Historic Moments: Michael Davis: 2004 U.S. Blind Champion

Alan Dicey vs. Michael Davis at the 2004 U.S. Blind Championship. Davis won the game enroute to a 4-0 performance and his first championship.

Alan Dicey vs. Michael Davis at the 2004 U.S. Blind Championship. Davis won the game enroute to a 4-0 performance and his first championship.

Michael Davis of New York won the 2004 U.S. Blind Championship among six players scoring a perfect 4-0. The tournament was held in conjunction with the U.S. Open and held on August 8th-9th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Davis has played blind competitions for at least a decade, winning several class prizes. Last year, Davis would win his first championship by winning all of his games decisively and now becomes part of chess history trivia.

(Note: The competitions have been dominated by a handful of players notably strong Candidate Master Joseph Kennedy (also a quadriplegic) combined with Alex Barasso and Jeff Siebrandt. Perhaps the most famous blind players would have to be Albert Sandrin who won the 1949 U.S. Open.)

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