|2nd World Blind Team Chess Championship: Ustroń 1994|
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|2nd World Blind Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
|Date:||30th April - 13th May 1994|
|Venue:||Dom Wypoczynkowy "Kos", Ustroń-Zawodzie|
|Teams participating:||12 (top teams from 1992 Blind Olympiad - Yugoslavia and Switzerland missing)|
|Players participating:||58 (incl. 3 IMs)|
|Competition format:||Four board round robin.|
|Final order decided by:||1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. probably direct match result (Spain won bronze medals even though Croatia had superior Berger yet lost to Spain 3-1)|
|Downloadable game file:||94wtchblind.zip|
The 2nd IBCA World Cup Tournament was allocated to Poland. It was held during the first half of May 1994 in a holiday home for the blind in Ustroń resort in the close vicinity of the Vistula springs. A completely delightful surprise was in store for the sixty players who made the journey there by plane and train on the 30th of April. Everything had been arranged in the best way possible: the production of the bulletin, the playing facilities, the accommodation and catering as well as cultural encounters with the country and its people.
It should be recorded here that in the committee meetings, which took place during this event, the I.B.C.A. president made a report on his participation in the 63rd FIDE Congress of autumn 1993 in Curitiba (Brazil). On this occasion the I.B.C.A. not only became entitled to a seat and a vote at the FIDE Congress, but was also given the right to send both a men's and a women's team to the 31st FIDE Chess Olympiad in October 1994.
Surprisingly there was a Czechoslovak team participating, although Czech Republic and Slovakia became sovereign states on 1st January 1993. At the previous Olympiad in Ca'n Picafort, which by definition was judged to be the qualifying event for the World Cup, the Czech and Slovak Republics had earned their place jointly whilst playing together as Czechoslovakia. Despite the two states having separated politically in the meantime, they nevertheless competed in the World Cup as a single team.
As Yugoslavia, silver medal winners from 1992 Olympiad, were missing due to UN embargo imposed on their country, two strongest sides were Russia and Ukraine. These two had dominated the event. The Russians virtually sealed gold after round nine, as they held Ukraine to retain safe 2½ point lead. Spain came third overcoming Ukraine on Berger count.
|1.||IM Krylov, Sergei||RUS||8||10||80.0|
|1.||IM Berlinsky, Vladimir||RUS||8||9||88.9|
|1.||Palacios Pérez, Manuel||ESP||9||11||81.8|
|3.||Gorbea Yoller, Pablo||ESP||4½||7||64.3|