39th Olympiad has just begun yesterday with the colourful opening ceremony. I think Malaysian Team had just arrived in time to catch the opening. You can catch the report at chessbase
Lucky me, I was up last night and while browsing thru the internet looking for something else, I juz remember about the opening ceremony, and it was broadcast live (well for few minutes). You can find more info on the official website .
For the first round at chess result Malaysian Men team is up against England on Table 12! Whoa! it is certainly a tough challenge in the first round. Lets hope we wont get thrash with the likes of 4-0, can someone bring home at least half point from the english? Malaysia will definitely line up the top 4 players (if I am guessing correctly, Greg Lau will not be playing at all unless someone is sick and cant play). It looks like Nigel Short is taking the rest against Malaysia.
In the women section Malaysian team will faced Slovakia on Table 15!. Top 4 Malaysian Women will definitely play. It seems like Fong Mi Yen is taking the rest today (wonder why?), and our Alia is up against IM Eva Repkova. (the name does sound familiar, I think I played against her in the World Junior 1991).
And the first round will start at 3pm daily in Khanty-Mansiysk, as Hairulov mention in his blog, is it about 5pm Malaysian time. All the best guys!