MU AIDS INTERNATIONAL BLIND CHESS TOURNAMENT
Manipal University played as host to Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged. The visually challenged players from Bangladesh, Phillippines and Sri Lanka including the host country India participated in the event held during the last week of March 2017. Manipal University organized the tournament in collaboration with All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) and the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA).
Dr. HS Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of the University, in his inaugural address drew attention towards a lack of motivation and awareness towards such sports events in India. The sponsors should come out to support sports other than cricket he felt. Explaining how sports has been induced as the culture in Manipal University, the Pro-Chancellor proudly talked about the Kadambi Scholarship Which is given to sports persons other than cricket.
Charudatta Jadhav, General Secretary, AICFB, felt that the game of chess hasn’t received its due recognition. Speaking about the Federation’s attempt to promote Chess, ‘Talk 64’ software, launched in India is now being used by players from over 30 countries. This effort should be recognized by the government he felt.
Ejaz Husain of Bangladesh was highest FIDE Rated player in the tournament. But Kishan Gangolli of India managed to finish tables with better scores to win the tournament.