First-of-its-kind Inter-City Online Chess Match
On 16th October 2010, in a first-of-its-kind inter-city online chess match, the
top Rated players from Chennai and Dallas (USA ) are going to have a head to head.
Both the teams comprise of chess champions who are also university students. They
will play against each other online on premium online portal Internet Chess Club
only they can play on the vitual chess board but also view the nail biting tension
and the other expressions on the faces of their opponents.
The match will use the "Teler Presence" Video conferencing facility with the help
of CISCO networks is being setup to enable this real time effect. The match will
take place in the "BUSYBEE" Tele Presence room at HCL systems premises at Arcot
Road, Vadapalani, Chennai. Similarly the Dallas team will Teleprsence facility at
the other side of the globe.
The six member Chennai Team is headed by India's latest Grandmaster & National Champion
B Adhiban. The other members of the team include International Master (IM) S P Sethuraman
(World U-16 champion), IM Shyam Sundar (Asian junior champion & GM norm holder ),
IM Vishnu Prasanna (GM norm holder ), IM & GM norm P Karthikeyan, International
Master elect & GM norm holder Arun Karthik, FIDE Trainer K Visweswaran (Coach).
The University of Dallas also fields a strong team comprising of two GMs & IMs (
GM Alejandro Ramirez 2574, GM Cristian Chirila 2504, IM Marko Zivanic 2489, IM Julio
Sadorra 2463, Coach: IM Rade Milovanovic).
The chennai team met earlier today at HCL premises to check test connectivity and
get a feel of the technology apart from chalking out the match strategy. The match
will be played on four boards with two reserves. There will be two games with colours
reversed in each. The games will be rapid nature with 20 minutes per player with
5 second addition for every move played.
There will also be two International Referees at either end to monitor the proper
conduct of match.
Chennai and Dallas have a time difference of 10.5 hours the match will take place
at 8pm IST which is 930 AM at Dallas, USA.
This match discussion began with the initiative of the director of University of
Texas in Dallas (UTD) Mr James Stallings whom coach Visweswaran met on his visit
to USA earlier this year. Here in chennai, the Chennai District Chess Association
headed by its President Mr Venkat Kumar is coordinating the arrangements for the
This will also be the first time such a hi-tech match is played in India and across
continents. Chennai being a strong founding pillar of organised chess in India and
the home of the World Chess champion hopes such pioneer initiatives will take promote
the game further in this new age.