Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Malaysia Round 1 results

Round 1 Results

85 Malaysia (MAS)Rtg0.5-3.512 England (ENG)Rtg
IMMas Hafizulhelmi2422 0.5-0.5GMAdams Michael2728
IMMok Tze-Meng2416 0-1GMMcShane Luke J2657
Tan Khai Boon2160 0-1GMHowell David W L2616
FMLong Peter2302 0-1GMJones Gawain C B2576
72 Malaysia (MAS)Rtg-18 Slovakia (SVK)Rtg
WCMBakri Alia Anin Azwa1904 0-1IMRepkova Eva2447
Nur Nabila Azman Hisham1829 0-1WGMPokorna Regina2370
Wahiduddin Nurul Huda2020 0-1WGMKochetkova Julia2327
Marmono Roslina1933 0-1WIMMrvova Alena2253

Perhaps a first round pairing against England was not so bad. Our players could go in with no expectations, anyone getting a draw will be a considered a success. Maybe that was why everyone seemed to be taking extra risk. But the grandmasters showed why they are the grandmasters.

What is worrying is that with the exception of Mas, the rest seemed to be ill prepared in the openings.

Michael Adams must have given away a bucketful of points drawing someone three hundred points lower than him. Sometimes this kind of "sacrifice" have to be made to ensure the match points.

On the women's side, nothing much need be said. They were simply overcome by their stronger opponents. I will mention Nur Nabila. It seems like she thinks she is still playing rapid games in Malaysia. Blundering a whole piece right in the opening. This is a different level of chess altogether and sooner she gets that the better. What are the two more experienced players doing on board three and four?


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