Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People


There is nothing our members like more than playing chess face-to-face. We normally run three over the board (OTB) events every year. A five round tournament in the spring played over a weekend, a seven round tournament in the Summer played over a full week and a second five round tournament in the autumn played over a weekend.

The summer event alternates between the British Championship and the Chairman's Cup. The latter event is limited to players with a rating below 1750. As with our theme-break, the summer event includes a program of entertainments and other activities for those who either need a break from the chess or just come along for the holiday. Entertainments often take the form of quizzes, informal concerts, games other than chess, and in recent years a murder mystery. One evening is reserved for the “Soirée” where members show off their own talents.

During the COVID 19 pandemic it was impossible to put on over-the-board events. You can read about the remote events which replaced our normal program by following the previous link.


Please read the booking procedure before paying for an event.

Spring Congress, 18th to 20th March 2022
The Midland Hotel, Derby
Organised by Steve Burnell

Calculate cost per person

British Championship & Chairman's Cup, 19th to 26th June 2022
Held in memory of Sheila & David Milsom
The Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
Organised by John and Pam Jenkins

More details to follow


BCA International Autumn Congress, 15 October to 17th October 2021, Harrogate

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2Ian Blencowe412.5|13|0Smith B 1Rugman W 1Chambers B 0.5Murphy W 0.5Jones B 1
3Bill Armstrong412|15.5|0Jones W 1Phillips B 0.5Hague W 1Chambers W 0.5Murphy B 1
4George Phillips3.510|12.5|0Rafferty B 1Armstrong W 0.5Murphy B 0Smith W 1Osborne B 1
5Richard Murphy311|17|0Lawton W 1Hague B 0.5Phillips W 1Blencowe B 0.5Armstrong W 0
6John Fullwood39|13.5|0Harrington W 1Chambers B 0Highsmith W 1Lawton B 0Ryan W 1
7Tony Lawton39|13|0Murphy B 0Tew W 1Rugman B 1Fullwood W 1Chambers B 0
8Simon Highsmith37|11|0Chambers W 0Ryan B 1Fullwood B 0Tew W 1Smith B 1
9Mark Hague2.58|12|0Tew B 1Murphy W 0.5Armstrong B 0Osborne W 0Rafferty B 1
10Malcolm Jones2.57.5|14|0Armstrong B 0Rafferty W 1Osborne B 0.5Rugman W 1Blencowe W 0
11John Osborne2.57.5|10.5|0Rugman B 0BYE 1Jones W 0.5Hague B 1Phillips W 0
12Dan Rugman26|12|0Osborne W 1Blencowe B 0Lawton W 0Jones B 0BYE 1
13Richard Harrington23|7|0Fullwood B 0Smith W 0Rafferty B 0BYE 1Tew B 1
14Gill Smith1.55.5|14|0Blencowe W 0Harrington B 1Ryan W 0.5Phillips B 0Highsmith W 0
15Lea Ryan1.55|9|0BYE 0.5Highsmith W 0Smith B 0.5Rafferty W 0.5Fullwood B 0
16Phil Rafferty1.54|12|0Phillips W 0Jones B 0Harrington W 1Ryan B 0.5Hague W 0
17Eleanor Tew13|10.5|0Hague W 0Lawton B 0BYE 1Highsmith B 0Harrington W 0