National Chess Championship for Visually Challenged: Kishan Gangolli Claims Seventh Title

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Last Updated: March 18, 2023, 18:06 IST

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Kishan Gangolli of Karnataka completed with 7.5 factors from 9 rounds, ending half-point forward of Aryan Joshi of Maharashtra and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Odisha

Former champion Kishan Gangolli emerged as champion of the sixteenth AICFB National Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged on Saturday, bagging the title for the seventh time in his profession.

On the ultimate day of the competitors, Kishan Gangolli of Karnataka completed with 7.5 factors from 9 rounds, ending half-point forward of Aryan Joshi of Maharashtra and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Odisha. Ashvin Makwana (Gujarat) and Darpan Inani (Gujarat) had been joint-fourth with 6.5 factors whereas Somender BL (Delhi) ended with 6 factors.

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The winners had been awarded a complete of Rs 1 lakh money prizes and trophies by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).

The high 4 gamers — Kishan Gangolli, Aryan Joshi, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan and Ashvin Makwana — will type an Indian crew for the forthcoming World Individual Chess Championship to be held in Greece in October.

Twelve different gamers within the classes of completely blind (B1) and partially blind (B2 & B3) might be chosen for the upcoming Asian Para Games that might be held in October in Hangzhou, China.


A complete of 56 gamers (all visually challenged) had been chosen to take part on this prestigious event primarily based on their efficiency on the state and zonal chess tournaments carried out throughout India.

Speaking through the prize distribution ceremony, Dr Charudatta Jhadhav, President of the All India Chess Federation of the Blind (AICFB) and International Braille Chess Association (IBCA), expressed gratitude to all people who performed a job within the profitable conduct of the occasion.

“We are very pleased with all of the gamers who’ve strived arduous and reached right here to realize recognition on a nationwide stage. After this, our subsequent steps will embody getting ready the nationwide winners for the World Championship and Asian Para Games of 2023.

Along with this, we can even transfer ahead to realize our imaginative and prescient of offering technology-based infrastructure to empower the visually challenged to pursue chess and put together themselves for all the varied tournaments within the coming future. Besides this, we additionally want to give you a normal maturity mannequin to trace the efficiency of gamers and spotlight improvisations,” Dr Jhadhav said.


He said the AICFB is taking all steps to promote chess in schools.

“We are taking every possible initiative to promote chess in schools for the visually impaired and start c hess academies in every state under the Program Uddan. Our targets can be achieved with humble support from stakeholders and government organizations,” the AICFB president stated.


“The AICFB is arising with numerous initiatives, together with cell software program for the visually challenged to study, play, and analyze chess independently; a web-based coaching portal with pre-recorded lectures; and a web-based library with audiobooks. Additionally, AICFB is arising with a web-based event platform to make it possible for the visually challenged to compete from their houses for the expertise,” he added.

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