20 October 2019

Checkmate Visual Impairment!

According to Wikipedia's page on Visual impairment,

As of 2015 there were 940 million people with some degree of vision loss. 246 million had low vision and 39 million were blind. The majority of people with poor vision are in the developing world and are over the age of 50 years.


The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80% of visual impairment is either preventable or curable with treatment.

What does this have to do with chess? Nothing and everything...

Checkmate disability! © Flickr user IAPB/VISION 2020 under Creative Commons.

...The description explained the reason for the photo:-

Photo uploaded from the #VisionFirst! Photo Competition (iapb.org; International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) held for World Sight Day 2019.

And also gave details on its origin:-

Submitted by: Dany Devassy
Country: India
Organisation: Chaithanya Eye Institute, Palarivattom, Kochi, Ernakulam
Category: Amateur
Caption: "Checkmate disability!"

For another chess related photo from the same competition, see "Insightful comradeship made over blacks and whites" (flickr.com). For all photos from the competition, see #VisionFirst Photo Competition (ditto). For the terms of the competition, see photocomp.iapb.org. For another take on blind chess, see Best Blind Players of India (August 2018).

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