Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Round 1 pairing for Malaysia

As usual I am right and Gregory Lau has taken over as Team Captain from Hamid. Here is the screen shot from Chess Results

National Master Tan Khai Boon is placed on third board instead of Peter Long. It is very strange because the latter outpoints him by over a hundred rating points. In the women's team, current National Champion Fong Mi Yen has been relegated to reserve. Again I do not understand the rationale. A national champion should count for something , no?

It is a tough first round pairing for our teams , no thanks to their low ratings. By contrast, our neighbour , Singapore,  is seeded seventy-one and rewarded with paring with Senegal. Anything less than a 4-0 score will be embarrassing for them.

 85  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg  -  12  England (ENG)Rtg
 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 2422   - GM Adams Michael 2728 
 IM Mok Tze-Meng  2416  -  GM McShane Luke J  2657 
 Tan Khai Boon 2160  -  GM Howell David W L 2616 
 FM Long Peter  2302  -  GM Jones Gawain C B  2576 
 72  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg  -  18  Slovakia (SVK)Rtg
 WCM Bakri Alia Anin Azwa 1904   - IM Repkova Eva 2447 
 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  1829  -  WGM Pokorna Regina  2370 
 Wahiduddin Nurul Huda 2020   - WGM Kochetkova Julia 2327 
 Marmono Roslina  1933  -  WIM Mrvova Alena  2253 

Looking at this match-up, it will be very difficult for either team to score even a half point. Anyway this tournament is using match points (one point for a drawn match and two points for a won match) so anything less than two points makes no difference.


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