The strongest 7 players based on 2013 MM performance that have formed the current cycle National Women Squad are listed below:-
1. Camilia Johari [Ranked 7th in FIDE March 2014 release]
2. Nur Nabila Azman Hisham [Ranked 3rd in FIDE March 2014 release]
3. Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar [Ranked 6th in FIDE March 2014 release]
4. Fong Mi Yen [Ranked 4th in FIDE March 2014 release]
5. Nur Najiha Azman Hisham [Ranked 5th in FIDE March 2014 release]
6. Tan Li Ting [Ranked 2nd in FIDE March 2014 release]
7. Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan [Ranked 14th in FIDE March 2014 release]
All players listed above are eligible to take part in this year MM. However, only a maximum of 5 players listed above will be able to retain their places in National Squad 2014. Unless these players are willing to take part in National Closed and able to finish top 3 to guarantee themselves a place in National Squad just like Nabila, Rifqah, and Najiha did last year.
The top 15 active players (besides players that are listed above) based on FIDE March 2014 release are:-
1. Alia Anin Azwa Bakri [Ranked 1st in FIDE March 2014 release]
2. Lee Lee Yin [Ranked 8th in FIDE March 2014 release]
3. Renitha Narayanan [Ranked 9th in FIDE March 2014 release]
4. Ruby Kwan Tszee Yung [Ranked 10th in FIDE March 2014 release]
5. Olivia Madhavan [Ranked 11th in FIDE March 2014 release]
6. Nurul Najmi Bakar [Ranked 12th in FIDE March 2014 release]
7. Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar [Ranked 13th in FIDE March 2014 release]
8. Pavithranayagi Jayamurthey [Ranked 15th in FIDE March 2014 release]
One player from the above list will be eligible to take part in this year MM. Alia has the first right to accept, followed by Lee Yin, Renitha and so on. Of course these players can also opt to play in the National Closed and try to qualify automatically into the National Squad by finishing top 3 in NC.
It will be interesting to see all these fifteen players come together in NC to pit their skill against one another and serve as prelude the MM 2014. Unlike the Men, this dream scenario can actually happen. If it happens, at least 70% among them will finish in the top 10 i.e. no one outside this name list can finish inside top 10 based on Malaysian girls elo rating historical data. Of course, this statistic will be distorted drastically if our inactive girls such as (8-time NWM) WIM Siti Zulaikha, (NWM) WCM Nur Shazwani, (NWM) WCM Roslina Marmono, (NWM) Khairunnisa Wahiduddin, (NWM) Eliza Hanum, WCM Wan Khye Theng among many others can make a comeback to the chess scene. All these girls have a rating higher than our 4th ranked girl in the Active list.