12th Blind Chess Olympiad: Tarragona 2004

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Basic data

12th Blind Chess Olympiad (see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 3rd - 12th November 2004
City: Tarragona, Spain
Venue: Palas Pineda Hotel
President of Organizing Committee: N/A
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: Mr. František Blatny (CZE)
Teams participating: 33 (incl. Spain "B")
Players participating: 153 (incl. 4 IMs, 6 FMs and 1 WIM)
Games played: 576 (Peru fielded just three men and forfeited 8 games)
Competition format: Nine round four board Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Direct match result; 3. Progress; 4. Buchholz
Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour
Website: http://www.ajedrezenmadrid.com
Other websites: BCF report
Report on Czech team [CZ]
Poland's way to gold [PL]
Ireland at the Olympiad
German team at the Olympiad [DE]
Olympiad report [DK]
Downloadable game file: 04olblind.zip

Tournament review

The 12th Olympiad was played in Tarragona, one of suburbs of Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya. 33 teams arrived, equalling Laguna record from 1996. As in 2000 Russia, Poland and Ukraine were main contenders and most likely to share podium positions between themselves. The event saw a.o. 4 IMs and one player rated above 2400 (Krylov of Russia).

Romania took early lead ahead of France and Kazakhstan after day two, but it took the favourites just another 24 hours to be back on top. Russia beat Ukraine on day 4 in the first giant clash of the Olympiad levelling on points with Poland who wiped out Romania 4-0. The decisive match was played on day five. Dukaczewski beat Krylov being very fortunate as Krylov blundered in a won Rook ending but the Russians managed to pull one point back to held Poland to a 2-all draw. Standings in the halfway were: Russia and Poland 15, Ukraine 14½, Spain 14. On the next day the Poles definitely denied Ukrainian hopes with a firm 3-1 win while Russia dropped 1½ point vs Spain. With last round to go Poland were a fraction ahead of Russia, followed by a huge gap, then came a peloton of teams chasing for third place. On the last day Russia beat Croatia with ruthless 4-0 but Żółtek extricated from a very bad position vs Vykydal to grab the win and the title went to Poland by virtue of progress score (both teams finished at 28½ points and tied vs each other). Ukraine beat Germany 3-1 to take bronze medals while Yugoslavia took fourth place.

IM Dukaczewski of Poland not only lead his team to a historical gold but won individual medal himself too (7½/9 at top board). Berlinsky and Smirnov of Russia took gold medals at boards 2 and 3 respectively with 8/9. Ababsa of France was the winner of board 4. Olivera Gutiérrez of Spain was unhappy to see medals not being awarded for best results at reserve board, where he was eligible to take gold. It is worth to note that Delaney of Ireland (ranked 26th!) took silver medal at board three with excellent 7/8. Partik Berggren of Sweden was sensation of the event. He was just eleven years old (perhaps the youngest participant of Blind Olympiads ever seen) and showed very good chess to score 6/9. The legendary Milenko Čabarkapa, who took part in all eleven Olympiads until then, was missing for the first time.

Individual medals

1st Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Dukaczewski, Piotr Poland POL 9 83.3
2. IM Krylov, Sergei Russia RUS 8 81.3
3. Olšar, Jaroslav Czech Republic CZE 7 9 77.8

2nd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Berlinsky, Vladimir Russia RUS 8 9 88.9
2. Markov, Živa Yugoslavia YUG 9 83.3
3. FM Vassin, Sergei Ukraine UKR 7 78.6

3rd Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Smirnov, Sergei Russia RUS 8 9 88.9
2. McElroy, Ernest Ireland IRL 7 8 87.5
3. Suder, Ryszard Poland POL 9 83.3

4th Board
no. name flag code pts gms %
1. Ababsa, Tufek France FRA 9 83.3
2. Whittle, Lesley Great Britain GBR 6 8 75.0
3. Gunajew, Rafał Poland POL 5 7 71.4

There were no medals given at reserve board.

Best game prizes


Interesting games

White went on for a good win but then recklessly traded Rooks and found himself in trouble.
Krylov, Sergei (RUS) - Dukaczewski, Piotr (POL) 0 - 1

The game that sealed Poland's win.
Żółtek, Tadeusz (POL) - Vykydal, František (CZE) 1 - 0

Shortest decisive game.
Molnár, Ľubomír (SVK) - Snoek, Ronnie (NED) 1 - 0