Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 2002

Sponsored by the employees of the John Lewis Partnership including Waitrose
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.


Just as we turn the clocks back at this time of year, so I am asking all of you to turn back to take a fresh look at the front page of this magazine to read the wonderful news of the sponsorship of this Gazette by the employees of the John Lewis Partnership, including Waitrose. This represents a significant breakthrough in that we now have support from outside our own association. So, having obtained this support, I now need you to continue to provide your editor with quality and quantity material!

In this issue you will find such a welcome list of new members; a fine report and game from the BCA Junior Championship; two contrasting members' profiles, and a highly revealing account of the work of your publicity officer. With this Autumn Tournament fast approaching, many of us will be meeting together to celebrate the BCA's 70th anniversary in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Yet in the quiet of the chess room, it is there that the inner emotions begin to surface when confronted with the hard reality of competition. The adrenalin flows, the pulse quickens, and the ticking of the chess clock reminds us of Andrew Marvell's famous quote: "But at my back I always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near." It is then that the old teaching maxims must come to the rescue: "When in doubt, move a pawn"; "Better a bad plan than no plan at all"; but the warning to the emotions which fits best of all should whisper: "Elation is the sensation that comes in the second between being struck by a great idea and realising what is wrong with it"!

Please let me have your contributions for the February magazine by 4th January 2003.

Meanwhile, on behalf of your committee members I send you an early but sincere good wish for a Merry Christmas and all that is good in the coming year

Peter Price.