Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Round 8 board pairings for Malaysia

 114  Sri Lanka (SRI)Rtg   85  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
  Perera W C C 2016    IM Mok Tze-Meng 2416 
  Koggala W S V K  2026     Tan Khai Boon  2160 
  Weerawardane R 2165    FM Long Peter 2302 
  Anuruddha G C  2144     Gregory Lau  2159 
 81  United Arab Emirates (UAE) Rtg   72  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
 WIM Saleh Nora Mohd 1906     Bakri Alia Anin Azwa 1904 
 WFM  Al-Zarouni Kholoud Essa  1890    WCM  Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  1829 
 WIM Al-Harmoudi Mona 1821     Marmono Roslina 1933 
 WFM  Al Ali Amna Nuaman  1752     Fong Mi Yen  1905 

Mas takes a rest and allow Gregory Lau to see his first action. There is little risk for Sri Lanka cannot possibly pose any problems to our team.

The women play an interesting team , United Arab Emirates, that features two international masters and two FIDE masters. However their ratings do not reflect their titles. I suggest the girls forget about those two letters and go all out for the win.

On the main event, Ukraine has emerged top dog. They lead with thirteen match points, one ahead of Russia 1. Today the two teams meet in a "Clash of the Titans". Kramink versus Ivanchuk on board one will be one to watch. Ivanchuk has scored 100% in his games so far.

Armenia , two time winner in the last two olympiads, only managed eleven match points - two full points behind. There is still hope yet for them if Russia manages to take down Ukraine.


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