The 13th edition of India’s highest national chess championship for the blind ‘AICFB National A Chess Championship for the blind ‘ is is organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind, AICFB from 3rd to 11th February 2018 at Andheri sports complex, Mumbai. This is the most prestigious national chess event for the blind in calender year. The winner of this championship will be crowned as India’s ‘National Blind Chess Champion’ for year 2018. Also top players from this championship will form Indian teams for forth coming ‘World Team Championship’ and ‘World Junior’ for the blind held in Bulgaria July 2018 and Poland August 2018 respectively. India got an opportunity to participate in ‘World Team Chess Championship for the Blind 2018’ on the virtue of finishing 7th in the world in last ‘Chess Olympiad for the Blind’ held in Mesedonia June 2017. India is immerged as one of the strong chess playing nation in the world> India’s performance at world chess championships and Olympiads for the blind in last decade had upword curve. Currently India is amongst top 10 in the world bases of the recent performances. There are 60+ member countries in International Braille Chess Association, IBCA (world chess federation for the blind) and the standard of world chess for the blind is very high, we can easily understand this when we see the details of players who represent top countries are title holders Grand Master (GM), International Master (IM) and most of the top players having rating between 2300 to 2500. India stood 5th and 7th respectively in last two chess Olympiads (2012, 2017) clearly demonstrate standard and strength of our players. National A Chess Championship for the blind is the strongest chess event of the country and is held regularly since 1999.
Highlights of National A Chess Championship for the blind 2018
- India’s biggest chess event for the visually impaired
- Top 14 players of India qualified from two level of selection cycle are taking part in this mega event
- Ex-National Champions along with several International players and FIDE rated players will represent their respective state
- Top games will be shown live on a Website
- Live commentary of games will be broad casted on Internet Radio ‘Radio Chess’ (unique initiative of AICFB)