Visually impaired chess players can feel the pieces being moved.

Therefore, the players play by feeling the raised or the lowered squares, determining whether the piece is on a white or a black square. By feeling the shape of the piece, they can decide if the piece is a bishop, queen, pawn, rook, knight, or king. The touch of the pin on the pieces aids the player in differentiating a white piece from a black one. The player is able to have a true picture in his or her mind of the position on the board. He is now ready to take on any opponent.

After making each move, the visually impaired person needs to announce the move aloud, so that the opponent knows the move. Instead of writing the moves on a score sheet, the visually impaired player records the moves on a tape recorder or writes the moves in Braille.

Also, there are special tape recorders for blind players to record their games since recording on score sheets would not be possible for them. This way, they still have a saved copy of their game to study with their coach after the game is complete. This helps them in correcting their mistakes and creating new strategies to be better players.

These players use technology with ease, as well as know how to play on the computer and have specialized computers for them to use. Their training techniques are very unique as their routine is mainly comprised of listening to lectures. Their retention power is so solid that they don’t even need their vision to train or play the game.

Blind chess in India is increasing very swiftly. A documentary film called “Algorithms” was made about three blind players in India, one of whom is the mastermind Darpan Inani who is a World Junior Bronze Medalist.

 

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