April 13, 2024

2023 IBCA World Championship: Tazbir leads, Magnusson elected as new President

After seven rounds played at the The 2023 IBCA World Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Rhodes, GM Marcin Tazbir of Poland is leading the race with 6.5 points. IM Predrag Nikac (Montenegro) is following closely with 6.0 points while FM Alexey Streltsov (Israel) and Yuriy Bibikov (Kazakhstan) are tied for third place on 5.5/7.

Top 10 after seven rounds:

1

GM

Tazbir, Marcin

POL

2499

2

IM

Nikac, Predrag

MNE

2283

6

3

FM

Streltsov, Alexey

ISR

2343

4

 

Bibikov, Yuriy

KAZ

2050

5

IM

Dukaczewski, Piotr

POL

2088

5

6

 

Kolpakov, Vladyslav

UKR

2238

5

7

IM

Stachanczyk, Jacek

POL

2066

5

8

 

Grybas, Gintaras

LTU

1921

5

9

FM

Magnusson, Jorgen

SWE

2240

5

10

IM

Nizam, Rasim

BUL

2150

5

Complete standings and Round 8 pairings

The IBCA Congress was also held in Rodos Palace hotel on Sunday morning and a new Presidential Board was elected for 2023-2025, in accordance with article 1.3 of the IBCA Electoral Regulations. More details about the elections procedure and the 2 nominated candidates can be found on the official website of IBCA: https://ibca-info.org/2023-ibca-elections

A total of 52 countries are members of IBCA and 34 countries casted their vote. The final results of the IBCA elections 2023 were:

1. Ticket of Presidential candidate Jörgen Magnusson (Sweden):

Votes: 23
Percentage: 67.65%

2. Ticket of Presidential candidate Sergio Harnandan (Netherlands):

Votes: 11
Percentage:  32.35%

The President of IBCA for the term 2023-2025 now is FM Jörgen Magnusson (pictured below). The new Presidential Board also includes IM Piotr Dukaczewski (Poland) and IM Nikos Kalesis (Greece) as Vice-Presidents, Olivier Deville (France) as General Secretary and Thorsten Müller (Germany) as Treasurer.

The previous President of IBCA Dr. Jadhav Charudatta (India) has been approved unanimously by the Congress as Honorary President in recognition of his tremendous work for IBCA.

Photo highlights of the event: https://facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=chessingreece&set=a.802210368367921

IBCA official website: ibca-info.org