Reigning European Champion Alexander Motylev and former European Champion Vladimir Potkin (2011) are appointed as coaches for the Russian men’s national team, RCF CEO Mark Glukhovsky confirmed for R-Sport.
Motylev will be acting captain but the two experts will be equal in decision-making process.
Following the poor result at the Tromso Chess Olympiad, the Russian Chess Federation did not extend Yuri Dokhoian’s contract at the end of 2014.
Motylev and Potkin will prepare Russia for the World Team Chess Championship in Armenia and for the European Team Chess Championship in Iceland.
Motylev is well-known for his long time coaching of Sergey Karjakin, while Potkin is working with Ian Nepomniachtchi and he also helped Magnus Carlsen during the World Championship Match in Sochi.