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The German Teams: Young guns aiming high

Dresden, 13/11/2008
In a press conference on Wednesday, the captains for both Men’s and Women’s German A-teams Uwe Bonsch (who is the national coach of the German Chess Federation) and Davit Lobzhanidze (who won the “Coach of the Year” award in 2006), both said that they are optimistic about their teams, hoping to finish in the top 10 with aspiration to dabble in the top 6!

The German A-team (men) is strengthened by two new star players: Grandmasters Khenkin and Friedman. (In Germany only citizens can represent their country on the national team, unlike in many other countries where it is sufficient to be a resident.)
The coaches said that the players representing Germany in Dresden have prepared very diligently leading up to the Olympiad. They were mostly training individually, but they also had a five day camp in Radebeul last month to work together and to build the team camaraderie too. The young star of the German women’s team Melanie Ohmen said “I think good team chemistry means a lot…” As the host country, Germany is allowed to have two teams in both Open and Women’s Olympiad. In addition, if there are an odd number of teams registered, the host nation can nominate a third team as it is the case here in Dresden. The German “B” team in the Open section represents “Youth Germany” while the German Women’s “C” team represents the best of players from the host state Saxony.  

Susan Polgar

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