International Master Akshat Khamparia displayed his talent at the Indian Institute of Management when he played with over 50 players simultaneously in a Chess Simultaneous Exhibition.
The event gave opportunity to nearly 50 students of IIM Indore to test their skills against the silver medalist of the Commonwealth Chess Championship. Akshat played with the students and faculty members who also learnt the tricks of the game from him.
In a chess simultaneous match, the chess boards are laid on the tables and the exhibitor moves from player to player to play one move with each player. The game started at around 5.30 in the evening and lasted for nearly four hours.
"It engages the new players and it also keeps the audiences entertained. I am glad that IIM Indore was excited to hold this event when we spoke to them about this. This kind of enthusiasm is essential for the game and the players," said Akshat who recently missed his grandmaster norm by a whisker at Spanish League.
"It is very important for our state to recognise chess as a sport. Many brilliant players who cannot afford the game have already quit. I realised that sponsorship issues exist in our state more that nearby states like Gujarat because our government does not promote chess the way it should", Akshat further added.
The chief guest of the event was Prof Siddhartha K Rastogi, professor of Economics at IIM Indore and fellow chess enthusiast.