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Round 6 of Arab Elite Chess Championship 2011:Adly and AbdelRahman kept their lead, followed by ElModiahki with one point gap

A Grand Master is a Grand Master. And what distinguishes them from other titled players, in my opinion, is one important element of strategy they excel at: they play on nuances.

On board 1, GM Ahmad Adly, playing Black against the Hussein Ayyad profited from the plausible opening play from the later, equalized comfortably at this early stage of the game. After some exchanges of pieces (who said that exchanging means equalizing?!) the players entered a queen+Knight ending where Adly profited from the weaknesses of White’s pawns to infiltrate with his queen and knight, then defended well against his opponent apparent counter play, re-adjusted his pieces to start a mating attack against White’s king , which forced Ayyad to resign.

Another scenario was adopted on board 2, where GM Salem AbdelRahman, playing White against FM Kamel Njili. A small advantage was converted into a clear one, then into a winning one. Salem didn’t allow his opponent to escape from his beloved territory: Tactical complications. After Black’s 30th move, they reach the following position:

Salem played 31 Nb5! And I will let you enjoy the remaining moves listed at the article end.

The same scenario as board 2 was seen applied on board 3 by GM Mohamed ElModiahki (as White) against IM Sami Khader. Small advantage is converted to a solid one, with play on both wings, to reach the following position after Black’s 31st move:

AlModiahki played 32 Rxb7 !! just contemplate the position and feel the beauty of it. Black resigned after a few moves.

A somewhat solid game was played on board 4 between the 2 IMs Mohamed Tisir (White) and Zendan Zendani , where caution was the prime target. The game ended peacefully as result of 3-repetitions rule.

A state of frustration wasthe least what can I say about the board 5 game between Rashid Yaaqoub (White) and IM Fadi Eid. Fadi equalized too early in his opening, the Nimzonwitsch defense against 1e4, and reaching and ending with a clear advantage, not to say a winning one (position after White’s 37th move:)

A dominant d4-bishop, a white knight on the rim, a backward b-pawn, another isolated h one, all this should guide Fadi to push his b-pawn in order to concretize his advantage. But time trouble was starting to take effect, and imprecise moves followed, to reach the next position after Black 66th move:

No more knight on the rim, and a black passed d-pawn was a substitute for the bishop. But the status of the 2 kings are opposite to each other. The White one is ready to collect the black pawns, while the black one is playing the role of a blockade piece. This enabled White to play for a win in the resulting rook ending:

The Black king is on the wrong side of the passed c-pawn. The ideal setup to equalize is that the rook should be posted on the longer side, and the King on the shorter side. But this wasn’t possible in the game. Fadi resigned a few moves later.

On board 6, FM Samir Mohamed adopted, as White, an Anti-Meran setup against the semi-Slav defense of Badr El-Hageri. The later played too weakly, allowing a White rook on the 7th rank, not to mention dark squares weaknesses around the Black king. That was too much for Badr.

Attallah Tamra (White) played a nice game against Ousmane Daouda, where the former, after some defensive moves, sacrificed the exchange and obtained a monster knight plus white squares control provided by the white pawns, and crowned by a successful attack on the Black king.

With just one drawn game, I can say that it was a fighting round.

Round 6 results:

Bo.   Name Rtg Result   Name Rtg
1 FM Ayyad Husain 2206 0 – 1 GM Adly Ahmed 2605
2 GM Salem A R  Saleh 2489 1 – 0 FM Njili Kamel 2329
3 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad 2564 1 – 0 IM Khader Sami 2416
4 IM Tissir Mohamed 2454 ½ – ½ IM Al-Zendani Zendan 2396
5   Yaaqoub Rashid 2102 1 – 0 IM Eid Fadi 2381
6 FM Mohammad Samir 2349 1 – 0   Al-Hageri Badr 2130
7   Tamra Attallah 2090 1 – 0   Daouda Sabar Ousmane 2097


Standing after Round 6:

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2605 5
2 GM Salem A R  Saleh UAE 2489 5
3 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2564 4
4 FM Mohammad Samir SYR 2349 3.5
5 IM Khader Sami JOR 2416 3
6 FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2206 3
7 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2454 3
8   Tamra Attallah PLE 2090 3
9 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2329 3
10 IM Al-Zendani Zendan YEM 2396 3
11   Yaaqoub Rashid SUD 2102 3
12 IM Eid Fadi LIB 2381 2.5
13   Al-Hageri Badr KUW 2130 1
14   Daouda Sabar Ousmane MTN 2097 0


Round 6 games:

(1) Ayyad,Husain (2206) – Adly,Ahmed (2605)

 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 Nf6 5.Nc3 0–0 6.Be3 b6 7.Bc4 Nxe4 8.Nxe4 d5 9.Bd3 dxe4 10.Bxe4 c6 11.0–0 Be6 12.Qd2 Bd5 13.Bxd5 cxd5 14.Bh6 Nc6 15.Rac1 Rc8 16.b3 Qd6 17.c4 dxc4 18.Rxc4 Na5 19.Rxc8 Rxc8 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Rc1 Rxc1+ 22.Qxc1 Nc6 23.Qc3 Nb4 24.Qd2 Nd5 25.Qc2 Qa3 26.Qe2 Nc3 27.Qe5+ f6 28.Qe6 Nxa2 29.b4 Qc1+ 30.Ne1 Kf8 31.d5 Qc4 32.Qd7 Qxb4 33.Nf3 Qd6 34.Qc8+ Kf7 35.Qh8 g5 36.Qxh7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ Kd7 38.Qa8 a5 39.Nd2 Nc3 40.Nc4 Qc7 41.Ne3 Ne2+ 42.Kf1 Nf4 43.Kg1 Qc1+ 44.Kh2 Ne2 45.h4 Qg1+ 46.Kh3 Qh1+ 0–1

(2) Salem,A R  Saleh (2489) – Njili,Kamel (2329)

 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.a3 Bb7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Nd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bg5 Ne7 8.Qd2 h6 9.Be3 Bg7 10.Bd3 g5 11.Bc2 d5 12.cxd5 exd5 13.e5 Ba6 14.h4 g4 15.Nh2 h5 16.f3 gxf3 17.Nxf3 Nf8 18.Ng5 Ne6 19.0–0–0 Qd7 20.Kb1 Nxg5 21.Bxg5 0–0–0 22.Rh3 Kb8 23.Rf3 Rdf8 24.Re1 Bc8 25.Qf2 Nc6 26.Bb3 Bb7 27.Bxd5 Nxe5 28.Bxb7 Ng4 29.Qg3 Kxb7 30.Re7 Qc6 31.Nb5 Be5 32.dxe5 Qxb5 33.Rc3 Rc8 34.e6 Ne5 35.exf7 Qf1+ 36.Ka2 Nc6 37.Rd7 Qf5 38.Qd6 Qe4 39.Bf4 Na5 40.Qe5 1–0

(3) Al-Modiahki,Mohamad (2564) – Khader,Sami (2416)

 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Qg4 g6 8.h4 h6 9.Bd2 Bd7 10.Bd3 Qc7 11.Nf3 c4 12.Be2 0–0–0 13.0–0 Kb8 14.Rfb1 Ka8 15.a4 Nb8 16.Bc1 Na6 17.a5 Re8 18.Qf4 Rh7 19.Nh2 Qd8 20.Qg3 Rg7 21.Ng4 g5 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Ba3 Rg6 24.Qh3 Ne7 25.Qh7 Nf5 26.Qxf7 Rg7 27.Qf6 Qc8 28.Nh6 Rh7 29.Nf7 Rg8 30.Bg4 Qe8 31.Bxf5 exf5 32.Rxb7 Bc8 33.Nd6 Qh5 34.Rxh7 Qxh7 35.Nxc8 Rxc8 36.Qxa6 Rc7 37.Qb5 Qg8 38.Rb1 1–0

(4) Tissir,Mohamed (2454) – Al-Zendani,Zendan (2396)

 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.Re1 d6 7.c3 Na5 8.Bb5 a6 9.Ba4 b5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Nc6 12.Nf1 h6 13.h3 Re8 14.Ng3 Bf8 15.d4 cxd4 16.cxd4 exd4 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Qxd4 Be6 19.Bf4 d5 20.e5 Nd7 21.Qd3 g6 22.Qd2 Qh4 23.Ne2 Rac8 24.a3 Nb6 25.b3 Bc5 26.Bg3 Qg5 27.Bf4 Qh4 28.Bg3 Qg5 29.Bf4 Qh4 30.Bg3 Qg5 ½–½

(5) Yaaqoub,Rashid (2102) – Eid,Fadi (2381)

 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Be3 e5 6.Be2 Nd7 7.Qd2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 exd4 9.Bxd4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 c6 11.0–0 Qb6 12.Qxb6 axb6 13.Rfd1 b5 14.a4 bxa4 15.Rxa4 Rxa4 16.Nxa4 Kd8 17.c4 Kc7 18.Be2 Be7 19.f3 Ra8 20.b3 Bf6 21.Kf2 Ra5 22.Ke3 b6 23.f4 c5 24.Kf3 Nb8 25.g4 Nc6 26.g5 Bd4 27.Rd2 Ra8 28.Bd1 g6 29.Rg2 h6 30.gxh6 Rh8 31.Kg4 Rxh6 32.h4 Ne7 33.Rh2 Ng8 34.Bf3 Rh8 35.Rh1 Nf6+ 36.Kg5 Rb8 37.Rd1 Nh7+ 38.Kg4 Re8 39.f5 Nf6+ 40.Kf4 Be5+ 41.Kg5 Rg8 42.Rd3 gxf5+ 43.Kxf5 Rg1 44.Nc3 Ng8 45.Nb5+ Kd7 46.Nxd6 f6 47.Nf7+ Bd4 48.e5 Ne7+ 49.Ke4 Re1+ 50.Kf4 Ng6+ 51.Kg3 fxe5 52.h5 Nf8 53.Ng5 Ke7 54.Kg4 Kf6 55.Ne4+ Kg7 56.Kf5 Rf1 57.Ng3 Rg1 58.Ne2 Rf1 59.Nxd4 exd4 60.Ke5 Re1+ 61.Kd5 Ne6 62.Kc6 Nf4 63.Rd1 Re6+ 64.Kb5 Re3 65.Rg1+ Kh6 66.Bd1 Re6 67.Rg4 Rf6 68.Rg8 d3 69.Rb8 Ne2 70.Bxe2 dxe2 71.Re8 Kxh5 72.Rxe2 Kg4 73.Re7 Kf4 74.Rb7 Ke4 75.Rxb6 Rf5 76.Rd6 Rf3 77.Kxc5 Rxb3 78.Rd8 Ke5 79.Kc6 Rc3 80.c5 Rc1 81.Kb6 Rb1+ 82.Kc7 Ke6 83.c6 Ke7 84.Rd4 Ke6 85.Kc8 Ke5 86.Rd8 Ke6 87.c7 Ke7 88.Rd3 Rh1 89.Rc3 Rb1 90.Re3+ 1–0

(6) Mohammad,Samir (2349) – Al-Hageri,Badr (2130)

 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0–0 9.0–0 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.e4 e5 12.h3 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Rd1 Nxd3 15.Rxd3 Qc7 16.Bg5 Nh5 17.Qd1 g6 18.Nf5 Bh2+ 19.Kh1 Be5 20.Rd7 Qb6 21.Nh6+ Kg7 22.Ng4 Rfe8 23.Bh6+ Kg8 24.Be3 c5 25.Nh6+ Kh8 26.Nxf7+ Kg8 27.Nxe5 Rxe5 28.Qb3+ 1–0

(7) Tamra,Attallah (2090) – Daouda,Sabar Ousmane (2097)

 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bb5 e6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.0–0 d5 8.e5 Nh6 9.d3 Nf5 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 h5 12.Ne2 h4 13.Bd2 Rh6 14.Rab1 Rb8 15.Rfd1 Rg6 16.a3 Rb5 17.Kh1 Qb8 18.b3 Be7 19.Be1 Qc7 20.Bf2 Rh6 21.Re1 g5 22.Nc3 Ra5 23.Na4 gxf4 24.Qxf4 Rg6 25.Qd2 Bg5 26.Qc3 d4 27.Qa1 Be3 28.Bxe3 Nxe3 29.Rxe3 dxe3 30.Qc3 Rg5 31.Nb2 Rb5 32.Nc4 Ke7 33.Re1 Rg3 34.a4 Rb8 35.Nxe3 Rbg8 36.Qxc5+ Ke8 37.Ng4 Kd8 38.Re4 Kc8 39.Rd4 Qb6 40.Qc4 Rd8 41.Rf4 Rd7 42.Nf6 Re7 43.Ne4 Re3 44.d4 Re1+ 45.Kh2 Rd1 46.Rxh4 Rd7 47.Rh8+ Kc7 48.c3 a5 49.Nc5 Rd8 50.Rh7 Rf8 51.Rxf7+ 1–0

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