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.


15th/22nd September. British Championship. The Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Lincs. Nearest rail station, Grantham 6 miles. Transport will be arranged from Grantham station. In addition to the Premier group of 12 qualifiers there will be a Challengers and, if there is a large enough entry, a Minor event. Entry fee to all events £10. (Free to those under the age of 21.) Accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast £185 for the week. The leisure centre at the hotel, which includes an excellent indoor heated swimming pool, will be available to guests throughout. This is an excellent hotel in a quiet country setting ideal for those who like to mix their chess with a relaxing holiday. Entries including full payment should be sent to the organiser, Stan Lovell, by 20th July. Payment may also be sent to the treasurer.

Note. A full copy of the regulations for the new style British Championship will be sent to all entries and to any other member on request to the secretary.

16th/18th November. BCA International Autumn Tournament. With Open event and Minor event for those whose grade is 80 or below. Entry fee £10. Accommodation £35 per person per night including dinner, bed and breakfast. For this event we return to the hotel formerly known as the King's Head,

Loughborough, but now known as the Jarvis, Loughborough Hotel. In this event we welcome players from overseas and our associate members are eligible to play in both the Open event and in the Minor event which is for those whose grade is 80 and below. Closing date for entry 30th September. Entries with payment in full to the organiser, Stan Lovell, or to the treasurer Wendy Holmes.

Advanced notice. The Annual General Meeting and Congress next year will return to the Midland Hotel, Derby from 1st to 3rd March 2002. More details next issue.

Points gained in BCA events by visually handicapped players count in the "Terence Chapman Group Disabled Prix." Booking conditions: all cheques should be made payable to the Braille Chess Association. Building society cheques should carry the name of the sender. Post dated cheques are not accepted. Late entries or bookings are accepted at the discretion of the organiser and are subject to a £4 penalty per person.

BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.

Stan Lovell.