Mangaluru, Mar 22,2017: The IBCA, International Braille Chess Association Asian Chess Championship for the visually challenged 2017, is all set to take place at the Dr TMA Pai Hall, KMC, Manipal, from March 22 (today) to 31. Eight countries, including India, will take part.
The championship, to be organised by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) under the aegis of IBCA and All India Chess Federation, will be sponsored by the Adani group. National champions and top players will be seen in action in the biggest chess event for the visually challenged in Asia. The countries registered so far are Mongolia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka and Nepal. There will be a live webcast of the action and an app called Radio Chess has been developed to cover the matches on internet radio.
Details : Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports Pramod Madhwaraj will inaugurate the event at 9.30 am. On the occasion, Manipal University will felicitate two sportspersons, Prakash Jayaramaiah and Samarth J Rao.
Jayaramaiahis the vice captain of the Indian cricket team for the blind. He is an opening batsman and wicket-keeper, who won man of the match for his unbeaten 99 against Pakistan in the final of World Cup T20 2017.
Samarth J Rao is a Class 10 student of Government High School Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district. Originally from Kundapura, Rao brought laurels to the state by winning the silver medal in national-level physically disabled chess championship held in Tiruchirapally, Tamil Nadu, in April 2015. He has also bagged the second place in the state-level rapid chess tournament held in Mysore in May 2015. He has won bronze at International Physically disabled Chess Association (IPCA) 2015 World Individual Chess Championship held at Slovakia during June 2015 and World Individual Chess Championship held at Serbia in July 2016.