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Blind National A 2018 R02+03: The atmosphere of a blind tournament

by Sagar Shah - 05/02/2018

You have to be there to feel it! The atmosphere at the blind national premier seems just like any other tournament, but on closer inspection you see things which you would never do at a normal event.We show you these intricate stuff in this article. The tournament is also picking up well. The players motivated by the support they have received from people all over the world and are giving their best. After three rounds we have two leaders Kishan Gangolli and Aryan Joshi. Both of them are on 3.0/3. In this report you will not only see the games, but also some excellent pictures by Amruta Mokal.

Kishan Gangolli and Aryan Joshi lead with 3.0/3

A blind chess tournament has a life of its own. From the outside, it might seem that everything is proceeding normally, but on closer inspection, you realize that there are a lot of things which are uncomfortable for the visually challenged.

When you see a player concentrating like this, you feel that he can see the board normally. That is not the case. In fact, most of them are nearly 75% blind. So they are more often than not just thinking in blindfold and using whatever little vision they have to make the moves.

Knowing the time that is left under time pressure is one of the biggest challenges. What to do in such scenarios? Well, you either pull the clock near to you, call the arbiter, or...

...use a blind clock with ear phones where you can listen to the time that is left. By the way, the recorded next to the clock is the scoresheet for the blind. They cannot write, so they record their moves in it and in case of any dispute this can be used as the scoresheet.

You can see Ashvin Makvana recording his moves

The arbiter has to be extremely alert. For example: a move is called out by one player Re1, but heard by the other player as Rb1. Then both of them have different positions on the board and there can be a lot of problems. An arbiter has to be constantly alert.

The arbiter Manjunath Jain also ensuring that the games are relayed live with the help of Atul Dahale from ChessBase India

You lose all your pride and ego when you see people working at a blind tournament - the chief arbiter is filling water!

Parents ensuring that the players get tea to drink

This guy, Naveen Kumar, has come as an accompanying person with Mari Muthu. But he is acting as a part arbiter, relays live moves and most importantly takes all the players who are completely blind to the wash room.

Video of the atmosphere at the Blind Premier:

How blind do you have to be to take part?

This is one of the questions that I had in my mind when I watched blind players playing. Some of them were completely blind and could see nothing, while some others looked pretty normal. But later I realized that even the players who look completely normal, actually have very little vision. As per the rules, Blindness refers to a condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions, namely:

1. Total absence of sight; or

2. Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye even with correction lenses; or

3. Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degrees or worse.

Playing chess without vision requires tremendous amount of concentration and focus

If you saw him playing like this, would you imagine he is 100% blind? That's Prachurya Pradhan from Orissa. He is on 2.5/3 and he won in the third round in just 19 moves.

Prachurya is white. How did he finish off his opponent?

Some people prefer playing on different boards...

...some like to play on the same.

16-year-old Aryan Joshi is one of the best players in blind chess right now. The boy hails from Mumbai, is supported by IIFLW and is trained by Raghunandan Gokhale. He is working hard to become a stronger chess player. Have a look at his win over experienced Krishna Udupa.

The timeless classic and arguably the best chess player our country has produced - Kishan Gangolli (left).

Kishan and Aryan are currently in lead with 3.0/3. They are the top two seeds. I have a feeling that it is going to be a race between them to the finish line. And hence, their game in the ninth round is going to be extremely crucial.

Soundarya is Prachurya's brother. He started with a loss in the first round, but then did his homework (he literally did that by studying Odiya Literature for his upcoming examinations) and won both his games on day two!

Just in case you were wondering whether these visually challenged players are all serious and straight faced, well this video will change your perception!

Results of round two:

1141996Kishan Gangolli1 - 0Samant Milind16728
291607Deeptyajeet De½ - ½Prachurya Kumar Pradhan16117
3101678Swapanil Shah0 - 1Makwana Ashvin K17446
4111613Marimuthu K0 - 1Aryan B Joshi18135
5121711Krishna Udupa½ - ½Gaurav Gadodia17494
6131678Yudhajeet De0 - 1Soundarya Kumar Pradhan17533
711604Patra Subhendu Kumar½ - ½Patil Shirish16982

Results of round three:

121698Patil Shirish0 - 1Kishan Gangolli199614
231753Soundarya Kumar Pradhan1 - 0Patra Subhendu Kumar16041
341749Gaurav Gadodia½ - ½Yudhajeet De167813
451813Aryan B Joshi1 - 0Krishna Udupa171112
561744Makwana Ashvin K½ - ½Marimuthu K161311
671611Prachurya Kumar Pradhan1 - 0Swapanil Shah167810
781672Samant Milind1 - 0Deeptyajeet De16079

Standings after round three:

Rk.NameRtgFED1234567891011121314Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1Aryan B Joshi1813IND*1113,00,03,003,0
2Kishan Gangolli1996IND*1113,00,02,003,0
3Prachurya Kumar Pradhan1611IND*½112,50,01,502,0
4Soundarya Kumar Pradhan1753IND*0112,00,02,002,0
5Makwana Ashvin K1744IND*½½12,00,01,251,0
6Krishna Udupa1711IND01*½1,50,02,501,0
7Marimuthu K1613IND0½*11,50,02,001,0
8Yudhajeet De1678IND0*½11,50,01,001,0
9Deeptyajeet De1607IND½½*01,00,02,250,0
10Gaurav Gadodia1749IND½0½*1,00,01,500,0
11Samant Milind1672IND001*1,00,01,001,0
12Patra Subhendu Kumar1604IND00*½0,50,50,250,0
Patil Shirish1698IND00½*0,50,50,250,0
14Swapanil Shah1678IND000*0,00,00,000,0

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Contribution from all over the world:

Thanks to the contribution from people all around the world, the number of people contributing has reached to 86, while the total amount is Rs. 3,31,153!

No. Amount Name
1 5000 Sachin Samant
2 2000 Rochelle D'souza
3 11000 Madhusudan Iyer
4 1000 Atul Dahale
5 10000 Ritu Mohit Bhandari
6 25000 Sainath Ramanathan
7 2000 Priti Mahendru
8 1000 Mamta wadhwa
9 5000 Shailesh Gadre
10 5000 Avathanshu Bhat
11 500 Rekha  Raghavan
12 1000 Vikas Sharma
13 10800 Rekha Pinkesh Nahar
14 1000 Aditya Mukund Kulkarni
15 2100 V j gupta
16 500 Nishchint Sharma
17 1500 Jeet shah
18 5000 Swapnil Kothari
19 11000 Sanjoy Shome
20 1000 Sudhahar
21 1000 Giriappa T Amin
22 2000 Vanita Noronha
23 500 Rajesh gupta
24 1000 Tamojit Chakraborty
25 200 Devansh Singh
26 5000 Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar
27 100 Harshal Pramod Patil
28 10000 Sushir Lohia
29 2000 PAVAN BNB
30 2000 Nitish Mittal
31 5000 Sudip Singh
32 2000 S C AGARWAL
33 1000 Deepak chavan
34 1500 sanjeev Tambe
35 2000 Laishram Imocha
36 1000 Niranjan Prasad
37 2000 Niranjan Prasad
38 500 Eshan Tilwani
39 10000 Vedaprakash PC
40 5000 Vivek Gupta
41 2000 Prathamesh Mokal
42 1000 Chaitanya Kulkarni
43 251 Aditya Vimal
44 1000 Mitul KH
45 1000 Aruna Shiv shankar Singare
46 2000 Sneha Ghatpande
47 2500 Abdesh Jha
48 10000 Anand Kashelkar
49 27000 Mullick Somnath Charitable trust
50 1001 Ramkrishna Kashelkar
51 2000 Aravind
52 2000 PR Krishna
53 1000 Aniruddha Deshpande
54 3000 Sundararajan Kidambi
55 2500 Rahul Anil Bhagwat
56 5000 Himanshu Kumar
57 500 Rohan Bharat Joshi
58 500 Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal
59 5000 Romit
60 700 Vishal Sodani
61 2000 sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy
62 1000 Durgaprasad Mahapatra
63 1500 Priyanka Ved
64 1001 CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte
66 500 VIMAL RAJ M
67 1000 Pankaj arora
68 2000 Vikrant Malvankar
69 1000 Satyajit Basak
70 2000 Sureshkumar .T.J
71 30000 Karthik Rangarajan
72 10000 Jayaram Swaminathan
73 1000 Bina Manoj Sanghvi
74 500 Suhas Murthy
75 500 Dinesh Prakash Gaikwad
76 5000 Tania Sachdev
77 2000 Kunal kochar
78 5000 Padmini Rout
79 5000 Seema Thukral
80 1000 Amit Sanjay Raje
81 2500 Roktim Bandyopadhyay
82 1000 Vedant panesar
83 7500 Nikhil And Dipika Joshi
84 10000 Amruta and Sagar
85 3000 Vasudevan RR
86 5000 Karthikeyan Sankaran
  331153 TOTAL


We are closer to the goal now, but still some distance to travel. Rs. 5,12,000 looks like a realistic possibility. If you feel like it, please contribute towards this noble cause.


You can also contribute directly to the bank of AICFB. Here are the bank details:

All India Chess Federation For The Blind

Indian Bank

SB a/c: 415222082


Address:  Ground floor, United India Building, Sir P. M. Road, Fort Branch, Mumbai – 400001.


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