Muzychuk sisters refused to play for the Ukrainian national team
Three-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk and her younger sister Maria (two-time champion of Ukraine and winner of the World Team Championship) were not included in the application of the Ukrainian women's national chess team for the World Team Championship, which will be held from September 5 to 11 in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz.
The championship will be attended by 12 teams divided into two groups. Ukraine will play in Group A against India, Georgia, France, Kazakhstan and Egypt. Four teams from each group go to the quarterfinals.
The composition of our team is as follows (rating is given in brackets):
1. Anna Ushenina (2384)
2. Natalia Buksa (2286)
3. Inna Haponenko (2302)
4. Natalia Zhukova (2250)
5. Anastasia Rakhmanhulova (2163)
6. Yelyzaveta Hrebenshchykova (2242)
The captain is Mykhailo Brodsky.
Ukrainian grandmaster Natalia Zhukova gave the reason for the absence of titled Ukrainian women in the national team.
"Our federation did not offer the right amount of money. The International Chess Federation pays more for 'exhibition matches'," Zhukova wrote on the page of the Ukrainian Chess Federation.
According to Tribuna.com, the Muzychuk sisters have not signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, after the start of the full-scale invasion, Maria and Anna did not sign an open letter to the president of the Ukrainian Chess Federation with a request to tighten sanctions against Russia and Belarus.