Chess – Relevance to the Visually Impaired
Chess is a mind game, which was patronized by rajas and maharajas, has become a part of the Indian tradition. Who can forget the well-etched Premchand’s ‘Shatranj ke Khiladi’, in verse or cinematic form? Right to this day, chess is being played by a large number of Indians across demographic barriers. Grandmasters like Vishwanathan Anand, Sashikiran, Hari Krishnan, Koneru Hampi and Harika have been champions of the game. Given the right exposure to tournaments, the accessibility to study material and computers, visually challenged can outperform the sighted in this game and also produce a World Champion in a few years.
Chess is particularly relevant for visually challenged person. It is the only game that the visually impaired can play against the sighted on an equal footing. In fact, visually impaired players have pitted their wits and outshined against sighted players in open tournaments. After all, it is the battle of the minds!