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.)

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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