11 August 2014

Tromso: Malaysia Moves into Top 50

The Malaysian Men’s Team beat Pakistan 3-1 to record their fourth straight win. With that win, Malaysia moves into the Top 50, at 48th in the interim rankings after Round 8. A very impressive win that made a very decent Pakistan team look weak.


Team strategy would have targeted a win on Board 4 plus draws on the other Boards.

On Board 1, Yee Weng was faced with the 2335-rated veteran IM Lodhi Mahmood. IM Lodhi appeared intent to build a fortress straight out of the opening.  His barricades were impressively torn apart by IM Yee Weng who recorded his fourth straight win. Surely Yee Weng is coming into his best form with two impressive mating attacks in two games now.
[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.08.10"] [Round "8"] [White "Lim Yee Weng"] [Black "Lodhi, Mahmood"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C56"] [WhiteElo "2311"] [BlackElo "2335"] [PlyCount "79"] [SourceDate "2014.08.11"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 Nf6 4. dxe5 Nxe4 5. Bc4 Nc5 6. O-O Ne6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Ne4 Re8 10. a3 Bf8 11. b4 b6 12. Qd3 Be7 13. Bd2 Bb7 14. Bd5 a6 15. Rad1 Ra7 16. Bc1 h6 17. c3 a5 18. Bb3 axb4 19. axb4 Nb8 20. Nd4 Nxd4 21. cxd4 Nc6 22. Nf6+ Bxf6 23. exf6 Re6 24. Bxe6 dxe6 25. b5 Nb4 26. Qb3 Nd5 27. fxg7 Qf6 28. Qh3 Kxg7 29. Rd3 Kh7 30. Rf3 Qg6 31. Rg3 Qf6 32. Qg4 Ne7 33. Bxh6 Qxh6 34. Rh3 Ng6 35. Rxh6+ Kxh6 36. h4 Kh7 37. Qg5 Ra4 38. h5 Nf8 39. Qe7 Kg8 40. Re3 1-0

Board 2 had Aron Teh up against Syed Ahmad Ali. Ali had beaten 2 IMs in earlier rounds so is definitely not a weak player. Aron held the draw as Black without too much problems in another fine performance.
[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.08.10"] [Round "8"] [White "Syed Ahmad, Ali"] [Black "Teh Eu Wen, Aron"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A47"] [BlackElo "2309"] [PlyCount "66"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nbd2 Be7 7. Qe2 Nc6 8. c3 O-O 9. O-O cxd4 10. exd4 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Ne5 Nf4 13. Qe4 Nxd3 14. Nxc6 dxc6 15. Qxd3 c5 16. dxc5 Qxc5 17. Ne4 Qd5 18. Qxd5 Bxd5 19. Ng3 Rfd8 20. Rfd1 Kf8 21. f3 Ke7 22. Kf2 Rd7 23. Ke3 Rad8 24. b3 e5 25. h4 Be6 26. Rxd7+ Rxd7 27. Ke2 f5 28. Nf1 g6 29. Rc1 h6 30. Nd2 Kf6 31. g3 g5 32. hxg5+ hxg5 33. Rh1 Rg7 1/2-1/2

Board 3 had Yit San against Younus Muhammad. Younus had the day before drawn against Icelandic GM Thorhallsson and had also beaten 2312-rated Mueller of Germamy in an earlier round. So we know the man from Pakistan can play. Nevertheless, Yit San easily held the draw on the White side of an exciting game out of the Sveshnikov Sicilian.
[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.08.10"] [Round "8"] [White "Fong Yit San"] [Black "Muhammad Younus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "2143"] [PlyCount "95"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nc2 O-O 14. Nce3 Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. O-O e4 17. Nf4 Bf7 18. Bc2 Be5 19. Nfd5 Qg5 20. f4 exf3 21. Rxf3 Bh5 22. Nc7 Kh8 23. Nxa8 Bxf3 24. Qxf3 Bxh2+ 25. Kxh2 Ne5 26. Qh3 Qxe3 27. Qxe3 Ng4+ 28. Kg3 Nxe3 29. Bd3 Rxa8 30. Kf3 Nc4 31. Bxc4 bxc4 32. Rd1 Rb8 33. Rd2 Kg7 34. Kf4 Rb5 35. g3 d5 36. Kxf5 d4+ 37. Ke4 dxc3 38. bxc3 Ra5 39. Kd4 Ra4 40. Kc5 Kg6 41. Rd4 h5 42. Rd2 Kg5 43. Rh2 Kg4 44. Kb6 Ra3 45. Rh4+ Kxg3 46. Rxh5 Rxc3 47. Kxa6 Ra3+ 48. Kb5 1/2-1/2

Board 4 was the critical game as Fadzil was tasked to bring home the full point. Fadzil duly obliged with an impressive performance after a central breakthrough. With a Rook and opposite-coloured Bishop on each side in the middlegame, Fadzil,  being the attacking side, was effectively one piece up which he quickly converted into a win.


[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.08.10"] [Round "8"] [White "Mudasir Iqbal"] [Black "Ahmad Fadzil Nayan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B32"] [BlackElo "2121"] [PlyCount "92"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qe7 8. Qxe7+ Ngxe7 9. Nc3 d5 10. exd5 Nb4 11. Bd3 Nxd3+ 12. cxd3 Bf5 13. Ke2 O-O-O 14. Be3 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Rxd5 16. Rac1+ Kb8 17. Rc3 Rhd8 18. Rd1 f6 19. b4 g5 20. Bb6 Re8 21. a4 Bd7 22. Ra1 Bc6 23. Rca3 Kc8 24. Rc1 Kd7 25. Rac3 Kd6 26. Bc5+ Ke6 27. Ra3 h5 28. Rc4 b5 29. axb5 Bxb5 30. Rcc3 e4 31. Kd2 Rxd3+ 32. Rxd3 exd3 33. Ra1 Kd5 34. Re1 Rc8 35. Ra1 f5 36. g3 g4 37. Ke3 Re8+ 38. Kf4 Re2 39. Rd1 a5 40. Kxf5 a4 41. Kg5 a3 42. Kxh5 a2 43. Bf8 Rxf2 44. Bg7 Rxh2+ 45. Kxg4 d2 46. Bc3 Be2+ 0-1
A big congratulations is due to the Malaysian team on an impressive performance and for getting into the Top 50 of the interim rankings.

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