Is Chess A Cure For Alcohol Addiction? | Unni Krishnan | TEDxThiruvananthapuram

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In this talk, Unnikrishnan who belong to a small village named Marottichal in Thrissur District in Kerala shares his idea on how he managed to transform an entire village that was in the grip of alcohol addiction, by teaching the alcoholics the game of Chess. Unnikrishnan belongs to a small village named Marottichal in Thrissur District in Kerala. In the early 80s, most of the villagers had become addicted to locally-brewed, unregulated liquor as a result of which there has been a surge in crime, domestic violence and unemployment. As an intensely passionate chess player, Unnikrishnan decided to help the villagers by teaching them the game and slowly diverting their minds towards the game. He gave free lessons to the villagers of all ages & has trained more than 600 people, eventually, people started taking more interest in Chess and less in consuming Alcohol. Currently, he runs a restaurant where people can drop in for a game of chess. Due to his efforts, Marottichal is now known to have at least one chess player in every house. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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