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41st Chess Olympiad gets underway in Norway

All 24 chess pieces Chess pieces. Image credit: Luis Dantas

Last night, the 41st Chess Olympiad got underway in Tromsø, Norway with the opening ceremony. Norway’s Finance Minister Siv Jensen gave a speech, and there was traditional Norwegian music played, and a performance by Norwegian popstar Violet Road.

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Unlike some other sporting competitions, able-bodied players compete directly against people with disabilities. For this competition, there are three non-national teams for people with specific disability types. Teams competing include the International Physically Disabled Chess Association open team, International Chess Committee of the Deaf open team, International Braille Chess Association open team, the International Physically Disabled Chess Association women’s team, International Braille Chess Association women’s team, International Chess Committee of the Deaf women’s team, and men’s teams for each organizations.

The International Physically Disabled Chess Association open team includes captain Zbigniew Pilimon who has a rating of 2264, and IM Andrei Obodchuk with a 2372 rating, IM Igor Yarmonov with a 2329 rating, IM Evgeny Vodyasov with a 2226 rating, FM Vit Valenta with a 2132 rating, and Ruben Bernardi with a 2114 rating. The International Physically Disabled Chess Association women’s team includes Captain Svetlana Gerasimova who has an average rating of 1907, WIM Galina Melnik, WIM Anto K. Jennitha, WIM Marina Kaydanovich, Elena Kurochkina and Nikola Konkolova.

The International Chess Committee of the Deaf open team includes captain IM Sergej Salov with an average rating of 2374, IM Duilio Collutiis, and GM Yehuda Gruenfeld, IM Vladimir Klasan, Alisher Anarkulov and Mohammed Reza Ghadimi. The women’s team includes Olga Nazarova who has an average rating of 2056, WIM Tatiana Baklanova, WIM Olga Gerasimova, WCM Annegret Mucha, Natalya Myronenko and Egle Marcinkeviciene.

The International Braille Chess Association open team includes captain IM Jose Rafael Sequera Paolini with an average rating of 2348, IM Daniel Pulvett Marin, IM Yuri A. Meshkov, FM Oliver Mueller, FM Jacek Stachanczyk andIM Piotr Dukaczewski. The women’s team includes WIM Lubov Zsiltzova-Lisenko – 2262 WCM Anna Stolarczyk, WCM Shafiga Valner, Irina Zarubinskaya and FM Teresa Debowska.

Germany is well represented amongst deaf chess players. Annegret Mucha is a member team of deaf women and is the captain Sergey Salov and Mohammed Ghadimi is a member of men’s deaf team.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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