Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Round 8 - Australia Beats Qatar

Playing against a team that featured a former world champion, last night the Australian men brought jubilation to their fans when they beat Qatar 2.5 - 1.5. An outstanding achievement!

On board 1, IM David Smerdon, our hero for this event, drew with GM Mohammed Al-Modiakhi. He was ably supported by fellow IMs Zhao and Wohl who also won their games. On board 3, IM Gary Lane lost to ex-Women's World Champ GM Zhu Chen.

Australia will front up against another team from the Mid-East tomorrow, Egypt.

The women's team, on the other hand, appear to be going through a black hole. Our team went down to Kyrgyzstan 3-0, the team's second straight shutout defeat. It is now getting quite desperate and it makes me wonder if there is a team email to which we can send messages of support. We'll figure that one out. In the mean time, send the team your shout outs via this post's comments section. Go Aussies!

Finally, heartache of heartaches, Team Philippines lost to mighty China 3.5 - 0.5. Only GM Antonio managed to save the day by drawing against Zhang Zhong. I must admit, when I saw Darwin Laylo bang out his pet Scandinavian against Zhang Pengxiang, I thought, "You crazy bastard!" Then I realised, well, if you're going to play a super-GM, you might as well play what you know.

The Pinays split the points evenly with a stronger Iranian side 1.5 - 1.5. Sheerie Lomibao defeated WIM Atousa Pourkashiyan (2311) on board 1, while Catherine Perena drew with WGM Shadi Paridar (2210) on board 2. Team rookie Sherily Cua went down to her opponent.

Round 9 Pairings

Egypt - Australia
Romania - Philippines
New Zealand - IBCA

Guatemala - Australia
Philippines - Turkey
NZ - Tajikistan

More details from the WZ site and the Official site. I've also added the official logo on my right-bar. Click on it and you'll see a post with essential Olympiad coverage. Robert Huntington's blog is a must-read.


Anonymous said...

The olympiad bulletin, by Manuel this time, is fascinating. Following the games online was dramatic but sounds like it was much more so live. Well done to the Aussie team. Good luck for round 9!

Anonymous said...

We need to kick Egypts arse if we want to get teams with more than 1 GM.

Anonymous said...

Zhong's listed as board one tonight against Egypt.
Is Rogers still sick?

trappistnight said...

An alternative to the 'Rogers is sick' theory is that the 'incident' when he previously played that particular board 1 player means that discretion is the better part of valour.

rjsolcruz said...

well, oliver d-mc dimakiling is a fanatic of the scandinavian, that was according to my fav chess columnist bobby ang.

however, with d-mc gaining im norms, he should start studying the main lines which is the road to a gm title.

rjsolcruz said...

d-mc is a fanatic of the scandinavian defence. however, with his im norm, the road to a gm title passes through the streets of ruy lopez, sicilian and english.