With four additional squares, this chess game has a sure winner!
Ambiguity casts a shadow over the ambition to win. This happens most often in a game of chess. A game on an ordinary chessboard can end in a draw, but you are sure to come out victorious in the case of “Giraffe Chess”.
Born in Proddatur in the district of Kadapa, the International Giraffe Chess Federation (IGCF) has come a long way in terms of acceptability and notoriety. The new form of the game owes its existence to siblings N. Saikiran Reddy and N. Bhagyasri, who invented it in 2012. As high school students, they played chess with enthusiasm, but most games ended. are deadlocked when a player’s king faces threat. The duo decided to add four more squares, two on each side, to bring the total number to 68, which gives a decisive end to the game.
“India gave chess to the world and now we are giving it a better version again,” quips Bhagyasri, who is studying for a master’s degree (English) at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, while his brother Saikiran Reddy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Bengaluru. . While most games like cricket or football have a decisive end, toss is common in chess. “A long, drawn-out match without any sign of victory not only undermines the morale of the players, but also causes disinterest among the spectators. Giraffe chess overcomes these problems, ”said Saikiran. “It’s a cut above equality. In addition, a conclusive result will be released in five minutes in our game, ”explained Ms. Bhagyasri.
With the aim of encouraging his children in their new domain, their father N. Gangadhar Reddy registered the IGCF in 2018 to popularize the game. After 102 tournaments at the level of the city of Proddatur, the duo organized 76 experimental tournaments in Chennai. Armed with the response, they organized the Kadapa District League in the form of a twelve-day event. “We were accepted by players from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nepal, Mozambique and the Philippines when we host the first World Cup,” said Saikumar Reddy.
The siblings also made the game available on Google Playstore, which any Android phone user can download and play with the computer. With ambitious plans to host the first World Cup, the duo are awaiting the end of the COVID-19 situation.