Raphael Johannes Zimmer Wins World Junior for the Disabled

FLORIDA (USA) - Raphael Johannes Zimmer from Germany wins the 1st FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled with a perfect score of 7/7 points.
(Back; l-r) William J. Broich, Chief Arbiter; Steve Lampkins, Arbiter; Martha Underwood, Deputy Chief Arbiter; Phiona Mutesi; Griffin McConnell; GM Thomas Luther; Raphael Johannes Zimmer; Natasha Morales; Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro. (Front; l-r) Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira; Dorian-Dumitru Draghici; Paul Tortajada and Samarth Jagadish Rao. Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
Raphael Johannes Zimmer (Germany) and Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (Uganda). Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
GM Thomas Luther and the Champion Raphael Johannes Zimmer (Germany). Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
(l-r) Samarth Jagadish Rao (India); Jagadish Rao (India); Zbigniew Pilimon. Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
WIM Natasha Morales (Puerto Rico) and FIDE Social Action Commission Councillor, Paris Klerides (Cyprus). Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
The Top Blind Player in the 1st FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled was Natasha Morales (Puerto Rico) and the Top Physically Disabled Player was Samarth Jagadish Rao (India).
(l-r) Hector Aristides Barrios Jara; Jesus Adrian Barrios Chamorro (Paraguay) and Phiona Mutesi. Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
In the first edition of this World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled; eight (8) players from seven (7) countries participated in a 7 round robin tournament. Side events included an International Open Tournament, which was held in the same playing hall to promote inclusion and a master training chess camp.
IO Beatriz Marinello interviews Griffin McConnell (USA) Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
IO Beatriz Marinello, Dorian-Dumitru Draghici (Belgium) and Phiona Mutesi. Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
Paris Klerides, FIDE Social Action Commission Councillor interviews Paul Tortajada (USA). Photo copyright Dora L Martinez
This historic event gave the organizers and the families an opportunity to learn how to even the playing field for players with disabilities. Players from Belgium, Germany, India, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uganda and the USA participated in the event. Congratulations to all of the players! The Second Edition of this tournament will take place in the United States in 2018. Here are the Final Standings:

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