Board games in IIT Bombay include chess, carrom, bridge, snooker and billiards.
Chess has been one of the most popular casual and competitive games since ancient times. It has always
been the favorite game of Kings because of the great level of strategical and tactical thinking that is involved.
Casual games usually last 10 to 60 minutes; tournament games last anywhere from about ten minutes (blitz chess) to
six hours or longer.
The activities involving chess at IITB include freshmen open, chess GC, anti-chess open, Inter-IIT sports meet and
PG sports conducted in the order. The first three are conducted in the odd semester while the last one in the even
Carrom is a family of tabletop games sharing a similarity in that their mechanics lie somewhere between billiards
and table shuffleboard. The game has various other names around the world, including carrum, couronne, carum,
karam, karom, karum, fatta (Punjabi) and (rarely) finger billiards.
Carrom GC is conducted in the odd semester while PG sports is conducted in the even semester.
Contract bridge, usually known simply as bridge, is a trick-taking card game of skill and chance (the relative
proportions depending on the variant played). It is played by four players who form two partnerships; the partners sit
opposite each other at a table. The game consists of the auction (often called bidding) (without the involvement of
money) and play, after which the hand is scored.
Two separate Bridge workshops will be conducted in the odd semester.
There will be an Open tournament conducted in the even semester.
Snooker and Billiards
Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large green baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners
and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. English billiards, called simply billiards in many former
British colonies and in Great Britain where it originated, is a hybrid form of carom and pocket billiards played on a
billiard table. Snooker and Billiards will be played on the same table.
Regular beginner camps/workshops will be conducted in both semesters.