Jennitha Anto becomes the IPCA World Champion for a record sixth time!
The life story of each disabled athlete is unique and could make a book in itself. The value of chess in particular and sports in general in the life of a disabled person lies in the fact that they are great levellers. The International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA) recognizes this and gives all disabled chess players the special opportunity to excel in the chess sport in their own way. The 19th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship 2019 recently came to conclusion. Even though chess is primarily a mental game, it demands from its players great physical stamina. To keep finding good moves on the chessboard even after hours of strenuous battle is not for the faint hearted. Every participant of this event showed great tenacity sitting at the board and fighting it out for 3-4 hours at stretch, despite their serious physical limitations. In this report we bring you the glimpses of their bravery, their games, results, and more.
19th World Championship for Physically Disabled Chess Players
The 19th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship 2019 took place from 28th June to 6th July in Ruzomberok, Slovakia. It was a nine rounds swiss event following time control of 90 minutes for the entire game with 30 seconds increment from move one. The tournament was organized by the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA) which is the international federation uniting all physically disabled chess players who have got a congenital or an acquired reduced efficiency of the musculoskeletal system and who have got difficulties in walking.
Founded in 1992, the IPCA is affiliated to the FIDE on equal rights with the National Chess Federations and its primary goal is to organize chess tournaments for physically disabled chess players (men, women and youth) around the world who are IPCA members. In the last 26 years since its creation, the federation has organized many high-ranking events like the IPCA World Chess Olympiads, the IPCA Europe Individual Chess Championships and the IPCA World Individual Chess Championships. In addition, it has also facilitated the participation of disabled chess players in the FIDE World Chess Olympiads. The IPCA teams of men and women have taken part in the FIDE Chess Olympiads since 2002.
The story of K. Jennitha Anto
WIM K. Jennitha Anto from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu bagged the IPCA World Women's title the sixth time this year. Jenitha was struck with polio at a very young age and has been wheelchair bound ever since. But nothing has deterred her from achieving her dreams to become a world class chess player.
At the 19th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship 2019 she secured 5.0/9 points to become the highest scoring female player in the event and thus clinched the title for a record sixth time. She is easily one of the most inspirational figures of Indian chess.
The following game from the last round is a noteworthy performance by her in the event:
Yarmonov is the champion once again!
Igor Yarmonov, an international master from Ukraine, has been the IPCA World Champion among people with limited physical mobility four times - 2002, 2013, 2016, 2018. Rated 2389 and a member of the Olympic team of IPCA for 16 years, he was the clear favourite of this year's edition of the event as well. Scoring 7.0/9 along with Andrei Gurbanov and Mikha Nikolay he was declared champion based on a better tie-break.
Igor's grit and spirit to fight it out till the very end is evident from the following game against Valenta Vit which went for a staggering 118 moves and was the longest game of the event.
Final standings after round 9
|19||22||WIM||Jennitha Anto K.||w||w||IND||1972||5,0||39,0||42,0||1895||9||5||4,99||0,01||20||0,2|
Overview of Indian performances:
|22||WIM||Jennitha Anto K.||1972||IND||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||1||5,0||19||20||0,20|
|34||CM||Samarth J Rao||1593||IND||0||½||1||0||½||0||1||0||1||4,0||28||20||30,00|
|39||Pamarthi Audietya Aazadh||1346||IND||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||4,0||30||20||57,60|