Lucknow: Lucknow’s Chess Club Black and White (CCBW) with young chess fans in the age-group 6-12 years hosted a novel chess event combining online with over-the-board (OTB) chess as hundreds of their fans tuned in to play as teams with two young stars of Indian chess – International Master (IM) Nubair Shah Sheikh and Women’s International Master (WIM) Rucha Pujari exhibiting their class.
The two popular Indian chess stars upgraded their home studio acoustic systems and linked their computers to what is the world’s first rollable eboard. Though the two chess masters were connected online from different cities, they were actually making the moves on a board instead of on the screen!
“Chess witnessed an online boom during the lockdown and after the initial fizz, we all missed the real otb experience,” said WIM Rucha Pujari. IM Nubair Shah added, “Staring at screens in deep thought for hours can really strain your eyes. We decided to get around that.”