11th Blind Chess Olympiad: Zakopane 2000

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Basic data

11th Blind Chess Olympiad (see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 28th August - 9th September 2000
City: Zakopane, Poland
Venue: Wojskowy Dom Wypoczynkowy "Kościelisko"
Honorary patronage: 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)
Chief Arbiter: IA František Blatny (CZE)
Teams participating: 30 (incl. Poland "B")
Players participating: 144 (incl. 5 IMs, 3 FMs and 1 WIMs)
Games played: 540 (India forfeited 12 games)
Competition format: Nine round four board Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Buchholz
Time control: N/A
Official logo: ZAKOPANE 2000
WWW home page: http://www.idn.org.pl/cross
Downloadable game file: 00olblind.zip

Tournament review

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.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Bjerring, Kai DEN 9 9 100.0
2. FM Magnusson, Jörgen SWE 9 83.3
3. Devos, Piet BEL 9 72.2

2nd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Berlinsky, Vladimir RUS 6 7 85.7
2. Bagayatkar, Madan IND 8 81.3
3. Tonteri, Ari FIN 7 9 77.8

3rd Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. IM Krylov, Sergei RUS 7 8 87.5
2. Suder, Ryszard POL 7 9 77.8
3. Müller, Manfred GER 7 9 77.8

4th Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Gerold, Arnold AUT 7 78.6
2. Vulin, Milorad YUG 6 8 75.0
3. Gunajew, Rafał POL 9 72.2

Reserve Board
no. name code pts gms %
1. Milosavljević, Ivan YUG 4 5 80.0
2. Perfler, Manfred ITA 6 75.0
3. Engl, Heinz GER 3 5 60.0

Best game prizes


Interesting games

An example of endgame precision: a "good" Knight vs "bad" Bishop.
Vassin, Sergei (UKR) - Dukaczewski, Piotr (POL) 0 - 1

Bjerring's best of wins.
Raigna, Aare (EST) - Bjerring, Kai (DEN) 0 - 1

Pair of black Knights chasing white pieces all over the board.
Olšar, Jaroslav (CZE) - Vassin, Sergei (UKR) 0 - 1