Chess is a sport in which blind players can compete against any other player with ease. Many of the visually impaired chess players can give players with vision a run for their money. So, the question is how can these players manage to play the game even with their visual impairment? Well, it’s motivating and innovative.
A special chess board for blind players is utilized in which the squares on the braille board are lifted and have dots on them to detect the specific squares on the board. The white and black pieces are also distinguished by special squares made on the pieces. This way, the visually impaired player can recognize his piece and his opponent’s.
It is justly said that in chess, each player goes blind after the first three moves. It is all up to the mind and its estimates after that. It is a similar strategy used by a blind chess player.
They touch the pieces on their special boards to stay in check on the changing positions and think about their next move. Then, they use their chess skills to play like any other player.
Chess Board Modifications
The Chess Board of 64 squares has these modifications:
- All the black squares are raised above the white squares. By feeling the squares, a player is capable of determining whether the square is a white or black one.
- Each of the squares on the board has a hole in the middle so that the pieces can be set in these holes.
- Every piece has a downward projection (nail) at the base, which goes into the hole in the squares on the board, connecting the piece tightly on the board.
- All the black pieces have a pin fixed on their heads aiding the player in differentiating between a black and a white piece.