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.


The IBCA Olympiad and the IBCA World Cup are both team events for blind and partially sighted chess players and are held every four years, The World Cup taking place the year after the Olympiad. Normally, only the top 12 countries at the Olympiad qualify for the following year’s World Cup but there has been a change this time and 16 countries will be competing for the World Cup. I am pleased to say that the UK will be one of the 16 participating countries.

By the time you read this, the event will be over. It takes place from 12 to 21 July in Eretria, Greece.

Graham Lilley, our top board at the Olympiad in Spain last November, is unfortunately not well enough to play in Greece. His place will be taken by Steve Hilton. The rest of the team is the same as in Spain: Colin Chambers, Bill Armstrong, Les Whittle and me.

Greece is also hosting the World Junior Championship and the Ladies’ World Championship in July this year. Unfortunately, no one is available to represent the UK in either of these events.

Our second season in the 4 Nations Chess League (4NCL) is now over and a report is included elsewhere in this Gazette. I would like to thank all those who played in the team during the season, while special thanks go to Chris Ross for all his hard work as manager of the team.

Norman Wragg