Saturday, October 02, 2010

Round 11 (last round) pairing

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.

Open Section

Bo.112BRN Bahrain (BRN)Rtg-86MAS Malaysia (MAS)Rtg0 : 0
54.1Al Sulaiti Ali2134-IMMas Hafizulhelmi2422
54.2Bukhalaf Khalil0-IMMok Tze-Meng2416
54.3FMAyyad Maher2160-FMLong Peter2302
54.4FMAyyad Husain2165-Lau Gregory2159


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

Women Section

Bo.74MAS Malaysia (MAS)Rtg-73EGY Egypt (EGY)Rtg0 : 0
40.1Bakri Alia Anin Azwa1904-Elansary Eman1836
40.2WCMNur Nabila Azman Hisham1829-WGMMona Khaled2103
40.3Marmono Roslina1933-WIMBasta Sohair2030
40.4Fong Mi Yen1905-Elgohary Fayrouz1820


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

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