1st World Chess Championship for Disabled 2013

Runde 7: Way to the finish

SiegerfotoOnce again the last round was really exciting. IM Andrei Obodchuk (Elo 2414) played against Mohammadreza Ghadimi (Elo 2146) and thus had the easier match compared to the two other leaders competing for first place IM Piotr Dukaczweski (Elo 2280) and FM Stanislav Babarykin (Elo 2319​​) who played against each other. In the end a draw was sufficient for Babarykin to win the World Cup because Obodchuk could not achieve more than a draw against Ghadimi despite his advantage in the final game having more pawns than his opponent. The world champion is from Russia and also belongs to the IBCA (International Braille Chess Association). He is not only World Chess Champion for Disabled, but at the same time World Chess Champion for Disabled IBCA. Although Babarykin already played against Aleksander Gerasimov (2175) in the 3rd Round, resulting in a draw, he was able to fight his way through several consecutive victories to the top of the table. Vice world champion is Andrei Obodchuk (Russia IPCA), third place goes to Stachańczyk Jacek (Poland IBCA ) .

Andrei ObodchukObodchuk und GhadimiWeltmeister Babarykin


World Champion of the Blind and Visually Impaired is also Stanislav Babarykin (Russia blind I). Best player of the physically impaired and thus their World Champion is Andrei Obodchuk (Russia IPCA). The best player of the Deaf is Aleksander Gerasimov (Russia Deaf I), and became the World Champion of the Deaf.



Letzte Partie Messala und TurkeevaTurkeeva Yulia (Russia ICCD II) and Jamal Messala (Morocco IPCA) fought to the bitter end on table 21, gathering many spectators. Both had only a few seconds left on their clocks turning the last match of the final round into a game with time shortage. Despite having more pawns Messala he could not assert himself in the final rook combination, so that the crossed fingers indicated the ending of the last game with a draw.


IIn the last round, there were several pairings with two German players: Marco Sponheim (Germany IPCA) won against Michael Gründer (Germany ICCD). Thomas Rudolf (Germany IPCA) defeated Richard Michalowski (Germany ICCD). Even Wolfgang Krabbe (Germany ICCD) was able to prevail at Table 28 against Holger Mende (Germany ICCD). The youngest participant in the tournament, Raphael Zimmer (Germany IPCA), achieved a draw against Stefan Krause (Germany ICCD). Artur Kevorkov (Germany ICCD) played against David Falkowski (Poland IBCA), Dr. Karl-Heinz Usbeck (Germany ICCD) and Trifanova (Russia ICCD II) also parted with a draw. Andreas Wenzel (Germany IPCA) won against the Indians Snehit Saraf. Unfortunately, the other German participants Katharina Kohnen (Germany IPCA), Falk Zimmermann (Germany IBCA) and Rolf Huss (Germany IPCA) lost their last matches. The best German player is Mohammadreza Ghadimi, who came in 10th place with 5 points. The youngest player in the tournament, the German Raphael Zimmer, reached half of the possible points with 3.5 points and finished his great performance off with the 35th place on the table.

IThe teams of all organizations shared the first three places in the team ranking. Best team and thus bearer of the title "World Chess Team Champion of Disabled" is "Russia blind I". The team members are the incumbent world champion Stanislav Babarykin , Iuri A. Meshkov , Alexey Pakhomov and Sergey Krylov. The second-best team is "Russia IPCA" with the players Andrei Obodchuk , Alexander Balberov , Dmitry and Sergei Scerbin Tsapalin. In third place was the team of "Poland IBCA" with Piotr Dukaczewski , Rafal Gunajew , Mackowiak and Marek Dawid Falkowski. The best German team "Germany Deaf " with the players Mohammadreza Ghadimi , Artur Kevorkov , Olaf Hoyer and Michael Gründer obtained 7th place. The Dresden team "Dresden Deaf" with Stefan Krause, Wolfgang Krabbe, Dr. Karl -Heinz Usbeck and Holger Mende were ranked 12th.

MeshkovDawid Falkowski

Although not everybody can be a winner, all the players at this World Championship certainly win merely because of their participation. A well-known saying states that being there and participating is everything. And for some it was the greatest thing being able to participate. In the end there was no one with 0 points, even the two players ranked last had at least 0.5 points and did not need to be sad.

A very special thanks from all the players goes to the supporters of the 1st World Chess Championship for people with disabilities, without whom this special event would not have been possible: ZMD AG - Saxon State Ministry of the Interior – The City of Dresden - FIDE - Foundation West - Eastern encounters.


Juri AlchinidiKurochkina und BalakheevaOlga Malina

Jamal MessalaMackowiakViktor Strekalovski

round 6: Obodchuk is not anymore championship leader due to remis

Obodchuk-StachanczykThere were again exciting games today. The current championship leader IM Andreai Obodchuk played "only" remis again FM Jacek Stanchanczyk. Therefore, he is not anymore championship leader.


At table 2, there was an interesting fight in the russian IPCA duel between Artem Anfinogenov and Viktor Strekalovski, where both kings were very open in the middle of the chessboard. Finally, Anfinogenov kept his nerve and won. At table 3 and 5, white also won. The new championship leader is Babarykin, who has 0.5 points a lead over the others.


Anfinogenov-StrekalovskiStrzelecki-Grudina am Brett 3thumb Denisov-Sponheim


It is remarkable, that only five games in the 6th round were remis.

Therefore, the last round will be exciting when Babarykin (5.5 points, white) plays against Dukaczewski (5 points, black) and Obdochuk (5 points) play against Ghadimi (4.5 points).



But there were also closed fights between players who do not have so many points. Snehit Safa (70th in the ranking list) won against Olga Malina (53rd in the ranking list) and the youngest player Raphael Zimmer won against Yuri Alchinidi (35th in the ranking list, ELO: 1997). In the duel of the women won the student from Dresden, Katharina Kohne, against Irina Trifonova.


Snehit Safa siegt uber Olga MalinaFrauenduell Trifonova-Kohnen

Pictures of players (selection)


Here we will show some selected pictures of players today.



visually handicapped players:


left: Sergey Krylov and his chessboard for the blind and visually handicapped players. So he is able to write down the moves in Braille (middle) and Marek Mackowiak (right).

DSC 2490 Sergey Krylov-Balberov kleinDSC 2499 Mitschrift in Braille kleinDSC 2497 Marek Mackowiak klein


physically-disabled players:
DSC 2239 Rolf Huss kleinDSC 2483 Sergej Tsapalin kleinYamal Messala klein

deaf players:

DSC 2482 Klavdia Balakhieva kleinMichael Gruemder und Wolfgang Krabbe kleinDSC 2476 2 x Julia Turkeeva klein



Not only the players contribute to a successful tournament but also the the volunteers backstage should be mentioned.


DSC 2471a Schiedsrichter  Helfer kleinDSC 2310 Egmont Ponisch Hauptschiedsrichter  Fide -Beauftragter GM Thomas Luther klein 

Interview with Marc Tillmann

DSC 2423 Marc Tillmann klein

P.R.: Mr. Tillmann many thanks for having your interest and willingness for this interview.

M.T.: I´m happy to do so. My name is Marc.

P.R.: I´m Phillip. Where do you come from, Marc?

M.T.: I come from Switzerland close to Bern.

P.R.: For which chess club do you play?

M.T.: I am a member of the clubs Zollikofen and Bümpliz.


Round 5: Obodchuk still heads the table – no player without points


As the prior ones, round 5 started as usual with the multisensual replay of the official WCCD trailer. In this way the visually handicaped players can be advised of the starting signal acustically, the deaf players simultaneously by the visual presentation.


Spitzenpaarung Brett 1

After a balanced condition the top match between Andrei Obodchuk and Alexander Balberov on table 1 ended with a remis. Consequently Obodchuk keeps ahead still beeing unbeaten. But as both FM Stanislav Babarykin and FM Jacek Stachanczyk won their matches there are three player currently heading the table. So the tournaments thrill remains.



Interview with Michele Visco

Michele Visco und Robert Zsifkovits

K.W.: Thank you very much for having your willingness for this interview. As a start would you please tell us something about your own backround?

M.V.: I was born in Neapel in 1952 and grew up in Rome. Now I still live in Italy and I have two children. Futhermore I´m the 6th president of the ICCD, which was founded in 1949 by Norway, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands - so I´m faced to many duties and responsibilities.



half-time of the 1st World Chess Championship for Diabled

Half-time: 4 rounds are played - 3 more to play. Everything is still open. In the next rounds the overall winner and the winners in the different categories will be determined.


Andrei Obodchuk und Piotr DukaczewskiAt board 1 (table 10) played IM Andrei Obodschuk (Russia IPCA) and IM Piotr Dukaczewski (Poland IBCA) – which was the top pairing. The favorite Obodchuk won. Now he is the only player who won all four games.

IM Iuri Meshkov (Russia IPCA) and Mohammadreza Ghadimi (Germany ICCD) , both with 3 points, played remis.


Round 3 of the 1st World Chess Championship for Disabled

Katharina Kohnen happy over her victoryThe third round was again holding some surprising events. For example the unexpected victory of the German Student Katharina Kohnen (DWZ: 1399) against her much stronger opponent Igor Chernov (ELO: 2086) from Russia. Although she was already put in a bad position, by losing one of her rooks, she was able to check mate her enemie on the base line, after she baited him into taking her poisoned pawn on g6. Whether the Russian player was underestimating his opponent or simply made a mistake, will remain an open question. To Katharina, who is not only studying at the Dresden University of Technology, but also playing chess for the USV TU Dresden, it did not matter. She was just happy about her victory and very satisfied with the 1.5 points, she was able to collect in the three rounds.


Round 2: 1st World Chess Championship for Disabled

one of the favoritesWhereas there were no big surprises during the first round, the second round was more surprising. The German Marco Sponheim (IPCA - International Physically-Disabled Chess Association) won against Dimitrij Scerbin (International Master) from Russia. In this tournament there is a trend to battle it out instead of fast remis. During this tournament the Sofia rule is applied, which means that there is no remis allowed until the 30th move - except the arbiter comes to another decision.



FIDE-Vicepresident Lakhdar Mazouz declared the 1st World Chess Championship for Disabled open

f.l.t.r.: FIDE-Vicepresident Lakhdar Mazouz, Ministerialdirigent Dr. Frank Pfeil, Mayor of Sports Dresden Winfired LehmannAfter the Chess Olympiad 2008 in Dresden the idea of a chess tournament for disabled players according to the paralympics after  a summer or winter olympiad was born. In 2011 the 1st Chess Games for Disabled included all three kinds of disability, the blind, the deaf and the physically disabled chess players. Due to this successfull event FIDE decided to make a World Chess Championship for Disabled and gave this tournament to Dresden.