Round 1: The World Junior Chess Championship for Disabled has begun

Opening Ceremony, Group Photo; Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez

June 24, 2017

Press Release
By Thomas Luther;  Photos Copyright: Dora Martinez

FLORIDA (USA) – Round 1 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled occurred on June 23rd, 2017 at the Park Inn by Radisson in Kissimmee, Florida. The opening ceremony began with an introduction of all the players representing seven countries. After an inspirational rendition of the United States National Anthem, FIDE Vice President Beatriz Marinello gave a welcoming speech emphasizing the importance of portraying chess as an all-inclusive sport and as one in which all players can compete on equal terms given the right accommodations.

In the first round, we witnessed an exciting game between Raphael Zimmer from Germany and Samarth Jagadish Rao from India. Raphael ultimately triumphed after a grueling three hours.

Raphael Johannes Zimmer (Germany); Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez

The FIDE Chess for the Disabled Commission has recently created this tournament to support all children with any disability in one competitive event in order to bring awareness to the abilities of all.

The longterm goal will be the inclusion of disabled players in other open events in all levels of competition.

Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (Uganda); Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez
Natasha Morales (Puerto Rico); Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez
Griffin McConnell (USA); Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez
Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro (Paraguay); Photo Copyright Dora Leticia Martinez

This event does not aim to segregate players with disabilities; its aim is to build bridges that will even the playing field.

Each child and young person participating in this event is an inspiration to the rest of us.  We will be sharing their stories and families’ testimonies online.

The closing ceremony, awarding the title of the World Junior Chess Champion for the Disabled as well as announcing the medalists will take place June 28th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

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