IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 in Chennai from Aug 9
The 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 will be organised by the All-India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) under the aegis of International Braille Chess Association (affiliated to FIDE) from 9-19 August, 2012 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai, India.
This is the first time “Chess Olympiad” for the blind is organised in Asia. India has the rare honor as the first Asian country to host world’s highest chess event for the blind. After the successful conduct of the 11th Individual World Chess Championship for the blind 2006 in Goa, International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Congress awarded this event to India unanimously.
The last edition at Heraklion in Greece, the 13th IBCA Chess Olympiad, saw a total of 34 countries participating, comprising of 164 players. The traditional powerhouse of chess, Russia, took the gold with Ukraine and Spain clinching the silver and bronze medals.
Chief Guest World Champion Viswanathan Anand has been a big moral support to the Indian blind team all through. Impressed with the blind team’s work, Anand said, “I have interacted with many visually challenged players and I can say honestly that these players have a special talent to see the pieces in their mind when they play. For us it is very difficult to be able to imitate that special skill.”
About 31 countries have confirmed their participation, including 25 International masters, 5 International Woman Masters & 120 FIDE rated players. The championship will be a team event, comprising nine rounds and a match between two teams will be played on four boards.