Sharks in the Olympiad pool

A good analogy for our Malaysian team in the Batumi Olympiad is we that we are like gold fishes swimming in a sea of carnivorous fishes. India to Malaysia is like a pack of sharks! They have 2 GMS (not WGMS!) and 3 IMs (not WIMs) with a world renown coach – Jacob Aasgard in tow.

Even then, India is only ranked 5th in this year’s biennial 2018 Chess Olympiad held in Batumi, Georgia.

It is interesting this year India fields GM Koneru Humpy who sat out 2016 Baku Olympiad because of differences with the Indian chess federation. Good to see the problems sat aside.

After the halfway point, both GM Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli are at 3½ out of 4. The other team members are doing well – IM Tania Sachdev at 4/4!, IM Karavade Eesha  at 2.4/5 and IM Padmini Rout at 2/3.

In Round 6 today, India Women team will face current no 1 in standings, USA.

Thankfully, the Malaysian Women team will be meeting Ecuador – not considered a “shark” to Malaysia but still on paper relatively stronger than the Malaysians. Ecuador is seeded 50 while Malaysia is seeded 68.

Photo courtesy of Paul Truong.

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