Chess is for those true blue thrillers and action movie cravers. The narrative moves back and forth in time in the first half establishing Vijayakrishanan (Dileep), a pathetically placed youth, all set to vanquish the enemies who eliminated his family. Vijayakrishanan was just like any other youth of our circuit, but belonging to a family that has for long been associated with fine arts. His mother runs Kalakshethra, an institution that teaches music and dance. Hailing from this background, Vijayakrishanan lands in the rough as he is illegitimate son of his father krishnadaas IPS (Saikumar) who beckons him and his mother to live with him in his last days. But the fate played ugly with them as a mafia headed by Krishnadas's cousin and Police commissioner Devarajan (Vijayaraghavan) eliminates all, in the seek of their family fortunes. A brutally tortured Vijayakrishanan is left nowhere between life and death.
On his way back to life, Vijayakrishanan pretends as a blind man and he charts his own course, to confront the major mafia that includes Police Commissioner Devarajan, Police Superintendent Abraham Koshi (Bheeman Raghu), Circle Inspector Sarath Chandran (Babu Raj) and Crime Branch Officer Swaminathan who were all the reason's for his life's folly. The youngster with supports from Vasu (Mohan Jose), a former naxalette and a police constable (Jagathy) is pitted against the high and the mighty. He uses his wits as in a game of chess to counter his opponents. The film goes on unveiling the chances for life and survival of the fittest. And as our mind set supports vanquishing evil by evil, being part and parcel of our good guy hero package, every hard killings are thus successfully explained.