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Russia team for Ningbo announced

Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin, Svidler and Vitiugov to play

Russian Chess Federation has announced the lineup which will represent the country at the World Chess Team Championship 2011 in Ningbo, China.

The team will consist of Candidate Matches finalist Alexander Grischuk, 2010 European champion and reigning Russian champion Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russian vice-champion Sergey Karjakin, five-times national champion Peter Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov.

Reigning European champion Vladimir Potkin is not invited, while Vladimir Kramnik asked earlier to be excused from the World Team Championship.

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Alexander Grischuk

Captain Evgeny Bareev and young professional Alexander Riazantsev will act as trainers. Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov is leading the delegation.

Russia’s ambition is to defend the title which they won at the previous World Team in Bursa, Turkey. A training camp will be held from 2nd to 10th July, when the team is flying to Ningbo for acclimatization. The first round will be played on 17th July.

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