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The 1st World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled

Round 3 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled took place on June 24th, 2017. It featured a pairing between the two players, Griffin (USA) and Raphael (Germany). After a long fight of four (4) hours of play, Raphael was victorious.

Griffin - Raphael

Griffin – Raphael

A nice game was played between Dorian and Paul where the young American won his first game.

Paul (USA) and Dorian (Belgium) shake hands after the game

Paul (USA) and Dorian (Belgium) shake hands after the game

Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico)

Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico)

In an interesting game between Samarth (India) and Natasha (Puerto Rico), the young player from India won. After three (3) rounds, Raphael leads with 3 points.

In the afternoon, all players and friends attended a Q & A with Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi which was followed by a screening of the Disney movie, Queen of Katwe.

Robert Katende meets Raphael at the Q & A prior to the Queen of Katwe screening

Robert Katende meets Raphael at the Q & A prior to the Queen of Katwe screening

Standings after Round 3 Total Points:
Raphael Johannes Zimmer 3.0
Samarth Jagadish Rao 2.0
Griffin McConnell 2.0
Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro 2.0
Natasha Morales 2.0
Paul Tortajada 1.0
Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira 0.0
Dorian-Dumitru Draghici 0.0

Beatriz Marinello Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende

Beatriz Marinello, Phiona Mutesi, and Robert Katende at the Q & A and Queen of Katwe screening

The remarkable story of Phiona shows the importance of how chess is not just a game but a transformative tool that can give opportunities to young people and teach life skills.

Round 4 of the 7 rounds will be played on June 25th at 5pm. Stay tuned for more coverage!

By Thomas Luther
Photo Copyright: Dora Leticia Martinez

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