Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Chess Olympiad (Part 8)

As GiLoCatur expected, the Malaysian Men team won against the lower-rated Hongkong with 3.5 - 0.5 score. The Malaysian third board, NM Tan Khai Boon drew his game. While the others won theirs.

One of the upset in the second round is that Indonesia managed to draw with Israel. IM Tirta Chandra Purnama is the happiest man after he defeated GM Ilia Smirin on the second board. While GM Susanto and IM Irwanto contributes the important halfpoint each so that the Indonesian team is level with Israel with 2-2 score. Malaysia should emulate this kind of performance in next rounds when playing against higher-rated opponents.

Vietnam is even better when its players managed to secure a win against Azerbaijan, the seventh seed. GM Quang Liem, GM Truong Son and GM Thien Hui managed to steal halfpoint each against their respective stronger opponents based on ELO ratings. GM Anh Dung is the hero for securing the critical one point.

Philippines led by GM Wesley So is short halfpoint to join Indonesia to upset stronger opponent. GM Gomez is surely frustrated for not scoring at least halfpoint to make their match up a draw.

Thailand has showed that they are not just a punch bag for stronger teams when managed to draw with Tajikistan that is 30 ranks higher in the seeding list. Its third and fourth board provided the golden two points.

Meanwhile, Singapore found that its opponent, Georgia, is too strong to beat. This kind of results and performance that our country, MALAYSIA, as well as other ASEAN neighbours should emulate. GO MALAYSIA GO.

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