What is the project about?
Project Checkmate is a comprehensive project reaching out to the underprivileged and blind society through chess. We conduct workshops, lectures, organize events like Grandmaster seminars and simultaneous games, and take the students for different tournaments.
Where is the project located?
The project ran in the Ishwar NGO, New Delhi and the National Association of the Blind(NAB),RK Puram,New Delhi. Now, we mostly conduct online sessions tailor-made for our students and at times organise face to face sessions at NAB.
How many students learn under the project?
There are close to twenty blind students who learn under the project. We have also imparted training to 20 underprivileged children at the ISHWAR NGO. We undertake customized training sessions for two of our top trainees.
how is the training conducted?
The training is conducted through online Skype classes as well as on-site mentoring sessions. Students remain in regular touch through social media, emails, and telephonic conversations.
what is the benefit of playing chess for these children?
Chess helps these students to develop a strong passion besides their academics in school. It gives them a holistic development and makes them a smarter individual. They are also able to compete in the mainstream society.
what is the NAB Chess team?
The NAB Chess Team has been chosen through various means of selection. It is a team of the top students in training who travel for different events and receive extra mentoring. Currently, two students have an international FIDE Rating.
How can I contribute?
You can contribute by spreading the message and liking our pages. You could also provide support in terms of chess books, braille chess boards, computer chess programs, ,and chess magazines. You could also write to us for any sponsorship opportunities on firstname.lastname@example.org
what are the future plans?
We will be trying to organise more events like camps with GMs, simultaneous games with strong players, and make the students participate in more chess tournaments.
what is the entire concept of blind chess? How do the blind players play?
The Blind chess has an international body as well as an Indian body (AICFB) to regulate blind tournaments across the country and the world. The players have a separate board to compete on. This board has holes on the squares and are uplifted. The pieces also have distinct features for the players to distinguish. For further details, you can refer to my paper on blind chess that can be found in the 'Presentation' section of this website.
Chess breaks barriers and boundaries and makes these children fly high. It gives them confidence and imparts a skill for life. It teaches them how to be focused and stay motivated at all times. It gives them a recreation and helps them in their school work by making them think out of the box.