Blind chess school is surprise winner in Bangladesh

by ChessBase
5/7/2017 – It would have been a nice, but fairly normal chess initiative that would never have been reported here were it not for the highly unusual result. The Chittagong District Sports Association (CJKA) organized for the first time a school team chess tournament named the CJKS Nails and Wood Inter School Team Chess Tournament 2017. Open to all, with boys teams and girls teams, the unbeaten champion was the Chittagong Government School for the Blind.

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Report by IA Md Haroon Or Rashid

Chittagong is a major coastal seaport city and financial centre in southeastern Bangladesh. The city has a population of more than 2.5 million while the metropolitan area has a population of over four million people, making it the second largest city in the country. Although little known, Chittagong is the home of the longest sea-beach of the world.

The event was held from 8th to 12th April 2017 in M A Azai Stadium Bhaban in Chittagong, Bangladesh. A total of 36 teams from 22 schools participated in the event where 182 boys and 22 girls played a five-round Swiss League system for teams.

All students who came representing the Chittagong Government School for the Blind were visually challenged

They successfully clinched the school team chess title in spite of playing normal students with no disabilities

Samity Girls School & College came in fifth place with seven points in the event

In first place was the Chittagong Govt. School for the Blind with nine nine match points. Chittagong City Corporation Mayor and General Secretary of CJKS Mr. A J M Nasir Uddin distributed prizes among the winning teams.

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Bertman Bertman 5/8/2017 04:57
@Rod - Nothing in the story is remotely related to India. In fact, nothing is even related to any particular country's qualities.
Rod Plant Rod Plant 5/8/2017 01:31
I like this story but it is very India-centric. Could someone write about the participation of the International Blind Chess Association in the Chess Olympiads? For instance in Baku they fielded a team with 2 IMs and 2 FMs, average rating 2273.
kphs kphs 5/8/2017 11:17
Congratulations! In spite of being visually challenged!
KevinC KevinC 5/8/2017 10:50