22. Nov, 2020

Chess, a tool for inclusion

The Opening Ceremony of the 1st FIDE Online Olympiad for People with Disabilities took place yesterday.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich emphasised that he is happy to open such an event for People with Disabilities and greeted all the participants with a special message: “Chess is winning against obstacles and challenges. You already won against your challenges, you are great people, and I wish you health and all the luck.”.

The event starts today with the 1st round and will be played till 3rd December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Around 400 players representing 61 teams from 45 federations participate in the Online Olympiad for Disabled, which will be played through Tornelo Online platform.

Video - 2015 World Chship for the Disabled (15:01) 

Alexey Smirnov (partially blind) won the 2015 championship