The decision came from chief coach of the national team Vladimir Tukmakov. Eltaj Safarli will replace him in the national team.
“This decision has been taken based on not only Rauf’s performance in the world championship,” Tukmakov explained. “The results he showed in Baku Open, World Cup and Governor’s Cup in Hanti-Mansiysk were taken into account.”
“Yes, he failed in China, but I would not take a decision based on just one tournament. It turned out that the crisis was deeper than I expected. Rauf failed in Baku Open, Hanty-Mansiysk, which made me take this decision."
"This is a right solution. I have played badly as of late and generally took the news okay. Although, it was not good feeling to learn about this decision as a man who played for the national team for seven years and won the European Cup with it. Now I have to show myself to return to the team,” Mammadov said in his turn.
“Did this news impact my mood before the start of the European Cup? I have no time to suffer and weep. I have to play for the team SOCAR in a decent way.”
“What is my vision of a way out of the crisis? One needs not to lose optimism and work even harder. In principle, every chess player can face a failure. The players of our team have also experienced this. The main thing is not to give up,” the chess player noted.