Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - July 1998

Edited by Peter Price
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.


Under 21 Championship. Open to all blind and partially sighted players under the age of 21. Sitwell Arms Hotel, Renishaw, near Sheffield. Monday 27th July to Thursday 30th July. Participants pay £10 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. The closing date for this event was 30th June but you might still be lucky if you contact the organiser, Stan Lovell, straight away.

British Rapid-Play Championship for Blind and Partially Sighted Players. Chesterfield Hotel, Chesterfield on Saturday and Sunday 22nd/23rd August. First round Saturday 1 p.m., prize giving Sunday soon after 12 noon. Dinner, bed and breakfast £32 sharing and £34 single room. Entry after 30 June is £10, you may still be in time to enter if you hurry and contact the organiser, Stan Lovell.

BCA International Autumn Tournament. Royal Angus Hotel, Birmingham. 13th/15th November. Open to all blind and partially sighted players, overseas players welcomed. There will be a Major open and a Minor for those whose grade or estimated grade is 80 or below. Entry fee £8, accommodation on half board basis £32.50 per person per night. Closing date for entries 20th September. Please note: there will be a £4 penalty for late bookings this will apply to players and non players alike. Guide dog owners are advised that there does not appear to be a suitable spending area for dogs near to the hotel. Organiser Sean O’Brien.

AGM and Congress 1999. Arrangements are at an advanced stage with a view to holding the next AGM and Congress at the Midland Hotel, Derby from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th March 1999. Further details in the next issue.

BCA reserves the right to refuse entry or to exclude participation of any person from any event it organises.

All cheques and postal orders should be made payable to the Braille Chess Association. Please include your name with building society cheques.

Stan Lovell.