Welcome to AICFB

Affiliated to International Braille Chess Association & All India Chess Federation (Recognized by Government of India)

The All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB) was established in 1997 with the objective of promoting the game of chess among the visually impaired all over the country.

AICFB is registered under the following :

  • Society Registration Act, 1860
  • Public Trust Act, 1951
  • Income Tax Act, 1961 - Section 12A

The AICFB is affiliated to the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) and All India Chess Federation (Recognized by Government of India), and through this affiliation has been able to integrate India with the rest of the blind chess playing world.

Chess is a mind game. For the visually impaired it is the only game they can play on an equal footing with the sighted.It is about recognition of their intelligence, of an ability to transcend their blindness,and perform competitively on a cerebral plane.Very importantly,the act of playing chess is about boosting the self-esteem and the confidence of the blind and the visually impaired.

14th IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012
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14th IBCA Chess Olympiad, Press Meet, Mumbai, 02 August 2012
Sachin Tendulkar at AICFB Press Conference
"It's a great day for all of us. Sachin has been a great source of inspiration and spending an hour with him ahead of a world meet makes us all the more proud. If seeing is believing, we shall show the world what India is capable of both as a host and in competition," said Jadhav.

This is the first time that India will host the Olympiad (in Chennai from Aug 9-19) for the visually impaired since it was launched in 1961. Since then, India has created the world's only software that has audio with navigator that helps players round the globe.

On his part, Tendulkar said he himself was a keen chess enthusiast. Talking about the Olympiad, he wished the Indian team and stressed that good wishes from chess legend Viswanathan Anand should act as a boost to their hopes. "I feel proud and confident that these players will bring India greater results," said Tendulkar. Read more

14th IBCA Chess Olympiad, Press Meet, Chennai, 13 July 2012
World chess champion Viswanathan Anand today appealed to the All India Chess Federation to extend the official status for `Blind Chess` at district, state and national levels.
from left to right - Charudatta Jadhav, Viswanathan Anand, JCD PrabhakarThe five-time world champion said: "The fact is that the normal as well as the blind players faced the same kind of situations while playing and trying to improve. It was good to see that chess for the blind was being encouraged but it was high time it is included as one of the categories of regular competitions."

Participating in the inaugural function of the conduct of the 14th Chess Olympiad for the first time in India here, Anand said his association with blind chess goes back a long time when a bunch of visually impaired players had come here to meet him. Read more.

'My sincere thanks our title sponsors, the Tata Group and Tata Consultancy Services for their invaluable support in making this mega event come to India. I thank our hospitality partner, Hotel Royal Le Meridien, Chennai for provided us with world class playing facility, accommodation and a grand venue that is sure to spell success of the event".
Charudatta Jadhav ( General Secretary, AICFB) at the Press Conference held on 13 July 2012 at Hotel Royal Le Meridien, Chennai.

Kishan Gangolli
The performance of Kishan Gangolli took him into the individual Gold medal in the third board. Undefeated Kishan came up with an impressive show, scoring 7.5 points from 9 rounds. With six wins and three draws, Kishan stood like a rock in the middle boards, and dictated India "A" team's fortunes.

XIV IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012 Round 09

TATA Group presents the 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad,
9 to 19 August 2012 at Hotel Royal Le Meridien, Chennai
  • World's biggest chess event
  • India will be first Asian country to organize chess Olympiad
  • More than 32 countries expected to take part
  • Several previous world champions along with more than 30 International masters, 12 International Woman masters and 100 FIDE rated players will represent their own countries
  • Top games will be shown LIVE on website.

After successfully conducted the 11th Individual World Chess Championship for the Blind 2006, IBCA congress awarded the 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad 2012, to India unanimously.

"Goa world chess championship (organized by AICFB) was the best organized event in the history of blind chess" - Ludwig Beutelhoff, President IBCA

"I have interacted with many visually challanged players and I can say honestly that these players have a special talent to see the pieces in their mind when they  play. For us it is very difficult to be able to imitate that special skill." 
  - World Champion, Viswanathan Anand 


Hearty congratulations to Viswanathan Anand on retaining the World Champion title, from the entire blind chess community!
Viswanathan Anand with Charudatta Jadhav India's visually impaired chess community overjoyed with motivator Viswanathan Anand's fifth world title triumph

Donations made to AICFB are exempt from Income Tax under Section 80G.

Cheque(s)/Demand Draft(s) should be in favour of
"All India Chess Federation for the Blind"

Mailing Address:

Mr. Charudatta Jadhav

   President, AICFB
Cell: 09820226516.

All India Chess Federation For the Blind
C/o 128/4253, Nehru Nagar,
Kurla (East), Mumbai.
India- 400024. 

 Contact No. +919322870908

Land line No.+91 26249348

Email: Aicfb.in@gmail.com, office@aicfb.in