Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - February 2008

Sponsored by The Steel Charitable Trust
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.

BCA in Mainstream Events

My November article has raised some response from those interested in greater support for BCA members in mainstream chess. Most significantly, Stan Lovell and I have been formulating a much more ambitious proposal than my original scheme for congress novices. This would involve those who are already familiar figures on the mainstream chess circuit but who do not currently receive any BCA funding at international events. This will be brought to the AGM in more detail in March, but broadly the idea is that individuals should be subsidised up to £100 and up to £200 for a congress novice and his supportive friend.

This would spread the benefits of BCA funds more evenly throughout the association. We would see the total expense capped at £3000 in the first year. If demand were very high from individuals, the £100 or £200 ceilings might be lowered to keep within this limit.  Stan favours some developments encouraging grass roots players to play in foreign events, but initially we would focus on domestic weekend and longer events.

Bill Armstrong.