Story of a chess player and instructor

Mr. V. Kannan came to Mukti today to be fitted with a special prosthesis for his left lower extremity. He is 26 years old and is a native of Gingee, Villupuram District. He was born with a birth defect called “Fibular Hemimelia” where part or all of the fibular bone is missing and there is associated limb length discrepancy. He underwent a series of four corrective surgeries during his early childhood. He used to walk with the help of crutches until 2010. He was fitted with prosthesis in 2010 at K. K. Nagar, Chennai, which lasted for a few years, and thereafter he got another one fabricated privately. He came to know about Mukti through an amputee who had his artificial limb fitted here at Mukti, and is here at Mukti today to get his new prosthesis, as his old prosthesis is not comfortable.

Kannan completed his DTEd in 2008 (Diploma in Teacher Education from Jai Mataji Teacher Training Institute, Thellar, Thiruvannamalai District.

Kannan is a FIDE rated international chess player (FIDE- World Chess Federation) FIDE ID # 5059836. His current rating is 1633. He has won district championship 7 times. He is a runner of State Open Chess Tournament, second place, twice. He started playing chess while he was in his 6th standard and started playing tournaments in 2006. He has completed State Chess Arbiter’s Course.

Kannan is running a Chess Academy in Gingee by name Raja Desing Chess Academy where he offers coaching for people interested in learning the art of playing Chess.

Kannan wants to improve his FIDE rating by participating in tournaments for which he is in need of financial assistance. Those interested in helping him may contact him on his mobile at 09092716464.

Kannan thanked Mukti for providing him with the prosthesis and we thank all our sponsors for making this possible.