Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Round 7 board pairings for Malaysia

 86  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg  72 ICSC (ICSC)Rtg
IM Mas Hafizulhelmi  2422  GM  Gruenfeld Yehuda 2464 
IM  Mok Tze-Meng  2416   IM  Collutiis Duilio  2447 
  Tan Khai Boon 2160     Klasan Vladimir 2393 
FM  Long Peter  2302     Parfenov Pavel  2242 
106 Pakistan (PAK)Rtg  74 Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
  Nida Mishraz Siddiqui 1796    WCM Bakri Alia Anin Azwa  1904 
  Wasif Zenobia  0     Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  1829 
  Begum Ghazala 0     Marmono Roslina 1933 
  Shakir Ayman  0     Fong Mi Yen  1905 

Mas gets another grandmaster, his fourth. Earlier I thought that a grandmaster norm was already impossible due to the low ratings of some of his opponents. However I found a clause in the regulations - "A player may ignore his game(s) against any opponents he has defeated, provided he has met the required mix of opponents, and provided that this leaves him with at least the minimum number of games as in 1.41, against the required mix of opponents. Nonetheless, the full cross-table of the event must be submitted." .

What this means is that Mas can drop the two lowest rated opponents he has defeated provided that he plays all eleven rounds. Based on his current score, he is therefore still on track for a grandmaster norm. He has already played two low rated players. So he will need to continue meeting 2400+ players. This is where the team factor comes in. If the team keeps losing, they will meet lower ranked teams and the ratings will not be high enough.

Based on some of my calculations, Mas needs at least three out of the last five rounds to have a chance, plus the opponent's rating should be sufficiently high.

For the record, no player for the mens team has ever made even an IM norm in the history of our participation in the olympiads.

For the women's team, Roslina steps in to replace Nurul Huda. The strategy is to give all the newcomers as many games as possible for exposure and the two older players alternating. Quite sensible.


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