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Chess in the IBSA World Games

Date: July 28, 2023

Category: Chess

As is known, chess is the world sport that, after football, has the most registered athletes.
It is played on all continents, both by able-bodied people and by the vast majority of people with disabilities.
Chess, for the second time, was included in the list of sports that will be present at the IBSA WORLD GAMES.

There are 22 athletes from seven countries (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Uzbekistan) which will compete for medals.
The tournament will take place in the Swiss system with seven rounds; each round will start at 15:00, the first round will be on August 20, and the game time is one hour and a half per player plus 30 seconds per increment move.
The technical session is scheduled for August 18 at 7.30pm CEST (-1 local time), in the Great Hall. Also, the athletes have the opportunity to prepare together with the staff, on August 18 and 19.
The main referee of the tournament is Michail Keramiotis (Greece).

The prize will be awarded in three categories:
 * Open Tournament
 * Women
 * Teams (each team will be composed of two athletes, who will be established during the technical meeting).

I hope with all my heart, that in the future, the sports organisations from the IBSA member countries will focus more on the promotion of this sport “of the mind”! I wish all the athletes who will be present in Birmingham the best thoughts to dispute games that rise to the highest value level and the best to win!
Sorin Lapadatu, Chess Sport Committee Chairperson

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