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Drawing of lots
First move of the WCCD 2015

World Chess Championship for Disabled 2015 - Dresden

World Chess Championship 2015 for Disabled is followed by many people

Volonteers and arbiters 2nd WCCDWe are pleased to announce that World Chess Championship 2015 for Disabled is being covered by many chess websites and national federations' pages.

We are thankful to all chess federations and chess community to be with us in promoting chess for disabled.

Please see who is with us already:

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TV report at MDR

MDR report on the championship

Round 3 of the World Chess Championship for Disabled

Gardner eroffnet 2World Chess Championship for Disabled in Dresden is under way. Round 3 started in time and brought positive emotions to all players. The President of ICCD Philip Gardner was present at the beginning of the round and made a first ceremonial move at board 1.

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Dmitry Scherbin: I had optimistic plans before coming here. Let’s see

Dmitrij ScerbinDmitry Scherbin is an International FIDE Master from Russia. Having made a draw in round 3, has joined us to share his impressions on his performance.

Here is his Interview in Russian language

Bolat Kabyzhanov: I thank the organizing committee once again and wish all participants health and victories.

Bolat KabyzhanovIndeed, the human cabatilities are infinite. Participants of the World Chess Championship for Disabled once again demonstate to all people inlcuding me that there are no limits for their wish to be here, to be required and wanted, to do an interesting work. As one of our followers said: it doesn’t matter how they play chess – they are winners now.

Bolat Kabyzhanov – a totally blind chess player from Kazakhstan with partial dull hearing – came to Dresden all alone. That’s how big his wish to participate in the championship was. It is pleased to mention that Kazakhstan public as well as just simple people are not indifferent and support their compatriors who face difficulties of any nature. A private sponsor who would like to stay uknown has rendered a financial assistance to Bolat and purchased his ticket to Dresden. This brings hope:

Bolat Kabyzhanov gets a help from unknown sponsor

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Dirk Jordan: we are proud to be known as Secret Chess Capital.

thumb Dr. Dirk JordanHaving been involved with organising chess tournaments for a few years now Dr Dirk Jordan is a very well know person within the international chess world. We had a chance to talk chess with him during the 2nd World Chess Championship for the Disabled.

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Round 2 and ICCD meeting

Viktor Strekalovski- 88years-Shailesh NerlikarToday another great round was played with a few upset on some of the boards. Some players with lower ratings had surprise win against higher rated players. But the one result that put a very positive note on the whole day happened on Board 23: Shailesh Nerlikar (IND), playing white, won his game against Viktor Strekalovski (RUS). Shailesh is one of the more severe cases of the physically disabled players. He fought his match lying down on a mattress and saying his moves to his assitant.

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Jürgen Kohlstädt: No matter they are blind or deaf or physyally disabled, they can play well

kohlstadtRound 2 of the World Chess Championship for Disabled is under way and we are having new guests in our press room to speak up about the course of the tournament and development of chess for disabled in general. Our new guest is Mr. Jürgen Kohlstädt.

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Thomas Luther: chess is the only inclusive sport

thomasThomas Luther - one of the main driving forces promoting chess for disabled - joined us for a short talk during the first round of the World Chess Championship for Disabled in Dresden.

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Round 1: A great start into a promising tournament

Herbert BastianRound 1 of the World Chess Championship for Disabled 2015 started on 18 October at 9:30 as per the schedule. The first ceremonial move was made by Herbert Bastian, the President of the German Chess Federation.

It is remarkable to have 63 players from three continents and 13 national federations participating in the tournament.

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Nigel Freeman: This championship is a great platform for the promotion of Chess for the Disabled

Nigel FreemanNigel Freeman, the FIDE Executive Director, was one of those FIDE men who gave his support a few years ago to have the championship for physically disabled people included into the FIDE Calendar. He attended the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Chess Championship for Disabled 2015 in Dresden and greeted all the participants and guests on behalf of the World Chess Federation. After the opening, we got the chance to ask him a few more questions.

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World Chess Championship 2015 for the Disabled has started in Dresden, Germany

thumb DSC 2861The World Chess Championship 2015 for the Disabled started with the Opening Ceremoy in the Philarmonie Hall of the Hotel Windham Garden Dresden at 19:00 on 17th October 2015.
This year’s edition has gathered 67 participants from 14 federations. The competition will have two separate ratings. The primary one will be an individual competition as well as a team competition. The 2nd World Chess Chamionship for the Disabled is being organized by ZMDI Schachfestival Dresden e.V. who were also the organisiers behind the tournaments 2011 and 2013.

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2nd World Chess Championship for Disabled is upon us

On the 17th of October 2015 the 2nd World Chess Championship for Disabled will be opening its gates.

The organizers are looking forward to greeting our distinguished guests from Kenia, Algeria, India, Israel, Kazachstan, and all over the world.

We cordially invite you to attend this event whether you would like to participate or simply watch the national and international chess players.

Welcome to Dresden, Game on.

Seminar for obtaining the title “FIDE-Arbiter“

The FIDE Commission for the Disabled and the ZMDI Schachfestival Dresden e.V. are holding the first seminar for acquiring the title “FIDE-Arbiter“ with the additional specialization “Tournaments for disabled people“ according to the FIDE regulations.

The training course will be held in German (if needed also in English and sign language) and is furthermore aimed at giving disabled players and cargivers the opportunity to obtain the title “FIDE-Arbiter”. The course will take place at the same time as the World Championship for Disabled. The theoretical parts of the seminar will be held after the tournament rounds. The number of participants is limited to 20.

  • Place: Wyndham Garden Dresden, Wilhelm-Franke-Straße 90, 01219 Dresden

  • Date: Wednesday 21.10.2015 (arrival until 2.30 pm) – Saturday 24.10.2015 (departure around 5 pm)

  • Participation fee: 300,00 €

  • Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Deadline: 30.09.2015

The participation fee includes the seminar fee as well as the fee for the exam. Payment will be due after being approved for the course to the bank account of the ZMDI Schachfestival Dresden e.V.
Bank: Ostsächsische Sparkasse
IBAN: DE 91 850 503 00 312 0070 105

Reason for Payment „FA-Seminar and Name“.

Each participant has to pay for his travel expenses himself. Accomodations can be booked additionally at a special chess fare. The following chess fare applies at the Wyndham Garden Dresden (4-Star-Hotel in good location): Telefon: +49 (0)351 21 77 74 02 Fax: +49 (0)351 21 77 74 99,

Price per Person


+ Dinner

Double room

40,00 €

60,00 €

Single room

60,00 €

80,00 €

Dinner costs 20,00 € per person including mineral water. The hotel bill has to be paid upon arrival at the hotel reception.

The complete registrations have to include: last name, first name, (for people with disabilities the type of disability), date of birth, address, federation, FIDE-ID number, passport number (for VISA purposes), language knowledge and already existing arbiter licenses.

The seminar covers the following topics: FIDE-player titles, Rating regulations, FIDE-Tournament-Rules, Tie-Break-Rules, pairing regulations for Swiss System-Tournaments, handling of electronic chess clocks and of course the new „Laws of Chess“. Recommended literature for preparation „ FIDE Arbiters’ Manual“ (ordering through the FIDE) and the „Handbuch des FIDE-Schiedsrichters“ (English texts are included) (ordering for a price of 15,00 € via Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The following people were won over as instructors for the seminar: ISR Werner Stubenvoll (Austria), ISR Prof. Dr. Jürgen Klüners(Paderborn) GM Thomas Luther (Erfurt) andISR Egmont Pönisch (Coswig). Attending the seminar will also be counted as advanced training in terms of the DSB general guidelines for arbiter schooling.

Thomas Luther und Egmont Pönisch

World Chess Championship for Disabled 2015

From 17th to 25th October 2015 the 2nd World Chess Championship for Disabled will be organized in the Wyndham Garden Hotel Dresden (Wilhelm-Franke-Straße 90, 01219 Dresden, former RAMADA Hotel Dresden).