4th World Blind Team Chess Championship: Gelsenkirchen 2001

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Basic data

4th World Blind Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 4th - 12th August 2001
City: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Venue: Maritim Hotel
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: IA František Blatný (CZE)
Teams participating: 12 (11 top teams from 2000 Blind Olympiad; India received wild card)
Players participating: 57 (incl. 3 IMs, 1 FM and 1 WIM)
Games played: 192
Competition format: Two stage four board round robin. Top three from both preliminary groups qualify to the championship final.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Website: http://www.schachkomet.de/wct2001.htm
Downloadable game file: 01wtchblind.zip

Tournament review

Poland-RomaniaTwelve teams were split into two groups of six teams, with top three teams of each group qualifying for the championship final and the rest relegated to the final B. There were three possible contenders: Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Also Germany, the home side, were expected to do well. There was a surprise in the qualifying group 1 as Germany were eliminated after losing three matches out of five played. In group 2 Poland and Ukraine almost doubled the rest of the teams as far as number of game points scored is concerned. Third team to qualify from this group was Yugoslavia, led by legendary Milenko Čabarkapa, participant of eleven consecutive Blind Olympiads 1961-2000.

The huge poster on the streetThe results achieved in the preliminaries were carried over to the finals, thus leaving space for just three rounds in the second stage. As the final day arrived, Poland had a two point advantage over Russia, whom they were to face in the last round. The Russians needed to win 3-1 if they wanted to overcome the Poles. Surefire Krylov won his seventh consecutive game but this wasn't enough as Poland held Russia to a 2-2 draw to take the gold. Bronze went to the Ukraine. Germany easily won section B to take seventh place.

Best board results

1st Board
no. name code fin. pts gms %
1. IM Dukaczewski, Piotr POL A 7 8 87.5
2. Cajzler, Hinko CRO B 6 8 75.0
3. Vassin, Sergei UKR A 5 7 71.4

2nd Board
no. name code fin. pts gms %
1. IM Krylov, Sergei RUS A 7 7 100.0
2. Suder, Ryszard POL A 6 8 75.0
3. Lindenmair, Anton GER B 7 64.3

3rd Board
no. name code fin. pts gms %
1. WIM Zsiltsova-Lisenko, Lubov UKR A 6 8 75.0
2. FM Żółtek, Tadeusz POL A 5 7 71.4
3. Guimadeev, Anatoly RUS A 7 64.3

4th Board
no. name code fin. pts gms %
1. Gunajew, Rafał POL A 7 92.9
2. Strokov, Anatoly RUS A 4 5 80.0
3. Pohlers, Jürgen GER B 8 68.8

Interesting games

An interesting idea - one must not forget to castle!
Durban Piera, Joan (ESP) - Vulin, Milorad (YUG) 1 - 0

White took over control over central files but this wasn't
ample compensation for his material disadvantage.
Vassin, Sergei (UKR) - Krylov, Sergei (RUS) 0 - 1