Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Review of Peter's selection. Is it the goal here to send the strongest team Malaysia has?
1st part here: Here.
If the old don't go, the new cannot come in.
Surely one of the ways to get commitment is if the players don't feel that they are irreplaceable. If you go to Peter's site it is not clear if the top 3 of NC will play in the Malaysian Masters. However he says that top 5 out of 7 from the Malaysian Masters and the top 3 from NC will form the Malaysian senior team. If that is accurate then we may not be sending the strongest team. Go to the list of active players plus Roshan. What do you think is going to happen? 5 out of 7 so 2 must go.
I am not sure if what Peter says is official or not but this is my suggestion if we want to send the very strongest team that Malaysia has. Ref: Here.
Peter says there will be a core team of 8 expandable to 10. Lets say 8 plus 2 reserves. So why don't we have a playoff between the top 7 of NC and the 7 from the active list plus one? 14 players playoff. Then 4 will go.
If we want to make sure that we select the very best then make it a double round robin. Isn't that the fairest way? Right now the active list is playing in a protected environment again for 5 places while the rest of Malaysia who have fought in open and strong tournaments, our riders in the storm, have to fight for 3 places.
Dear Encik Ghalam, Selection Chair,
I am writing on behalf of the players who will be playing at National Close. They are players who are not afraid of competition and have worked hard for many years to better their skills. They are hungry players who have fought and improved themselves without protection or sponsorship. Can you revamp the selection criteria so that they have more equal chances to represent the Country too? I am very sure that these players will fight hard for Malaysia and have already shown their commitment to chess by continuing to play in all available tournaments on their own dime.
Give them a chance. Let them have that playoff with the Masters as described above. I am sure they won't let you down. I am not sure what support you have within the committee but I am very sure that you have the support of the vast majority of the chess community as well as the States.
So will you stand up for them?
Thank you for your consideration.