The 28th Chess Theme Break Dedicated to the memory of Antoine Reeves

Sunday 30th January to Sunday 6th February 2022

The 28th Chess Theme Break will be held at the Marsham Court Hotel, 3 Russell Cotes Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3AB.

It is anticipated that the week will closely follow the tried and trusted programme developed by Peter and Celia Gibbs. It will include coaching provided by more experienced BCA members, a tournament and many social events. Please refer to Gary Wickett’s report on the 27th Chess Theme Break in the May 2019 issue of the Gazette to get a flavour of what the week entails. Alternatively, get in touch with Julie Leonard to find out more. (Contact details are at the start of the gazette)

The cost of dinner, bed and breakfast for the week is £392 per person sharing a double or twin inland room and £462 per person for single occupancy of a double room. The cost of individual nights for anyone not staying the whole week are £56 per person sharing, with a £10 per night supplement for single occupancy. There is also a supplement of £10 per room per night for a sea view subject to availability and on request. The hotel has no single rooms available.

Please note that the normal BCA booking procedures do not apply to this event. Bookings are to be made directly with the hotel by ringing reservations on 01202 552111. The hotel will require a non-refundable deposit of £30 per person when booking. Bookings should be made before 30th November 2021 to avoid disappointment. Places will be limited after this date. Full payment will need to be made to the hotel by 31st December 2021. Under the hotel’s cancellation policy, all deposits paid are non-refundable. Cancellations after 31st December 2021 will be charged in full. We advise members to take out holiday insurance.

When making your booking, please make it clear that you are a member of the BCA and that you will be taking part in the Chess Theme Break. The hotel will require you to confirm that you consent to your name and contact details to be shared with the BCA. You will also be asked by the hotel whether you have any special dietary needs or room requests and whether you are a wheelchair user or will be bringing a guide dog.

After booking your accommodation, please tell Julie Leonard whether you’re attending as a trainee, a coach or a non-chess person.

Under the current arrangements, BCA members who give or receive coaching during the chess theme break will receive a grant of £50.