Who is Jorge Sammour-Hasbun?

by Macauley on March 25th, 2007

Jorge-Sammour Hasbun (2002)An exciting shocker of a final day for the Internet Chess Club’s annual Dos Hermanas blitz tournament. Cinderella-story Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (nee Zamora) (ICC: NECF-InSchools) defeated three grandmasters in the final three knockout rounds, to win the Ǩ1,800 EUR first prize and blitz bragging rights for a while. One of the few untitled players to qualify, he entered Dos Hermanas unsure if he could even reach the final knockout event!

Sammour-Hasbun’s quarterfinal victory over 2661 rated GM Kiril Georgiev (ICC: K-Georgiev) was particularly sweet as Jorge has fond memories of playing ultra long blitz sessions with the Bulgarian grandmaster way back in the late nineties before Sammour-Hasbun’s ten year hiatus from the game. He has an ambitious over-the-board comeback planned now that he’s back, but is also just happy to be enjoying the game again.

More in my WMA27 minute audio interview with Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (requires ICC membership) recorded LIVE, just minutes after his harrowing 227 move (not a typo!) draw to guarantee the match win against runner-up Tigran L Petrosian (ICC: Anyuta).


4 Responses to “Who is Jorge Sammour-Hasbun?”

  1. H. Sommers

    Say, where does that over-the-board action photo of Sammour-Hasbun come from? It looks recent.

  2. Macauley

    The photo comes from an old online flier of the Boylston Chess Club:

    http://www.masschess.org/Events/Flyers/2002/2002-02-20_Sammour_Flyer.htm

    It’s dated 2002. There was no attribution. It’s been cross-posted to a number of sites since then. If I learn of the photographer I will gladly credit him/her.

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