Online chess game attracts lakhs

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

India's first online multi-player chess game on Zapak.com has attracted about five lakh registrations within the first two months of its launch.

Online chess game attracts lakhs

New Delhi:

India's first online multi-player chess game on Zapak.com has attracted about five lakh registrations within the first two months of its launch. Doha double Gold Medallist Koneru Humpy and Tania Sachdev, the current Asian Junior Girls Champion said even they enjoyed their stint on the computer. "India is going through a chess revolution, with the amount of talent we have, the number of medals we've won, the performances and everything," said Tania. "But I think some where down the line with the tensions, the pressure and the competitiveness, we tend to forget the importance of enjoying the game of having fun with playing. I think zapak is exactly that platform, it a way to improve and enjoy the game," she added The online game allows you to play according to your skill set with three difficulty levels for beginners, advanced players and for experts. Another option is multi-player speed chess where each player gets just 10 seconds to make a move - definitely a good way for Koneru Humpy to practice her moves since she's just 33 ELO points away from a Super Grandmaster title. "I am mainly concentrating on playing against men players so I will be taking part in major international events so there I will be able to garner my points," said Humpy. The website's next plans include an online GrandMaster Championship in February with a cash prize of one lakh rupees.

Topics : Chess
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