Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 2005

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.


28th-30th October 2005. International Autumn Tournament. Moat House Hotel, St. Mary’s Road, Bedford. There will be an Open event and a Minor event limited to those whose grade is 80 or below. Associate members of BCA are eligible to play in each of these events. Entry fee £10. Accommodation including: dinner, bed and breakfast, for members and associate members is: £38 per person per night sharing and £42.50 single. The cost to non-members and for those booking Sunday night is: is £42.50 sharing and £47 single. Closing date for entries and bookings is 31st August. This closing date also applies to Juniors who receive free entry and accommodation. The Bedford Moat House Hotel is centrally situated in the town of Bedford. Close to the shops and other amenities including very pleasant walks along the river towpath.

3rd-5th March 2006. Annual General Meeting and Chess Congress. Lancaster Hall Hotel, craven Terrace, London W2. In addition to the annual general meeting, which will take place Saturday 4th March 2006 at 2 pm, there will be an Open tournament and a Minor tournament of 5 rounds each. Associate members are eligible to play in each of these events. Entry fee £10. Cost of accommodation for members and associate members, including: dinner, bed and breakfast: £36.50 per person per night sharing and £40.00 single. The cost to non members and to those booking for the Sunday night will be: £43.50 sharing and £47 single. Closing date for bookings 10th January 2006. This date also applies to Juniors who receive free entry and free accommodation. It is a considerable time since we were able to find a suitable venue in London at a reasonable price. The Lancaster Hall Hotel offers excellent accommodation and a fine hall in which the tournament will take place. the hotel is situated not more than 8 minutes walk from Paddington main line and underground stations and a little less from Lancaster gate underground. Car parking, as is often the case in London, is limited and we advise those who can manage without their car to use public transport.

20th-27 May 2006. Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial Tournament. (Formerly known as the Minor Tournament). Preston Sands Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton. This event will be played over six rounds and is limited to blind players and to associate members of BCA whose grade or estimated grade is 130 or below. There will also be some coaching sessions geared to the needs of those who wish to attend the sessions and a full progrmme of trips and entertainment. This is a chess holiday which is a firm favourite with many of our members. We are delighted to have found the excellent preston sands hotel which is situated right on the sea front at the quiet end of paignton. Jean, Colin and their son Mike, who own and manage this hotel have promised that once our members have enjoyed the friendly welcome they will receive at this hotel they will want to return again and again! The entry fee is £10 and the cost of accommodation including dinner, bed and breakfast will be £220 per person per week for members and associate members and £246 for others. Closing date for entries 20th March 2006.

Members are reminded that bookings and other requests for the events above should be made to the organiser and not to the hotel.

Tournament organiser: Stan Lovell

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.

Stan Lovell.