15 August 2014

Malaysia@Tromso: Tournament Review Part 2

Part 2 of my review of the Malaysian Men's Team performance at the just completed 2014 Olympiad benchmarks that performance with previous Malaysian Olympiad teams.

In my preview of Malaysia's participation in the 2014 Tromso Olympiad, I researched and constructed a table showing the final rankings of Malaysian teams at previous Olympiads going back to 1992.

I selected 1992 as the cut-off point as that was when the ex-Soviet states and ex-Yugoslavia states first participated in the Olympiads after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, about 20 new countries all with strong chess cultures have been taking part in the Chess Olympiads. Malaysian final rankings since 1992 thus give more meaningful comparison, compared to pre-1992 figures when Malaysia finished in the Top 60 on more than a few occasions.

With the 2014 edition of the Olympiad over, the table is completed by inserting Malaysia's no. 72 final ranking.

Completed Table:
 Final
 Rank
Starting
  Rank
Average
 Rating
No. of
Teams
2014
2012
Tromso
Istanbul
   72
   64
   103
    86
  2221
  2299
  177
  157
2010Khanty-Mansiysk   92    86  2325  149
2008Dresden   96    73  2362  147
2006Turin   80    83  2331  148
2004Calvia   70    94  2241  129
2002Bled   75    99  2224  136
2000Istanbul   64    80  2307  129
1998Elista   74    98  2075  110
1996Yerevan   64    73  2274  115
1994Moscow   96   108  2051  125
1992Manila   78    73    2171  104

Table constructed based on information extracted from www.olimpbase.org

The table says it all.

The 2014 team finished at a higher final ranking than 8 out of 11 other Malaysian teams over the last 22 years of Olympiad participation.

Only on 4 occasions in the previous 22 years did a Malaysian team finished higher than the 2014 team's no. 72. That was in 1996 at Yerevan (Armenia), and twice at Istanbul (Turkey) in 2000 and 2012, when Malaysia finished at no. 64, and at Calvia in 2004 when the team was ranked no. 70.

No.72 is not very far off no.64. No. 72 is definitely nearer to no. 64 than the no. 96 (of the 1994 and 2008 teams).

It is a remarkable achievement by the 2014 team, considering that this team had 4 players representing Malaysia for the first time at an Olympiad, a point that I shall be harping on again and again.

So congratulations again to the 2014 team for a fine performance that has done the nation proud, and a job well-done.

1 comment:

  1. The team definitely did very well considering that the first 3 rounds was just mediocre. They really warmed up after that.

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