Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - October 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.


Geoff Patching reports;

Josef Stricz joined the BCA recently as a result of failing sight. He was a Hungarian who had been a lecturer at

Budapest university in civil engineering. He emigrated to the UK after the 1956 revolution, and settled in

Wiltshire. He obtained employment with the Wiltshire County Council in their roads department where he

worked until retirement.

He was a moderate chess player but never played serious chess, playing in the county council’s social club with

keenness and some success.

Following his deteriorating sight, he was put in touch with me and we had several chess games. He also played

at the University of the Third Age in Bath besides finding other local opponents.

Josef was going to come to the Willoughby week but unfortunately he had a heart attack while swimming in a

pool. He still hoped to come to the autumn 97 tournament at Loughborough but his health declined and he died in

January this year.

Although not known to the BCA membership at large, it is good to speak of a man who would have acquitted

himself well in a minor tournament, and who actively pursued his rehabilitation through the medium of chess.