4th FIDE World Chess Championships for People with Disabilities

Report from round 1 - 3


Three rounds of the 1st FIDE World Team Chess Championship for the Disabled 2018 have been played by the chess players of nine combined teams.
Good start of the IPCA Russian team in the first round, with 4-0 result against their compatriots from the Russian Women Deaf team was one of the best results during the played rounds of the team competition. German DGSV 1920 e.V. and Russia Deaf could not decide who is stronger in Round 1 and finished with 2 – 2 result. Niedersachsen outplayed their younger compatriots from Deutschland Jugend with 3.5 – 0.5. The young Linus Koll with 1976 managed to make a draw against stronger Sven Hagemann from the opponents’ team.
The second round was not very successful for IPCA Russia: former World Champion for the Disabled Andrei Obodchuk lost to his opponent from Niedersachsen Marco Drewes and there was a team draw scored
Polish deaf team had the best performance in Round 2 with 3.5 – 0.5 against Youth Chess Team Russia. It is worth to mention herewith that Youth Chess Team Russia is presented only with two female players. But the organizers have decided to add two more players from the volunteering chess players from Germany to complete the team and to let players from Russia participate in the event.
In the third round Niedersachsen was not lucky and lost to the Deaf Poland team 0.5 – 3.5 with only one draw Jerzy Strzelecki vs Marco Drewes. DGSV 1920 e.V. and IPCA Russia won with 3 – 1 Russia Deaf and Youth Chess Team Russia respectively. The raising star of the disabled chess Danil Khayrullin of Russia with ELO 1328 has overplayed his fellow opponent from Germany Stefan Krause with ELO 1944.
After three rounds of the 1st FIDE World Team Chess Championship in Dresden, the Deaf Poland is leading with 9.5 points, followed by IPCA Russia with 9 points and Team Hungary with 7.5 points./
Let’s see how which team can keep the energy till the end of the competition and become the FIDE World Team Champion for the Disabled!