Tarai Chakraborty, a 26-year-old M.Tech student of Jadavpur University is one of the visitors to the Gariahat Boulevard for a game of chess now and then.
"I am a student of computer science and I think what I learn in university classes has a practical extension here in Gariahat when I play chess. Both computer science and chess, after all, revolve round artificial intelligence," says Chakraborty .
"It is not that I can come every day, but whenever I can, I come here to play," he adds.
While he is a student of an ivy league Kolkata varsity, 40-year-old Sanjiv Burman of Lansdowne, about three kilometer away from Gariahat, is a small time trader who rushes to the boulevard every evening for his daily high from a game of chess.
"Yes, I come here every day and have played several tournaments too. It’s a kind of addiction for me. I find real happiness here after a game of chess," confesses Burman.
Abhijit Saha, Secretary of GCC, says the club has today more than a hundred avid chess players who come and play under the flyover round the day and till 10 pm at night.
"We have kept a small monthly membership fee of Rs 10 so that all sections of people can play here," says Saha.
Image: Two men are engaged in a game of chess in a street corner near Gariahat traffic intersection in south Kolkata.