IBCA World Individual Chess Championship 2014

 

BCA players in 2014 World Individual Chess Championship



The 13th World Individual Chess Championship for blind and partially sighted players was held in Katerini, Greece from 4/15 May 2014.  Bill Armstrong, who became British Champion in 2013 and Chris Ross were selected to be the BCA representatives in the Championship.  Also playing in the event was another BCA member, Steve Hilton, whose funding came via his official IBCA General Secretary role.  Chris scored 5.5 points from his 9 games, Steve scored 4.5 and Bill scored 4.

 

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Below is a personal account of the event from Bill Armstrong, followed by the results of the three BCA players round by round.

Bill writes:  the World Individual Championship was a very strong tournament and though I am the current visually impaired British champion I was glad that the strongest British player Chris Ross,, a candidate Master,  was also playing as he had real chances of success while I was ranked 62nd out of the 92 competitors. They  included 7 International Masters and several others with lesser titles. In chess tournaments the first round allows the top half an easy win by pairing them against players from the bottom half. Almost all the games go as expected. After this you are paired with opponents on the same points score. For the weaker players, any success that takes you to 50% is a mixed blessing. Your reward is a tough game against a strong player who has just suffered a defeat and is desperate to resume his challenge for a higher place. I had two hard contests with players who finished 15th and 16th  in the final placings but after nine rounds and approximately 35 hours of chess I reached four out of nine and was ranked (would you believe it ) 62nd out of 92. I suppose I should be satisfied but there is always "the point that got away " when one mistake undoes three hours of good play. This was my misfortune in round 8.

The whole experience was really great. I played against visually impaired players from seven countries; there were 31 countries represented at the event. The chess was competitive but the atmosphere was friendly rivalry and off the board very sociable. I renewed contacts from previous events and made several new friends. The Greek hospitality was impressive and the organisation first class. I am grateful to the BCA for giving me this experience and to the various sponsors for their generous support of the BCA.

Results of UK players round by round.

Round

White

Result

Black

1

Stefan Janic (1889)

0-1

Chris Ross (2202)

1

Marek Mackowiak (2179)

1-0

William Armstrong (1866)

1

Sergey Krylov (2295)

1-0

Stephen Hilton (1915)

2

Chris Ross (2202)

0-1

Johansen Kai-Roger (2015)

2

William Armstrong (1966)

1-0

Ekaterini MantesI

2

Stephen Hilton (1915)

1-0

Ron Snoek (1585)

3

Mihai Dima (1930)

1/2-1/2

Chris Ross (2202)

3

Gangolli Kishan (2045)

1-0

William Armstrong (1866)

3

Milenko Ccabarkapa (2182)

1-0

Stephen Hilton (1915)

4

Chris Ross (2202)

1-0

Sergio (1930)

4

William Armstrong (1866)

*

 

4

Stephen Hilton (1915)

*

 

5

Kishan Gangolli (2045)

0-1

Chris Ross (2202)

5

William Armstrong (1866)

1/2-1/2

Peter Ellinger (2012)

5

Stephen Hilton (1915)

1/2-1/2

Manfred Heinich (2009)

6

Chris Ross (2202)

1/2-1/2

Mohamed Zabeib (2170)

6

Matej Znuderl (1981)

1-0

William Armstrong (1866)

6

Gokhan R Gungor (1707)

0-1

Stephen Hilton (1915)

7

Thorsten Mueller (2110)

1/2-1/2

Chris Ross (2202)

7

William Armstrong (1866)

1/2-1/2

Manfred Heinich (2009)

7

Stephen Hilton (1915)

1/2-1/2

Alexander Barrasso

8

Chris Ross (2202)

1/2-1/2

Gavril Draghici Flutur (2142)

8

Heinz Engl (2053)

1-0

William Armstrong (1866)

8

Matej Znuderl (1981)

1/2-1/2

Stephen Hilton (1915)

9

Frank Schellmann (2085)

1/2-1/2

Chris Ross (2202)

9

William Armstrong (1866)

1-0

Teemu Ruohonen

9

Stephen Hilton (1915)

1/2-1/2

Peter Ellinger (2012)

 

 



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