Report of the meeting for Chess for the Disabled
October 27, 2013 in Dresden/Germany
David Jarrett (Fide), Stewart Reuben (Fide), Christian Krause (Fide), Zbigniew Pilimon (IPCA),
Svetlana Gerassimova (IPCA), Amarnath Inaganti (IPCA), Ruben Bernardi (IPCA), Michele Visco
(ICCD), Holger Mende (ICCD), Julio Silitzazu, Liboris Sollma, Ludwig Beutelhoff (IBCA),
Christine Beutelhoff (IBCA), Stephen Hilton (IBCA), Egmont Poenisch (IA, chief arbiter), Jan
Berglund, Thomas Luther (Fide), Henrik Teske (translator IPCA), AndrÃ© Irmscher (translator
ICCD), Chanda von Keyserlingk (Media)
Mr Luther opened the meeting at 10.00
The minutes of the Tallinn meeting were discussed.
Mr Hilton (SCO) was appointed as secretary of the committee.
Mr Visco said it is very important to have sign language translators in all chess events.
It was stated that an invitation to the International Paralympic Committee to the opening ceremony
of the 1st WCCD was sent, but there was no reply.
It was accepted to support a trainers seminar in Berlin (28-30.03.2014)
The wish to have an arbiters seminar during the 2nd WCCD (October 2015) was expressed. Mr
Poenisch told about the importance of education.
Support from the budget for Tromso was discussed. It was decided to wait for the proposal from
Tromso till January 2014 and later decide about the issue.
The question of supporting to run an office of the 3 organisations was discussed. Fide statues do not
give the opportunity to support a member federation for office costs.
Tournament rules were discussed. Mr Reuben told about the changes in 07.2014. The meeting was
informed that no player with a disability will suffer a penalty because of a disability in relation to
score taking. It would be nice to have comments on the laws of chess in sign language.
The topic of paralypics and chess was postponed to the afternoon.
Mr Visco expressed the wish for arbiters who know sign language for Tromso. This shall be
discussed with the Arbiters Commission. It would be nice if the ARB could contact Mr Poenisch
about special needs for disabled players. There are suggestions from arbiters in Dresden to share
their experience. 3 IA from the Dresden tournament would be willing to work in Tromso.
Mr Jarrett informed about the regulations of WADA. The teams in Tromso have to follow these
The meeting had a wide ranging discussion on popularising chess for the disabled. Chess was
viewed a way of integrating disabled people into society. The committee will look and organise a
project within the budget. The secretary will be responsible to organise the project.
The meeting discussed how to raise awareness for chess for the disabled. The secretary wants more
help of federations in reaching out to disabled people. Each federation should appoint an officer for
The setup of a website was discussed. It was agreed to have a website in the future. The setup of a
barrier-free website will be explored. The appointment of a publicity officer was postponed.
Mr Luther spoke about the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. The right of
participation and the right for information was discussed.
The possibility of ordering a bigger amount of chess sets for blind players was discussed. The
meeting could not decide on this issue. The question how to reach people who need them was
Mr Hilton told that there are companies who produce ebooks for disabled people. The meeting
decided to look into the matter.
The issue of a talking chess clock was discussed. It was said there are few clocks for blind players.
One clock is produced in Spain. Mr Hilton will contact the Technical Commission for further
The issue of multiple discrimination was discussed. Not all disabilities are covered by the 3
organisations. What to do for disabled players with another disability was discussed. It was decided
to look into paralympic rules before deciding on the matter.
It was decided to have Mr Luther as chairperson, Mr Hilton as secretary and 3 representatives in the
committee (all together 5 people)
13.00-14.00 lunch break
Mr Inaganti proposed to organise a trainers seminar end of 2014 in India. It was decided that he
shall contact the Trainers Commission about this matter.
Mr Jarrett told about the project to bring chess to the paralympic games. There was a detailed
discussion. Main topics were classification, medical issues and a format of an event. Mrs
Gerassimova described the current situation in Russia. It was decided to explore possibilities how to
establish a contact towards the International Paralympic Committee.
Mr Inaganti asked for funding an IPCA office. It was told that Fide can not fund the office of a
member federation or organisation.
Mr Luther closed the meeting at 16.00.
Adviser Chess for Disabled
Since GM Thomas Luther was put in charge at my suggestion, some progress has been made in FIDE, including holding the recent World Championship. No English player played.
Welcome on board Jack.
Hastings Masters entry fees: reduced by 50% for registered disabled players. Jack, getting other congresses to imitate this would be a step forward. Not only helping lower the considerable costs that can be associated with playing, but also demonstrating that the organisers are welcoming.
Horntye Park where the Hastings Congress takes place: 'The playing venue is accessible to players with disabilities.' Do all congress entry forms express this when true?