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Playing mind game without vision

WHEN PLAYING chess, you need to remember placement of each pawn in the mind. How else can you think of next move? But what if you just can?t see ? not just the chessboard but also the entire world. Surely, this game of mind is ruled out for you. Not for 25-year old Manoj Parmar though. He is blind and yet plays chess with remarkable aplomb. He is participating in the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Chess Championship.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 13:54 IST

WHEN PLAYING chess, you need to remember placement of each pawn in the mind. How else can you think of next move? But what if you just can’t see – not just the chessboard but also the entire world. Surely, this game of mind is ruled out for you. Not for 25-year old Manoj Parmar though. He is blind and yet plays chess with remarkable aplomb. He is participating in the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Chess Championship.

The Academy of Chess Education (ACA) is the organiser of the tournament. Till 2000 Manoj had some vision in his eyes. But since then he lost vision completely.

The vision loss, however, did not dampen his zeal for chess. An indefatigable Manoj bought a special kind of chess board from Indore to practice the game.

“I searched a lot for a chessboard made specially for the blind. Then someone told me that such a chessboard is available in Indore. I bought it from there”, said Manoj.

About his experience in the championship, Manoj admitted it was not easy to play against players who could see and were experienced. However, he was satisfied with his performance.

“I lost matches with a close margin against seniors but hope to do better in remaining rounds”, he said. Six months back Manoj’s family contacted ACA Director Kapil Saxena for admission.

“Manoj is a promising player and learning moves fast ”, said Saxena. He added that if Manoj got proper support, he could do wonders at the national level.

Apart from chess, Manoj is good in academics too. He is doing MA in history from Hamidia College and completing a course in tabla and synthesizer. Regarding the future plans, Manoj said that he wanted to stand on his feet.

First Published: Apr 11, 2006 13:54 IST