1st Blind Chess Olympiad: Meschede 1961

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Basic data

1st Blind Chess Olympiad
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 26th March - 2nd April 1961
City: Meschede, West Germany
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 8 (incl. West Germany "B")
Players participating: 33 (incl. substitute player in GDR team)
Games played: 112 (incl. 1 forfeited game)
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Related websites: Blindeskakkens historie [DK]
Downloadable game file: 61olblind.zip

Tournament review

The first Chess Olympiad for the Blind was run in conjunction with the second IBCA Congress, under the aegis of the West German Chess Association for the Blind and to celebrate the latter's tenth birthday. Eight teams of four competitors took part, unfortunately the Swedes had to cry off and so a second team from West Germany took their place. East Germany was unlucky in that their board two Mr. Wünsch, had to drop out in round five because of a heart attack, whilst it was encouraging of Switzerland and of Denmark too for that matter to compete at all in so strong a field. This occasion, the biggest event so far among Chess for the blind, concluded with a gathering once more graced by music.

Best board results

1st Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Kübart, Erich East Germany GDR 7 92.9
2. Baretić, Dragoljub Yugoslavia YUG 7 78.6
3. Bonham, Reginald W. Great Britain GBR 7 64.3

2nd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Čabarkapa, Milenko Yugoslavia YUG 7 92.9
2. Winkelmann, Max Switzerland SUI 7 64.3
3. Wünsch, Hans East Germany GDR 3 5 60.0

3rd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Pasteiner, Johann Austria AUT 7 92.9
2. Đukanović, Marko Yugoslavia YUG 7 78.6
3. Mertens, Gabriel Germany GER 5 7 71.4

4th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Zeitler, Hans Germany GER 7 7 100.0
2. Šakić, Milutin Yugoslavia YUG 7 64.3
2. Hauck, Otto Germany GER2 7 64.3

Interesting games

This game decided final individual order at top board.
Baretić, Dragoljub (YUG) - Kübart, Erich (GDR) 0 - 1

Kristensen played 4...e6 and said - Eva six - Bonham replied - I prefer Elisabeth!
(please note both players were blind and had to announce their moves)
Bonham, Reginald W. (GBR) - Kristensen, Alfred (DEN) ½ - ½