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.


BCA runs a wide range of over-the-board tournaments from weekend to week long events. However, for our championship event coming up in August 2005 numbers are greatly down compared to other years.

Players of any strength should never be put off from entering a BCA event. It can seem daunting coming along to your first over-the-board tournament having never before had to announce your moves to your opponent, play using a clock and recording your moves.

BCA tries to do all it can to make a person as comfortable as possible in an event. If it is your first tournament why not just give a person on the tournament sub committee (myself, Guy Whitehouse, Stan Lovell and Sean O’Brien) a call and find out what it involves in playing in an event and have your fears put to rest.

In all BCA tournaments there are normally always two events taking place: one for the experienced player, and one for those who have just started to play or whose ability is unknown and of a low playing strength.

In all BCA events prizes of money are played for. BCA will normally have a prize for the first three in the event and several grading prizes.

A grading band is where people are grouped together roughly of the same playing strength. Although they are competing for the main three prizes, if they don’t manage to win one of these, but outscore the rest of the people within their grading group, they will win a prize.

So, why not, if you haven’t been to an over-the-board tournament before, or not for a long time, why don’t you give it a go.

If you have any queries regarding tournaments please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the tournament sub committee.

David Hodgkins, Chair of Tournament Sub Committee.