‘OUR ALUMNI ARE CHANGING THE WORLD’ – IIT Roorkee
“Sangram” one of a kind festival hosted by IIT Roorkee is a four-day sports extravaganza. It brings out the sporting spirit of the brilliant minds of the country and provides an ideal platform for all the sports enthusiasts to compete with each other. IIT Roorkee teams, along with the alumni teams participate in each sport to exhibit their sports skill.
IIT Roorkee hosted a Chess tournament in Sangram featuring Triwizard Chess on 18th and 19th August 2018 in which more than 100 contestants participated. The Participants were all IIT Roorkee Students, with the mixed variety of Chess Experience, ranging from beginners to advanced.
In this event, it was revealed that an Indian Institute of Technology Alumnus has reinvented how the chess game is played by developing a Three-player chess game board.
Mr. Aditya Nigam,(B. Tech) 2014 batch, has brought this unique experience through his gaming start-up for the first time to his alma mater Called ‘Triwizard Chess,’ this is India’s first chess for three Players and is a strategy game that tests one’s survival and killer instincts, at once. One player can checkmate two players at a single time!!
Founder acquired the motivation to build this start-up after he tasted success in his first venture. The founder has always worn different hats in his start-up ventures including handling marketing, technology and operations domain. His vision is to revolutionize the gaming industry and Triwizard Chess is his first product in this direction.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was Prof. Vinay Pant, Chairman, Sports Council, IIT Roorkee.
Mr. Nigam said, “Triwizard Chess is simply a chess game but for three players with none of the original rules altered and exact same pieces for each player. This game is of Chess lovers, by Chess lovers, and for Chess lovers. This is my second startup venture and I have been an entrepreneur for more than two years. This has helped me in shaping this startup very well. The user’s response is phenomenal and their feedback has been very encouraging.”
His first startup was a financial technology-based app named ‘Passbook.’ The game gets more intense than regular Chess. It is perfect for classrooms, family days, or even game night with friends. The idea behind this game was to encourage chess among youngsters by increasing the number of players.
Through this, the viewer gets to be the player and it changes the entire dynamics of the game. Each of the three players can view each other’s’ moves on the board and likewise make a decision accordingly. Aditya has been playing and practicing chess since he was five years old.
Mr. Nigam credits his strategic thinking to chess. Triwizard chess is not only a game but an art which makes your concentration and focus level high. The rules are alike as a traditional chess game. The rules follow that white plays first thereafter the next turn comes of grey and later on the black turns clockwise.
Currently, Triwizard chess cannot be played online. Triwizard chess is available online on Amazon from where you can buy it for Rs. 1699. He will gift Triwizard Chess to the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi by this month and he has also tweeted this to him.
In the online version that Mr. Nigam plans the players will go head-to-head with the computer and it has so happened in Norway that a few years back a teen defeated the computer successfully in the record amount of time. The world knows him by the name of Magnus Carlsen, the 13-year-old prodigy who made headlines after defeating a master computer against him.