9th Blind Chess Olympiad: Ca'n Picafort 1992

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Basic data

9th Blind Chess Olympiad (see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 14th - 29th April 1992
City: Ca'n Picafort, Santa Margarita municipality,
Mallorca island, Spain
Venue: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 33 (incl. )
Players participating: 155 (incl. 4 IMs and 1 FM)
Games played: 704
Note! Only 565 games are available. Detailed match-by-match results are not known.
Competition format: Nine round four board Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Buchholz
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 92olblind.zip

Final standings

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no. team code
1. Russia RUS 34½
2. Yugoslavia YUG 31½
3. Ukraine UKR 31
4. Poland POL 29½
5. Germany GER 29
6. Spain ESP 24
7. Croatia CRO 24
8. Great Britain GBR 24
9. Czechoslovakia CSR 23½
10. Israel ISR 23½
11. Bulgaria BUL 23
12. Switzerland SUI 22½
13. Italy ITA 22½
14. Romania ROM 22½
15. Finland FIN 22
16. Slovenia SLO 21½
17. Hungary HUN 21½
18. Norway NOR 21½
19. Sweden SWE 21½
20. Lithuania LTU 21½
21. Cuba CUB 21
22. Ireland IRL 21
23. Austria AUT 21
24. Peru PER 20½
25. Colombia COL 20
26. Greece GRE 20
27. Netherlands NED 19½
28. Chile CHI 19½
29. Portugal POR 18½
30. Denmark DEN 18
31. South Africa RSA 12½
32. Argentina ARG 10½
33. Mexico MEX

Tournament review

"The Latin American participation led to some minor culture shock. While the weather for the most part was excellent, with clear skies and temperatures in the high twenties, the first three days were rather cold. During this time one of the Colombians could be seen travelling the hotel corridors wearing a fur coat, with the hood up. We may safely assume Colombia is a hot country. Not to be outdone, Joe McAloon could be observed tucked up in bed wearing a plastic raincoat, with only his hooded head protruding from under the covers.

On the other hand, the Europeans were to learn about the Latin American temperament. This revealed itself when at every opportunity the Latins gave a raucous rendition of their national football chants, each country trying to out-do the other. Hitherto peaceful meal times began to sound like football matches. Who said Chess is a quiet sport?

The whole event ran very smoothly, however, on one occasion a power failure doused the playing hall into darkness for about five minutes. The evident consternation of the referees during this period remained a total mystery to most of the players. They continued to play on unaware of what had happened until after the games were finished.

The best Irish results were: wins against Norway, Holland, Finland and Italy (revenge for their defeat of us in the Soccer World Cup) and draws against Sweden and Cuba. I suppose there is always the story of the one that got away. Sean Loftus had the Ukrainian women's world champion Zsiltzova, on the brink of defeat, when an own-goal saved her bacon.

/Memories of Gerry McElligott, taken from BCAI history site /

Individual medals

Data not available.

Best game prizes


Interesting games

Shortest decisive game.
Sepulveda Baeza, Juan (CHI) - Zipko, Gerhard (AUT) 0 - 1

It'd be hard to find how many times these two met each other
but the games were always pure fight!
Krylov, Sergei (RUS) - Čabarkapa, Milenko (YUG) 1 - 0

White's attack certainly looked more promising
but it was Black who found best way to infiltrate enemy's ranks.
Zsiltsova-Lisenko, Lubov (UKR) - Dukaczewski, Piotr (POL) 0 - 1