2nd October 2010 - Today is the second rest day for the Olympiad. The tournament will proceed tomorrow -Sunday (3rd October 2010). The last round will start at 1.00 PM (Malaysia time) which is 4 hour earlier then previous rounds. This is to make way for the closing ceremony which is scheduled to start at 10 PM (Malaysia time) on the same day.
Both of our open (men) and women team will try hard to win in the final round to improve their final standings.
|Bo.||112||Bahrain (BRN)||Rtg||-||86||Malaysia (MAS)||Rtg||0 : 0|
|54.1||Al Sulaiti Ali||2134||-||IM||Mas Hafizulhelmi||2422|
|54.2||Bukhalaf Khalil||0||-||IM||Mok Tze-Meng||2416|
|54.3||FM||Ayyad Maher||2160||-||FM||Long Peter||2302|
|54.4||FM||Ayyad Husain||2165||-||Lau Gregory||2159|
It seems that Bahrain apply the "weak team strategy" - fielding stronger players in lower board. The idea of this strategy is to "steal"a point or two from the targeted board. This to avoid being beaten heavily (4-0 for e.g) . Malaysian's round 6 and 8 opponents - San Marino and Sri Lanka also used this strategy.
With both their FMs on the lower board , Malaysia should steal at least half points from board 3 or 4 because i think Mas and Mok will have no problem collecting full points on top board.
My score prediction : Malaysia win 2.5-1.5.
Malaysian Open (Men) Team Performance after round 10
Starting rank (seeded) : 86
Rank after round 10 : 106 from 149 teams
Match points : 8/20
Win : 3
draw : 2
Lost : 5
|Bo.||74||Malaysia (MAS)||Rtg||-||73||Egypt (EGY)||Rtg||0 : 0|
|40.1||Bakri Alia Anin Azwa||1904||-||Elansary Eman||1836|
|40.2||WCM||Nur Nabila Azman Hisham||1829||-||WGM||Mona Khaled||2103|
|40.3||Marmono Roslina||1933||-||WIM||Basta Sohair||2030|
|40.4||Fong Mi Yen||1905||-||Elgohary Fayrouz||1820|
Malaysia (74 seed) will faced Egypt (73 seed) in the final round. This would be another close encounter for Malaysia. From the team composition above, you can see that the Egyptian also applied the "weak team strategy" . Malaysia chance lay on board 1 and 4 while the Egyptian is superior on board 2 and board 3 where they have WGM and WIM playing respectively.
Both team will of course playing their best to win and to improve their final ranking. This will be a tough challange.
My score prediction: 2-2 draw
Malaysian Women Team Performance after round 10
Starting rank (seeded) : 74
Rank after round 10 : 77 from 115 teams
Match points : 9/20
Win : 4
draw : 1
Lost : 5