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Mumbai - 13 Dec 2003
1. Wide shot of Asian Chess Championship organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind
2. Various of blind/partially blind players playing chess
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Charudatta Jadhav, General Secretary of All India Chess Federation for the Blind:
"All other games has a limitation, it shows our limitations that yes - we are, we have to adjust something in this, you know. But the chess doesn't have that. We have same rules followed for the sighted by FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs), same rules which we have here, everything has been spared. There is no relaxation for the timings for the blind, the same time which gets the sighted, we are getting the same time."
4. Name cards for chess players, chess game being played behind them
5. Vaishali Salavkar, national blind chess champion
7. Various of Vaishali playing chess
8. Focus pull from black pawn to white knight
9. Various of chess coach Raghunandan Gokhale coaching a budding player
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Raghunandan Gokhale,chess coach:
"They (blind chess players) have got power of concentration and whatever they lose with their eyesight, their memory is extraordinarily strong, so they can make up with their memory as well (as) concentration."
Mumbai - 17 Dec 2003
11. Various of Vaishali boiling milk on stove
12. Various of Vaishali playing chess with her husband
13. Nameplate on door
14. Vaishali combing her daughter's hair
15. Vaishali and daughter walking into blind school
16. SOUNDBITE (Marathi) Vaishali Salavkar, National blind chess champion:
"The confidence that I get out of playing chess with a sighted person is very useful in life. It enables me to lead a good life."
17. Various of blind schoolchildren being coached by Vaishali Salavkar
A battle of minds -- visually impaired chess players lock horns in the Asian Chess Championship for the Blind.
The tournament, which took part in Mumbai in December, was organised by the All India Chess Federation for the Blind and features players from as far afield as Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Yemen.
Charudatta Jadhav, a chess player and general secretary of the federation, believes chess is the only game in which a blind player can compete with a sighted person on par.
Jadhav says there is only one difference in the rules for sighted and visually impaired players.
A sighted player is committed to playing the piece they touch - but for blind players the rule has been altered because they have to touch all the pieces in order to "see" the board. Instead, a blind player must play any piece they actually move.
Raghunandan Gokhale, the top Indian chess coach, also coaches visually impaired players.
He believes concentration and a good memory are important attributes for a successful chess player.
The confidence that the game gives visually impaired players spills over into their personal lives.
Vaishali Salavkar, partially blind, is an international chess player and is top-seeded in Indian women's chess.
Besides household work and raising her daughter she also helps her husband run a telephone booth.
Vaishali's husband, Narendra Salavkar, also partially blind, is proud of his wife's achievements and practises the game with her.
Vaishali now wants to pass on what she has learned. Once a week, she goes to the blind school nearby to teach chess to interested children.
The All India Chess Federation for the Blind recognises the popularity of chess and wants the game to be included as a compulsory subject in the curricula of blind schools.
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