Chess player Nguyen Van Quan brought down the international grandmaster Kutwal Shashikant on the evening of November 23 at the online world team chess tournament for the disabled in 2020.

Van Quan (Elo 1.783) took the white army, and checked all the Indian chess player Shashikant (2,182) in the 54th move. The original player of Kien Giang was underperformed in the opening, had to spend more time thinking than his opponent. But, he made good moves to catch two black pawns one by one. After that, Van Quan brought two white cars down to row seven, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistake to checkmate.

Van Quan (right) competes at the HDBank international chess tournament 2018, in Hanoi.  Photo: HDBank

Van Quan (right) competes at HDBank 2018 international chess tournament, in Hanoi. Image: HDBank

“When I met an International General (IM), I was also worried”, Van Quan said VnExpress. “I spent the whole day preparing to kick off the Ancient Indian Defense. But the opponent played 6 … Na6, the exact same thing I missed in preparation. So I spent a lot of time trying to defend well. mind and wing After the king was okay, I turned to attack the back wing When I saw that there was no advantage left, the opponent pressed the draw button while my time was running. , because the opening of the game led to a short stance “.

Van Quan is a player with mobility impairment with the highest Elo in Vietnam. He was born in 1988 in Go Quao district, Kien Giang province. At the age of three, he contracted polio virus fever, leaving behind paralysis of his legs and weak left arm. Van Quan has been passionate about chess since the fourth grade, and won the first prize in the commune. By sixth grade, he knew chess, but didn’t play much. In 2009, Van Quan attended the chess tournament for the disabled for the first time in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. He won the grandmaster FIDE Le Minh Hoang in the Ho Chi Minh City Championship.

Shashikant won the 2017 World Chess Championship for the physically disabled, thereby winning the IM title. Before that, he won all three IM standards in 2009, but never exceeded the Elo 2,400. Shashikant was born in 1979 in Pune district, Maharashtra state, India. He developed polio virus fever at the age of 18 months, leaving one leg growing more slowly than the other.

Van Quan (left) and Bich Thuy (right) at ASEAN Para Games 2015. Photo: Vietnamchess

Van Quan (left) and Bich Thuy (right) at ASEAN Para Games 2015. Photo: Vietnamchess

Van Quan’s surprise victory over Shashikant at table one was not enough to help Vietnam avoid defeat against India 1, in the third match. In the remaining three tables, Tran Thi Bich Thuy (1,422) lost to Gangolli Kishan (2,128), Duong Hien Vuong lost to Anto Jennitha (2,001) and Doan Thu Huyen (1,535) drew Joshi Aryan (1,842). Vietnam lost to India 1 ratio 1.5-2.5.

In the first two matches, Vietnam won. The first match against Kazakhstan, Van Quan held a draw against General FIDE Serik Soltanov (2,266), Bich Thuy defeated Nina Zhukovskaya (1,475), Hien Vuong Lower Almash Nuserova (1,245), and Le Van Viet (1,438) lost to Adilkhan Kozhabekov (2,080). Vietnam won Kazakhstan’s 16th seed with a score of 2.5-1.5. In the second match, Vietnam completely won Romania 2, the score 4-0. Van Quan, Bich Thuy, Hien Vuong and Thu Huyen defeated four opponents Elo from 1,480 to 1,997.

After three rounds, Vietnam ranked 14th with four points. This result is successful if based on the initial average Elo, Vietnam is only 46th. In the fourth match that took place on the evening of November 24, Vietnam met Colombia 1 at 9pm.

The online world team chess tournament for people with disabilities in 2020 is organized by FIDE for the first time, from November 21 to December 2. The tournament brought together 396 chess players from 61 teams in 45 countries and territories, including two Grand Masters and 12 International Grandmasters. Each team is registered eight players, with four official players. Each match, teams must select at least one female player to compete. Each team played seven rounds of the Swiss system, choosing four strong teams to enter the semi-finals. Each player has 25 minutes for a game, adding 10 seconds to each move.

Xuan Binh


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