28.h4 Qf8 29.Qh3 Qf7 30.gxf5 Nxf5 31.Nxf5 Qxf5 32.Qxf5 exf5 ½–½