2nd GCC Team Chess Championship: Manama 2006

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Basic data

2nd Gulf Cooperation Council Team Championship
Date: 11th - 16th September 2006
City: Manama, capital of Bahrain
Venue: Gulf Pearl Hotel
Tournament Director: Mr. Taha Hussain (BRN)
Chief Arbiter: IA Shaker Al-Afoo (BRN)
Teams participating: 4
Players participating: 20 (including 2 GMs, 2 IMs and 4 FMs)
Games played: 48
Game system: Four board double round robin.
Tie-breaks: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Direct result (by match point count only, this is why BRN came ahead of KUW); 4. Berlin coefficient (points obtained by the players at boards 1-4 are multiplied by 4, 3, 2 and 1 respectively, then added to form team's overall score)
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 sec. increment per move
Official poster: Manama 2006
Downloadable game file: 06gcc.zip

Tournament review

Al-Ghasra vs. Al-TamimiQATAR retained the title at the second GCC Chess Championships, while Bahrain took a third-place finish after the sixth and final round held yesterday at the Gulf Pearl Hotel premises in Manama.

The Qataris, led by Grand Master Mohammed Al-Modiahki, recovered from their loss to the UAE in the fourth round to record two consecutive wins over Kuwait and Bahrain respectively to clinch overall first place with 18 points, one ahead of their main rivals the UAE who finished second. The Qatari team also consisted of IM Mohammed Nasser, IM Hussain Aziz, Hamad Al-Tamimi and Ghanim Al-Sulaiti.

Bahrain, on the other hand, tied with Kuwait with 6½ points each after both teams suffered identical 3-1 defeats to Kuwait and the UAE respectively. However, the hosts had the advantage of beating Kuwait 2½ to 1½ points in the tournament to claim third place. The Bahrain team coached by Ebrahim Bu Khalad, comprised veteran Ali Al-Ghasra, Ayyad brothers Maher and Hussain, Mohammed Jawad and Abdulla Bo Khammas.

Closing ceremonyThe six-round round robin tournament organised for the second consecutive year by the Bahrain Mind Sports Association (BMSA), was sponsored by Bapco, Alba, Al-Safeer Tours and Mishtan Group.

The final round was followed by the awarding ceremony which was held under the patronage of General Organisation for Youth and Sports president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa.

BMSA president Adel Al-Assomi attended the ceremony and honoured the champions Qatar in the presence of Arab and the UAE Chess Federation president Ebrahim Al-Bannai was also present at the ceremony. Al-Bannai arrived in Bahrain before the start of the tournament to inspect the venues and organising committee preparations to host the tournament. Al-Bannai said he was satisfied with the facilities and praised the efforts of the organisers. He also extended his appreciation to national industrial companies Bapco and Alba for sponsoring this event along with Al-Safeer Tours and Mishtan Group.

/ From The Gulf Daily News /

Best board results

bd name code pts gms %
1.= GM Moussa, Taleb UAE 5 6 83.3
1.= GM Al-Modiahki, Mohamad QAT 5 6 83.3
2. IM Al-Sayed, Mohamad Naser QAT 5 6 83.3
3. FM Saleh, Jassim UAE 6 91.7
4. FM Moussa, Othman UAE 4 37½
1r. FM Ibrahim, Ismail M. UAE 4 4 100.0

Interesting games

An experienced IM overlooked simple tactical shot.
Moussa, Othman (UAE) - Al-Hageri, Badr (KUW) 0 - 1

White e5 went too deep and cut Black's co-ordination between the wings.
Moussa, Taleb (UAE) - Al-Modiahki, Mohamad (QAT) 1 - 0

The law is relentless: a ring of your mobile = loss on spot.
Al-Sayed, Mohamad Naser (QAT) - Ayyad, Maher (BRN) 1 - 0