Tournament Report of 15th IBCA chess olympiad,Ohrid Macedonia 2017

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15th IBCA Olympiad for the Blind and Visually Disabled, 2017, Ohrid Macedonia

 

The 15th IBCA Olympiad took place from June 18th (arrival) till June 29th , 2017 at the Metropol Lake Resort Hotel in Ohrid, Macedonia.

The tournament was organized by  the National Union of the Blind of the Republic of Macedonia and the International Braille Chess Association.

 

The surrounding is nice.  The resort consists of three hotels: Metropol Hotel with the tournament hall and IBCA office, Bellevue and Tourist. The hotels are connected to each other and they are situated only a few metres from the Lake Ohrid. There were, however, too many steps without marking or handles, but the blind and visually impaired chess players managed walking along quite well with the help of the guides and volunteers. The water of the lake is crystal clear so those who liked swimming could enjoy the beautiful lake.The weather was hot, but the tournament hall and all the rooms have air-condition. The food in the restaurant was freshly made and delicious, especially the desserts and cakes.The staff of the hotel was extremely helpful and friendly and helped whenever they were needed.

 

27 teams participated in this Olympiad. The tournament was  played in 9 round swiss format. Most teams consisted of 4 players and a reserve. The duration of the play was 2 hours for 40 moves and 1 hour after that to complete the game. One game was played each day and the day after the 5th round there was a rest day on which there was an excursion to Sveti Naum. Two boats were needed to carry all the chess players and their guides and they were rewarded by a pleasant journey taking about 2 hours to reach the destination. Sveti Naum is a historic place dating back to the 9th century when it was a monastery. Today it attracts many tourists. The buildings of the monastery were erected in the 19th century.

 

Russia won gold with 8 wins and 1 loss. Ukraine got silver, and Poland got the bronze medal.

The following teams deserve a special mention regarding their starting rank:
India 7th place (starting rank 19th , Azerbaijan 8th place (starting rank 24th).

 

15th IBCA Chess Olympiad for Blind and Visually Impaired Chess Players 2017

1. GOLD MEDAL  – RUSSIA (RtgAvg:2359 / TB1: 16 / TB2: 281,5) Captain: Yuri A. Meshkov

 

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

FideID

Pts.

Games

 

1

 

Smirnov Alexey

2427

RUS

4168437

6,0

8,0

 

2

IM

Pakhomov Alexey

2350

RUS

4129016

4,5

7,0

 

3

FM

Babarykin Stanislav

2332

RUS

4101898

8,0

9,0

 

4

IM

Meshkov Yuri A.

2328

RUS

4107101

4,0

5,0

 

5

FM

Suslov Evgeniy

2313

RUS

24149411

6,0

7,0

 

2. SILVER MEDAL – UKRAINE (RtgAvg:2250 / TB1: 13 / TB2: 246,5) Captain: Valeriy Grinov

 

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

FideID

Pts.

Games

 

1

IM

Tuka Oleg

2407

UKR

14114453

4,5

8,0

 

2

FM

Wassin Sergej

2289

UKR

14103494

6,5

8,0

 

3

 

Kolpakov Vladyslav

2079

UKR

14136996

6,0

8,0

 

4

 

Yatsishin Ivan

2110

UKR

14107643

2,5

4,0

 

5

WIM

Zsiltzova-Lisenko Lubov

2194

UKR

14101360

6,5

8,0

 

 

 

3. BRONZE MEDAL – POLAND (RtgAvg:2223 / TB1: 13 / TB2: 219,5) Captain: Witalis Sapis

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

FideID

Pts.

Games

1

GM

Tazbir Marcin

2514

POL

1122452

7,5

9,0

2

 

Czajkowski Adam

2204

POL

1151932

7,0

9,0

3

 

Chojnowski Marcin

2077

POL

1121456

4,5

9,0

4

WCM

Stolarczyk Anna

2022

POL

1126423

0,0

1,0

5

 

Suder Ryszard

2095

POL

1102699

4,0

8,0

 

The following players were awarded with board prizes. They received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals:

 

Board list after Round 9 ((exclusive forfeit points))

Board 1

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Team

ratP

Games

%

Rank

Gold

IM

Nikac Predrag

2308

MONTENEGRO

2772

6

100

21

Silver

GM

Tazbir Marcin

2514

POLAND

2504

9

83.3

3

Bronze

 

Smirnov Alexey

2427

RUSSIA

2471

8

75

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board 2

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Team

ratP

Games

%

Rank

Gold

FM

Wassin Sergej

2289

UKRAINE

2297

8

81.3

2

Silver

 

Czajkowski Adam

2204

POLAND

2257

9

77.8

3

Bronze

IM

Pakhomov Alexey

2350

RUSSIA

2197

7

64.3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board 3

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Team

ratP

Games

%

Rank

Gold

FM

Babarykin Stanislav

2332

RUSSIA

2409

9

88.9

1

Silver

 

Janjic Stefan

2147

SERBIA

2245

9

77.8

4

Bronze

 

Kishan Gangolli

1964

INDIA

2221

9

72.2

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board 4

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Team

ratP

Games

%

Rank

Gold

CM

Schellmann Frank

2041

GERMANY

2129

7

71.4

5

Silver

 

Abiad Parra Victor

1902

VENEZUELA

2084

9

66.7

9

Bronze

 

Draghici Flutur Gavril

2112

SPAIN

2082

7

64.3

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board 5

Rank

 

Name

Rtg

Team

ratP

Games

%

Rank

Gold

FM

Suslov Evgeniy

2313

RUSSIA

2295

7

85.7

1

Silver

WIM

Zsiltzova-Lisenko Lubov

2194

UKRAINE

2230

8

81.3

2

Bronze

 

Suder Ryszard

2095

POLAND

2018

8

50

3

 

 

During the Olympiad, there was also the IBCA Congress. A new board was elected. Mr Ludwig Beutelhoff decided not to stand for another term. He received standing ovations for having served for more than 25 years on the IBCA board. He became Honorary President Of IBCA. 

 

 

The new board members are:

President and FIDE Delegate Dr. Charudatta Jadhav (India)

1st Vice President IM Nikos Kalesis (Greece)

2nd Vice President Stephen Hilton (U.K.)

Secretary General Christine Beutelhoff (Germany)

Treasurer Natasha Dalle (Belgium)

Webmaster Sergio Harnandan (The Netherlands)

Representative of America Daniel Morelli

Representative of Africa Melvyn Lucas


Photographs and information of the tournament can be found on the tournament website:

http://www.nssrm.org.mk/index.php/chess-olympiad-2017

Games and full results can be found on chess results website:

http://chess-results.com/tnr281869.aspx?lan=1&art=8&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984

 

IBCA would like to thank Sterja Dimov and his team of the Macedonian Blind Chess Association, the arbiters, players, coaches and guides, and all volunteers helping at the tournament. A big thank you goes to the staff of the Metropol Hotel.

Christine Beutelhoff and Sergio Harnandan