|13th Blind Chess Olympiad: Heraklion 2008|
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|13th Blind Chess Olympiad
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|Date:||18th - 29th October 2008|
|Teams participating:||34 (incl. Greece "B" and Greece "C')|
|Players participating:||164 (incl. 5 IMs, 11 FMs and 1 WIM)|
|Competition format:||Nine round Swiss.|
|Final order decided by:||1. Match points; 2. Deducted Sonneborn-Berger; 3. Deducted sum of opponents' match points; 4. Game points|
|Time control:||40 moves in 120 minutes, then 60 minutes for the rest of the game|
|Downloadable game file:||08olblind.zip|
(Daily official press releases by IBCA)
The Captains Meeting, where all the team’s captains from the 32 countries participated, was realized on October 19th at 09.30 at «Apollonia» hotel. The Games Manager and the Chief Arbiter in cooperation with the I.B.C.A. and H.S.F.P.D. officials clarified all the competition and technical issues.
At 15.00 the H.S.F.P.D. President, Mr. Georgios Foundoulakis welcomed all the delegations and afterwards the I.B.C.A. President, Mr. Ludwig Beutelhoff declared the beginning of the 13th Chess Olympiad for Blind & Visually Impaired players.
The first day of the competition had a few surprises. National teams with unrated players impressed with their performance and won experienced teams and high rated chess players. We notice that the Olympiad is being held according to the new FIDE rules for the Chess Olympiads.
Today the fine weather gave the chance to the 280 participants to visit the sea and the pools of the hotel. All of them are impressed by the cretan hospitality and the comforts of their staying. Especially during dinner, everybody has the opportunity to taste, among others, a variety of cretan delicacies.
The composition of the Appeals Committee: Ryszard Bernard (Poland), Jesús Callejo (Spain), Hugo Roman (Belgium). Reserves are Andre Malvun Lukas (South Africa) and Sergei Vassin (Ukraine).
The chess games analysis and the conversation continue beyond the playroom at hotel’s lobby and bars. Local media have shown their interest in the event, carrying the spirit of the 13th Chess Olympiad for Blind and Visually Impaired players throughout Crete island and not only.
Except local media, the most Known chess Sites covering the 13th Chess Olympiad.
The Voting Delegates of each nation will remain at hotel «APOLLONIA» for the I.B.C.A. Congress and Elections that will begin at 10.00. During this Congress, the delegates will decide - among other issues - about the assignment of future International Chess Organizations (period: 2009-2012).
At the same time, the I.B.C.A. Congress and Elections was being held at hotel «APOLLONIA». The election of the Greek representative, Mr. Nikolaos Kalesis as Treasurer of the Board, is very pleasant for our country. The composition of the new I.B.C.A. Administrative Board is the following:
After a two hours break, the Congress continued with the discussion of interesting topics such as the «Global Development of Chess for Blind players» (exponent was the representative of India) and the assignment of future International Chess Organizations (period: 2009-2012). Some of the countries, which were entrusted to organize future events, are Sweden, Turkey, Serbia and Poland. Tomorrow, the Competition Program continues as normal. The 6th round will begin at 15:00.
The Mayor of Gazi, Mr. Georgios Markogiannakis, visited the playroom and discussed with members of the National Teams and especially the Greek Delegation. Mr. Markogiannakis talked with great esteem about the chess players and congratulated the H.S.F.P.D. President, Mr. Georgios Foundoulakis as well as Mr. Nikolaos Kalesis, Competition Manager and Mr. Dimitrios Kefalas, Media Responsible for the excellent organization.
During the I.B.C.A. Congress yesterday, the following three Greek Arbiters were honored - for the first time - with the title of I.B.C.A. Arbiter: Mr. Nikolaos Kalesis, Mr. Dimitrios Kefalas and Mr. Elissaios Vlachos. This is a great recognition on behalf of I.B.C.A. It is, also, worth to notice that only 29 persons from all over the world are honored with this title.
It is really impressive and encouraging the fact that the visitors of the 13th Olympiad’s web site are more than 13.000 (at the 7th day of the competition). In the web site you can find not only press releases, greetings, pairings results and statistics but also interesting news, photos and the chess games per day. The chief of the web team is Mr. Ioannis Gkoumas.
The other teams also try to perform their best during the 13th Chess Olympiad for Blind and Visually Impaired players that is being held at Crete island.
At the 2nd place of the ranking list, after her victory against Germany (score 2½-1½), is Ukraine. The result of the game between Ukraine and Poland - at tomorrow’s final round - will show the winner of the Silver medal. Croatia and Spain, which play against each other, will also try to win a place at the top 3 teams of the organization.
9th round will be critical for the winners of the medals per chess board. So far, the performance of the World Champion Lubov Zsiltzova-Lisenko is really impressive with 7,5 points in 8 games and elo 2510! The final round will begin tomorrow at 09.00. Tomorrow, also, at 20.00 the Closing Ceremony of the 13th Chess Olympiad for Blind & Visually Impaired players will be held at the «TAVERNA» hall of the hotel, which is located near to the beach. The Medal Ceremonies will be realized during the Closing Ceremony and afterwards dinner will follow.
Following behind came Ukraine at 13 points who fought hard to take a last round draw with Poland. The Olympic medal winners trio is completed by the team of Spain, which also ended at 13 points but lost on tie-break.
Gold medals for individual performance were as follows: board #1 FM Oliver Müller (Germany): 7½ points out of 9. Board #2 Vlatko Marendić (Croatia) 7½ out of 9; board #3 WIM Lubov Zsiltsova-Lisenko (Ukraine) - 8/9; board #4 Udupa Krisna (India) 8/9 rounds. The spectacular closing ceremony took place along with the ceremony of handing the prize money and board medals to the wnners took place at 8pm, in the presence of the authorities of Iraklion munitipality.
As the time came for the players to leave after 11 days full of rivalry, happy moments to be remembered and plenty of good chess; the nostalgic atmposphere we enjoy shall be remembered for long.
|1.||FM Müller, Oliver||GER||7½||9||83.3|
|2.||IM Crouch, Colin||GBR||6½||9||72.2|
|3.||FM Magnusson, Jörgen||SWE||6½||9||72.2|
|2.||FM Coset, Alexandru||MDA||7½||9||83.3|
|1.||WIM Zsiltsova-Lisenko, Lubov||UKR||8||9||88.9|
|2.||IM Krylov, Sergei||RUS||7½||9||83.3|
|1.||Hengles, Roberto Carlos||BRA||8||9||88.9|
|1.||Clemente Llamero, Roberto||ESP||6||6||100.0|