Relevance of Chess

The game of chess is purported to have had its origins in India. It is a mind game, which was patronised by rajas and maharajas, and has become part of the Indian tradition. Right to this day, chess is played by a large number of Indians across demographic barriers.

Chess is particularly relevant for visually impaired persons. 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 against sighted players in open tournaments and have acquitted themselves very well.

Chess provides an opportunity for the visually impaired persons to prove that they can match the sighted, if not do better. Given the right exposure to tournaments, the accessibility to study material and computers (which the sighted have access to), visually impaired can outperform the sighted in this game.