|11th Blind Chess Olympiad: Zakopane 2000
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|11th Blind Chess Olympiad (see all-time tournament summary)
||28th August - 9th September 2000
||Wojskowy Dom Wypoczynkowy "Kościelisko"
||Mrs. Jolanta Kwaśniewska (POL, the First Lady)
|President of Honorary Committee:
||Mr. Longin Komołowski (POL, Deputy Prime Minister)
|President of Organizing Committee:
||Mrs. Teresa Dębowska (POL)
||IA František Blatny (CZE)
||30 (incl. Poland "B")
||144 (incl. 5 IMs, 3 FMs and 1 WIMs)
||540 (India forfeited 12 games)
||Nine round four board Swiss.
|Final order decided by:
||1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Buchholz
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The eleventh Chess Olympiad for the Blind was held in Zakopane, most famous Polish skiing centre lying straight at the feet of Tatra Mountains. The Physical Education, Sport and Tourism Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted "Cross" took over the responsibility of the organizing issues on their shoulders. A lot of major Polish politicians supported the idea of the Olympiad. As 30 teams arrived, Poland, Russia and Ukraine were expected to run for gold.
Ukraine took off with perfect 8/8 but were murdered 4-0 by the Russians on day three. Poland dropped 1½ point vs Israel in the beginning while Germany moved into runner-up position after three consecutive wins. Poland beat Russia 2½-1½ in the top match of round 6th but the Russians earned ample advantage to retain safe lead over the Poles. Ukraine scored a couple of impressive wins to move to third. On penultimate day Russia lost to Yugoslavia and Poland beat Ukraine. Russian's margin diminished to only one point but they managed to keep the lead halving to Spain on the last day as Poland did no better vs Yugoslavia. Ukraine took bronze ahead of Germany and Yugoslavia.
Kai Bjerring of Denmark was the best player of the event scoring an unbelievable 9/9 at top board. Krylov of Russia scored 7/8 at board #3 and Magnusson of Sweden took silver medal for individual performance at board #1 with 7½/9. India fielded just three men and lost many games by default, but their second seed Bagayatkar scored 6½/8 to be awarded individual silver medal.
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