Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 2006

Edited by Guy Whitehouse
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Editorial

At the start of my stint as editor of this gazette I would like to add my congratulations to Peter on the fine work he has done in this role. He has regularly turned out a gazette which has something in it for players of all levels and that is no easy feat. Thankfully his association with the gazette is not yet over as he has kindly agreed to read the cassette version and you will see that he has written a fine report on the Stephen Eastwick-Field memorial tournament.

Can I also draw your attention to Chris Ross’s report on the 4NCL tournament, and to his reminder that all of those who wish to play in next year’s competition need to let him know and to ensure that they are registered as members of their country’s chess association.

One of the new features I mean to add to this gazette is a section covering news on the international chess scene for the visually impaired as was suggested, I believe, by Hans Cohn. Unfortunately their website is not always the most up-to-date, and such e-mail contacts I can find are not always the most reliable when it comes to answering enquiries, but I am working on it.

I will also be asking the British Chess Problem Society what their arrangements would be for any visually impaired person who wanted to take part in their problem solving or their problem composing competitions. I did hope to have a response from them in time for this gazette, but my enquiries have come up against silence. Watch this space!

Finally on behalf of the BCA I wish to thank those who have contributed towards the costs associated with the production of this gazette. I would appreciate articles for the next gazette reaching me by end of September.

Guy Whitehouse