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The Gazette - November 2002

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Edited by Peter Price
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The BCA has received several pieces of publicity recently. These include a report on the AGM Tournament in the June issue of Target, a report on the Minor Tournament in the August issue of Target, and a report on the Minor Tournament also in the July and August issue of Chess Moves. I am glad to say that both reports on the Minor Tournament mentioned the Steve Eastwick-Field trophy - and I am pleased that that tribute to Steve was made more widely known.

As for the Under 21 Championship, some of the local media mentioned the championship while it was in progress, and I believe some of the local newspapers visited the tournament and produced some little reports about it. The BCA website is now fully established, thanks to the efforts and imagination of Chris Ross and a programmer, Shafeeq Ulhaq, and more features are being added to it. This has led to a slightly unusual piece of publicity in the following way: Chris Ross wrote to many local chess associations asking if the BCA website could be linked to theirs. The Norfolk County Chess Association replied saying - as most of them have - that we could have a link to their site, but also asking for an article about the BCA for their county chess magazine which is called En Passant. I put together a little article about our 70th birthday and that was accepted by En Passant and it went into the August issue of that publication. So that is a little more publicity for the BCA in the Norfolk area.

Still on the subject of websites, a little report on the Rapid-Play Tournament has already appeared on the BCF website, although I cannot claim any credit for that: I think we probably have Gerry Walsh to thank for that!

In about mid-September I wrote articles on the Under 21 Championship and the Rapid-Play Championship and sent those to the New Beacon, Target and the chess media. I hope to see those published in November.

Over the next few weeks I will also be working on publicity for the 70th Birthday Tournament and the World Individual Championship in Turkey, where of course Chris Ross and Colin Chambers will be representing their country and the BCA, and that will help to generate publicity for us.

Another achievement for which I can claim very little credit is the development of the information leaflet in large print, Braille and tape. I have now seen a copy of the revised version in 16 point, bold type, which I think looks very good now, and I am sure it will be very useful.

Richard Murphy.