Manipal: IBCA Asian Chess for visually challenged Day 2

By Raj Udupi
Udupi Today Media Network


Manipal, 25 March 2017: At the end of the second round of the IBCA Asian Chess Championship for the visually challenged, Husain Ejaz (Bangla Desh) D Kishan Gangolli, Ashwin K Mkawana and Yudhajeet De (all India), are in joint lead with two points apiece  at the Dr TMA Pai Hall here on Friday.



On top Board Swapnil Shah of India played with white pieces against Ejaz, the player with the best FIDE rating in the championship and top seed here. Ejaz opted for the Sicilian defence played carefully to take advantage of Swapnil’s lapses and trapped a piece on move number 22. He continued to put pressure. At that stage, Swapnil tried to save his game but it was too late and surrendered on the 33 move.


On second board Kishan Gangolli of (Karnataka) Played with white pieces against Soundarya Kumar  Pradhan of Odisha. Kishan opted Bogo Indian opening and had space advantage from the beginning.  Soundarya while defending the position played passively. Kishan Gangolli, a seasoned campaigner and National A champion for visually challenged four consecutive times, took advantage and forced Soundraya to surrender on the 34th move.


The games are being broadcast on Radio Chess application online. This is the first time in the history of the visually challenged that a move by move live audio commentary is being broadcast. Also, the games have been live telecasted in and Follow Chess App and also links photographs are available in the All India Chess Federation For The Blind website




Swapanil Shah (1705, Ind) 1 lost to Husain Ejaz    (2010, Ban) 2. Kishan Gangolli (1973, Ind) 2 beat Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (1669, Ind) 1. Patil Shirish (1681, Ind) 1 lost to Makwana Ashvin K (1811, Ind) 2. Aryan B Joshi (1665, Ind) 1½ drew Krishna Udupa (1761, Ind) 1-1/2. Yudhajeet De (1725, Ind) 2 beat Tuan Rushdi (0,    Sri Lanka) 1. Sarkar Bappi (1809    Ban) ½    lost to Samant Milind (1621, Ind) 1-1/2. Rodolfo D. Sarmiento (0, Phi) 1 drew Vaishali Narendra Salavkar (1431, Ind) 1. Waghmare Sachin Lahu (1600, Ind) 1 beat Mrunali Pande (1156, Ind) 0. Jose Antonio M. Maraguinot      (0, Phi) 0 lost to Prachurya Kumar Pradhan (1579    Ind) 1. Marimuthu K. (1559, Ind)    1 beat Hiriyamulla Vithange Sanjeewa Karunarathna (0, Sri Lanka) 0. Somender B L (1395, Ind) 1    beat Liyana Arachchilage Upul Indrajith    (0, Sri Lanka) 0.


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