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YOUNGEST PATENT -HOLDER: DISABLED BOY GETS PATENT FOR 6 PLAYERS' CHESS
A person should not stop before hurdles, but struggle to overcome them. A nine-year-old wheelchair-ridden boy suffering from a rare genetic disease has set an exemplary example by getting a patent for his invention of six-player circular chess here. Despite suffering from duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive degenerative disorder of muscle tissue which affects only males, Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati - a class-IV student of Delhi Public School - has made an innovative version of circular chess for two, three, four and six players. On Wednesday, the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trademarks recognised the innovation and awarded a certificate to Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati. With this he has become the youngest person in the world in a wheelchair to get a patent. Expressing his happiness at his son's accomplishment SS Bhati said, "This is a very unique and wonderful achievement."
The colours of the squares are regular - alternate light and dark - and the pieces are divided into six colours set to move in the standard manner. Every set of pieces is separated by non-playing red rectangles between the respective rooks. This enables the board to keep the traditional moves intact.
However, the major difference is that pieces are moved in an arched path instead of the traditional straight route. There is a circular area in red at the centre which is straightaway crossed by the pieces in a go.
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