World Chess Championship for Disabled 2017 - Dresden

Opening Ceremony


Hard to believe that two years have gone by that fast and the time for the 3rd World Chess Championship for the Disabled has come.

The 5th October 2017 saw the Opening Ceremony of this ground-breaking tournament take place in Dresden, Germany. 70 players from 11 federations on 3 continents are competing. Dr Dirk Jordan was leading through the programme. Thomas Luther, the chairman of the disabled commission of FIDE, welcomed the participants on behalf of FIDE, highlighting the importance of this particular tournament. He also elaborated on the developments within chess for the Disabled since the last world championship in 2015. Dignitaries and representative of the Saxon State as well as the city of Dresden were present.

Jamie Kenmure, one of the Deputy Arbiters, had the honour of declaring the tournament opened. FM Raphael Zimmer, the newly crowned Junior World Chess Champion for the Disabled, of Germany was responsible for drawing the lots.

The Stadtsportbund (city sports league) presented a little programme with cycle acrobatics and skipping ropes.

The next few days will certainly see a some great games and a warm atmosphere within the playing hall.


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