Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - July 1999

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.


We regret to announce the death of Friedel, wife of John Wall, on 28th April after a long and brave battle against

the unpredictable scourge of cancer. We send John and their families sincere condolences.

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Many will mourn the passing of Frank Oliver, who succumbed to a recent heart attack shortly after his 60th

birthday. He was a popular member of the BCA, known for his vast knowledge of sporting events past and

present, and for his interest in record and tape collecting. Frank was a strong chess player, having once qualified

for the Candidates’ Tournament and being picked for the Six Nations’ Team Tournament. He co-founded the

Putney Tournament which later became the London Tournament, and this later, under the aegis of the BCA grew

to become the Autumn Tournament - one of the most prestigious events in your association’s calendar. When

Frank had won a game, he was always generous enough to offer advice to his opponent: your editor was one of

many to benefit from his patient coaching!

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his wife, Carol.

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We offer our congratulations and best wishes to Matthew Williams and Louiza Groves who are to be married on

14 August. Matthew and Louiza are studying at universities in London.