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.


Thanks to the sterling work or our fundraiser, Julia Scott, we have been able to set ourselves an ambitious plan for 2002 and beyond. The launch of "Junior BCA" was realised in July when Peter Gibbs ran the Under 21 Championship at RNIB New College Worcester. This is just part of our general recruitment drive and I am again asking each one of you to become a recruiting officer. Our website is now up and running and receiving many favourable comments. This has been achieved through the energy and innovative imagination of Chris Ross who, whilst he was achieving this, also managed to add a few points to his grade. We continue to strive to get a better quality of chess set and chess clock available to blind players, it has to be admitted, without noticeable success! The chess set now being sold by RNIB is of a reasonable quality, apart from the fact that the fit of the pieces in Another benefit realised from our slightly better financial state is that we are able to offer a subsidised price on hotel accommodation which has enabled us to find a more southerly venue for our AGM tournament. More than 50 hotels in London, the Home Counties plus Herts., Beds. and Cambs. were contacted before Jan and I could give our attention to a short list of four. This entailed a hectic few days in South Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire where these hotels were situated. At the end of the exercise which had taken six months we find ourselves with two hotels which, we hope, will

prove suitable for inclusion as suitable venues for BCA events. The Bedford Moat House has been chosen for the AGM event. It is situated near the town centre but in a very pleasant situation beside the river and handily placed for those who like to suss out the local shops or a local pub.

Stan Lovell.