CONGRATULATIONS TO AHMED EMAD! He is leading the tournament. If he wins or draws today, he will win the 1st place prize. Yesterday the Fide Master ended up drawing against Kuwait’s champ, Bader Hajeri. In other news, it was surprising to see that there was 6 draws among the 23 games yesterday! Never happened before. And most people with the white pieces won thier games. Only 6 games were won with the black pieces. Anyways, here is the latest leader standings:
5.5 POINTS = AHMED EMAD (if wins or draws round 7, he wins the tournament)
5.0 POINTS = Bader Hajeri / Ferdinand Bugay / Edgar Benitez
4.5 POINTS = Adel Amiri / Ahmad Hosni / Ferdinand Laming
4.0 POINTS = Ahmed Abdou / Sheekh Fyaz / Emanuel Ygpuara / Murad Bin Ali / Ringo Teves / Balarama Krushna / Fayiq Kanan / Hamdy Faraj
Just Two more Rounds to go! Many players lost hope in this tournament. While others still want to get as many points as possible. Today there were many people absent. Luckily for the people there, they got the point for free. Anyways here is the latest Leaders Board:
5.0 POINTS = Ahmed Emad
4.5 POINTS = Bader Hajeri
4.0 POINTS = Ferdinand Bugay / Ahmad Abdou / Edgar Benitez / Murad Ali / Ferdinand Laming / Adel Amiri
3.5 POINTS = Ringo Teves / Vincent Saulda / Ahmad Hosni
TOMORROW FOR ROUND 6, AT TABLE 1, the biggest game of the tournament will be held.
Ahmad Emad, the Fide Master will go head-to-head against Kuwait’s top player, Bader Hajeri. All Eyes will be on these two players. If Emad wins tomorrow, than he will win the tournament with ease. If Bader Hajeri wins tomorrow, than Bader will win the rest with ease. There will be much stress on these two players as they prepare their games for tomorrow. You must keep your eyes on this game.
Here’s a few more pictures from this round. (picture 1) As you can see, Mohamed Qabazard has a banana ready for a quick boost in thinking 🙂 Very smart. Everyone should have a banana ready whenever you get ready for a game. Today Mohamed won with not much hard work. Great Job.
There are still 3 rounds left in this tournament. The top four players are all close to each other. It still is anybodys game. Ahmmed Emad, the only player in the tournament to have a title (Fide Master), is leading the tournament with 4 points total. He is tied with Ferdinand Bugay. Tomorrow night we will see who will take the lead as Emad plays against Bugay!
Bader Hajeri, Kuwait’s top player, is only a 0.5 points behind the leaders. I am cheering for Bader becuase I want him to win 🙂 (sorry everyone else)
Anyways, do not forget that there is a game tomorrow at 9 PM. So everybody come prepared. I wish you all the very best. Here are a few pictures to keep you updated. Enjoy.
((( ~~~ If your interested, here’s a game of mine from Round 4. I am playing the Black Pieces. Waheed Hilal has the White Pieces. ~~~ )))
Waheed Hilal Vs. Khaled AlHashem
Round = 4, Table = 20 , Date = Sept 11, 2008
c3!? d5 (c3!? is a weak move usually played in blitz games.)
Nxc6? Qxb5 (Bxc6+ bxc6 Nxc6 is better for white. The black King is stuck in an open board.)
Nd5 Qd3! (Qd3 stops all development for white. White can’t castle!)
Ne2? Bd6 (Too Many Knight Moves!)
Ng3? Nf6 (White Moves his knight 6 times in the opening!)
Qg5 h5! (if Nxh5, than Qe2#)
h3? Bf4!! – / + (Bf4 kills white. Now black is completely winning. )
hxg4 Bxh4 (Sacrificing the queen to avoid mate in 1)
Rxh4 Nf4 (White has no chance. His king is stuck in the center and all his pieces are bad.)
white resigns (0 – 1) [Lesson: DON’T MOVE THE SAME PIECE MORE THAN ONCE IN THE OPENING!]
VIDEO DAY: Today is video day because there is no tournament. Round four is tomorow at 9 PM. Anyways, Have a Seat and enjoy these short movies. The First one here is a funny short clip of “Kasparov making a blunder.” Watch his reaction and smile 🙂
These Other Videos were created by PIXAR animations, the creators of “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “Toy Story” and many more. All these shown under are short films by PIXAR.
The 1st one is a 30 second film called, “Tennis Commercial.” Cute and Funny 😀
The 2nd clip is a 3 minute film called “Kiwi.” It might make you cry.
The 3rd and final clip is called “Geri’s Game.” A famous four minute video of a old man playing chess. Watch and enjoy. Can you guess how many illegal moves the man makes? 🙂
The best game so far was between Bader Hajeri and Taher Khateeb. Bader pulled out a brilliant exchange sacrifice that Taher overlooked. Doing so brought Bader three monster passed pawns! And on top of that, in one occasion, instead of queening a pawn, he made a knight with check! WOW! Almost everybody in the crowd smiled or laughed.
Anyways, here are more pictures from the second round of the ramadan chess tournament 2008. The quality is not great but it is clear enough. Please Enjoy.