Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2001

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.


This year's chess theme break week was held at Windermere Manor Hotel. The smell of fresh paint, the pre-arranged outings and the wonderful menus all indicated the changes which have taken place since Action for Blind People took over ownership of the hotel. Fifteen chess hopefuls were coached during the early part of the week by Peter Gibbs, John Gallagher and George Phillips. After a free day the customary mini-tournament was staged with the competitors divided into four groups. The all-play-all system within the groups produced some extraordinarily convoluted permutations and surprising results. Chris Brown showed amazing strength and tenacity in her several games; and a newcomer, Keith Broadbent, displayed considerable potential at the board. The final was eventually won for the second year running by Alan Davey - with his fiery play - so retaining the trophy. The last afternoon saw Peter pitting his wits against the trainees in a simultaneous display, from which he emerged with only half a point taken off him.

For non-chess players there were the excellent hotel leisure facilities plus outings to places of scenic and commercial interest. Evening entertainment was varied and generally popular, especially the quizzes, where once again Sheila Milsom produced some of her brain-searching questions.

Our thanks to Peter for arranging this most useful week; to the coaches for their patient tuition, and to the partners and friends who helped and enlivened the social atmosphere.

Peter Price.