The line-up for the Man’s Team is very strategic! As a Chess team captain for many years, I think it is very important to have a strategic line-up for a team event especially if it is a round-robin format. In order to maximize the result, one might not need to put the line-up by strength. Sometimes, you can field a stronger player at the bottom line up so that he can deliver the winning point. It is like putting your 1st single to play 3rd single in a badminton match. I think the Malaysia team is relying on Mas and Mok to deliver either 1 or 2 points. A 3rd point will decide whether a win or a draw for the team.
The lady team line-up looks confused. The lady team should aim to provide experience for younger players. Results are not important, we should focus on give them time to learn and probably look 2012 or 2014. The experience Wahiduddin or Roslina should stay as an observer and guide the younger players to improve.