Friday, October 08, 2010

Dubai 1986 our best performance?

Jimmy Liew write an interesting review about the Malaysian Men's team performance in the 2010 Olympiad, Khanty Mansiysk.

Generally, i agree with him that Dubai 1986 is our Men's team best achievement so far. They finish in the 42th place with Jimmy - 28, playing board 1 , was at his peak. His best game is in the 2nd round when he beat Finnish Champion - IM (now GM) Yrjola Jouni . The game was regard as one of the best in Dubai 1986.

Having said that, I would like to raise a few important points which we should consider when comparing the performance of our team in every Olympiads .

(i) post Soviet Union era ( 1991 onwards) when this mighty chess country split into 15 different republic!

(ii) post Yugoslavia era ( 1991 onwards) this country split into 5 different republic

(iii) post Czechoslovakia era (1991 onwards) this country split into two republic

(iv) the participation of the physically handicap teams

In my opinion, the first factor - which is the post Soviet Union era made a big different. In the Soviet Union era, country like United States, England, Yugoslavia and Hungary are the medal contender for medals. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 which split the country into 15 republics, countries like Armenia, Ukraine, etc has made a "new ordeal" in chess Olympiad. Just looks at the Tajikistan team composition below. They are the "weakest" ex-Soviet republic in Khanty Mansiysk.

62. Tajikistan (TJK / RtgAvg:2436 / TB1: 10 / TB2: 218)
1GMAmonatov Farrukh2602TJK7,011,02516
2IMNazarov Anvar2335TJK0,52,00
3IMIsaev Jamshed2382TJK6,011,02298
4FMDjuraev Sokhib2397TJK6,010,02304
5Khouseinov Rashid2364TJK4,510,02166

Of course, Khanty Mansisyk 2010 is not our best performance in the post Soviet's Olympiad but lets compare it with Dubai 1986.

Dubai 1986 Khanty Mansiysk 2010
Total team 108 149
Malaysian (men) final ranking 42 92
Total number of host country team
  1. UAE A
  2. UAE B
  1. Russia 1
  2. Russia 2
  3. Russia 3
  4. Russia 4
  5. Russia 5
Total number of physically handicap teams -none-
  1. IBCA
  2. IPCA
  3. ICSC
The break up of former Soviet Union
1 team

(Soviet Union)
14 teams
  1. Ukraine
  2. Armenia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Belarus
  5. Estonia
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Georgia
  8. Lithuania
  9. Uzbekistan
  10. Kyrgyzstan
  11. Latvia
  12. Turkmenistan
  13. Tajikistan
  14. Moldova
The break up of former Yugoslavia
1 team
  1. Serbia
  2. Croatia
  3. Bosnia
  4. Slovenia
  5. Montenegro
The break up of former Czechoslovakia
1 team

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Slovakia

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Dubai 1986

Team Performance rating : 2320

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Khanty Mansiysk 2010

Team Perfomance rating : 2251

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In term of team performance ratings, it's clear that our men team at Dubai 1986 perform better then the Khanty Mansiysk's team. However, let say that the Dubai 1986's team were to face the post -Soviet & Yugoslavia would they end in the final ranking? Only God knows...

source: Olimpbase

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