Vidit Gujrathi is the brand ambassador for blind chess in India
23-year-olds on non-working days are supposed to be having fun with their friends, or go out shopping or just having a relaxed time. But not Vidit Gujrathi. India's latest chess sensation proved that he was not just an excellent chess player (his rating of 2726 justifies this), but he is also a wonderful human being as he pledged his time and effort to spreading blind chess in India. He will be the brand ambassador of the All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) and his main task will involve boosting the morale of the visually challenged players and spreading awareness about them. Truly, a great young visionary.
He is just 23 years old but he understands the meaning of giving back to the society. "Chess has given me a lot", says Vidit, "This is my way of giving back to the game." On 9th of February 2018, India number three Vidit Gujrathi became the brand ambassador of All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) and he would be work to promote blind chess across the country. The pictures below tell you the story of how Vidit spent his time with the visually challenged players.
Speaking to ChessBase India, Vidit said, "Chess has given me a lot in my life. I want to give back something to the game." He also added, "The most important thing for blind players is that they should be given opportunities. They should be given a chance to prove themselves. My task will be to bring the visually challenged players in the lime-light. Even if I can make a small difference I would be happy.
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Final rankings after 13 rounds:
|2||6||Makwana Ashvin K||IND||1744||GUJ||9,5||0,0||57,75||6,0|
|3||3||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||IND||1753||ODI||9,0||0,0||55,25||6,0|
|4||5||Aryan B Joshi||IND||1813||MAH||8,5||0,0||47,25||6,0|
|5||1||Patra Subhendu Kumar||IND||1604||ODI||7,5||0,0||43,25||6,0|
|6||7||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||IND||1611||ODI||7,0||0,0||40,00||4,0|
|7||11||Marimuthu K||IND||1613||T N||6,5||0,0||35,50||5,0|
|9||13||Yudhajeet De||IND||1678||W B||5,5||1,5||28,25||3,0|
|13||9||Deeptyajeet De||IND||1607||W B||4,0||0,0||24,00||1,0|
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Vidit becoming brand ambassador of AICFB in press: