the first three rounds of the 1st World Chess Games for Disabled are over
and the field of players is slowly parting. Still one of the front runners
is GM Thomas Luther, and several players of the Russian delegation.
There was not much to say after the first round except that it came to an
end without a single remis. The players were eager to win and draw offers
were neither accepted nor spoken.
In the second round on Wednesday, 26.10.2011, then the situation was very
different. Some players came in traditional clothing, as seen here
Amarnath Inaganti from India, and were also somewhat forgiving with the
draw. Thus, in the games Anfinogenov Artem (RUS) (D) against IM Sergey
Salov, Viktor Varezhkin (RUS) against the above-named Inaganti from India
and Wolfgang Krabbe (D) against Olaf Hoyer (D) played a draw.
IM Sergei Salov managed a small quibble in the third round. With a
well-known opening trap in which his opponent Michael Gründer promptly
fumbled, the Russians managed a quick win in eleven moves.
special interest is theTV transmission of the first four games, which in
any major tournament, the ZMDI Dresden Chess Festival organizes, is
broadcasted live on the internet and can also be seen in the hall on a
large screen TV. The players are not disturbed in their thinking and
interested parties can view and analyze all four games together on one
Overall, the tournament is one of mutual respect and camaraderie among the
players. The solution of any problems, that are almost inevitable at a
tournament of this kind, takes place without problems and with mutual
This Tuesday demanded a lot from the players. There were two rounds played
on one day, each game is almost 5 hours, a relatively long time, even when
equipped with lots of patience and concentration. Another double round day
will be Friday and it remains only to wish that the chess players will
still play strong at the end of the day.
the 25th of October the first World Chess Games for Disabled (WCGD) began
with their official opening ceremony. Because of this event important
people of the town Dresden were in attendance: the federal law consultant
Martin Keeve as a substitution for the president of the German chess
federation, the president of the "Kreissportbund" Dresden, Jürgen
Flückschuh and the hotel manager of the RAMADA hotel, where the tournament
takes place, Jan Burghardt. The opening ceremony also contained a brisk
dance performance by Lisa-Marie Gräfe and Steve Hädicke, both from the
dance club Galaxy Dresden, who moved the audience with their standard and
latin dance. The event got a special meaning because of the presence of
the presidents of the three world associations for disabilities: Michele
Visco as president of the ICSC (International Committee of Silent Chess),
Ludwig Beutelhoff, president of the IBCA (International Braille Chess
Association), and the president of the IPCA (International Physically
disabled Association), Zbigniew Pilimon, from Poland.
With 35 players from 6 nations, some
traveled from India and Spain, the WCGD gains international interest and
experts call this world championship of all disabilities a forerunner that
will influence the history of chess immensely.
in this tournament is a well known chess player: GM Thomas Luther. He is
already seen as one of the top players of this tournament and holds a very
special position: Luther was appointed as the official "FIDE Adviser Chess
for Disabled" at the last world congress.
The World Chess Games for Disabled will be
held at the RAMADA hotel Dresden until next Saturday, the 29th of October,
and promise lots of good matches with interesting players and plenty of
Michele Visco, ICSC President - Ludwig Beutelhoff, IBCA President -
Zbigniew Pilimon, IPCA President -
Dirk Jordan, Chief Organizer