Originally posted by plopzilla
I now this is a very random question but does anyone know of anyone who was physically or mentally disabled (not including blind) that has made it in Chess e.g at least IM level etc?
I think that your question would be more meaningful if it was limited
to covering the players with a disability affecting their chess careers
rather than, say, any people who, after retiring from chess, developed
some physical or mental impairments in their old age.
Tigran Petrosian was afflicted by hearing loss (he needed a hearing
aid), but was that a disadvantage in chess competition, given that
he would be less distracted by noisy playing conditions?
Sadly, some chess players (including Akiba Rubinstein, Tony Miles,
and Bobby Fischer) seemed not always in the best of mental health.
Another interesting question would concern chess players who have
been able to overcome major traumatic events in their lives (such
as surviving a concentration camp). After being shot by robbers in
his home, Artur Yusupov continued to play well, though perhaps with
less energy and ambition. As I recall, a GM or IM has said that he was
sexually abused by a chess trainer. Statistically speaking, it's almost
certain that some female players with FIDE titles have been raped,
though I know of no woman (understandably) who has admitted it.