Friday, October 1, 2010
World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansisyk is coming to the end. Nine rounds down, two more to go. The tenth round will be played today, Friday, and the last one will be played on Sunday. Saturday is the second free day.
So, what is the current standing? Who are leading? Which teams look to be the champion for each category - the Open or the Women. Can the defending champion make it double? Who are the last (38th) Chess Olympiad in Dresden?
In the Open section, Ukraine is currently leading the pack. In Dresden two years ago, it managed to be at the fourth place with 17 match points from 7 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat. The champion then is Armenia. It records 9 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss. Ukraine, the 2nd seed, is leading by 2 match points from 7 wins and 2 draws. Russia 1 and France are trailing behind with 15 match points while the defending champion Armenia is at the 10th place. Can Ukraine beat France in the 10th round as per following pairings on the top board to ensure its victory in the 39th chess olympiad edition? Let's wait and see.
How about Malaysia? GiLoCatur's beloved country thus far has accumulated 7 match points from 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. Malaysia is currently ranked at 102nd placing far behind its seeding of 86th. Malaysia loses to Andorra 1.5-2.5 yesterday in the ninth round. It needs to win the final two rounds to earn better placing. Vietnam and Philippines are basically ranked according to their seeding. Singapore is the only Asean country that has better ranking than the seeding as per shown by below chart. It is just 4 ranks better.
In the 10th round, Malaysia will face Wales at table 51. Based on the starting rank, Malaysia should win this match. Malaysia has to. MALAYSIA BOLEH!