BCA – Bringing Chess To Visually Impaired People

29th Chess Theme Break

Coaching sessions were held in small groups or as one-to-ones
Nearly thirty players, guides, family members and friends gathered in Weston-super-Mare from 28th January to 4th February 2023 for a chess themed holiday!  The week started with a few days of coaching, during which six of our more experienced players trained ten other members in small groups.  There were also some “How Good is Your Chess?” sessions and an opportunity to learn about the history of the game.  A few members of the local chess club came in one afternoon to play some mini simultaneous displays against the trainees.  The chess activities culminated in a mini tournament so the trainees could put what they’d learnt into practice.
It wasn’t all about chess though!  We had a free day and a trip to Weston Museum was arranged for anyone who wanted to go.  In the evenings we had music and dancing, quizzes, a word game and our own talent show in which members sang songs, read poetry or played music to entertain each other.  For the guide dogs, there was the opportunity to free run on the beach.  Something for everyone!
All in all it was a very enjoyable week!
Couples Dancing
Three couples dance as Dave Curran sings