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2012 Blind Chess Olympiad In Chennai

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/22/12, 12:10 PM.

14th_IBCA_Chess_Olympiad_2012.jpgThe 40th Chess Olympiad is due to start next week (preview coming soon), but Chennai in India has just hosted the 14th International Blind Chess Olympiad.

The competition took place from 10-19 August and featured 25 teams from 24 countries (there were two teams from the hosts, India).  The top seeds were Russia, and they lived up to their billing by taking the Gold medal, winning 7 of their 9 matches.

Ukraine took the Silver medal and Spain the Bronze.

India were cheered on by world champion Vishy Anand, finishing in a very creditable 5th place.

The winning Russian team receive their trophy from Ajay Maken (Minister of Sports)

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The final standings:

# Team Fed W L D TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Russia RUS 7 1 1 15 25.0 149.75
2 Ukraine UKR 6 1 2 14 23.5 139.00
3 Spain ESP 7 2 0 14 23.0 140.50
4 Germany GER 7 2 0 14 21.5 140.00
5 India - A IND 5 3 1 11 20.0 104.25
6 Poland POL 5 4 0 10 23.5 89.00
7 UK ENG 5 4 0 10 19.5 87.50
8 Venezuela VEN 4 2 2 10 18.5 77.50
9 Croatia CRO 5 4 0 10 17.5 75.50
10 Kazakhstan KAZ 4 4 1 9 21.5 70.25
11 Serbia SRB 4 4 1 9 20.0 80.00
12 Bulgaria BUL 3 3 3 9 19.5 70.25
13 Columbia COL 3 3 3 9 17.0 68.50
14 Romania ROM 3 3 3 9 16.5 83.75
15 Slovenia SLO 3 3 3 9 16.0 71.00
16 Sweden SWE 3 4 2 8 18.5 67.25
17 Iran IRI 3 4 2 8 17.0 67.50
18 India - B IND 3 4 2 8 17.0 50.25
19 Turkey TUR 3 4 2 8 14.5 46.50
20 Slovakia SVK 3 5 1 7 16.5 36.00
21 Italy ITA 3 5 1 7 15.0 35.00
22 South Africa RSA 2 5 2 6 12.5 28.50
23 France FRA 1 5 3 5 12.0 23.00
24 Denmark DEN 1 6 2 4 11.5 17.00
25 Netherland NED 0 8 1 1 11.0 0.00

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The playing area in the Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai

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An example of a chess board for blind players, with holes and raised dark squares.

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Vishy Anand and cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar talk about the Blind Chess Olympiad:

Pictures and video from the official website. Standings and games via TWIC.

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    I can rarely play a good game with 20/20 vision, so I admire everyone who took part in this Olympiad!

  • 2 years ago

    ClavierCavalier

    The Russians came out on top?  That's hard to believe...

  • 2 years ago

    pagan_idol

    Can they really be positive that it was Anand cheering them on? All joking aside thats a great event to have exist.

  • 2 years ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    Sad to hear about Colin's health problems. I knew him fairly well. We were contemporaries, back in the day.

  • 2 years ago

    THENUKA_U

    nice :-)

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Great comment by SerbianChessStar Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    @SerbianChessStar - Originally SonofPearl wrote that India had his support, so people like me thought that meant he played, but that was naturally not the case.

  • 2 years ago

    ashwath

    @corpsporc- the tip of black pieces have a small needle like thing. Touching the tip they'd know if the piece is black or white

  • 2 years ago

    IM Squarology

    wow. very nice! and Blind is the correct term. Some people are getting confused with "Blindfold".

  • 2 years ago

    Chesspanzer

    Absolutely phenomenal, they would walk all over me!

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    Anand cheered them on.. so what? Its not like he's playing any good chess himself.

  • 2 years ago

    corpsporc

    How do they differentiate white and black pieces?

  • 2 years ago

    VladimirPutin2

    nice !

  • 2 years ago

    coshee1619

    go ahead

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @PiPPol

    I think that it should be worded a bit differently then you stated to make it sound more appropriate and less "harsh" but yea the title did confuse me into thinking this was blind chess where players didn't see the board.

    With that said the games seemed to be of great quality, better then anything I could ever play Yell

  • 2 years ago

    Methodik

    Those players are talentuous.

  • 2 years ago

    PiPPoI

    I`m not trying to be a smart ass but I think the competition sould be titeled "Chess for blind people". Blind chess refers(at least to me) to well seeing players playing without seeing the board, most of the time against weaker opponents. No offence ment to the competiotion or its participants.

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Bab3s -  no, but he was there (Chennai is his home town) and I understand that he helped the Indian teams with their training for the event!

  • 2 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    Wait a second, Vishy Anand played in this?

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