Computer table games are gaining popularity in India, but chess is still popular in the West.
A study by research firm eMarketer found that people who played chess in the US in the last decade were about six times more likely to play it in India than they were in the UK.
It’s not just the chess fans who are switching to the world of computer games.
Indian companies are also expanding the business of chess, and have set up chess clubs in many Indian cities.
“The chess clubs are becoming more popular,” says Prakash Nair, a senior partner at eMarker India.
“Indian companies are really keen on chess clubs.
Chess clubs have become very popular in India and the people are getting interested in it.
This is a big win for the country.”
The chess clubs aim to introduce chess to the masses in the next few years, but in the meantime the game has remained largely out of the limelight in India.
The country’s top chess players have a very high public profile in India; even if they don’t win any grand slam titles, they do earn huge amounts of money.
For most Indian players, however, chess is a passion and an important part of their lives.
“I was in the chess club in Bangalore and we used to spend almost every day practicing and practising and practing,” says Vishwanath Dutt, a former World Chess Champion.
“I played for around 10-15 years in the club, and then, when I left, I started coaching a chess club here in Bangalore.
I would practice and practice and try and practice.
I think that chess is part of my life now.”
The chess club is part-funded by the Indian government, but Dutt says that his club is still a charity.
“In the beginning, the club was only in India because the government wanted to support it,” he says.
“We started playing in India for a few years but the chess clubs started to disappear because of the government’s interference.”
Chess clubs in India A big reason for the decline of the chess community in India is that there is no infrastructure for playing the game, and the state-run chess clubs have largely failed to cater to the needs of the larger Indian population.
“This is the second biggest chess community that we know of in the country,” says Nair.
“It is very difficult to recruit people.
If you want to get an invitation to a chess tournament, you have to have a club, but if you don’t have any clubs, you can’t get any tournaments.
We have to organise a tournament at least once a year, but we cannot keep up with the demand.”
In the meantime, India’s biggest chess club, the Bangalore Chess Club, is trying to find a way to attract players to its tournaments.
“There are so many tournaments here that it is hard to recruit,” says Vikas K. Nair of the Bangalore chess club.
“For the next couple of years, we are looking for volunteers who can come and train in Bangalore to play the game.
We will also try and get more funding for the chess tournaments.
The Bangalore Chess Association, which organises the tournaments, is currently in discussions with the government about ways to help the chess players.
Indian chess players’ move to the UK There is one big difference between Indian chess and the chess of the West: in India there are no clubs for those who want to play chess. “
Our aim is to have five teams competing in tournaments and also help them improve their game,” says K.S. Naim, who is managing director of the association.
Indian chess players’ move to the UK There is one big difference between Indian chess and the chess of the West: in India there are no clubs for those who want to play chess.
The Indian government has been very clear that it does not want to encourage the chess culture.
“At present, we do not have any association for the competitive chess,” says Suresh Kumar of the Ministry of Information Technology and Broadcasting.
“A club is not a prerequisite for participation in any event.
The only requirement is that you can afford to attend the event.
In most countries, there are clubs that offer competitive chess.”
For chess enthusiasts, the switch to the internet has not been easy.
In recent years, chess has become more popular in Asia.
For many of the Indian players in the Chess Club in Bangalore, this is not the case.
“Playing chess online has been a challenge for us,” says Dutt.
“Many of our students are not able to afford the internet and we need a lot of money to play.”
Kumar says that while chess in India may be growing, the growth in the game is slowing.
“As the game becomes more popular, the costs are going up, and that is a problem,” he adds.
“You need a high-quality computer, which is expensive in many parts of the world.
For many chess players, the transition to the Internet has been difficult.
They do not want the online