It’s the start of the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad and the Malaysian Men had a tough first round meeting the very strong Belarus all-GM team. Fong Yit San’s  fighting draw on board 4 saved Malaysia from getting white washed 4-0.

1 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2610 1 0 FM Lim Zhuo Ren 2182
2 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2602 1 0 FM Lye Lik Zang 2351
3 GM Stupak Kirill 2583 1 0 CM Zulkipli Zaidan 2203
4 GM Fedorov Alexei 2568 ½ ½ CM Fong Yit San 2108



Women

No games could be found for round 1 for the Malaysian Women team presumably their opponents from Djibouti did not turn up. A 4-0 win for the Malaysian Women team.

Bo. 68          Malaysia(MAS) Rtg Res          Djibouti(DJI) Rtg
69/1 WFM Bakri, Alia Anin Azwa (w) 2005 1-0 Idil Sougueh, Arab (b) 0
69/2 WFM Azman Hisham, Nur Nabila (b) 1943 1-0 Mohamed Djama, Saida (w) 0
69/3 Azhar, Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa (w) 1869 1-0 Ali Said, Samia (b) 0
69/4 Nithyalakshmi, Sivanesan (b) 1866 1-0 Mohamed Hassan, Zahra (w) 0