India on 100% at the 15th IBCA Olympiad
15th Chess Olympiad for Blind and visually impaired chess players is being organised by International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) in Macedonia from 18 to 29 June 2017. 27 countries have participated in this event. India is the 19th seed but have started with a bang. In the first round we beat sixth seeds Germany with a score of 2.5-1.5 and in the second round we were able to blank Kosovo 4-0. With 4.0/4 we are right on the top board facing the top seeds Russia in the third round.
While all the focus has been on the World Team Championships 2017 going on in Russia right now, we mustn't forget about the 15th IBCA Olympiad 2017. National Sports Federation of the Blind of Macedonia (NSFSM) and the National Union of the Blind of Macedonia (NSSRM) are organizing the 15th IBCA Chess Olympiad for blind and visually impaired people from 18th to the 27th of June in Ohrid.
There are in all 27 teams at the event and India began as the 19th seed. Indian team is represented by the first five finishers at the National Premier Championship. The following are the team members:
On the top board is Shirish Patil (1706).
India faced the sixth seed Germans in the first round. On top board Shirish Patil lost his game, but Soundarya Kumar Pradhan and Kishan Gangolli provided the wins for India. Ashwin Makvana held fort on the last board and we emerged victorious with 2.5-1.5.
Rank after Round 2
The round begins at 3.00 p.m. local time in Macedonia, that is 6.30 p.m. in India. Through great difficulties and challenges they have made their way to the 15th IBCA Olympiad. Let's cheer for our boys out there. With our encouragement we, at ChessBase India, are sure that they will come back with a medal!