Russia announces powerful Chess Olympiad Teams for Batumi!


Head coach of the Russian national men's chess team, RCF President Andrey Filatov announced the team composition for the forthcoming World Chess Olympiad. Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Jakovenko, and Nikita Vitiugov will play in Batumi, Georgia. 

Head coach of the Russian national men's chess team Andrey Filatov: 

  • There is a great choice of strong players in Russia, and all of them are willing to defend their country's honor in the competitions of the highest level. The task of the coaching staff is to elect those ones who will be in the peak of the form before this important start and will be able to show one's best. As always, the Russian national team is aimed at the highest possible result.  

Russian national women's chess team: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Natalija Pogonina, and Olga Girya. 

Head coach of the women's chess team Sergei Rublevsky: 

  • We are planning to play with the same reliable and experienced team composition as we did two years ago in Baku. Our main rivals are also the same: China, Ukraine, and of course, Georgia - the team that will be especially dangerous being whole-heartedly supported by its fans at home. Well, we will fight! 

The 43rd World Chess Olympiad will be held in Batumi, Georgia, from September 23rd till October 6th, 2018. 

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