On the eve of departure of the Russian national team to China, the Head coach Evgeny Bareev gave a short interview to the newspaper «Sport Express». In particular, here's what the coach replied to the question as to who may represent the first board in our team in the upcoming World Championships:
«I talked with Sergei (Karjakin — CN). I had to figure out whether he is ready to take this enormous responsibility. The leader of the team should not only to play chess well, he also must be prepared for a huge psychological pressure, because everything will look how the leader deters the best chess player of our rivals. In conversation with Karjakin, I understood that he is prepared for this role.»
At the same time, Bareev confessed that he is awaiting with some anxiety the answer to the question: how each of our players will cope with the psychological pressure?
«We have a very good team, in which each deserved the right to represent Russia. However, every new tournament is a new challenge, and yesterday's results do not count. In addition, our rivals will prepare specifically, for example, for games with Yan Nepomnyashchii, who was playing brilliantly last year», — quoted Bareev the newspaper.