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Playing chess at 68

A grand mom takes part in a chess tournament along with her grandson, providing some light moments in a cerebral game.



MAKING A MOVE: Loganayagi at a state level Chess Tournament.

MOST SPORTS have an expiry date for players. Be it football, cricket, rugby or tennis, players keep announcing their retirement long after their peak days. Physical fitness, form and other aspects play a crucial role while taking such decisions. Deciding to quit after putting one's heart and mind in the game for years can be a painful experience for players.

Chess is one of the few games that has been different in this respect. Being a mind game, it has no retirement age. Brilliance and control over the 64 squares are all that matter. Age is not a problem as long as one can sustain the tempo and continue to outwit opponents.

Far away from the chess academies, a sexagenarian honed her skills at home, killing her boredom playing chess with neighbours. Sixty-three years after her introduction to the game of the kings, Loganayagi, 68, finally participated in the state-level chess tourney, recently organised by the Brilliant Brothers Chess Association in Mettupalayam, along with her 11-year-old grandson C. N. Suresh. The lad says he was influenced by his grand mom to take up the game.

Loganayagi was the oldest participant in the competition, which saw more than 150 vying for the title.

M. ALLIRAJAN

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