CategoryB01. Mobile Websites
Idea Creation WATCONSULT Mumbai, INDIA


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Team WATConsult WATConsult Team

The Campaign

We introduced the Worlds first mobile chess game with a powerless queen via a mobile website wherein the visitor/player played with a powerless queen (no moves allowed) against the computer which had a powerful queen. This was rolled out as a #PowerlessQueen challenge across India challenging people to try and win. As people lost, we prompted them share the message and to donate to the cause so that they can empower a girl child with education. The idea showcased how difficult it is to win in chess and as a metaphor in society as well when the queen is a powerless one. Hence proving how societies cannot win if its queens (women) are not empowered.

Creative Execution

The game was launched on the mobile-friendly campaign website www.PowerlessQueen.com and the campaign video with Woman Grandmaster Tania Sachev was launched on mobile social platforms (Twitter, Facebook & YouTube) in which she challenged people and fellow chess players to play the game on the website. People who lost could take two actions - they could share their experince on Twitter & Facebook as well as donate to the cause of Nanhi Kali for the education of the girl child. Along with the mobile website, we also launched a mobile app where one could play the game and donate as well. To take the concept of Powerless Queen into the physical world, The Chess School of India and The Coach Crew came together to organize chess tournaments which was participated in by school students from across schools.

52,000+ Game Plays on mobile website & 15000+ App Downloads Donations of 40,000 hours of education for underprivileged girls through the mobile website Earned Media worth 118 Million INR 1.1 Million Views on video 300 Million Organic Impressions with India's national TV channel DD news and NDTV covering it. International Chess Grandmasters who organically got involved and endorsed the campaign: - World Rapid Chess Champion 'Vishwanathan Anand' -Hungarian Woman Grandmaster ''Anna Rudolf' - Two-time United States Women's Champion 'Jennifer Shahade' - Four-time Dutch Chess Champion 'Anish Giri' - Five-time Danish Chess Champion and current coach to World number one Magnus Carlsen, 'Peter Heine Nielsen' School students participated in a Powerless Queen Challenge organized by The Chess School of India and The Coach Crew. A chess club in France hosted a #PowerlessQueen challenge. Powerless Queen will soon be rolled out as gender-equality teaching tool across schools in India.

Chess is a game played by the educated and elite in India but watched by millions. India is among top 10 chess playing countries in the world. As of 2017, India has more than 47 chess grandmasters. 80-100 Million Indian viewers watched the 2013 match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. Through our use of chess, we wanted to reach out to an audience who could not only donate to Nanhi Kali (NGO) but also influence others and attract attention of a larger audience. Over 450 Million Indians access internet via mobile. So to ensure we reached the right audience, we brought in India's #2 Chess Player, Woman Grandmaster 'Tania Sachdev'. She challenged people and fellow chess players to take the Powerless Queen Challenge. Once they played the challenge and lost, they were prompted by a call to action to donate to Nanhi Kali and led to their website


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