Soundarya Pradhan, 22, a blind chess master from Nuapada district, has developed a website that is user-friendly and accessible to blind chess players . Pradhan is 100 percent blind from birth and has won several national awards in blind chess competitions .
BHUBANESWAR: Soundarya Pradhan, 22, a blind chess master from Nuapada district has developed a website that is user-friendly and accessible to blind chess players.Since 2019, he has been working on a software program to enhance his own comfort while playing chess.Blind chess players will find the accessiblechess.herokuapp.com website to be more convenient than the other websites, which they use to study and play chess.In 2022, I decided that I wanted to bring the software program to the masses and finally launched the website.My website, he said, allows blind people to participate with ease.Soundarya is 100 percent blind from birth.Since he was ten years old, he began playing chess.He received his degree in computer science from the University of Jamshedpur. His website also supports popular chess games like Chessbase India, Fritz, and Winboard.Pradhan said that his website can recognize diagrams, unlike other screen-reading programs such as JAWS and NVDA.He has been nominated to receive a universal design award from the National Centre for the Development of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), a nonprofit organization that works with the Centre to develop initiatives on disability issues, on September 28.Pradhan has several national awards to his name in blind chess competitions. In the third Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, he also earned a silver medal in mens rapid team chess.Pradhan is now considered India's top three blind chess players.