The 2014 World Chess Olympiad starts in a few days at Tromso, Norway. Malaysia’s Men’s Team is represented by:
|Lim Yee Weng||2311|
|Aron Teh Eu Wen||2283|
|Fong Yit San||2143|
|Ahmad Fadzil bin Nayan||2121|
Malaysia is ranked 105 out of 178 nations, based on the 1 July 2014 FRL. Let’s wait to see if the starting rank is revised based on the next FRL due for release on 1 August. Aron would then be at 2358 based on the latest info on his FIDE rating card, which may up Malaysia’s starting rank a few places.
The main contingent players and officials is scheduled to depart from KLIA tomorrow evening. They shall meet up at Tromso on Thursday with players who are already in Europe.
The fixed board order is due for submission on Friday and it shall be interesting to see how the team lines up. 1st and 2nd Board should be between Aron, who would be highest rated and Yee Weng who is most experienced. Aron is arguably the stronger based on latest results, where he has done very well against 2400+ players over the last two months, including 3 wins and 3 draws against GM opponents. Yee Weng in contrast would be flagged inactive in the August list if he did not play any rated game in July.
Round 1 is scheduled to start at 9.00 pm Malaysian time on Saturday, 2 August 2014. Let's hope we get to see a live netcast of all the games.