Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: "The Absence of Gashimov will Make It More Difficult to Fight For The Medals"

Время публикации: 22.08.2012 00:22 | Последнее обновление: 22.08.2012 00:24

One of Azerbaijan team leaders Shakhriyar Mamedyarov feels sorry that his team will take part in the Olympiad without Vugar Gashimov.

"We all wish him to be in a good health and overcome his difficulties. The fact that he is not with us will make the fight for the medals much more difficult. Our third board now will be a bit weaker, said the grandmaster in his interview, given to 1news.az. - Two years ago we also played without Vugar and that time we had chances up to final rounds though. Only our defeat against Ukraine in round 9 destroyed our team spirit a bit and we could not fight for the prizes. Let's hope this time we'll do better".

Mamedyarov doesn't think that the Russian team is a favorite of the tournament.

"Russia has not been able to win the Olympiad for ten years. It was quite clear that URSS team would win the first prize in 70-80s. Now things have changed. There teams that have strong players. On first three boards there are people with a rating exceeding 2700 and there are several teams like that. And they can not only draw their match against Russia, but even win it. I wouldn't call Russia a favorite. It's important to mention that everyone plays against Russia in quite a special mood".


  


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