How do the Visually Impaired play Chess
Do you know how different is a game of chess for visually challenged? How would you play if you were to close your eyes and yet enjoy the game?
It’s simple, albeit a few physical modifications to the equipment:
In the chessboard, all the Black squares are raised about 3-4 mm above the white squares. The player can feel the raised or the lowered squares to figure out whether the piece is on a black or a white square
Each of the chess pieces has a downward projection (nail) at the base, which fits into the squares on the Board having a hole in the center
Through touch and feel, the player can determine whether the piece is a Pawn, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Queen or King
All the Black pieces have a pin fixed on their heads. The touch of the pin on the pieces helps the player from distinguishing a white piece from a black one
The player is therefore able to have a clear picture in his mind of the position on the Board. The player is now ready to take on any opponent, sighted or otherwise.
As per FIDE rules, a player is required to announce every move made, so that the opponent gets to know of the move. When the visually challenged play chess, instead of writing the moves on a Score Sheet, they record the same in Braille or on a tape recorder.