Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - February 2005

Sponsored by The Leeds Hospital Fund Charitable Trust
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.


Once again we acknowledge the sponsorship of this magazine and one subsequent issue by The Leeds Hospital Fund Charitable Trust to whom we are most grateful; and we express sincere appreciation to all those who have given so generously for the continuation of our work and ambitions.

It was Napolean – Napolean of all people! – who said: “I don’t care for war, there is far too much luck in it.” He was evidently a poor chess player so perhaps luck did not attend him at the board. So how much does luck play in our games? For instance, is it luck when your opponent fails to spot the trap you have set, or the blunder you have just made? Is it luck when you have mulled over your next move for fifteen minutes, only to find that your opponent has failed to press the clock so that you have been thinking in his time? Does Lady Luck desert you when your Queen suddenly and mysteriously disappears off the board? I like to think that luck lurks somewhere in the wings – a fantasy which probably accounts for the fact that my grade lives well below 100. The great thing though is to enjoy the game, and to go along with Shakespeare’s assessment: “If it be my luck, so: if not, happy be his dole!” – portion.

In this edition of the Gazette you will read some important and thought-provoking information from our secretary; a report of our team’s highly commendable performance at the Olympiad in Spain; an account of the Autumn International Tournament with full results, and a double obituary notice on one of our much-revered and likeable members.

Please let me have contributions for the next magazine by 2nd April.

Peter Price.