American grandmaster Yasser Seirawan called the U.S. open team "the strongest team that America has ever fielded."More on IHT
While he did not favor them for a medal, Seirawan said that first board Gata Kamsky of Brooklyn, New York, and second board 20-year-old Hikaru Nakamura of White Plains, New York, "are brimming with confidence and are dangerous players who can beat anyone on a given day."
American grandmaster Larry Christiansen said the "Americans are underrated in general compared to the Europeans. If they avoid jet lag, they can finish in the top five."
The Russian team is led by former world champion Kramnik and is the highest-rated team ever to participate in an Olympiad.
Seirawan predicted that Russia would win the Olympiad, with Armenia and Azerbaijan taking silver and bronze.
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