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This was to rejoice Chennai being the host metropolis for the Chess Olympiad 2022. There have been three chessboards underwater, off the coast of Neelankarai

This was to rejoice Chennai being the host metropolis for the Chess Olympiad 2022. There have been three chessboards underwater, off the coast of Neelankarai

The barracudas off the coast of Neelankarai have been going about their Sunday as typical once they observed one thing peculiar: three checkered sq. boards. And on them stood black-and-white items within the form of pawns, bishops, knights, rooks, kings and queens. Quickly, colleges of bannerfish, angelfish, jackfish and a solitary turtle joined the barracudas, as they witnessed their first underwater sport of chess. 

The six gamers, nevertheless, performed on unperturbed, periodically rocked by underwater surges. SB Aravind Tharunsri, the organiser of this revolutionary feat, stored an eye fixed on the proceedings, dressed as Thambi, the mascot for the continuing 44th Chess Olympiad. The contributors are all scuba divers educated by him. “Every sport lasted for about quarter-hour,” says Aravind, founding father of Temple Adventures diving centres in Neelankarai and Puducherry.

SB Aravind dressed as Thambi.

SB Aravind dressed as Thambi.
| Picture Credit score: Temple Adventures

“The concept was to rejoice Chennai being the host metropolis for the Chess Olympiad 2022. That is our means of encouraging all of the chess gamers from India and around the globe,” says Aravind. The chess boards and items have been specifically designed so that they keep underwater. The chessboards weigh 10 kilograms every and had iron hooked up to the bottom. The chess items have been full of iron filling so as to add the wanted weight. “My Thambi masks was designed by artwork director PP Saravanan, maintaining the specs of my face and diving regulator in thoughts. The masks product of fibre, measures one-and-a-half toes in peak and comfortably suits the regulator too,” he explains.

Scuba divers playing a game of chess underwater.

Scuba divers enjoying a sport of chess underwater.
| Picture Credit score: Temple Adventures

“It took us two hours to arrange every thing, align the boards, and play the sport. We stored coming as much as the floor each 20 minutes,” says Aravind, who alongside along with his workforce took a ship 5 kilometres out to sea at 6.30 within the morning. They then dove right down to a depth of 60 toes. “This isn’t one of the best time for diving. The South West monsoon is on and the currents are additionally sturdy,” he says.

The underwater chess team.

The underwater chess workforce.
| Picture Credit score: Temple Adventures

The visibility over the previous couple of days had not been good however the workforce was fortunate to get eight to 10 metres of visibility on the day of the feat. Aravind is happy with the consequence and has many extra underwater occasions deliberate. A few of the different underwater actions he had earlier organised embody a sport of cricket, workouts, and biking.

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