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.


Annual General Meeting and Chess Congress. Please note there is a change of venue and this event will not now be taking place at the Elmbank Hotel. The dates are unchanged. The details are:

8/9/10 April 2005 Annual General Meeting and Chess Congress to be held at:

The Sleep Inn, Newton Aycliffe, Near Darlington.

Entry fee for both the Open and the Minor tournaments £10.

Cost of accommodation to include dinner, bed and breakfast: £35 per person per night sharing a twin or double room and £45 per person per night single room.

Closing date for entries 20 February 2005.

The Sleep Inn is a modern hotel opened in June 2002. Furniture, fittings and facilities are of a very high standard. Bedrooms have all the usual facilities and a spacious en suite sit down shower but no bath. All public rooms and a number of bedrooms are on the ground floor which make this an easier hotel to navigate compared with some of the older hotels we have used.

We will arrange transport from Darlington rail station to the hotel for those who notify us of their expected time of arrival at least one week before the event at a cost of £2 per person. Trains run direct to Darlington from most parts of the country. We recommend you book on trains due to arrive in Darlington between 1pm and 4pm.

If any member wants further information contact Stan Lovell.

13th/20th August 2005. British Championship for blind and partially sighted players. To be held at the Auckland Hotel, Morecambe. There will be a Premier event in which players will compete for the British title and, subject to sufficient entries, a Minor event limited to players whose grade or estimated grade is 80 or below. The entry fee for each event will be £10. The cost of accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast will be £200 per person per week sharing a twin or double room and £230 single room occupancy. The cost to non members will be £220 and £250. Closing date for entries 31 May 2005. Note. The early closing date is necessary in view of the fact that this event takes place in a seaside venue in the height of the season. Organiser Stan Lovell.

28th-30th October 2005. BCA International Autumn Tournament. Bedford Moat House Hotel. Further details in the next issue of this magazine.

Please note. Details of BCA events can also be found on our website

All events run by the BCA in the UK are now part of the British Chess Federation Grand Prix.

Visually handicapped UK residents under the age of 21 receive free entry and free accommodation at BCA events.

Booking conditions. All cheques should be made payable to the Braille Chess Association or to B.C.A. Building society cheques should have the name of the sender clearly marked. Post dated cheques are not accepted. Entries and bookings after the advertised closing date are accepted at the discretion of the organiser and are subject to a £4 per person late booking fee.

BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.

Those wishing to book extra nights will be asked to pay for the extra nights required direct to the hotel. It will still be necessary to inform the organiser of your requirements.

On-line and telephone payments. Please note, those paying entry and accommodation fees direct into the BCA account either on-line or by telephone transfer are still required to inform the tournament organiser of their entry and booking requirements.

Tournament Organiser: Stan Lovell.