Saturday, September 25, 2010

Round 4 - both team lost

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After tying the strong Lithuanian team in the previous round, the men team was ready to face their 4th round opponent - Switzerland which Malaysia beat 2.5-1.5 in Turin 2006. However the Swiss got their revenge last night when they beat Malaysia 3-1. Only board 1 (Mashafizul) and board 4 (Peter Long) managed to draw while Mok Tze Meng (board 2) and board 4 (Tan Khai Boon) was well beaten by their opponent.

In his round 4 battle against GM Yannick Pelleteir, Mas wear his 'lucky shirt' which gave him a draw in round 1 against GM Michael Adams. Photo by Roslina Marmono

There was an interesting moment last night which occur on board 1. Mashafizul is an exchange up in the endgame against GM Yannick Pelleteir. However the endings in not that easy to convert and probably it is theoretically draw. More about the game here.

Bo.86MAS Malaysia (MAS)Rtg-47SUI Switzerland (SUI)Rtg1 : 3
36.1IMMas Hafizulhelmi2422-GMPelletier Yannick2592½ - ½
36.2IMMok Tze-Meng2416-GMGallagher Joseph G25170 - 1
36.3Tan Khai Boon2160-IMKurmann Oliver24520 - 1
36.4FMLong Peter2302-IMBuss Ralph2433½ - ½


Our women team suffered a shock when they are beaten 1-3 against a team which is seeded lower- Sri Lanka. My early prediction that our team will gain maximum points was proven wrong and i really underestimated the Sri Lanka capability. This lost must be hard to swallow but i wish they will bounced back in later rounds.

Round 4 on 2010/09/24 at 15:00
Bo.74MAS Malaysia (MAS)Rtg-83SRI Sri Lanka (SRI)Rtg1 : 3
43.1Bakri Alia Anin Azwa1904-Muhandiram R M M U17441 - 0
43.2WCMNur Nabila Azman Hisham1829-Basnayake I U17460 - 1
43.3Wahiduddin Nurul Huda2020-Premanath Dinushki18530 - 1
43.4Fong Mi Yen1905-Ranasinghe S D18220 - 1

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