Blind National A 2018 R02+03: The atmosphere of a blind tournament
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.
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.
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.
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:
|1||14||1996||Kishan Gangolli||1 - 0||Samant Milind||1672||8|
|2||9||1607||Deeptyajeet De||½ - ½||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1611||7|
|3||10||1678||Swapanil Shah||0 - 1||Makwana Ashvin K||1744||6|
|4||11||1613||Marimuthu K||0 - 1||Aryan B Joshi||1813||5|
|5||12||1711||Krishna Udupa||½ - ½||Gaurav Gadodia||1749||4|
|6||13||1678||Yudhajeet De||0 - 1||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1753||3|
|7||1||1604||Patra Subhendu Kumar||½ - ½||Patil Shirish||1698||2|
Results of round three:
|1||2||1698||Patil Shirish||0 - 1||Kishan Gangolli||1996||14|
|2||3||1753||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1 - 0||Patra Subhendu Kumar||1604||1|
|3||4||1749||Gaurav Gadodia||½ - ½||Yudhajeet De||1678||13|
|4||5||1813||Aryan B Joshi||1 - 0||Krishna Udupa||1711||12|
|5||6||1744||Makwana Ashvin K||½ - ½||Marimuthu K||1613||11|
|6||7||1611||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1 - 0||Swapanil Shah||1678||10|
|7||8||1672||Samant Milind||1 - 0||Deeptyajeet De||1607||9|
Standings after round three:
|1||Aryan B Joshi||1813||IND||*||1||1||1||3,0||0,0||3,00||3,0|
|3||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1611||IND||*||½||1||1||2,5||0,0||1,50||2,0|
|4||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1753||IND||*||0||1||1||2,0||0,0||2,00||2,0|
|5||Makwana Ashvin K||1744||IND||*||½||½||1||2,0||0,0||1,25||1,0|
|12||Patra Subhendu Kumar||1604||IND||0||0||*||½||0,5||0,5||0,25||0,0|
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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!
|5||10000||Ritu Mohit Bhandari|
|13||10800||Rekha Pinkesh Nahar|
|14||1000||Aditya Mukund Kulkarni|
|15||2100||V j gupta|
|21||1000||Giriappa T Amin|
|26||5000||Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar|
|27||100||Harshal Pramod Patil|
|32||2000||S C AGARWAL|
|45||1000||Aruna Shiv shankar Singare|
|49||27000||Mullick Somnath Charitable trust|
|55||2500||Rahul Anil Bhagwat|
|57||500||Rohan Bharat Joshi|
|58||500||Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal|
|61||2000||sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy|
|64||1001||CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte|
|65||5000||BHAKTI PRADIP KULKARNI|
|66||500||VIMAL RAJ M|
|73||1000||Bina Manoj Sanghvi|
|75||500||Dinesh Prakash Gaikwad|
|80||1000||Amit Sanjay Raje|
|83||7500||Nikhil And Dipika Joshi|
|84||10000||Amruta and Sagar|
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
SB a/c: 415222082
Address: Ground floor, United India Building, Sir P. M. Road, Fort Branch, Mumbai – 400001.
If you do make a direct payment to the above-mentioned bank please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy (cc) to email@example.com the amount of contribution, your name, address and Permanent Account Number (PAN). These details are mandatory for tax purpose.
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