Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 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.


All congresses run by BCA are open to all visually handicapped players, members and non-members, our AGM tournament and autumn tournament are also open to our sighted associate members. Points scored in BCA events by disabled players count in the Terence Chapman Disabled Prix. Blind and partially sighted UK residents who participate in our events and who are under the age of 21 receive free entry and significantly reduced rates of accommodation.

Booking conditions.

All cheques should be made payable to the Braille Chess Association. Building society cheques should have the name of the sender written on the back. Post dated cheques are not accepted.

The entry fee and cost of accommodation in full should be sent to the organiser or BCA treasurer by the advertised closing date. Late entries and 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

1st to 3rd March 2002. Annual General Meeting and five round Congress. Midland Hotel, Derby. Less than 100 yards from Derby rail station. In addition to the annual general meeting which will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd March there will be a five round tournament including an

Open section and a Minor section for those whose grade or estimated grade is 80 or below. Entry fee £10. Accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast, £37 per person per night if sharing or £40.50 in a single room. When we visited the Midland Hotel a couple of years ago we found a warm w

elcome, good food and good standard of accommodation. Coupled with its convenient situation so close to the rail station it is particularly suitable for those of us who sometimes find traveling a bit of a nightmare. Closing date for entries 20th January 2002. Organiser Stan Lovell.

25th May to 1st June 2002. BCA Minor Tournament. St. Winifred's Hotel, Morecambe. Entry £10 accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast £168 per person per week. It is rare to be able to announce a lower price for a return visit to a hotel but this is my happy task on this occasion.

We received nothing but praise for this friendly hotel from those who visited in May 2000 and we were left in no doubt that you wanted to return. This event is for those whose grade or estimated grade is 130 or below. It is an ideal opportunity for those who play their chess for fun and who consider themselves to be mere novices. It is also an ideal opportunity for those who wish to mix their chess with a holiday right by the sea. For those who want to improve their standard of chess there will be coaching geared to their level. Bookings to David Hodgkins or Wendy Holmes by 31st March b

Looking ahead. Our Autumn Tournament next year will be held at the Elmbank Hotel, York from 8th to 10th November. More details of this and of the rapid-play event and the candidates' event in the next issue.

Stan Lovell.