Daniel Pulvett wins Junior Championship for the blind

6/25/2009 – Being blind or visually impaired does not mean you cannot enjoy chess. Naturally the games cannot be conducted as in normal events – the blind need a separate pegged board which they can touch during the games. And the moves are naturally exchanged verbally. The Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Täby/Stockholm was won by Daniel Pulvett of Venezuela.

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Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Täby/Stockholm, Sweden

Daniel Pulvett of Venezuela won the Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impared 2009.


The winners: Igor Khmelevskoi RUS (3rd), Daniel Pulvett, VEN (1st), Stanislav Babarykin RUS (2nd)


Daniel Pulvett receives his gold medal

The final standings after seven rounds (top 16 out of 34) were:

Rk. Name Nat. Rtg Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1 Pulvett Daniel VEN 2250 6.0 25.5 27.5 22.0
2 Babarykin Stanislav RUS 2164 5.5 29.5 32.5 25.5
3 Khmelevskoi Igor RUS 2100 5.5 26.0 28.0 23.5
4 Berggren Marcus SWE 1897 5.5 25.0 27.0 22.5
5 Yuvarlak Ugur TUR 1845 5.0 27.5 30.0 20.0
6 Berggren Patrik SWE 1960 4.5 29.0 32.5 21.0
7 Dimic Pavle SRB 1892 4.5 25.5 29.0 18.0
8 Renkowski Piotr POL 1677 4.5 23.0 25.0 16.0
9 Szurgot Dominik POL 2002 4.5 22.5 24.0 16.0
10 Iwancio Lukasz POL 2018 4.0 29.5 32.5 20.0
11 Czajkowski Adam POL 1741 4.0 26.5 28.5 18.0
12 Saikrishna S. T. IND 1701 4.0 25.5 27.5 17.0
13 Escudeiro Tilve Ramon ESP 1929 4.0 23.5 26.0 16.0
14 Bulgakov Pavel RUS 2050 4.0 23.5 25.5 14.0
15 Jandric Damjan SRB 1744 4.0 23.0 25.5 15.0
16 Desmas William FRA 1667 4.0 21.5 23.5 14.0

A key game in round seven:

Berggren,Patrik (1960) - Pulvett,Daniel (2250) [A25]
Junior world championship for blind Uppsala (7), 24.06.2009
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nge2 Be6 7.Nd5 Qd7 8.0-0 Nd8 9.b3 c6 10.Ne3 c5 11.Bb2 Nc6 12.f4 Nge7 13.Qc2 Nd4 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 0-0 17.fxe5 Bxe5 18.Qd3 Qg4 19.Be4 Rae8 20.Kg2 f5 21.Bf3 Qg5 22.Bxd4 Bxd4 23.Qxd4 f4 24.Be4 Qg4 25.Qd3

25...Nf5 26.Bxf5 Re2+ 27.Rf2 Rxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Rxf5 29.Kg2 f3+ 30.Kg1 Qh3 31.Qf1 f2+ 32.Kh1 Qg4 33.Qd3 Re5 34.Rf1 Qh3 35.Qb1 Re2 36.d4 Rb2 37.Qc1 h5 38.Qd1 h4 39.Qd3 Kg7 40.c5 hxg3 0-1.


During the games the players are allowed to touch the pieces on separate pegged boards


The tournament setup for a blind player


In the thought process the visual aspect is replaced by a tactile process


A round under way



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