MOSCOW, 13 Nov - R-Sport, Oleg Bogatov. Male And female national teams of Russia set the task to compete for the highest awards in the team championship of Europe in chess, starting on the last working day of the week in Reykjavik.
The matches of the competitions that will be held on the Swiss system in nine rounds, will take place From 13 to 22 November. In the composition of each team included five players (four main players And one reserve).
"Our players in recent years have been Three times winner of the World Olympics, for this reason, the women's team focused only on 1st place, - has told "R-Sport" the head of Board of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) mark Glukhovsky.- Before the men's team of the Russian Federation at all tournaments the goal is to only fight for 1st place. The tournament in Reykjavik is no exception, especially because We haven't won at the European Championships ".
the male national team of Russia include Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Jakovenko And Ian Nepomniachtchi. For various reasons, will not participate in the competition, Vladimir Kramnik And Sergey Karjakin who favor the other team in major competitions. Citizens of Russia last won the European team championship in 2007. Greece won the team that was Svidler, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Alexander Morozevich And Evgeny Alekseev. In 2009 citizens of Russia were second in 2011 and fifth in 2013 - third. The winners of the three previous Championships - national teams of Azerbaijan (2009, 2013) And Germany (2011).
the women's team included Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Ekaterina Lahno, Alexandra goryachkina And Anastasia Bodnaruk. Lahno two years earlier played on the 1st Board for the national team became the champion of Ukraine. Then she took Russian citizenship And played for the Russian Federation in 2014, winning a global competition.
The Russians - winners of the European Championships 2007, 2009 And 2011. The previous tournament in 2013, Domestic players took second place, behind the Ukrainians.
The winner of the last men's tournament, which was held in Poland, was the team of Azerbaijan, who scored 14 points. 3 teams are lagging behind on one point, And on additional indicators became the second French, the third - citizens of Russia, And the Armenians remained behind line of prize-winners. 12 points scored by the Hungarians And Georgians, eleven Greeks, Czechs, Ukrainians, British, Dutch And Italians.
for the Russian national team played (OK boards), Alexander Grischuk (the result is 4, 5 points out of 8), Peter Svidler (6, 5 9), Dmitry Andreikin (4, 5 out of 7), Alexander Morozevich (3, 5 out of 6) And Evgeny Tomashevsky (3, 5 out of 6). Domestic grandmasters lost three points already at the start of the competition, losing in the 2nd round of the Turks (1, 5-2, 5) And then played a draw against England (2-2). And the defeat in the 7th round of the Armenians (1, 5-2, 5) definitively deprived citizens of Russia of chances of winning. With future European Champions, team Russia had not then met.
in the women's tournament was the first top-seed team Ukraine (15 points), ahead by one point silver And bronze winners - the teams of Russia And Poland. Fourth And fifth places were taken by national teams of Georgia And Armenia (12). The Russians in the 2nd round, lost to the Israelites (1, 5-2, 5), And in the middle of the tournament, lost points in matches With Germany (2-2) And Polish women (2-2). In the last round were played ahead of schedule became Champions Ukrainka (3-1), but the winners of the 2 previous World Olympiads could not rise above 2nd place.
among the Russians played Valentina Gunina (6 of 9), Alexandra Kosteniuk (7, 5 from 8), Natalia Pogonina (4, 5 out of 7), Olga Girya (4, 5 out of 7) And Alexandra goryachkina (2, 5 out of 5).
Glukhovsky said the Agency "R-Sport" that traditionally considers the main competitors to the citizens of Russia national teams of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, France And England. And Vice-President of Chess Federation of Moscow Sergey Smagin pointed out: "We have for many years in a row in all competitions are the rating favorites, but, unfortunately, a little that we won. I will put this on the top three contenders for victory: Russia, Armenia, France ".
review Glukhovsky, the main rivals of the Russians in the battle for gold medals will team Georgia, Poland And Ukraine. Smagin said the Agency "R-Sport" that a supposedly equal force to the compositions And the chances of success have teams of Russia, Georgia And Ukraine." Someone from the other teams will hardly fit into the fight for 1st place. And Everything will be solved in three head to head meetings of these teams, " added the head of the Department.
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