In the city of Kostroma (Kostroma region) from 18 to 31 March, the Russian Chess Championship for the Sports of the Blind was held.
29 athletes from 18 regions of Russia fought for the medals of the competitions in the classic, fast and lightning programs.
The opening ceremony took place on March 19.
During the opening of the competition, the silver medalists of the first online FIDE Olympiad for persons with disabilities, held from November 20 to December 3, 2020, Alexei Smirnov (Perm Territory), Evgeny Suslov (Ivanovo Region), Stanislav Babarykin (Moscow Region) and Dmitry Andreev (Kostroma region) was awarded medals and diplomas. The awards were presented by the executive director of the Russian Chess Federation, Alexander Tkachev, the chairman of the regional branch of the Russian Paralympic Committee Pavel Zaifidi took part in the awarding ceremony.
RESULTS OF THE CLASSIC ROUND
For the second year in a row, Aleksey Smirnov from the Perm Territory became the champion of Russia among men, scoring 7 points out of 9 possible. The second place with a score of 6.5 points was taken by the representative of the Moscow region Stanislav Babarykin. Rustam Kasimov from the Kirov region closed the top three.
Polina Taranenko, a representative of the Moscow Region, took the lead among women for the second year in a row, with 4.5 points. In second place is another Moscow Region chess player Anastasia Samsonova, who scored 3.5 points. In third place is the representative of the Voronezh region Rimma Sharykina, who has 3 points.
FAST ROUND RESULTS
Competitions in rapid chess (rapid) were held on March 28 and 29 with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds per move. The men's tournament was held according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds. Women determined the strongest in a round robin system in 2 rounds.
Aleksey Smirnov took the lead among men again with 7 points out of 9 possible. The athlete from the Ivanovo region Evgeny Suslov has the same points, but Evgeny lost to the winner of the tournament in a personal meeting and took second place. Stanislav Babarykin from the Moscow Region closed the top three with a score of 6.5 points.
Among women, the first and second places, as in the classic program, were taken by Polina Taranenko, who scored 8 points out of 8, and Anastasia Samsonova, who scored 4.5 points. In third place is the representative of the Tyumen region Elizaveta Klochko, who has 4 points.
RESULTS OF THE LIGHTNING ROUND (BLITZ)
On March 30, a competition in lightning chess (blitz) was held with a time control of 7 minutes per game for each participant, with the addition of 3 seconds after each move, starting from the first.
For men in categories B2-B3 (visually impaired athletes), the tournament was held according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds.
Tournaments in category B1 among men (totally blind athletes) and among women were held in a circular system in two circles.
Stanislav Babarykin from the Moscow Region became the champion of Russia among men in the B2-B3 categories with a score of 8.5 points out of 9 possible. 2 participants scored 6.5 points each: Alexey Smirnov from the Perm Territory and Dmitry Danilchenko from the Republic of Crimea. According to additional criteria, Alexei got silver and Dmitry got bronze.
Polina Taranenko, a sportswoman from the Moscow Region, again became the champion of Russia in blitz among women, scoring 7 points out of 8 possible. In second place is the Tyumen athlete Elizaveta Klochko, who scored 6 points. Rimma Sharykina from the Voronezh region closed the top three with 4 points.
Damir Chigarev took the first place among totally blind athletes (category B1) - 7 points out of 8 possible (Moscow region). In second place is the representative of the Novosibirsk region Semyon Glagolev with 6.5 points. The third place belongs to the athlete from the Vologda region Vladimir Simanov, who has 4 points.