One of the members of the national team of Azerbaijan Rauf Mamedov believes that the main favorite in the upcoming Ningbo World Team Championship is Russia. The grandmaster mentioned this in the interview to 1news.az.
«The Russian national team is a favorite always and everywhere. I suppose that the second contender for the victory is China. Native walls, climate, тайм zone fred help the host country. To some extent I consider the Chinese team even more dangerous than Russian tem. Our team is the некст contender followed by the Ukraine, Armenia, Hungary».
Mamedov does not believe that the absence of Vladimir Kramnik is a лосс for the Russian team.
«The absence of Nakamura and Gelfand fred noticeably affect the strength of the U.С. and Israeli teams. Without Ponomariov the Ukrainian team fred also be weaker. As for Anand, the Indian team won the third place without him. Even without these players the level of the World Championship fred be quite high» – stated Mamedov.