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.

Forthcoming Events

27/29 October 2006. International autumn tournament. Please note that the name of the hotel where this event will take place is now the Holiday Inn, Solihull. Owing to changes in management structure some Queen’s Moat House hotels are now advertised as Holiday Inns, Park Hotels and Best Weston Hotels. The location and arrangements are the same as previously announced.

The rates are £33 per person per night sharing and £43 per person per night single. These rates include: dinner, bed and breakfast. The rates for those who are non-members of the BCA or for those staying on Sunday night are: £39 sharing and £49 single. If you wish to book for the Sunday night inform the organiser, but do not include the money in your payment to the BCA as this should be paid direct to the hotel. The closing date for entries and for bookings is 31 August. Entries and bookings after that date are subject to a £6 penalty.

There will be the usual two events: The major open to all VH players and associate members of the BCA and the minor limited to those whose grade is 80 or below. Our arbiters for this event will be Gerry Walsh and Peter Gibbs.

The Solihull Holiday Inn is situated in its own spacious grounds just opposite the Touchwood Shopping Centre which claims to be one of the largest shopping centres in the midlands. Solihull railway station is on the Chiltern Valley line which runs from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill. Leamington Spa will be a suitable place to change trains for most areas of the country. In this event we will run a bring and buy sale to boost BCA funds. Items to sell, other than clothing, will be welcome. Organiser: Stan Lovell.

2/4 March 2007. Annual general meeting and chess congress. Midland Hotel, Derby. The AGM will take place during this event commencing 2PM Saturday 3 March. Entry fee £10. Accommodation £40 per person per night sharing, £45 per person per night single. These rates include dinner, bed and breakfast. The rates for non-members and those wishing to stay Sunday night are £45 sharing and £50 single. The closing date for entries and bookings is 10 January 2007. Entries and bookings after this date will be subject to a £6 penalty.

The tournament will take the usual format with a major open to all VH players and associate members and a minor limited to those whose grade is 80 or below. The rate of play will be all moves in ninety minutes for both players.

Since our last visit the Midland has been upgraded to four stars. With its excellent facilities and its location just 100 yards from Derby main line station it is an ideal venue for our event. Organiser: Stan Lovell.

4/11 April 2007. British Championship for the Blind. Tralee Hotel, Westcliffe Road, Bournemouth. Entry fee £10. Accommodation £230 per person per week. The cost to non-members or to those staying less than a week will be £37.50 per night or £262.50. These rates include dinner, bed and breakfast. Closing dates for entries and bookings 31st January 2007.

This time the British Championship will run from Wednesday to Wednesday and these dates include the Easter weekend. The change to an earlier time of year is to avoid a clash with the European Championship which will take place from 13 to 24 August 2007. Obtaining a high position in the British Championship will be important for those who wish to qualify for BCA support in the European Championship.

The Tralee Hotel has an excellent location on Westcliffe in Bournemouth very close to the extensive Westcliffe gardens, ideal for those who enjoy a quiet stroll in beautiful surroundings away from traffic or for those who want to let their guide dogs have a safe free running area. The hotel itself has excellent and very spacious public rooms and well-equipped bedrooms. It should make an excellent venue for our chess tournament and an equally good place for those who wish to bring along friends or family for a holiday. Organiser Stan Lovell.

Qualification procedure for European Championship: The following procedure was approved by members present and voting at an AGM. It also covers team selection for Olympiads and the world cup.

The players finishing first and second in the British Championship will select a third person who, with them, will select the five players to receive support in the European Championship. Please note: As the European Championship is an open event others may enter at their own expense. The cost is £583 for the eleven days in en suite accommodation and £473 in very good standard accommodation without en suite facilities.