Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 2002

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Edited by Peter Price
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PROFILE - SEAN O'BRIEN

Whether he is in desperate need of material, or merely wishes to increase the size of this issue of the Gazette, your editor has asked me to give a short profile of myself. Had he asked for a profile of my playing success, it would take up almost half a line. I learnt to play chess while a junior at Linden Lodge, and I must say I received great encouragement to learn the game from a now deceased BCA member, Frank Oliver. My claim to fame on the chessboard in those days, indeed it still is, was when I went 12 games unbeaten, winning ten and drawing two, a feat I have never come anywhere near repeating. I carried on playing while at the RNC and later when I joined the Inland Revenue, I joined their chess team. I joined the BCA in the early '70s and very soon found myself playing in the Six Nations Tournament in Switzerland; not I may say as a result of my playing strength but simply because I was one of the four players who were prepared to make up the team. In 1977 I took over the role of Tournament Director from one of the doyens of the BCA, Les Brown. I well remember travelling down to Windsor with my late wife Pat to be briefed