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Blind Chess Players

In 1950 Sir. T. Thomas was the first blind player to play in a chess Olympiad (Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia).  Blind player R. Bonham formed the International Braille Association.  The first World Blind Correspondence Championship began in 1955 and was won by R. Bonham.  James Slagle won the first U.S. Championship for the blind in 1971.  The American master Albert Sandrin (1923-) of Chicago participated in the World Chess Championship for the Blind and played all his games from memory, without use of a board. In 1968 the United States had only 25 blind chess players in its Braille Chess Association.  The Soviet Union had 150,000 blind players in its Braille Chess Association.

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