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Interview with the winner of the OMD Dystro Ope-net 2016 chess tournament Igor Kolomycenko


igor-kolomycenko.jpgDear chess-player,

in this article we bring an interview for you with russian player Igor Kolomytchenko the winner of the OMD Dystro Ope-net 2016. He was interviewed on-line by Ondrej Bastak Duran.

Original article in russian




Interview with the winner of the OMD Dystro Ope-net 2016 chess tournament Igor Kolomycenko


1. For how many years do you play chess and what was your first contact with this game?

It all began in 1982 when my uncle Vasiya gave me chess for my birthday. He brought it to my grandmother's village and showed me how to play. After placing all of the chess pieces on the board, we started to play. After only two moves, he checkmated me. I got so angry that I started to learn how to play by watching the "Chess school" (TV show) and learning the rules.

2. You are the winner of the OMD Dystro Ope-net 2016 chess tournament and we consider you to be a strong chess player, your FIDE is actually 2009 as you mentioned in the application form. Do you participate in other chess tournaments in Russia or abroad? Even the chess tournaments not specialy designed for disabled?

In 1986, I entered the first correspondence tournament of the Odessa Chess Club. Afterwards, I played in CSHC USSR. From 1995 to 2000, I played in the ICCF open tournament which I won. Since 1997 I started to play in person. I participated 3 times in the E. Lasker's memorial tournament in Poland and 5 times in the Cup of Russia in Tomsk. I also twice participated in the World and European Championships for motor impaired persons. I placed third in the Russian Championship among the motor impaired persons in 2005. In 2014, I placed 3rd in the team competition (from Altai region) in the Russian Championship among the motor impaired persons. Currently, I am rated FIDE 2009 CCM, ICCF 2311, RAZSH 2266 and CCM.

3. Is chess an obligatory subject in the school in Russia? Because it is well known Russia is a strong country in chess. What is the reason?

Chess classes are not compulsory in Russian schools, however some schools have chess clubs. In Russia, a lot of strong players are attracted to chess since childhood and grow to become excellent coaches and teachers for kids from special schools.

 4. Russia is the biggest country in the world and the distances between the cities there are really enormous there. Do you travel a lot? For the tournament for example? How does it work the transport service for disabled in Russia?

Russia is a very big country and handicapped people have lots of difficulties in travelling around the country; however, this did not stop me and even though I have to spend all my pension to cover the travelling costs and ask strangers to help me. Russian transportation system is quite developed but poorly adapted for handicapped people. Mostly I travel by train in the ordinary carriage, because it is almost impossible to rent a carriage that is designed for people with disabilities. Moreover, it is expensive. I participate mostly in the Russian championship, which has for several years been held in Nalchik, but to get there I have to change trains in various cities. I also participate in the Altai region championships.

5. Does anybody focus on handicaped people in Russia with the intention to care about them? I mean a governement, civic organizations, red cross, humanitary organizations, hospitals,...

In Russia there is a presidential program "Accessible Environment", which facilitates the use of infrastructure: shops, hospitals for disabled people. It works well only in large cities. In my town Biisk and other small towns it is very poorly implemented. In Russia there is a society of disabled people that try to do their best in this area and there are volunteer organizations that help people with disabilities.

6. How it works with the support services for disabled people in Russia?

Support services works well and they assist people with disabilities. For example, they help me get in or out of the train, as well help with orientation in the city.

7. What is the level of medical care of disabled people in Russia?

In Russia there is a very good health care, but it works only on the common grounds. However, there are some perks and some of the operations are free of charge for people with disabilities.

8. If we organize a chess tournament for the participants of Ope-net tournament in Slovakia, would you like to come?

I would like to take part in the competition, but there are some issues that stop me. For example, I need sponsorship that am unlikely to get.

Interviewed by: Ondrej Bašták Ďurán

Translation from russian: Yuliya Kruhlik

3.4.2016, Rožňava, Slovakia – Biysk, Russsia



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