The 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind 2012 will be planned by All India Chess Federation for the Blind, under the guidance of International Braille Chess Association and All India Chess Federation from 9-19 August, 2012 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai, India.
After the victorious conduct of the 11th Individual World Chess Championship for the blind 2006 in Goa, International Braille Chess relationship Congress award this event to India unanimously. The last edition at Heraklion in Greece, the 13th IBCA Chess Olympiad, saw a total of 34 countries participating, comprising of 164 players. The normal powerhouse of chess, Russia, took the gold with Ukraine and Spain clinching the silver and bronze medals.
Chief Guest World Champion Viswanathan Anand has been a big moral hold up to the Indian blind team all through. Anand’s optimistic proposal helped Indian team’s payment in the IBCA Chess Olympiad last time at Greece. His nonstop support, leadership and blessings have given huge hold up to entire blind chess fraternity.
Impressed with the blind team’s work, Anand said, I have interacted with many visually challenged players and I can say truthfully that these players have a special talent to see the pieces in their mind when they play. For us it is very hard to be able to imitate that special skill.
Anand further added,I am really happy to see them so provoked. What has struck me is their love for chess. I have found that they are preparing intensely for the contest and are not shying away from hard work. I think they are quite motivated and feel deep down that they will be successful.
The five time world winner had a word of praise for the sports loving Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He said, The blind chess player from Chennai, Srikrishna, could take part in the world blind event in Greece, thanks to the timely support of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and concluded, On this juncture of Chess Olympiad I welcome all the players to have a great time in my home town Chennai.
Earlier, Charudatta Jadhav, Chairman Organizing group Vice President, IBCA welcomed the meeting. In his brief speech, Charudatta elaborate on the need for Government support for the blind chess players. He added,All India Chess Federation for the Blind has been striving hard for the progress of the blind chess players with great constancy.
Recently, a FIDE rated contest, totally for the visually challenged was conducted at Hyderabad and many are in the offing. I place my hearty thanks to World Champion Viswanathan Anand and FIDE Vice President D V Sundar for their constant support for the cause of blind chess players in India.