India’s K. Jennitha Anto became the World chess champion for the disabled after winning the 13th IPCA World women’s individual championship in Velke Losiny, Czech Republic.
Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Jennitha scored 4.5 points from nine rounds after winning three, drawing three, and losing three games. She competed in a combined group with men and became the highest scorer among the woman players and was awarded the IPCA women’s title.
Two Russian women finished tied with Jennitha on points but a higher buchcholz score helped her win the title.
The triumph was more special for Jennitha as she also became a Woman International Master (WIM). The new WIM title would allow her direct entry into many National events for women, except the premier tournament.
The event attracted 49 physically challenged players from 15 countries.
Jennitha, being a wheel-chair player, participated in the FIDE A Category — where almost all the players were international rated players. Nearly nine title holders — five IMs, one FM, one WFM and Two WCM’s — participated in this championship. More than 25 wheel-chair players also took part in the tournament.