I guess the picture sums up how it feels for the Malaysian Open team to go up against a monstrosity like Croatia. Sure, Malaysia is small and agile but we are no match for the hulking monster like Croatia.
Just look at the rating! All 2600+ except their last board who is 2500+. It was a whitewash if not for FM Lim Zhuo Ren heroic draw against the more-than-scary GM Ian Saric, who as pointed out by some Facebook friends, has beaten none other than Magnus Carlsen himself.
|GM||Saric, Ivan||2680||½ – ½||FM||Lim, Zhuo Ren||2318|
|GM||Brkic, Ante||2611||1 – 0||FM||Wong, Yinn Long||2381|
|GM||Kozul, Zdenko||2602||1 – 0||CM||Tan, Jun Ying||2191|
|GM||Bosiocic, Marin||2549||1 – 0||Poh, Yu Tian||2118|
Here are the games:-
The Womens’ Team fared better taking down Uganda narrowly with a 2½:1½ score.
|WIM||Foudzi, Siti Zulaik||2188||½ – ½||Nakabo, Peni||1747|
|WIM||Azhar, Puteri Mun||2018||½ – ½||WCM||Ampaire, Sh||1666|
|WFM||Azhar, Puteri Rifq||1940||½ – ½||WFM||Nansubuga,||1538|
|WCM||Sim, Jia Ru||2005||1 – 0||Kawuma, Pa||1653|