I.C.S.C. BULLETIN

                              "Mitteilungsblatt"

         .    Bulletin no.124 - December 2006  .     Bulletin no.141 - May 2013

                                         .     Bulletin no.142 - December 2013

 

 


 

 


Presidential Corner

        The I.C.S.C. Deaf Chess Olympiad took place at Estoril, Portugal on 3rd-13th June 2010 with 17 teams and 7 Ladies’ teams participating. Despite a few initial hiccups, it was declared a great success overall. The ICSC wishes to congratulate Croatia Men’s (Zlatko Klaric, Bogdan Bozinovic, Toni Vujcic, Nikola Perkovic and Captain Darko Svec) and Russia Ladies (Olga Gerasimova, Ljubov Kireeva, Yulia Botalova and Captain Olga Kozyreva) on winning the prestigious ICSC titles of ICSC Olympic Champions.

  Portugal also witnessed the first-ever ICSC World Individual Blitz Deaf Chess Championships with 52 deaf partecipants from 16 different countries. And after eight rounds, we salute the new champions, Sergey Salov of Germany (Men’s) and Yulia Botalova of Russia (Ladies). Results and games can be found in the previous Bulletin (No.135, Summer 2010).

       The 30th I.C.S.C. Congress at Estoril was well attended in pleasant surroundings. And following the re-elections of the I.C.S.C. Board, I have great pleasure in announcing the new I.C.S.C. Board for 2011-2014: President: Michele Visco (Italy), Vice President: Phillip Gardner (England), General-Secretary: Rafael Pinchas (Israel), Board Members: Pavel Parfenov (Russia) and Krzysztof Michalczuk (Poland). Michael Freund (England) has agreed to be the ICSC Treasurer. I am also pleased to report that the Congress ran smoothly with the aid of computerized materials that helped improve the communication. Furthermore. The I.C.S.C. extends a warm welcome to the new I.C.S.C. members, Israel and Spain.

     On behalf of the ICSC, I would like the opportunity of thanking the retiring Board Members Bruno Nüesch (Switzerland), Yuri Sobolev (Russia) and Làszlò Lukàcsovics (Hungary), all of whom have given a great contribution to the ICSC.

    My first objective for the new term 2011-2014 would be to develop deaf chess in the under-developed continents and the second objective would be to maintain the high technology of the internet to enable the whole world to hear the I.C.S.C. voice.

    Back to Estoril 2010, I.C.S.C. had the opportunity of holding an exhibition in commemoration of their 60th Anniversary, complete with ICSC EVENT posters, photos and a wide chronology of ICSC results. The insight into the constant cheerfulness throughout the two weeks of in particular person - Mr. João Alberto Ferreira. We must shower our compliments to the hard-working efforts of the Liga Potuguesa de Desportos para Surdos, and special thanks must go to João and his team of assistants.

2011 will present two exciting I.C.S.C. events: the 20th European Club Teams Deaf Chess Championships in Liverpool, England (8th-13th June) and the 3rd Asian Teams Deaf Chess Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2nd- 6th October). Liverpool 2011 will witness the first ever ICSC Open Team Chess Tournament and this will give.

 Seasonal chess Greetings to all form the I.C.S.C. Board!  

Michele Visco, President of the I.C.S.C.

 


 President’s Olympiad Report

Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 2010

     On 26th April 2010, the Khanty-Mansiysk Organising Cozation to the I.C.S.C. authorization to respond to an invitation via the F.I.D.E. Website for participation of two teams (Open and Ladies) to the 39th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 19th September - 4th October 2010. It had taken one month of electronic mail correspondence to confirm the eligibility of the ICSC. Eventually on 29th May 2010, the ICSC submitted the registration of the Men’s and Ladies team to the Organising committee of Khanty-Mansiysk:mmittee granted authori

            ICSC Men’s Team were as follows:

Board 1 : GM Gruenfeld Yehuda
Board 2 : IM Collutiis Duilio
Board 3 : Klasan Vladimir
Board 4 : IM Salov Sergey
Reserve : Parfenov Pavel
Captain : Cehic Goran
Israel
Italy
Serbia
Germany
Russia
Croatia
Elo 2464
Elo 2447
Elo 2393
Elo 2271
Elo 2242
Elo 2274

            ICSC Ladies Team were as follows:

Board 1 : WIM Baklanova Tatiana
Board 2 : WCM Mucha Annegret
Board 3 : WFM Rývová Anna
Board 4 : WIM Gerasimova Olga
Reserve : Myronenko Natalya
Captain : Nazarova Olga
Ukraine
Germany
Czech Republic
Russia
Ukraine
Italy
Elo 2247
Elo 2005
Elo 1981
Elo 2218
Elo 1945
Elo 1973

     The Chess Olympiads witnessed an astonishing entry of 152 nations, 1294 competitors of which 797 are titled, including no fewer than 254 GM, 65 WGM, 159 IM, and 90 WIM. 34 players are rated 2700 or more, and 117 are rated at least 2600! The 149 Men's and 115 Ladies teams contested in accordance to the Swiss System over 11 rounds, both sections were played over four boards, with one player nominated as reserve. The days of play were: 21-25, 27-30 September, 1 and 3 October, with all rounds starting at 15:00 hours local time but the final round commencing at 11:00 hours.

     It was a great joy for the ICSC to participate in one of the most prestigious chess events in the world, enhanced by the presence of the Russian Vladimir Kramnik, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, the Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, the Armenian Levon Aronian, the Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyrarov, the Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk, the English Michael Adams, the Israeli Boris Gelfand, the American Hikaru Nakamura and the woman players such as the China’s Yifan Hou, the Hungarian Judit Polgar, the Russian Tatiana Kosintseva, the Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova, the Ukrainian Kateryna Lahno amongst many others.

     I attended as ICSC President to the FIDE Disabled meeting along with the new ICSC Board Member Pavel Parfenov. And in the presence of the IBCA President Ludwig Beutelhoff, IPCA President Zbigniew Pilimon, the major topic was the forming of a new event, the 1st World Chess Games for Disabled to be held in Dresden, Germany in the month of October 2011 with the aim of improving the activities for chess players with disabilities.

     On the first rest day of 26th September 2010, the ICSC visited the city Khanty-Mansiysk, capital of Ugra, and the land of the Mammoth, being one of the main historical sights of the town.

     In the Men’s section, out of the 149 participating nations, the ICSC recorded a fantastic achievement in finishing in 48th place with 13 points. This enabled us to capture the silver medal position in the FIDE category prizes “C” band, behind Uruguay. In the Women’s section, the ICSC finished in 59th  place out of 115 participating teams, a most creditable performance. I am indeed delighted with the positive performance of all the I.C.S.C. players.

    For full team results, photos, bulletins, games (via Chessbase), you could visit the ICSC Website http://web.tiscalinet.it/khanty_mansiysk/pageK_M.html

    The next 40th  FIDE Chess Olympiad will take place at Istanbul, Turkey on the month of October 2012 and I hope to see the ICSC continue participating in this beautiful prestigious event. 

Michele Visco
I.C.S.C. President

 (from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - December 2010 - No. 136)

ICSC Men’s Team:  Sergey Salov, Vladimir Klasan, Duilio Collutiis and Yehuda Gruenfeld
                               Standing: Pavel Parfenov and Goran Cehic (Coach)

 

ICSC Ladies Team: Tatiana Baklanova, Annegret Mucha, Olga Gerasimova, Natalya Myronenko
                               Standing: Anna Ryvova and Olga Nazarova (Coach)

Presidential Corner

 News have just reached us from the FIDE that the ICSC have been successfully admitted to 39th FIDE Chess Olympiads, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from the dates 19th  September - 4th October 2010. Having received confirmation of the invitation, I intend to communicate regularly with the appointed  ICSC team captains, Mr. Goran Cehic (Men’s) and Mrs.Olga Nazarova (Ladies). At the ICSC Chess Olympiads, the ICSC captains will officially announce their respective playing squad. On Friday 24th September 2010, the ICSC will be summoned to the Meeting of FIDE Committee on Chess for the Disabled chaired by England’s Mr. Gerry Walsh.

 I have great pleasure in announcing the good news that the L.P.D.S. (Liga Portuguesa de Despotos para Surdos) Organisation will be hosting the 16th ICSC Olympiad Deaf Chess in Estoril, from 3rd to 13th June 2010. I wish ro extend the ICSC’s thanks to the President of Organizing Committee João Alberto Ferreira. There will be 140 players from 23 countries. For further details, please visit the Portuguese website, http://chess2010portugal.webnode.com/ .

 We are inviting all ICSC affiliated member-countries as well as other interested counties to partake in this historic occasion – the 1st ICSC World Individual Blitz Deaf Chess Championships. It will be a most exciting event!

 I sincerely hope that the five national organizations of Armenia, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nigeria and Spain will be admitted to the ICSC family at the 30th ICSC Congress in Estoril.

 On behalf of the ICSC Board 2006-2010, we have reached the final term of office. I have enjoyed my four years stint, and look forward to an exciting era for deaf chess.

 Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - June 2010 - No. 134)


Presidential Corner

The 19th I.C.S.C. European Club Team Championships, from 3rd  to 7th June 2009, held in the hall of the Cultural and Recreational Center in Hamburg, Germany, an excellent place for the competitions under the good organization of the “Hamburger Gehörlosen Sportverein” of Hamburg.

The I.C.S.C. wishes to congratulate with the “Kaschtan” Kiev of the Ukraine, the winner of the Europa Cup title for the fourth consecutive time, as a most formidable unit. The silver medal positions went to the excellent Crotian team, “Sahovski Klub Silent” of Zagreb while the bronze was claimed by the representatives of Poland, “Arkadia” of Otwock between 14 registered clubs.

 We also have excellent news that 145 deaf chess players are registered on the F.I.D.E. Rating list for September 2009. I am happy.
 (see the I.C.S.C. Website http://web.tiscalinet.it/icsc_w/icsc_elo.htm)

 We will now focus on the next intercontinental event: the 16th Deaf Olympiad Chess in Estoril, Portugal. We wish to the Portugal organisers every success!

 On 10th-11th October 2009, Michele Visco, ICSC President, did a full inspection on the site of the 16th Deaf Olympiad Chess 2010. Estoril, Portugal. I am pleased to report that the places have met our full approval, and we thank the host country, Liga Portuguesa de Desportos para Surdos, and Mr.Joao Alberto Ferreira, President of organizer for extending their excellent hospitality in co-operating with the ICSC as well as promoting this prestigious event. We wish them every success in their progress within the next months.

Fourth points for the program of Estoril, Portugal from 3rd to 13th June 2010:
1. Deaf Olympiad Chess: team national (4 players + 2 reserve) and team ladies national (2 players + 2 reserve);
2. Esposure of 60th Anniversary of Foundation ICSC;
3. ICSC Quiz;
4. 1st ICSC World Individual Blitz Deaf Chess Championships.

We are inviting all ICSC affiliated member-countries to participate in this prestigious occasion where we will assist at a historic event - the 1st ICSC World Individual Blitz Deaf Chess Championships. All can participate with the boundless number of the country-members affiliated to the ICSC or not (they must bring the ICSC certified audiometric with less 55 decibels)

          Member countries are invited to submit proposals for the next 30th I.C.S.C. Congress in Estoril, Portugal, the deadline date is 30th April 2010. Each proposal will be acknowledged and then discussed at the next ICSC Board meeting. There will be also the new elections of the new ICSC Board from the 2011 to 2014. Thank you.

 On behalf of the ICSC Board, I wish all the ICSC Honorary Presidents, Honorary members, member countries and ICSC Bulletin subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2010.

 

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - January 2010 - No. 132)

 

 

 The Board of the I.C.S.C. Board 2007-2010

Gardner P.K. - Sobolev Y. - Nüesch B. - Visco M. - Freund M. - Lukàcsovics L.

 


President’s Olympiad Report

 Back in January 2008, the Dresden Organising Committee gave the ICSC authorisation to apply via the F.I.D.E Website for participation of two teams (5 players for the Men’s team, 5 players for the Ladies team, two captains and a ICSC delegate) 38th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Dresden, Germany on the dates 12nd - 25th November 2008. It head taken four months of email correspondence to complete the ICSC’s eligibility. On 12th September 2008, the ICSC finalised the following team registrations to the Organising committee of Dresden:

            ICSC Team Men’s:

Board 1 : Klasan Vladimir
Board 2 : IM Georgiev Veselin
Board 3 : Parfenov Pavel
Board 4 : IM Salov Sergey
Board 5 : Zaynidinov Sirojiddin
Captain : Cehic Goran
Serbia
Bulgaria
Russia
Germany
Uzbekistan
Croatia
Elo 2326
Elo 2372
Elo 2252
Elo 2269
Elo 2035
Elo 2223
 
            ICSC Team Ladies:
Board 1 : WIM Baklanova Tetiana
Board 2 : WFM Rývová Anna
Board 3 : WIM Gerasimova Olga
Board 4 : WCM Mucha Annegret
Board 5 : Gonchar Svitlana
Captain : Nazarova Olga
Ukraine
Czech Republic
Russia
Germany
Ukraine
Italy
Elo 2231
Elo 2009
Elo 2316
Elo 1965
Elo 1844
Elo 1980

On November 12nd 2008, the ICSC team men’s and ladies were accommodated at the Steigenberger Park Hotel in Dresden, and the Opening Ceremony was celebrated at the International Congress Center in the City of Dresden with an expected 2169 participants from 156 teams (152 nations).

New rules of the Chess Olympiads were announced at the captains’ meeting including four major changes:

1. Each team will have four main players and one reserve player in both sections. In previous years, the “Men’s” Olympiads would have 4 players plus two reserves while in the Women’s section would only have three players plus one reserve.

2. A new scoring system will be introduced in this Olympiad. It will be similar to soccer where match points will be tallied instead of totalling up the individual scores of team members. A team will earn 2 points for a match win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 for a loss.

3. All players will need to be seated at their boards by 15:00 (Dresden time) on game day when Chess Olympiad Chief Arbiter Ignatius Leong will sound the “gong” at the start of each round. If a player is not present at his / her board at that time, he / she will lose the game by forfeit!

4. Last but not least, unlike in most chess tournaments, no draw agreement by the players will be allowed before move 30. This is done to ensure a strong fighting spirit in all games.

Chess fans from all over the world were able to view all the games LIVE via the internet at www.Dresden2008.de. An estimated 1.000 Spectators visited daily and several millions hits were made on the Internet.

On 14th November 2008, 21 deaf chess players participated in a one–day tournament organized by Mr.Wolfgang Krabbe (results will be announced in the next ICSC Bulletin).

I acted as ICSC representative alongside with the IBCA and the IPCA at the meeting of the FIDE Committee on Chess for the Disabled chaired by the Mr.Walsh Gerry (England). We discussed the current situation of disabled chess with the aim of improving relations with the F.ID.E.

On the first rest day of 18th November 2008, the ICSC team’s visited the city of Dresden with the tourist guide of Mrs.Monika Schwarz. Speeches and photos were exchanged.

In the Men’s section comprising of 147 national teams, it was a fantastic achievement that the ICSC had finished in 79th place with 11 points. Whereas in the Women’s section, the ICSC Ladies finished in 71th place with 10 points out of 111 participating teams, again a great showing. I am indeed delighted with the positive performance of all the I.C.S.C. players. I must give shower my compliments to the ICSC players and the respective team Captains who have worked tremendously hard. For full team results, photos, news, games (via Chessbase), please visit the ICSC Website
http://web.tiscalinet.it/dresden08/pageDresden.html  
in good Olympic games and ICSC captains have been able to work well.

The next 39th FIDE Chess Olympiad will take place at Khanty-Mansiysk, in Siberia, Russia in September 2010 and I hope to see the ICSC continue participating in this beautiful prestigious event.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - December 2008 - No. 129)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The I.C.S.C. World Individual Chess Championships at St.Gallen, Switzerland on 19th July – 1rd August 2008 witnessed a historic event: - the first ever World Deaf-Blind Championships with 8 deaf-blinds partecipants from six different countries. And we salute the new champion, Aleksandr Slepsov of Azerbajian!

We also salute the new ICSC World Champions: Veselin Georgiev of Bulgaria (for the third consecutive time) for the Men's in a large field of 24 participants, and Tetiana Baklanova of Ukraine (for the second time) for the Ladies of 14 partecipants. Poland saw a winner in Krzysztof Checiak for the Open event of 26 participants; he captured the media attention with his constant cheerfulness throughout the two weeks.. We must shower our compliments to the hard-working efforts of the Schweizerischer Schachverband für Hörbehinderte, and special thanks must go to Mr.Gregor Maier and his team of assistants.

News have just reached us from the FIDE that the ICSC have been successfully admitted to 38th FIDE Chess Olympiads, Dresden, Germany from 12nd to 25th November 2008. I hope to receive confirmation of the invitation, and intend to communication regularly with the appointed team captains, Mr. Goran Cehic (Men’s - 5 players) and Mrs.Olga Nazarova (Women's - 5 players).

We will now focus on the next intercontinental event: the XVIII European Club Team Championships in Hamburg, Germany. We wish the German organisers every success!

I would like the opportunity of asking all the ICSC country-members to submit results of their most recent National Deaf Chess Championships (either individuals or Clubs) to the I.C.S.C. Secretary-General, Mr. Phillip Gardner, for the forthcoming I.C.S.C. Bulletins to make more interesting and informative for both affiliated ICSC member-countries and ICSC subscribers. Thank you!

Enjoy the I.C.S.C.Bulletin!

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - October 2008 - No. 128)

 


Presidential Corner

 

I have great pleasure in announcing the good news that the S.S.V.H. (Schweizerischer Schachverband für Hörbehinderte) organisation will be hosting the World Individual Deaf Chess Championships in St.Gallen, Switzerland from 19th July to 1st August 2008. For further details, you could visit Switzerland’s website http://www.chess08.com/.

We are inviting all ICSC affiliated member-countries to partake in this prestigious occasion where we will witness a historic event - the 1st World Individual Deaf-Blind Chess Championships.

Over the summer of 2007 (6th-7th July), Mr. Yuri Sobolev (Russia, ICSC Board Member), gave a full site inspection of the World Individual Deaf Chess Championships 2008, St.Gallen, Switzerland. I am pleased to report that the premises have met our full approval, and we thank the host country, the Schweizerischer Schachverband für Hörbehinderte, for extending their excellent hospitality in co-operating with the ICSC as well as promoting this prestigious event. We wish them every success in their progress within the coming months.

Member countries are invited to submit proposals for the coming 29th I.C.S.C. Congress in St. Gallen, Switzerland – the deadline date is 30th April 2008. Each proposal will be acknowledged and then discussed at the next ICSC Board meeting.  I pray that the three new national organizations of Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Serbia will gain admission to the ICSC family at the 29th ICSC Congress in St.Gallen.

On behalf of the ICSC Board, I wish all the ICSC Honorary Presidents, Honorary members, member countries and ICSC Bulletin subscribers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2008.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - December 2007 - No. 126)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The 18th I.C.S.C. European Club Team Championships, held at the Hotel Tishina of Primorsko, Bulgaria, from 30th May to 4th June 2007,  in front of the Black sea.

It is an excellent place for the competitions with the good organization of the Union Deaf in Bulgaria under the guide of the President Mr.Vasil Panev. The ICSC is complimented with UDB Bulgaria and his collaborators and has seen an excellent professional arbitration and I thank the President of the Bulgaria Chess Federation. Mr.Stefan Sergiev and the International arbiter Mr.Nikolay Velchev to have developed a good tournament. The event saw a new entry record equal of 16 club teams of two years ago in Piestany, Slovakia, which predict a healthy future for deaf chess.

It I.C.S.C. wishes to congratulate the “Kaschtan” Kiev Deaf Chess Club of the Ukraine in retaining the Europa Cup title for the third consecutive time, they proved a most formidable unit. The silver medal positions went to the excellent Crotian outfit, “SDG Silent” of Zagreb while the bronze was claimed by the representatives of Germany, “Hamburger Gehörlosen Sportverein GSV” of Hamburg.

We also have excellent news that are 100 deaf chess players registered on the F.I.D.E. Rating list for April 2007. I am happy and you see the I.C.S.C. Website http://web.tiscalinet.it/icsc_w/icsc_elo.htm

The ICSC Vice President, Mr. Bruno Nüesch, is now the new ICSC Bulletin "Mitteilbunsblatt," Editor. With the collaboration of our ICSC Board, this edition is their first attempt. I must thank the retiring ICSC Editors, Mr. Michael Freund and Mr. Phillip Gardner who worked on 10 periodic bulletins from October 2003 to December 2006, for their grand efforts.

I would like the opportunity of asking to all country members to submit results of their most recent National Deaf Chess Championships (Individuals or Clubs) to the new ICSC Editor, Mr. Bruno Nüesch, for the bulletin to make it both more interesting and informative for all affiliated I.C.S.C. Countries and subscribers. Thank you.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of the I.C.S.C.!.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - July 2007 - No. 125)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The I.C.S.C. World Teams Deaf Chess Championships 2006 took place at Nyìregyhàza, Hungary on the dates 8th-17th September 2006 with 12 Mens and 6 Ladies’ teams participating. The ICSC wishes to congratulate Russia (Vasily Krasnov, Victor Varezhkin, Victor Kononov, Alexander Gerasimov, Valentin Malyuga and captain Lir Muratov) and the Ukraine (Tetyana Baklanova, Olga Kasharina, Nataliya Mironenko and captain Yuriy Zuyev) on winning the Men’s teams and Ladies’ teams respectively. Results and games can be found in this bulletin.

The 28th I.C.S.C. Congress was also held and following the re-elections of the Board of I.C.S.C., I have great pleasure in announcing the new I.C.S.C. Board for 2007-2010: President Michele Visco (Italy), Vice President Bruno Nüesch (Switzerland), General-Secretary Phillip Gardner (England), Board Members Làszlò Lukàcsovics (Hungary), and Yuri Sobolev (Russia). Michael Freund (England) has agreed to be the ICSC Treasurer and will be working closely with Phillip. I am also pleased to report that the Congress ran smoothly with the aid of computerized materials that helped improve the means of communications.

On behalf of the ICSC, I would like the opportunity of thanking the retiring Board Member Mr. Marijo Lusic (Croatia) who has given a great contribution to the ICSC since 2003, especially the distribution of the medals, trophies and diplomas. He also excelled in his the role of working with ICSC audiograms.

My first objective for the new term 2007-2010 would be to develop deaf chess in the other continents and the second would be to maintain the high technology of the internet to enable the whole world to hear the voice I.C.S.C..

The next I.C.S.C. event, the 18th European Club Teams Deaf Chess Championships will take place at Primorsko, Bulgaria on 30th May - 4th June 2007. Forms have already been distributed. It will be the second I.C.S.C. event in Bulgaria and please give your support by enrolling your winning team into this competition!

I would like to remind all that all written communication must be sent: to the ICSC General Secretary, Mr. Phillip Gardner via phillip.gardner@tiscali.co.uk

Seasonal chess Greetings to all form the Board of I.C.S.C.!

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


Editorial Comment

 

The is the last bulletin issue both Michael and myself will be working on the ICSC Vice-President, Bruno Nüesch, will take over the reins for the Bulletin No.125 from January 2007. Please send all contributions to him via his new email address: bruno.icsc@yahoo.de. We wish to thank all those cooperated with us over the last three years, we have enjoyed every minute of it. We wish Bruno all the best in his new role as Editor.

 

Here’s wishing a very Happy Xmas and a Prosperous New Year for chess in 2007 to all associated with the ICSC!

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - December 2006 - No. 124)

 


President’s Olympiad Report

 

In the month of November 2005, the Turin 2006 Organising Committee authorized the ICSC to apply in the F.I.D.E Website with the invitation of 13 persons (6 players for the Men’s team, 4 players for the Ladies team, two captains and a ICSC delegate) for participation in the 37th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Turin, Italy between the dates 20th May - 4th June 2006. It took four months of correspondence by email to confirm the eligibility of the ICSC. On 15th February 2006, the ICSC has sent the registration of the Men’s and Ladies team to the organising committee Turin:

            ICSC Team Men’s:
1. Board: IM Collutiis Duilio
2. Board: IM Georgiev Veselin
3. Board: IM Salov Sergey
4. Board: Nauryzgaliyev Amangeljdy
5. Reserve: Kovalenko Volodymyr
6. Reserve: Hoffmann Rainer
Captain: Cehic Goran
Italy
Bulgaria
Germany
Kazakhstan
Ukraine
Germany
Croatia
Elo 2404
Elo 2310
Elo 2293
Elo 2226
Elo 2188
Elo 2136
 
            ICSC Team Ladies:
1. Board: WFM Rývová Anna
2. Board: Nazarova Olga
3. Board: Rossinskaya Liudmila
4. Reserve: Gonchar Svitlana
Captain: Parfenov Pavel
Czech Republic
Italy
Russia
Ukraine
Russia
Elo 2057
Elo 2037
Elo 1931
 
 

On May 20th 2006, in the Olympic Village entertained over 2300 athletes (Players, trainers, companions, members of national delegations and federal delegates of the 165 nations of the whole world). Then it was the captains turn for the drawing of the teams, based on official FIDE ratings. 

In the Olympic Village there are two cafeterias, cafe, shops, analysis rooms, internet rooms, meeting rooms, information centres, and first aid. The Village was accessible from the chess playing hall at the Oval Lingotto via a very long bridge. 

The chess technology has never been so advanced. Every single game (450 in all for each round) was being recorded using computer technology connected to the chess board, and this enable live broadcasting through the internet. This enabled chess fans from all over the globe to follow their own team or go through the games of the great champions move by move. It was anticipated that this would attract 30 million chess fans. 

On the first rest day of 2nd June 2006, the ICSC visited the Turin Centre Deaf for light refreshments and had the pleasant opportunity of getting acquainted with the deaf club members. Speeches and photos were exchanged. 

I participated as ICSC representative together with the IBCA and the IPCA at the meeting of the FIDE Committee on Chess for the Disabled chaired by the Mr.Gerry Walsh (England). We discussed the current situation of disabled chess with the aim of improving relations with the F.ID.E.

The English representatives, Mr.Phillip Gardner (ICSC Secretary) and Mr.Michael Freund (ICSC Treasurer), visited for two days for an I.C.S.C. Executive Meeting at the Turin Deaf Centre, and they were warmly welcomed.

In the Men’s section, they were 150 national teams and it is a fantastic achievement that the ICSC finished in 76th place with 26 points. We captured the bronze medal position in the FIDE category prizes “D” band. In the Women’s section, they finished in 87th place out of 108 participating teams. I am indeed delighted with the positive performance of all the I.C.S.C. players. For full team results, games (via Chessbase), you could visit the ICSC Website http://web.tiscalinet.it/icsc_w/Torino2006/pageTorino.html

The next 38th FIDE Chess Olympiad will take place at Dresden, Germany in the month of November 2008 and I hope to see the ICSC continue participating in this beautiful prestigious event.

Yours in chess.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.  

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - September 2006 - No. 123)

 


Presidential Corner

I have received excellent news from Kazakhstan, regarding the 2nd Asian Individual Deaf Chess Championships, held in Almaty on 28th November - 7th December 2005; under the good organization of the Chess Deaf Federation of Kazakhstan Republic, 16 players from three countries participated. It was won by the Kazak player Nauryzgaliev Amangeljdy ahead of compatriot Rozhkov Maxwell (2nd) and the 3rd placed young Zaynidinov Sirojiddin of Uzbekistan. The bonus was the appearance of the new country, Kyrgyzstan, and I sincerely hope they will strive to achieve full membership status with the ICSC.

The ICSC will participate in both the Mens and Ladies section of the 37th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Turin, Italy from 20th May to 4th June 2006.You could visit the website address http://www.chessolympiad-torino2006.org/ to check on our progress. On Saturday 27th May 2006, the ICSC will be summoned to the Meeting of FIDE Committee on Chess for the Disabled chaired by England’s Mr. Gerry Walsh.

I have also received most encouraging news from H.M.S. (Hallàssérültek Magyarorszàgi Sakkszövetsége) regarding the forthcoming ICSC World Team Deaf Chess Championships. The venue has been confirmed for Nyìregyhàza, Hungary, and the event will run from 8th to 17th September 2006. You could visit the ICSC website and the site http://msssz.hu/chess/index.html. We welcome all ICSC affiliated countries to commemorate this important occasion, and hope they will consider participating in the eleite ICSC event.

I regret informing you all that, from the Germany, D.G.S. (Duetscher Gehörlosen Sportverband), their two statesmen of deaf chess have passed away. First, on 18th August 2005, Mr.Günter Wöller, who received the silver medal for services ICSC having represented Germany on nine occasions at the ICSC Congress. He was aged 83. On 31st August 2005, Mr.Theo Krumscheid who received the gold medal for services to the ICSC having participated at the ICSC Congress ten times. He was aged 85. I have also received sad news from the Dutch KNDSB, that the wife of the first founder of the ICSC has died on 27th March 2006, Mrs.Willy Dronkers-Jansen, aged 94 years. The ICSC Boards sends their deep condolences to their respective families.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of the I.C.S.C.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


Editorial Comment

We wish to bring your attention to the fact that there have been several amendments to the ICSC Member-countries Database; please disregard the old one. We will be publishing once more in Bulletin 124. Please note the important change in Slovakia – all correspondence should be made to the Slovak Deaflympic Committee.

We welcome back Sweden after a few year out of the picture, and I wish the opportunity of thanking Mr.Ingvald Berntsson for his cooperation. He has been active in Swedish Chess for many years.

The ICSC Board will be on active duty at the FIDE 37th Chess Olympiad, Turin from May 20th-June 4th. We will be reporting on the two teams’ progress in the next Bulletin No.123.

We wish both teams every success!  

Phillip Gardner and Michael Freund (I.C.S.C. Bulletin Editors).

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - June 2006 - No. 122)

 


Presidential Corner

    A piece of good news has arrived from the FIDE that the ICSC has been admitted to the area of the federations for the 37th FIDE Chess Olympiads of Turin, Italy from 20th May to 4th June 2006 and I hope to acquire confirmation of the invitation from the Italian national organisation. I am continuing to communicate with both Mr.Jaroslav Schmid (Captain of the Women's team with 4 players) and Mr.Goran Cehic (Captain of the Men's team with 6 players).

    The 2nd Asian Individual Deaf Chess Championships has taken place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 28th November to 7th December 2005 with the presence of the ICSC Treasurer, Mr. Michael Freund as our sole ICSC representative. I wish every success to the organisation of the Chess Deaf Federation of Kazakhstan Republic, well steered by their President, Mrs. Burul Begakhmet.

    On 29th-30th October 2005, our Chief T.C. of the ICSC, Mr. Goran Cehic, carried out the job of inspecting the site of the World Team Deaf Chess Championships 2006, Nyìregyhàza, Hungary 8th -17th September 2006. We thank the host country, the Hallàssérültek Magyarorszàgi Sakkszövetsége (H.M.S.), for their hospitality in co-operating with us in promoting this prestigious event, and wish them every success in their progress within the coming months. We welcome all ICSC affiliated countries to join in this important occasion where we also hope to participate in the world team deaf chess championships.

    For the 28th I.C.S.C. Congress 2006 of Nyìregyhàza, Hungary, we can postpone to the due date to the 15th February 2006, in writing to the ICSC Secretary General, Mr. Phillip Gardner. Each proposal will be acknowledged, and published in the next ICSC Bulletin (March/April 2006, No.122).

    On behalf of the ICSC Board, I wish all the ICSC Honorary Presidents, Honorary members, members countries and ICSC Bulletin subscribers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2006.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


I.C.S.C. Bulletin 121 - Editorial 

 

    What a busy time the I.C.S.C. is having! Michael Freund has returned from Kazakhstan for the 2nd Asian Open Individual Championships - he was our I.C.S.C. representative. We shall produce a big report in the next I.C.S.C. Bulletin No.122.

    Lack of space permits us from writing a longer Editorial - we have received an enormous wealth of material from several countries - so we shall sign off by wishing all I.C.S.C. Member-countries, Board and Honorary Members, and readers a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2006.

   May the ICSC continue to prosper in 2006!

Phillip Gardner and Michael Freund (I.C.S.C. Bulletin Editors).

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - December 2005 - No. 121)

 


Presidential Corner

  The 17th I.C.S.C. European Club Team Championships, held at the Hotel Balnea Esplanade of Piestany, Slovak Republic, on June 21-26 June 2005, was indeed a most splendid affair. Much credit must go to the excellent organisation of the Slovensky Zvaz Nepocjucich, especially both the President, Mr. Peter Pàstor, and the Slovakian Chess Leader, Mr. Ladislav Svicka. The event saw a new entry record of 16 club teams which predict a healthy future for deaf chess. It was also the first time in the ICSC’s history that Slovakia hosted an elite chess event, much to our delight.

It I.C.S.C. wishes to congratulate the “Kaschtan” Kiev Deaf Chess Club of the Ukraine in retaining the Europa Cup title – they proved a most formidable unit. The silver medal position went to the the excellent Bulgarian outfit, “Klub Szios Gluhite” of Sofia whilst the bronze surprisingly was claimed by the representatives of Poland, “Warsawaski Klub Sportowy Gluchych” (Warsaw). The playing standard was of the highest order, and the competition was much enjoyed by all.

We also have excellent news that are 55 deaf chess players registered on the F.I.D.E. Rating list for July 2005. It is also encouraging that all of them have reached the 2000 ELO rating threshold, and I am of the firm belief that there will be several more in the months to come.

All country-members are invited to submit proposals/motions for the 28th I.C.S.C. Congress for year 2006, in writing to the ICSC Secretary General, Mr. Phillip Gardner, before 31st December 2005. Each proposal will be acknowledged, and published in the ICSC Bulletin No.122, the one after the next.

 Chess Greetings to all from the Board of the I.C.S.C.!

 Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


I.C.S.C. Bulletin 120 - Editorial 

It is with great interest that deaf chess is continuing to flourish in several countries, for we have been receiving a good number of articles and results for the ICSC Bulletin. It is the ICSC’s duty to ensure that we help promote th country-members with their chess activities. We wish to thank those country-members who have taken a great interest in the I.C.S.C.; this keeps our important work going.

We regret informing you of the sad passing away of Jerzy Okecki of Poland in August 2004. He was 66. He participated in a few ICSC events, the last one being at his homeland, the 2000 ICSC World Individuals, Zakopane. He was a fine player, and was also an excellent bridge player. Our deep condolences go to his family and the Polish Deaf Chess Federation.

In recent weeks, the ICSC have been getting positive news – first, the 2nd Asian Individual Championships are now undergoing preparations, it is likely to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 28th November – 7th December 2005. We wish to thank the untiring loyalty of Mrs. Burul Begakhmet and her team of officers for rescuing this event when it was in danger of dropping out of the ICSC calendar. ICSC wishes to develop Asian chess further to balance out the dominance of deaf chess in Europe.

We are also receiving bids to host both the ICSC World Team Championships 2006, as well as the 2007 European Club Team Championships so things are certainly looking brighter. We are desperately trying to reach the Swedish Deaf Chess Federation in an attempt to brig them back to the ICSC fold - Sweden have a prominent history with us, and it is essential that they continue to represent Scandinavia for it is sad to see the demise of three counterpart countries - Norway, Denmark and Finland. Sweden's candidacy for the 2007 European Club Team Championships must be considered extremely doubtful.

There will be no games in this Bulletin No.120  but readers are invited to surf the excellent website of the Slovakia’s European Club Team Championships a Piestany - http://www.ect2005deaf.chess.sk/. All Championships games are featured as well as results, cross tables and photos. Such a magnificent effort!  

In the next issue (Bulletin No. 121 - November/December 2005), we shall be providing a list of all I.C.S.C. affiliated member-countries. So for the meantime, we would be grateful if there are changes of address, secretariat, contact details - it is important that we make them as accurate as possible. We also wish to list all chess clubs belonging to each country-member for the next ICSC Bulletin. It would be ideal for the I.C.S.C. to contain these statistics. Thank you for your cooperation!

Phillip Gardner and Michael Freund (I.C.S.C. Bulletin Editors).

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - August 2005 - No. 120)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The Executive Board of the I.C.S.C., together with the I.C.S.C. Technical Committee, gathered together at Graz, Austria on Saturday 9th April 2005. A long agenda was presented, and I am pleased to report that the meeting ran very smoothly and successfully. We are also pleased to inform you that preparations for the 17th Europeans Club Championships, Piestany, Slovakia, on 21-26 June 2005, have been excellent.

I have great pride in reporting that our ICSC Board Member, Mr. Marijo Lusic of Croatia, has won the gold medal for his country at handball at the 20th Deaflympics, Melbourne, Australia, in January 2005. Our ICSC General Secretary, Phillip Gardner, also won the gold medal as Manager to the Great Britain Deaf Football team. I am very happy to see the ICSC both well represented and recognised at the Deaflympics, and congratulate both Marijo and Phillip for their gold medal success.

We note with great sadness the passing away of the K.N.D.S.B. president (1993-2001), the popular Dutchman, Mr. Herman W. Grudelbach, on 1st February 2005, aged 63. Herman was involved in the organisation of the I.C.S.C. WC Individuals at Rotterdam 1996, and participated in the I.C.S.C. Congress.

I would like the opportunity of asking all country members to submit results of their most recent National Deaf Chess Championships (Individuals or Clubs) to the I.C.S.C. Secretary-General, Mr. Phillip Gardner, for the I.C.S.C. Bulletin to make it both more interesting and informative for all affiliated I.C.S.C. Countries and subscribers. Thank you.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of the I.C.S.C.!

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


Editorial Comment

Six months have flown since the last ICSC Bulletin No.118 (November 2004) – it has been a very busy time for the ICSC Board. Some of us were in action at the 2005 Melbourne Deaflympics, and it is great that we did not go home empty handed – Marijo Lusic won the gold medal with Croatia for the Men's Handball event, and I was successful in leading the Great Britain Men's at football. Many of the member countries officials were there in Australia, and I am sure we all came home with happy memories.

I wish to grab the opportunity of thanking Michael Freund for looking after my ICSC secretarial duties whilst I was on football duty in Australia. He has done a magnificent job. Many thanks, Mike!

ICSC enjoyed a most successful meeting in Graz, Austria - we also had the presence of the new Technical Committee members. We were able to discuss at length several issues, and draw up an action task plan for the year ahead leading up to the 2006 28th ICSC Congress in Italy. We were fortunate to meet up and discuss in length with the Slovak organisers for their preparation of the coming ICSC Europa Cup Club Team Championships in Piestany, Slovakia this June.

There have been a couple of unfortunate news coming our way -first, the announcement from the Russian Deaf Chess Federation that they would not be hosting this year's 2nd Asian Open Individual Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Which comes as a major blow for the ICSC are keen in promoting further the good cause of deaf chess in Asia. We have also failed in our attempt to organise a goodwill meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan between some Asian countries, in May. However. we hope to organise another one later this year.

Secondly, the A.S.I.S. regrets that the ICSC World Team Championships will not be held in Bolzano due to lack of funding. Instead it will move to another venue, and nothing has been finalised at this stage. We will inform you alI as soon as we know of the details.

Phillip Gardner and Michael Freund (I.C.S.C. Bulletin Editors).

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - May 2005 - No. 119)

 


Presidential Corner

The I.C.S.C. World Individual Chess Championships at Malente, Germany on 23rd  July - 5th August witnessed two historic event: first, the first ever World Junior Championships that attracted 8 junior boys and girls from 5 different countries. And we salute the new champion Sirojiddin Zaynidinov of Uzbekistan! Yulia Botalova of Russia the girl's winner.

The second historic moment was the first ever deaf-blind participant, John Dearie of Scotland in the Open Section. We may have had partially sighted players in the past, but John Dearie captured the media attention with his constant cheerfulness throughout the two weeks.

We also salute the new Champions: Veselin Georgiev of Bulgaria for the Men's in a large field of 28 participants, and Olga Gerasimova of Russia for the Ladies. Lithuania saw a new champion in Gediminas Petrauskas for the Open event. We must shower our compliments to the hard working efforts of the Deutscher Gehörlosen-Sportverband, special thanks go to Karl-Werner Broska, Winfried Weincek, Helmut Heins and Günter Arnold, and also their team of assistants.

It is with deep regret thet the ICSC were unable to participate in the FIDE Chess Olympiads in Mallorca, Calvià, Spain last October. ICSC could also not be represented at the 75th FIDE Congress, much to our disappointment. However, we are determined to take part in the next Chess Olympiads, Turin, Italy 2006.

We will now focus on the next two intercontinental event: the XVII European Club Team Championships in Piekstany, Slovakia and the II Asian Individual Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. We wish the organisers every success!

On behalf of the ICSC Board, I wish all the ICSC Honorary Presidents, Honorary members, members countries and ICSC Bulletin subscribers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2005.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - November 2004 - No. 118)

 


Presidential Corner

It will not be long before the journey to Malente, Germany, the I.C.S.C. World Individual Chess Championships, from 23rd July to 5th August 2004! Up to the present moment of writing, the registration list is indeed impressive: 28 players in the Men’s WC, 14 in the Ladies WC, 10 Juniors Boys and Girls, and 35 in the Open. And may I, on behalf of the I.C.S.C. Board, extend my best wishes to the participating players. For further information, please visit the website of the Duetscher Gehörlosen Sportverband (D.G.S.),

http://www.dg-sv.de/news/archiv_2004/sonderseite_schach-wm/vorbericht.html

http://www.dg-sv.de/news/archiv_2004/sonderseite_schach-wm/bulletin2_eng.pdf

http://www.dg-sv.de/news/archiv_2004/sonderseite_schach-wm/meldeliste.pdf

For your information, I wish to bring your attention to the official I.C.S.C. Internet (http://web.tiscali.it/icsc_w/). The website is under both the responsibility and supervision of the Web-Master, Mr. Giulio Malaspina (Italy). It is forever active for 24 hours a day, and has enjoyed tremendous success with ten thousand visitors from 29th May 1999. It is essential for all chess lovers to both “hear” the voice of the Silent Chess and learn the movement of the deaf chess world through various medias, i.e. publication of records, programs of the ICSC World Championships, Europa Cup, classification of the ICSC Rating, the International Organisations, photos, the calendar of the chess events taking place and various news relating to deaf chess.

In reference to the 26th ICSC Congress Minutes, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2002, we have created a new organisation in the I.C.S.C. Archives Commission. The members are: Mr. Anthony Boyce, England (Historical documents), Mr. Luciano Baiocco, Italy (Web Master), Mr. Jaroslav Schmid, Czech Republic (I.C.S.C. games). They are responsible for archiving of the historical documents, results and final classification of all the ICSC Championships, the ICSC historical organisations, the ICSC historical games. Do visit the site: http://web.infinito.it/utenti/l/l.baiocco/icsc_games.html. The ICSC Archives Commission has already made impressive contributions and interesting suggestions that will greatly benefit the I.C.S.C. in the long run.

Beautiful news have arrived from the F.I.D.E. – the I.C.S.C. have been invited to participate both the Men’s and Ladies team in the 36th F.I.D.E. Chess Olympiad 2004, (see the site http://www.36chessolympiad.com). The venue will Calvià, Majorca, Spain from 14th to 31st October 2004, and it is expected to attract at least 145 nations.

 The flag of the I.C.S.C. will always fly high!

Friendly Chess Greetings!

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - June 2004 - No. 117)

 


Presidential Corner

        Our Vice-President, Mr. Bruno Nüesch, did an impressive job of inspecting the site of the 2004 World Individual Chess Championships, Malente, Germany, from 23rd July to 5th August 2004. We thank the host country, the Duetscher Gehörlosen Sportverband (D.G.S.), for their hospitality in co-operating with us in promoting this prestigious event, and wish them every success in their progress within the coming months. We welcome all ICSC affiliated countries to join in this important occasion where we also hope to witness the 1st World Junior Boys and Girls Championships.

        The results for the 1st I.C.S.C. Asian Chess Team Championships, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 1st –10th October 2003, have finally arrived. The winning club team were the host team, Alatay of Kazakhstan. I.C.S.C. were once again represented by our Vice-President, Bruno Nüesch, who proved his worth as an excellent diplomat. We wish to extend our heartening thanks to Mrs. Burul Begakhmet, President of the Kazakhstan Chess Association for the Deaf, for playing a principal role in organising the historic event.

        All country-members are invited to submit proposals/motions for the 27th I.C.S.C. Congress to be held in Malente, Germany, on 1st August 2004, to the ICSC Secretary General, Mr. Phillip Gardner, before 1st April 2004. These proposals will be published in the next ICSC Bulletin No.117.

         I wish to ask all ICSC country-members to submit results of their most recent National Deaf Chess Championships (Individuals or Clubs) to the ICSC Secretary-General, Mr. Phillip Gardner for the ICSC Bulletin to make it more interesting for all affiliated countries and the subscribers. Many thanks.

        We note with sadness the passing away of the C.I.S.S. President, Mr. John Michael Lovett (Australia) on 30th October 2003, aged 60 years old. He was one of the greatest deaf personalities ever to grace the deaf sporting world. Our sincere condolences goes to his wife and family.

        The recent F.I.D.E. Congress held in Greece has announced the coming 36th FIDE Chess Olympaid venue to be Calvia, Majorca (Spain) from the 14th to the 31st October 2004. I.C.S.C. intends to field both mens and womens teams, and plan to announce their line-up shortly.

 The I.C.5.C. Board joins me in wishing you best wishes for the New Year.

Michele Visco, I.C.S.C. President.

 


Editorial Comment

 

        We are pleased to report more news from different countries - we wish to acknowledge those who contributed, too many to list here. We are anticipating an exciting year for deaf chess in 2004, we have three important events in the ICSC World Chess Individual Championships (Malente, Germany), the 27th ICSC Congress and the 36th FIDE Olympiads (Mallorca, Spain).

        We sincerely hope that the Chess Olympiads will mark the return of Spain whose absence has been much missed by all.

        We are also featuring twelve best games played at the ICSC Europa Club Team Championships, Kiev, Ukraine, one game being dedicated to each of the participating club teams. Enjoy! There have been some international chess matches played recently, and we hope to report on the Croatia - Ukraine match in the next issue (No 117).

        In dedication to his several years of service t c the ICSC, We are also including a brief biography on the previous ICSC Secretary-General and also Treasurer, Mr. Gerrit Westerveld (Netherlands).

        We wish to thank all who have sent in corrections to the ICSC 26th Congress Minutes, and in the next Bulletin, we will be outlining the ICSC Board proposals following our recent meeting in Trieste, Italy. We welcome the new Technical Committee - Goran Cehic (Italy), Günter Arnold (Germany), and Jaroslav Schmid (Czech Republic). The trio has already made impressive contributions and interesting suggestions that will greatly benefit the I.C.S.C.

        We regret reporting the sad passing away of the popular Istvan Mamuzsics (Hungary) on the 23rd October 2003 - he had been around the ICSC scene for several years, and shall be sorely missed by all. It is also with deep sadness that on 4th December 2003, Mr. Vladimir Galchenko (Russia) passed away. He was a ICSC Board Member from 1990-1994, and had made a vast contribution to deaf chess in Russia. England's John Scott, one of the strongest deaf-blind chess players, also departed in September 2003, aged 68. Our condolences go to their families, and may they rest in everlasting peace.

         Finally, we wish the ICSC Honorary Presidents H. Meurer (Germany), Mr. G. Vida (Hungary), all honorary members, member countries, private subscribers, and of course, the two great ambassadors who have helped elevate the ICSC to a much higher platform, Messrs. Anthony Boyce (England) and Gerrit Westerveld (Netherlands) as well as Rudi van Perlstein (Netherlands), a Prosperous New Year for 2004!

Your friendly Editors,

Phillip K. Gardner and Michael Freund (both England)

ICSC Bulletin Editors

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - January 2004 - No. 116)

 


Presidential Corner

 

Our ICSC Board Member, Mr. Sergey Salov, responsible of the ICSC Classification Rating, has done a good job of compiling a list of all the deaf chess players who participated in ICSC authorised tournaments. The first list was published in the ICSC Bulletin "Mitteilunsblatt" nr.114 with the 9th ICSC Active Rating List based on ELO calculations (for 31st May 2003) and the second list with the 2nd ICSC Inactive Rating List "B" (for 1st September 2003) being included in this bulletin.

The ICSC General-Secretary, Mr. Phillip K. Gardner, is now the new ICSC Bulletin "Mitteilbunsblatt," Editor. With the collaboration of our ICSC Treasurer, Michael Freund, this edition is their first attempt. I must thank the retiring Secretary ICSC, G.J. Westerveld who worked on 21 periodic bulletins from September 1996 to May 2003, for his grand efforts.

In the bulletin, we will include the Minutes of the XXVI ICSC Congress of Vilnius, Lithuania, on  28th and 29th July 2002. At the ICSC Executive Meeting in Kiev on 18th April 2003, we have agreed to use the video for our next ICSC Congress of Malente, Germany 2004 for the benefit of communication on a wider scale.

The ICSC inspection of the Vice-President ICSC, Mr. Bruno Nüesch, will be carried on 19th-20th September 2003 with the cooperation of the Deutscher Gehörlosen-Sportverband. The next ICSC event will take place in Malente, Germany from 23rd July to 5th August 2004 for the 13th ICSC World Individual Deaf Chess Championships, 3rd ICSC World Individual Ladies Deaf Chess Championships and 1st ICSC World Individual Juniors Deaf Chess Championships.

The 1st Asian Cup Teams Deaf Chess Championship will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 1st to 10th October 2003 with the presence of the ICSC Vice-President, Mr. Bruno Nüesch. I wish every success to the organisation of the Chess Deaf Federation of Kazakhstan Republic, steered by the President, Mrs. Begakhmet Burul.

Chess Greetings to all Board of I.C.S.C.!

Michele Visco, ICSC President.

 


Editorial Comment

This is our first edition, and we are doing our best in keep all ICSC members countries informed of the going on in the deaf chess world. This bulletin is the ideal form of communication so we would gladly welcome more contributions. Many thank to Italy for being the first!

We would also like to acknowledge Sergey Salov for contributing the games from the FIDE Bled Chess Olympiads, one for each participating player. We have also added some analysis to make the games more interesting to follow. Salov has also contributed ELO ICSC ratings, and we thank him greatly.

We also enclose two supplements – the ICSC 26th Vilnius Congress Minutes and the FIDE Anti-Doping Regulations, both too big to include in this bulletin. For attention of member countries, the ICSC Minutes are not of the official version, so comments are welcome in writing before 31st December 2003. Thank you.

In the next issue we hope to report on the 1st Asian Team Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan with a selection games, and the Netherlands-Italy friendly international, again with a couple of games. We will also look at some interesting games from the Europa Cup in Kiev as well as include a profile of Mr. G. Westerveld who has been such a pillar of strength in the ICSC. So we have something to look forward to the next issue!

We also expect to supply more details of the next ICSC event in Malente, Germany for the World Individual Championships for Mens/Ladies/Juniors as well as the Open - preparations are well under way under the excellent organisation of the Deutscher Gehörlosen Sportverband.

Chess Greetings from your friendly Editors!  

Phillip K. Gardner and Michael Freund

ICSC Bulletin Editors

(from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – October 2003 - No. 115)


Presidential Corner

It has now been a few months since 29th July 2002 at the 26th ICSC Congress, Vilnius, Lithuania, when I became the ICSC's sixth President after the Dutchman L.G. Dronkers (1949-1955), the German O.Punschke (1956-1962 and 1978-1986), the Czech Republican, M.Svabensky (1962-1964), the German H.Meurer (1964-1978), the Hungarian G.Vida (1986-1994) and the Englishman A.J.Boyce (1994-2002) whom I have succeeded.

The 16th I.C.S.C. European Club Team Championships, held at the Hotel Tourist, Kiev, Ukraine, over the Easter period (16-21 April 2003) was indeed a most successful event, thanks to the excellent organisation of the Sportyna Federatsiya Gluhyh Ukrainy, especially the General-Secretary, Mr. Ivan Kulakov. The following twelve clubs from all over Europe, "Neva" of St.Petersburg (Russia), "Sofia" (Bulgaria), "A.C.R. San Giusto" of Trieste (Italy), "G.S.V.Dresden" (Germany), "S.D.G. Silent” of Zagreb (Croatia), "Kashtan" of Kiev (Ukraine), "London D.C.C." (England), "Orebro" (Sweden), "Gomelj" of Gomel (Belarus), "Rikis" of Vilnius (Lithuania), "St.Gallen" (Switzerland) and "S.K.N." of Hlohovec (Slovakia), were the participants.

It was the first time in the history of the Europa Cup that Slovakia had been represented, much to our delight. And also that the title of Champion had gone to the Ukraine. The home club "Kashtan" of Kiev, were worthy champions and had to wait for a long time in their achievements, having had two runner up positions (Helsinki 1993 and Moscow 1997). The silver medal positions went to the Russian club "Neva" of St. Petersburg and the bronze medals surprisingly went to the "S.D.C. Silent" of Zagreb, Croatia. The playing standard was of the highest order, and the competition was much enjoyed by all.

I have great pleasure in announcing the new I.C.S.C. Board for 2003-2006: President Michele Visco (Italy), Vice President Bruno Nüesch (Switzerland), General-Secretary Phillip Gardner (England), Board Members Sergey Salov (Russia), and Marijo Lusic (Croatia). Michael Freund (England) has agreed to be the new ICSC Treasurer and will be working closely with Phillip. On behalf of the ICSC, I must extend my heart-warming thanks to the retired officers, President Anthony Boyce (England) and the General Secretary, Gerrit Westerveld (Netherlands) for their wonderful services to the ICSC. May they enjoy their retirements. My prime objective is to develop deaf chess in the following continents: Asia, America, Africa and Oceania.

History was created when the I.C.S.C. participated for the first ever time in the 35th FIDE Chess Olympiad, Bled, Slovenia from 25 October to 11 November 2002. The Men's team comprised of the following players: V.Gretchikhine (Russia), V.Georgiev (Bulgaria), S.Salov (Russia), D.Collutiis (Italy), I.Bokros (Hungary), G.Cehic (Italy) whilst the following Ladies were as follows: L. Rossinskaia (Russia), S.Gonchar (Ukraine), A.Ryvova (Czech Republic), O.Nazarova (Italy). Both teams proved their worthy, holding their own against formidable opposition. We have been promised entry for the next 36th FIDE Chess Olympiad which will be in Minorca, Spain 2004.

Now for the forthcoming ICSC events - the first one will be in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 1st Asian Cup Teams Championships from 1 to 10 October 2003, and the second will be the World Individual Deaf Chess Championships for Men, Women, Seniors and Juniors in Hamburg/Malente, Germany from 23 July to 5 August 2004.

I wish to remind all that all written communication must be sent to the new ICSC General Secretary:

Mr. Phillip Gardner,
13 Broadwater Dale, Letchworth Garden City,
Hertfordshire SG6 3HQ, England.
(Fax +44 1462 484043). 
 
Thank you.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of I.C.S.C.!

Michele Visco, President I.C.S.C.

(from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – May 2003 - No. 114)

 


President of ICSC’s Visit to Bled

It was on the evening of November 4th 2002 when P. Gardner (ENG) and I made a surprise visit  to the Hotel Ribno, located at a beautiful place near the Bled village in Slovenia, close to the Austrian border. We entered a room specially reserved for the ICSC teams to carry out analysing games and there we greeted Michele Visco and the players. We noted the routine of the day and the players themselves were happy about the arrangements.

            The players received the daily booklets of games played on the previous round. Once they knew who their teams were for the afternoon matches, they analysed their opponents’ openings and prepared their little surprises. There was a lot of goodwill and co-operation between the  players who were willing to exchange ideas and they were led by the energetic veteran, Serguei Salov, who gave up his valuable time for the players by going through their games. The players very much appreciated help from Salov.

            On November 5th, after the morning analysis work session, Visco, Gardner and I went for a delightful walk through the forest with the ladies S.Gonchar, O.Nazarova and L.Rossinskaia and we enjoyed communicating with each other in the International Sign Language. We then returned for lunch and after lunch, we were taken to the playing hall by a coach. On arrival, the hall was a huge building, made colourful by the presence of the flags of every country and our own flag, ICSC! The sight of so many tables with chess clocks and boards and pieces lined up beautifully, was out of this world. It was simply wonderful to behold. We will never forget this experience. Gradually all players arrived on the scene. Many gathered to one area with flashing cameras and this was where Garry Kasparov played. Clocks were started and heads were down.

            Gardner and I had the change to look around and were helped by the large electronic chess boards to see how some of the world’s best players were progressing. Judith Polgar, Mickey Adams, and so on were. Our ICSC teams were playing some fantastic chess and justified themselves as capable of playing against best players of other countries. We were proud of them, both men and ladies who represented ICSC. We also noted the valuable contribution to the well being of the teams by their captains, Salov for men, and Visco for ladies.

            During the afternoon matches, Visco and I went to another hotel for a meeting with the FIDE Committee on Chess for the Disabled. The President of the Slovenia Deaf Sports Federation, Mr. Janez Slatinsek was present, having brought the translator, Blanka Rot. Also present was Mr. Blatny (CZE) who was the chief arbiter at the ICSC World Teams Chess Championships in Brno. He represented the IBCA (Blind). There a few others present. We discussed the problems and we presented our case. We were assured that our proposals would be laid before the FIDE Congress to be held in a few days’ time. It was a very constructive meeting and the members of the committee had the opportunity of meeting Visco as the newly elected President of ICSC. At the end, we thanked Mr. Walsh the Chair of the Committee for his advice and help.

            Back to the Hotel Ribno, we received the results of the round and the pairing of the teams for the next day’s matches and the games bulletins. After supper, the players were back in the analysis room and the routine went on as usual.

            The next morning Gardner and I returned to England and our hearts went out to the ICSC teams who faced the ordeal of playing 14 rounds. When we received the final results, and tables, the decision to send the ICSC teams to participate in the Olympiad Chess was justified. My grateful thanks to Mr. P.Gardner, Messrs. Visco and Salov for ensuring the well-being of the players and to the players themselves for keeping the flag ICSC flying high. Also our grateful thanks to Mr. Janez Slatinsek of Slovenia for giving up his time to help us through with interpreting services and to allow the ICSC group to visit the Slovenia Deaf Sport Federation headquarters and Mr. Walsh for the opportunity for us to meet the committee members. On the whole, one of my most memorable visits of my life.

A.J. Boyce, Retiring President, I.C.S.C.

 (from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – December 2002 - No. 113)

 


Presidential Corner

 

Many old I.C.S.C. players would remember the genial gentlemen from the Czech Republic, Dr. Mojmìr Svàbensky who was the first I.C.S.C. World Champion at Zakopane in 1956 and who won the title three times, a record which still stands today. He was the Vice-President of I.C.S.C. for 8 years (1956 – 1964) and the I.C.S.C. Secretary-General for 12 years (1964 – 1976). He duly received the I.C.S.C. gold medal for his distinguished service in 1976. Delegates and participants would remember Dr. Svàbensky helping out as the charismatic assistant arbiter during the World Teams Deaf Chess Championships at Brno in 1994. His most cherished game was his win against Dr. A. Alekhine the World Chess Champion in 1943 and his moves can be found in the 50th I.C.S.C. Anniversary book on page 93. After a long illness, he died peacefully on May 22nd 2002 at his hometown of Brno in the Czech Republic. We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Svàbensky and family.

The I.C.S.C. World Teams Deaf Chess Championships took place at Vilnius, Lithuania from July 22nd to August 1st. We congratulate Russia and Ukraine who won the men’s teams and ladies’ teams events respectively. Results and games can be found in this bulletin. The 26th I.C.S.C. Congress was also held and the re-elections of the new Board of I.C.S.C. (2003-2006) took place. We congratulate Mr. M. Visco as the new President of the I.C.S.C. who has served the Board of I.C.S.C. well as the Vice President from 1994 to 2002 and Mr. S. Salov who now will serve his second term as Board member. We know that they will faithfully continue to uphold the I.C.S.C. and its objectives and wish them well in their tasks. Three nominated candidates for the Board of I.C.S.C. are Messrs. P.K. Gardner (ENG), B. Nüesch (SUI) and M. Lusic (CRO) who await approval from their own National Deaf Associations. The role played by each and the structure of the new Board and the minutes of the 26th Congress will be appear in the next I.C.S.C. Bulletin (December/January 2003).

The next I.C.S.C. event, the European Club Teams Deaf Chess Championships will take place at Easter 2003 at Kiev, Ukraine and forms have already been distributed. It will be the first ever I.C.S.C. event in Ukraine and please give your support by enroling your team!

It will be recalled that, during the 24th I.C.S.C. Congress at Lucerne, it was agreed to field a selected I.C.S.C. team in the F.I.D.E. Olympiad. The I.C.S.C. proposal was put forward to the F.I.D.E. Congress with the help of Mr. G. Walsh, the Chair of the F.I.D.E. Committee on Chess for the Disabled. We are pleased to announce that the I.C.S.C. team has been invited to participate in the 35th F.I.D.E. Chess Olympiad from 25th October to 11th November 2002 at Bled, Slovenia. The teams representing I.C.S.C. have been selected as:-

Men’s Team: Captain: S.Salov - V.Georgiev - V.Grechihin - D.Collutiis - I.Bokros - G.Cehic

Ladies’Team: Captain (no-playing): M.Visco  - S.Gonchar - A.Ryvova - O.Gerasimova - O.Nazarova

We wish the above participants the very best of luck.

For those who are interested in day-by-day match and result progress.

The web-site address is  http://www.sah-zveza.si/index.asp

Mr. M.Visco will be the F.I.D.E. delegate on behalf of I.C.S.C. at the 73rd F.I.D.E. Congress and we all wish him every success at this historic occasion.

Finally, I wish to thank members of the 1998 – 2002 Board of I.C.S.C., the Committee of the Friends of I.C.S.C. and the Technical Committee of I.C.S.C. for their voluntary work and good support. I shall look back with many happy chess memories and most of all, the beautiful friendship with Mr. and Mrs. Vida and Mr. and Mrs. G.Westerveld during the last 16 years of my service to I.C.S.C.. I shall turn up and see my friends in future I.C.S.C. events and wish them well.

With Chess greetings,

A.J. Boyce, Retiring President, I.C.S.C.

          (from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – September 2002 - No. 112)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The Scottish Chess and Draughts Association of the Deaf is to be congratulated on reaching its 100th year of its existence. It is the oldest national Deaf Chess establishment in the word. The organiser of S.C.D.A.D. have worked hard to organise the special Glasgow Chess and Draughts Congress which was held during Easter 2002. There was a splendid photographic exhibition, which included chess memorabilia, such as trophies, old minute books and I.C.S.C. posters. Mr. G.J. Westerveld, our popular General Secretary of I.C.S.C., and his wife and I were present as private individuals to witness this special occasion. On behalf of I.C.S.C., specially engraved glass presentation and a letter of congratulations were handed to the S.C.A.D.A.D. President. It was a very successful occasion for all involved.

Only three months to go for the forthcoming I.C.S.C. World Teams Deaf Chess Championships which are being held at Vilnius, Lithuania from July 20th to August 3rd . Included to this bulletin as supplements are the agenmda for the I.C.S.C. Congress, proposals, the I.C.S.C. Board report for the years 2000-2001, nomination papers and authorisation forms for delegates to have the right to vote during the Congress. It is also time for time for re-elections of the new Board of I.C.S.C.

Mr. Westerveld has expressed his wish to stand down from the post of General Secretary of the I.C.S.C. which he undertook for sixteen years since 1986. He does not wish to be re-elected. Already a gold medallist for his services to the I.C.S.C. and also to the Netherlands as a long-serving delegate, we all appreciate his continuing sense of duty and lovalty to I.C.S.C The outstanding part of his heavy secretarial work, which included book-keeping of the I.C.S.C. finances, has been his ability to impart information to all country-members of I.C.S.C. as required and for instant communication. He is also the editor of the I.C.S.C. Bulletin and has produced issues regularly since he took over Mr. G. Vida in 1996. We thank him for his hard work.

As I have hinted during the I.C.S.C. Congress at Zakopane in 2000, I am regretfully standing down from the Presidency of I.C.S.C. when my 4-year term ends and do not wish to be considered for re-election. Having been elected as Vice-President from 1986 to 1994 and as President from 1994 to 2002, I have enjoyed working with the Board of I.C.S.C. and meeting delegates and players who represent country-members of I.C.S.C. Many changes have taken place since 1986. The work of the Executive Board of I.C.S.C. have increased gradually over the years when the number of country-members doubled since 1986. The most notable changes have been the restructuring of the Statutes and Regulations of I.C.S.C., the staging of the world ladies events and Goodwill open tournaments, establishing the Society of Friends of I.C.S.C., raking lists and the Technical Committee. We have always had the goodwill and co-operation with the delegates and players of country-members of I.C.S.C. for which I am grateful. I also thank the Board members past and present for their support for the well-being of I.C.S.C.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of I.C.S.C. (1998-2002).

A.J. Boyce, President I.C.S.C.

(from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – May 2002 - No. 111)

 


Presidential Corner

   

            Mr. Meurer, our Honorary President of I.C.S.C. was given a prestigious state award at Essen Rathaus on October 26th 2001 for his outstanding services to the well-being of the Deaf Germany Community during his life-time. We congratulate him for achieving such a high honourable award from his own country.

             Plans for the forthcoming I.C.S.C. World Teams Deaf Chess Championships at Vilnius in July 2001 are well under way. Please do not forget to send your participation forms to the Organising Committee of Lithuania. The closing date is 28th February 2002. Will all the participating countries send a list of the ELO ratings of their players and audiograms for new players to the Secretary-General please?

            We are pleased to announce that Ukraine has expressed their wish to organise the European Teams Deaf Chess Championships in April 2003 at the City of Lvov which is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Ukraine and was visited by the Pope earlier this year. The delegates of Ukraine will present their case before the I.C.S.C. Congress in Vilnius.

            Plans have been finalised to stage the first ever I.C.S.C. Asian Deaf Chess event and it will take place at Almaty City from April 22 to May 2, 2002. We wish every success to Mrs. Begakhmet, the President of the Kazakhstan Chess Association of the Deaf. We look forward to welcoming new countries to join in.

            The Scottish Chess and Draughts Association of the Deaf will be celebrating its 100th anniversary during Easter 2002. It is the oldest national Deaf Chess establishment in the word. They will be holding special photographic exhibition and chess tournaments. We look forward to receiving its report of this special occasion and wish them best of luck.

            All country-members of I.C.S.C. are invited to submit their proposals for the I.C.S.C. Congress to be held in Vilnius in July 2002 to the Secretary-General Mr. Westerveld before April 1st 2002. These proposals will be published in the next ICSC Bulletin no.111.

            Also at the same I.C.S.C. Congress, the Board of I.C.S.C. will have ended its four years’ term and all must stand down and elections will be held. Nominations for the new I.C.S.C. Board for the term 2002 to 2006 must be sent to Mr. Westerveld before April 1st 2002. Mr. Westerveld has expressed a wish not to be re-elected on account of his advanced age. He has been the Secretary-General/Treasurer from 1986 to 1998 and the Secretary-General from 1998 to 2002 and has carried out his duties very diligently. Detailed account of his work Will be given in the next Bulletin no. 111.

            Thanks are given to the Deutschen Gehorlosen-Sportverbandes (German Deaf Sports Association) for sending regularly their magazine (DGZ) to the office of I.C.S.C. It contains interesting articles on the actives of German Deaf Chess clubs and players. 

            Mr. Visco, the Vice-President of I.C.S.C. has completed the compilation of nearly all games played in every ICSC event since 1949 and inserted 2.194 of them in the CD-Rom. He is to be congratulated for his splendid work. If anyone wishes to have a copy, please write to him.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of I.C.S.C.

A.J. Boyce, President I.C.S.C.

(from the bulletin “Mitteilungsblatt“  – December 2001 - No. 110)


Presidential Corner

 

        The A.S.I.S. Organising Committee staged its I.C.S.C. Goodwill tournament at the Institute Statale per Sordomuti,  Via Nomentana, Rome from 23rd to 25th July 2001. This coincided with the staging of the C.I.S.S. Olympics Summer Games. The Goodwill event was well organised attracting 16 participants from five countries. S.Salov of Russia came 1st and followed by the I.C.S.C. World Woman Champion, S.Gonchar of Ukraine and L.Kireeva (RUS). The results of the event are tabled in this Bulletin. Giulio Malaspina was the arbiter and ensured the smooth running of the event. S.Salov gave a simultaneous chess display on July 25th, not losing any game. We extend our grateful thanks to the A.S.I.S. for their good work.

        The executive Board of I.C.S.C. met at Rome, dealing with a long agenda. We are pleased to note that in June 2001, Mr. Nuesch visited Vilnius, Lithuania and gave an inspection report on the preparation for the I.C.S.C. World Team Deaf Chess Championships. It is anticipated that participation forms and details will be sent to all country-memebers of I.C.S.C. during September 2001.

        Following up the F.I.D.E. grants allocated to I.C.S.C., Argentina has been invited to stage the I.C.S.C. All-America Cup tournament and Kazakhstan has been invited to stage the I.C.S.C. Asia Cup Tournament. The idea behind these projects is to encourage non-country members of I.C.S.C. to participate, and to be aware of the activities of I.C.S.C. and to join the I.C.S.C. Hungary has been invited to stage the Junior International Tournament. We await to hear their replies.

        Having received the Minutes of the F.I.D.E. Congress held at Istanbul in November 2000, the Medical Commission of F.I.D.E. was established to make proposals to implement the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code into F.I.D.E. Statutes. The proposals are now being put forward to the next F.I.D.E. Congress in September 2001. Once approved, the I.C.S.C. will be bound to these new changes. Although the regulations of the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) include a long list of substances, the F.I.D.E. was forced to use this list but from that list, the Dutch Olympic Committee investigated and reported that five substances are regarded as doping relevant to mind sports (including chess and bridge). We await the developments regarding the approval of the short list from I.O.C.. 

        For test on doping, only urine testing will be carried out. It is interesting to note that one of the substances listed, caffeine, cab be found in coffee. So the test for caffeine is positive if four cups of coffee are drunk! The research on caffeine-testing is on-going.

        By bringing up the matter of anti-doping in chess tournaments, the I.C.S.C. chess players, who play in F.I.D.E. tournaments, should be aware of the new changes to be implemented. 

        S.Salov the I.C.S.C. Rating Officer will prepare two separate I.C.S.C. rating lists and will have them ready for the next Bulletin due out in December 2001. The present rating list, namely list A, as currently printed, are for those I.C.S.C. players with known F.I.D.E. ratings. The new list B will include I.C.S.C. players who do not have F.I.D.E. ratings. The number of players will not exceed 30 and the minimum number of the I.C.S.C. World events played would be 3. The playing strength of these players will also be a factor for inclusion. The idea is to encourage the players to improve themselves by competing against players of higher rating.

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of I.C.S.C.

A.J. Boyce, President I.C.S.C.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - September 2001 - No.109)

 


Presidential Corner

 

The 15th I.C.S.C. European Clubs Deaf Chess Championships from April 11th to 16th 2001 was held at Lisbon. Lisbon lived up to its reputation of being sunny throughout the Easter weekend. Eleven country members participated and Portugal, the host country, gave a sporting gesture in adding its reserve team to make up for the even pairing of teams. The visitors were greeted with warmth at the Liga Portuguese Desporto para Surdos (LPDS) headquarters in Lisbon. They witnessed R. Pereira, I.C.S.C. World Champion in 1980, receving tributes from LPDS and FIDE Portuguese officials.

The event was attractively staged at the Roma Hotel in Lisbon. The 5 Round Swiss system was used and the computerised pairing of the national clubs took place. It was the first time that digital clocks were being used and proved to popular. There was a minute’s silence for three ex-ICSC players who passed away in the last three months, namely, D. Wilkinson (ENG), S. Jovanovic (YUG) and C. White (ENG).

The Hamburg team, strengthened by the inclusion of two top Russian players, won the event for the first time in its history. London came second, their highest placing ever, battled successfully against the higher rated teams. The third place went to Siketec SC of Budapest. The best top board prize went to Anatoli Eremin of Yaroslav, Russia. Thanks go to Amaden S. Santos, the arbiter, and R. Tavernes, the Deaf arbiter who controlled the event smoothly.

On Easter Monday an all-day coach trip was arranged for all and several places of interest where seen along the route north of Lisbon and the coastal side. Mr. Heins of Hamburg and Lukacsovics of Budapest both used the hat collection for the Friends of ICSC Fund and they raised cash equivalent to just over 200 Dutch guilders. Thanks go to these two men for their initiative. Returning to Lisbon, all were trated to a splendid banquet where presentations and prize-giving ceremonies were held. A special memorial gift and a bouquet of flowers were presented to Mrs. Araujo, the wife of the late ICSC delegate of  Portugal, Miguel Araujo. The celebration of the 3rd anniversary of LPDS was marked by a large decorative cake. It was a splendid finish to one of the most successful ICSC European events ever staged.

Our thanks go to the LPDS Chess organising committee, specially J.A. Ferreira, J.P. Carvalheiros, H. Duarte, and Miss A.C. Pereira for their hard work and friendly co-operation. 

The FIDE grant of 2,500 Swiss francs has been allocated to ICSC through the FIDE Committeeon Chess for the Disabled. It will be noted that the President of ICSC is now officially a member of this committee and to FIDE. The Executive Board of I.C.S.C. met at Lisbon to discuss how best the grant should be used. It was agreed that the grant would be used to set up the first Asian individuals Deaf Chess Cup, the first American individuals Deaf Chess Cup and an international tournament for the Juniors in preparation for the World junior Deaf Chess Championships. Further information will be given in the next bulletin (September).

Another 2,500 Swiss francs grant was allocated for the first open tournament for all individuals from ICSC, IBCA and IPCA for the purpose of the improvement of their rating. It is hoped to stage this event in alicante, Spain in 2002 to be run by the President of IBCA. Details will be given fully in the next Bulletin.

It is plesing to see that the proposals presented by the ICSC to the FIDE at the Lucerne Congress in 1998 have been approved by the General Assembly of FIDE at Instanbul last year and are being put into practice. Our grateful thanks to the FIDE and its special committee on Chess for the Disabled.

The ASIS of Italy will be staging in Rome the ICSC Goodwill tournament from July 23 to 28 2001 and the simultaneous chess display by the ex-ICSC World Chess Champion, S. Salov. See you there!

Chess Greetings to all from the Board of I.C.S.C.

A.J. Boyce, President I.C.S.C.

(from the bulletin "Mitteilungsblatt" - April 2001 - No.108)

 


 

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