Malaysia Men is up against Tajikistan in Round 9 starting is less than an hour's time. Tajikistan is fielding its strongest line-up with 2590-rated GM Amonatov on Board 1 and 3 2300+ rated IMs in the other 3 boards.
Tajikistan starts as favourites, clearly out-rating Malaysia on every board. However, our Malaysian boys have been playing above themselves and an upset is very much on the cards. A 2-2 draw should be the primary target for Malaysia to maintain a Top 50 ranking for at least another round.
Wishing our heroes good tidings and do well. We are proud of you.