14th IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012
Ajay Makan honour the members of the Russian blind chess team
Russian team receiving the trophy from Mr Ajay Maken, Honorable Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India
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Top seeds Russia emerged clear winners after the ninth and final  round of the  TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai here today. Russia finished their engagements with 15 match points, clinching the team Gold. Taking the Silver and Bronze team medals were Ukraine and Spain respectively. Germany with 14 match points, tied for second spot with Ukraine and Spain, but finished fourth on tie-breaks.

India "A" went down 1.5 - 2.5 to Germany in a close match, losing their medal chances. But the silver lining was the performance of Kishan Gangolli who took the individual Gold medal in the third board. Undefeated Kishan came up with an impressive show, scoring 7.5 points from 9 rounds. With six wins and three draws, Kishan stood like a rock in the middle boards, and dictated India "A" team's fortunes. Support from Swapanil Shah, Darpan Inani and Makwana Ashvin helped India "A" to the fifth spot. In the history of Chess Olympiad for the blind, the fifth spot here is India's best.

AICFB organized the TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind from 9th to 19th August 2012 in hotel 'Le Royal Méridien' Chennai, India. This is the first time since 1951 that this championship is being held outside Europe. Chess Olympiad is the highest and most prestigious chess event of the world and is held once every 4 years.

Key Highlights of the TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012
  • World's biggest chess event
  • India is first Asian country to organize chess Olympiad.
  • 25 International masters and 100 plus FIDE rated players participated.
  • LIVE games shown on internet

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Rank Team Game + = - MP Points
1 Russia 9 7 1 1 15 25
2 Ukraine 9 6 2 1 14 23½
3 Spain 9 7 0 2 14 23
4 Germany 9 7 0 2 14 21½
5 India - A 9 5 1 3 11 20
6 Poland 9 5 0 4 10 23½
7 UK 9 5 0 4 10 19½
8 Venezuela 8 4 2 2 10 18½
9 Croatia 9 5 0 4 10 17½
10 Kazakhstan 9 4 1 4 9 21½
11 Serbia 9 4 1 4 9 20
12 Bulgaria 9 3 3 3 9 19½
13 Columbia 9 3 3 3 9 17
14 Romania 9 3 3 3 9 16½
15 Slovenia 9 3 3 3 9 16
16 Sweden 9 3 2 4 8 18½
17 Iran 9 3 2 4 8 17
18 India - B 9 3 2 4 8 17
19 Turkey 9 3 2 4 8 14½
20 Slovakia 9 3 1 5 7 16½
21 Italy 9 3 1 5 7 15
22 South Africa 9 2 2 5 6 12½
23 France 9 1 3 5 5 12
24 Denmark 9 1 2 6 4 11½
25 Netherlands
9 0 1 8 1 11
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TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 – Russia emerges Champion

Blind ChessOpening ceremony of the TATA XIV IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012, 10 August 2012
The TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind organized by the All India Chess Federation for the blind (AICFB) was off to a colorful start at the plush venue in Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai here today. The 23 country mega team event, took off in a colorful opening ceremony. The tournament arrives in Asia for the first time, and the efforts of AICFB is bound to bring more such events to our continent.

Press Meet, Mumbai, 02 August 2012

Sachin Tendulkar at AICFB Press Conference
"It's a great day for all of us. Sachin has been a great source of inspiration and spending an hour with him ahead of a world meet makes us all the more proud. If seeing is believing, we shall show the world what India is capable of both as a host and in competition," said Jadhav.

This is the first time that India will host the Olympiad (in Chennai from Aug 9-19) for the visually impaired since it was launched in 1961. Since then, India has created the world's only software that has audio with navigator that helps players round the globe.

On his part, Tendulkar said he himself was a keen chess enthusiast. Talking about the Olympiad, he wished the Indian team and stressed that good wishes from chess legend Viswanathan Anand should act as a boost to their hopes. "I feel proud and confident that these players will bring India greater results," said Tendulkar. Read more

Press Meet at Chennai, 13 July 2012

from left to right - Charudatta Jadhav, Viswanathan Anand, JCD PrabhakarWorld chess champion Viswanathan Anand today appealed to the All India Chess Federation to extend the official status for 'Blind Chess' at district, state and national levels. The five-time world champion said:

"The fact is that the normal as well as the blind players faced the same kind of situations while playing and trying to improve. It was good to see that chess for the blind was being encouraged but it was high time it is included as one of the categories of regular competitions."

Participating in the inaugural function of the conduct of the 14th Chess Olympiad for the first time in India here, Anand said his association with blind chess goes back a long time when a bunch of visually impaired players had come here to meet him.

Charudatta Jadhav addressing the press. "My sincere thanks our title sponsors, the Tata Group and Tata Consultancy Services for their invaluable support in making this mega event come to India.  I thank our hospitality partner, Hotel Royal Le Meridien, Chennai for provided us with world class playing facility, accommodation and a grand venue that is sure to spell success of the event",  said Charudatta Jadhav (General Secretary, AICFB) at the Press Conference held on 13 July 2012 at Hotel Royal Le Meridien, Chennai.

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Message from IBCA President

Greeting, As president of the International Braille Chess Association (I.B.C.A.) I greet all the blind and visually impaired chess friends, who have come from all over the world to participate in the 14th chess Ludwig BeutelhoffOlympiad for the blind and visually impaired. Since the first chess Olympiad for the blind at Meschede (Germany) in 1961 I.B.C.A have proved the functional capacity of their sportsmen and women in many chess events for the blind and visually impaired. So did for example our Indian chess friends when organising the Individual World Championship in Goa in 2006. Chess is a kind of sports which is especially appropriate for blind and visually impaired people, because it cannot only be practised among them, moreover can they compete with their sighted colleagues without any great difficulty.

Since 1994 at Moscow, the blind and visually impaired chess players have been participating successfully in every F.I.D.E. Olympiad taking place every 2 years. They will take part in the F.I.D.E. Olympiad at Istanbul (Turkey) with a men's and a women's team in August this year. May the 14th chess Olympiad for the blind and visually impaired chess players be a great success in the beautiful and well-known city of Chennai.

I thank our Indian chess friends for their hospitality and their brilliant organization.
Ludwig Beutelhoff - President IBCA, Homberg (Germany) 7th July 2012

International tournaments organized by AICFB
  • First ever Asian chess championship for the blind 2003, Mumbai
  • Individual World chess championship for the blind 2006, Goa (This tournament is conducted first time out of Europe since 1951)
Both these tournaments were a huge success, but getting these tournaments in India was not easy. The success of IWCCB not only proved India's capabilities but also sets the benchmark. IBCA president officially quoted "Goa world chess championship was best organized event in the history of blind chess". This strengthened our claim for Chess Olympiad 2012 and ultimately world's biggest chess event "Chess Olympiad" was granted to India in 2008 IBCA board meeting.

After successfully conducting the 11th Individual World Chess Championship for the blind 2006 in Goa,  International Braille Chess Association (IBCA)  congress awarded this event to India unanimously.