Literacy in chess – people may find it funny when they hear this. But for the thousands living in Marottichal, chess has become the integral part of their life. And they have been rewarded with the URF Asian Record recently for the most number of people playing chess at a time.
More than 1500 villagers residing in the Marottichal village including men, women, children and even old aged participated in that massive event. In a stretch of one and half kilometres distance the road was made as the ‘game table’.
Marottichal village is about 20 km from the cultural capital of Kerala. The history behind Marottichal’s craze for the chess dates back to some 30 or 40 years. The locally made alcohols and drugs had driven away the peace from every single house out there and quarrels were a common affair. It was at this time Unnikrishnan came to scene.