We stand with Ukraine 🇺🇦 STOP WAR

Blind(fold) chess

“Blindfold chess” is a common practice among chess players. A person plays without seeing the board and announces their moves verbally. For visually impaired people it’s a given fact rather than an additional challenge. The chess games for visually impaired happen like that, although the pieces on board can be touched in the process.

As the sportspeople cannot see the board they have to keep the game in mind all the time. Raising the player’s skill requires developing memory and spatial thinking. It is achieved through constant training and solving chess problems.

The chess community is in constant communication: they spend their time together, play online and help each other to get to the competitions.

Chess for the visually impaired mostly exists because of certain enthusiasts. The government provided grants cannot fully cover neither the organization of tournaments nor the team management.

Meshkov Yuri, International Master (IM), chess coach, World Champion. Smolensk. 13.11.2021
Komissarov Aleksey, FIDE Master (FM). Moscow.17.07.2021 
Suslov Evgeniy, FIDE Master (FM), chess coach. Ivanovo. 04.12.2021 
The chess hall in the cultural and sports rehabilitation center of The All Russia Association of the Blind (VOS). The training and competitions are held here. 14.12.2021
Samsonova Anastasia, chess competition participant. Korolyov. 20.08.2021
Smirnov Sergey, two-time World Champion. Saint Petersburg. 27.11.2021
Chigarev Damir, multiple champion of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. Ramenskoye. 12.12.2021 

Q&A with Anastasiya Pentyukhina

Question: What Does Photography Mean to You?

Answer: For me, photography is a part of life. On the camera of my phone, I fix my view of the world at the moment I am in. I use my camera to shoot and tell stories.

How did you get interested in photography?

I first got into photography in 2013, shooting with my phone. In 2015, I got my first digital camera and mostly did street photography with it. I came to documentary photography in 2019, when I realized that stories told through photographs are more interesting for me than just beautiful individual pictures.

What do you think makes photography necessary?

With the help of photography, I can not only tell, but also show some kind of story. Photography is an assistant in the disclosure of history. For example, as it was with John Steinbeck and Robert Capa when they talked about the post-war USSR in the book “Russian Journal”.
This is the importance of photography for me.

How do the events unfolding around you affect your photographic projects?

All events in the world affect all of us. It’s important for me to do something within my capabilities. My project was created in order to tell about the existence of blind chess. Sharing the stories of my heroes is what’s really important for me.

Special Braille chess set is used to play. All the Black squares are raised a couple millimeters above the white ones. Each square has a hole in the center so that the pieces can be fixed in them. 22.08.2021
Ivanov German, multiple champion of Russia in team tournaments. Saint Petersburg. 27.11.2021
Taranenko Yuliya, chess and checkers competition participant, Russia’s champion in checkers, coach. Korolyov. 02.07.2021
Support PRIVATE Photo Review Support us today →

Anastasiya Pentyukhina

Anastasiya Pentyukhina is a documentary photographer. Born in 1993 in the village of Pokrovo-Prigorodnoye, Tambov oblast. Has been living in Moscow since 2015. Her… More »

Leave your opinion:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Check Also
Back to top button