Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 Chess Olympiad (Part 14)

Alia (left) and Nabila (right)
(Harap Alia beri izin guna foto from her personal blog)

The Malaysian women team succumbed to a defeat by 1-3 score to Ecuador that has higher average ELO ratings. Based on GiLoCatur's observation and results analysis, Indonesian and Philippines players perform better compared to the Malaysian women players. They are able to win over higher-rated or about-equal-rated opponents. Most of the times they won games against lower-rated ratings.

Among our players, Alia performs well after scoring 4/6 points. Having 1904 Elo ratings, her performance ratings so far is 2140. She has about plus 24 ratings-difference. Meanwhile the other four players have minus ratings-difference. GiLoCatur hopes all of them will improve and have better performance. Never ever ever give up. Take the opportunity to raise their games. Learn how to handle the big pressure. Believe in themselves and be confident.

In the sixth round, Alia managed to beat a 2300+ International Master or IM. Bravo! Tahniah! This kind of performance our Malaysian players should attempt.

INA team

Let's check out the Indonesian players. No doubt WGM Irine, the top board player, is in her own class. She has collected 5/6 points. She lose to Indian IM, Harika Dronavalli but she won over France GM, Marie Sebag, with 2499 FIDE ratings.

Chelsie Monica and Medina Warda Aulia are the other Indonesian players that perform well. As a strategy, both of them who are Fide Masters (FMs) are the top two bottom board players. Both of them have plus ratings-difference and better ratings performance. Chelsie lose only once from 5 games while Medina also lose once but drew twice. Both have 4 points. Both managed to outwit much higher-rated French opponents.

As for the Philippines team, its top (WFM Chardine Cheradee) and fourth board (Rulp Ylem) are the well performers. The former has 5/6 points while the latter has 4/6 points. Other players score important points when it matters the most.

GiLoCatur wishes that Malaysia will meet Philippines in one of the next rounds. Why? Because GiLoCatur would like to see the match up between the top boards of the two countries - Alia versus Chardine. Interestingly, exactly eight years ago they faced each other in Asean U8 tournament in Singapore. Below is their game.

[Event "ASEAN-ch3 U08 Girls"]
[Date "2002.??.??"]
[White "Camacho Cheradee, Chardine"]
[Black "Bakri Alia, Anin Azwa"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 e6 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. O-O Be7 8. d3 O-O 9. Bf4 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. d4 Rd8 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. Rc1 Qe7 14. e3 Ne4 15. Qc2 h6 16. Rfd1 Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Qb4 18. Qxb4 Nxb4 19. a3 Nc6 20. h3 Be6 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Rxd4 Rab8 23. Rcd1 Kf8 24. e4 Rd7 25. exd5 Rbd8 26. g4 Ke7 27. R4d3 Kf6 28. Be4 Ke5 29. dxe6 Rxd3 30. Rxd3 Rxd3 31. Bxd3 fxe6 32. b3 Kd4 33. Bc4 e5 34. Kf1 a6 35. a4 Kc3 36. Ke2 Kb4 37. Ke3 b5 38. axb5 axb5 39. Bf7 Kc5 40. Ke4 Kd6 41. h4 Ke7 42. Bd5 Kd6 43. h5 1-0

Tomorrow, in the 7th round Malaysia will face Pakistan which is seeded lower, about 30 ranks below. GiLoCatur hopes the Malaysian team will take the opportunity to win over the opponent to climb up the ladder. YAKIN BOLEH!

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