Friday, October 1, 2010

Round 9 results for Malaysia

 89  Andorra (AND)Rtg 2.5-1.5 85  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg
 GM De La Riva Aguado Oscar 2521  1-0 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi  2422 
 FM Simonet Marc  2277  0.5   Mok Tze-Meng  2416 
 FM Garcia Raul 2236  1-0 FM Tan Khai Boon  2160 
  Santamaria Vicens  2085  0-1   Long Peter  2302 
 72  Malaysia (MAS)Rtg 01-Mar 19  Netherlands (NED)Rtg
  Bakri Alia Anin Azwa 1904  0-1 GM Peng Zhaoqin  2400 
 WCM  Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  1829  0-1 IM  Lanchava Tea  2342 
  Wahiduddin Nurul Huda 2020  0.5 WIM Schut Lisa  2288 
  Marmono Roslina  1933  0.5 WIM  Van Weersel Arlette  2174 

Both teams crash to defeat. Mens team lost narrowly to Andorra. Mas is not his usual self and lost too easily. Both Khai Boon and Mok Tze Meng again showed they are not prepared in the opening. Mok only drew against a player he should be expected to beat on ratings alone. Khai Boon blundered a pawn in the opening and as they say, the result was never in doubt.

Peter played his usual Reti/English setup and won rather easily, in fact I think he is the first to finish. What he showed is interesting and should be of value to others and those who will play in future olympiads. You do not have to do anything special to beat weaker players. Just playing to your strength is enough. It also helps that he is a positional player and not rely on too much tactics which can rebound on you.

Both the senior women players showed why experience matters when they drew their games to give Malaysia a point against a strong Dutch team.

Alia did not have a worse middle-game position but time trouble and inexperienced lead to a defeat. A draw would have given the young girl her first WIM norm. But she stands very good chances because a win in the next round will be sufficient for the norm.


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