Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2006

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.


It is with regret that we report the death of Campbell Innes on 22 February 2006 at the age of 82. Campbell was born in Glasgow and was initially educated there but later moved to Troon where he attended Marr College. On leaving school, he won a place at Glasgow University where he gained a degree in chemistry. He initially worked for Laporte Chemicals but then moved to Brocks Fireworks at Hemel Hempstead to become their chief chemist.

When Campbell was about 10 years old, he was hit by a flying stone and lost an eye. Around the age of 40, he lost the sight of his remaining eye through an hereditary condition. He eventually had to resign from Brocks Fireworks but managed to get a lecturing job at the Hendon Police College where he taught liberal studies.

Campbell was married to Roma, a girl he first met when he was at college in Troon. When Campbell was in his early 50s, he and Roma decided to settle in St Albans. But tragically on the day of the move to their new house Roma died suddenly. They had shared so many cultural interests and the loss of her at such a young age left him utterly devastated.

As a member of the BCA, Campbell was very keen on correspondence chess and many members knew him through this. He had a keen sense of fun, a dry wit and an endless stream of anecdotes.

He had an amazing range of other interests including local history and archaeology, amateur dramatics, photography and politics, being an active and lifelong member of the Labour Party. He also loved travelling and visited many countries including Egypt, India and China where he made three trips to the Great Wall.

Norman Wragg