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Defending champ Gangolli wins national chess tourney for blind

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Defending champion Karnataka's Kishan won the 13th edition of 'A' Championship organised by All Federation for the Blind (AICFB) here today.

At the end of the 13th round today Asian Championship winner, became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points, a said.

While Gujarat's stood second with 9.5 points, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of with 9 points came third.

of (Rating 1814) with 8.5 points stood fourth and the fifth place was secured by Subhendu Kumar Patra with 7.5 points.

In the 13th round, Kishan played against Prachurya Kumar Pradhan from and was very well determined to win the championship on the last day. However, Prachurya Kumar Pradhan gave a tough fight and both settled for a draw.

The top five players of A Championship will form the Indian team for the forthcoming 'World Team Championship' for the blind to be held in in July 2018, the release added.

Earlier in the day, Viswanathan Anand, met the 14 visually challenged chess players who are competing at 'A' Chess Championship for the visually challenged here.

Anand spoke to them about their games and also shared interesting insights on making the game more powerful to defeat the opponent.

"I have huge respect for the visually challenged chess players as they have an excellent memory and visual imagery of the game to compete with a I hope that blind chess will get the recognition it deserves in at the earliest," Anand said.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:40 IST