‘The glass will ensure the players don’t hear anything’

November 06, 2013 11:22 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 08:03 pm IST - CHENNAI:

The ball room of the Hyatt Regency, the venue of the World championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, looks glitzy with the sound-proof glass and the symmetric seating arrangement for the spectators.

The man behind the show, S. Ravi, Director of Buildcraft Interior Private Limited, is contented.

“It was two and a half months of planning and two and a half days of execution” he said. “We are really happy with the way we have gone about doing our job. Only five per cent of the work is remaining.”

Ravi said the glass wall that will separate the players from the spectators — 11ft high, 36ft wide and 13.62mm thick — has been “laminated extra clear with acoustic PVP”.

Decibel reduction

“This means that there will be 40 decibel reduction of sound inside the hall. The audience is expected to maintain pin-drop silence. In case there is some noise or distraction, the glass will ensure that the players don’t hear anything.”

According to Ravi, the job has been challenging given that “we had to work in a five-star venue. There were a lot of restrictions. Twenty people worked in five 12-hr shifts.”

On Thursday, Anand and Carlsen are likely to choose the chair that they are going to use for the match.

“We have given them 15 chairs from six models to choose from,” said Ravi.

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