Russian men’s team coach Yury Dokhoian has revealed that the Russian line-up for the 2012 Olympiad in Istanbul will comprise the strongest possible team in terms of ratings, except that no. 5 Peter Svidler has been replaced by no. 6 Dmitry Jakovenko.
Dokhoian was talking by telephone to Oleg Bogatov of R-Sport:
The confirmed line-up at the official website
The change perhaps isn’t a great surprise given Svidler’s mixed results in team events for Russia, and criticism from coaches including in particular Evgeny Bareev after the 2010 Olympiad. Nevertheless, Svidler is the reigning Russian Champion and World Cup winner, and on the live rating list he’s up at 2749 in 13th place, while European Champion Jakovenko has dropped to 2722.2 and 26th place.
Jakovenko’s fall is largely due a disastrous Higher League where he failed to qualify for the Russian Championship, although a couple of days ago it was announced that he would still take part due to the absence of Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Morozevich. Jakovenko somewhat redeemed himself in the recent Russia – China match, where he was the top performer:
Yury Dokhoian was also asked about the competition at the Olympiad:
Jakovenko to replace Svidler in Russian Olympiad team