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.

Forthcoming Events

Please note: As per the booking conditions, late booking and entry for any of the events in this section will be subject to a £6 penalty. Please read the booking conditions at the end of this section.

28th to 30th March 2008. Annual General Meeting and Congress. Midland Hotel, Derby.

Please note: This event had to be moved back three weeks from the original date and the venue had to be changed from Cambridge to Derby.

We tried our best to inform all likely participants of the change of date. Although the closing date for entries will have passed by the time you receive this issue of the gazette, the tournament organiser, Sean O’Brien, will accept late entries subject to rooms being available. The Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 29th March, during this event.

Entry to the five-round tournament, with a major and minor section, will be £10. The cost to members and associate members is £42.50 per night, and the cost to non-members and to those staying Sunday night is £47.50 sharing a twin or £52 single. Please add £6 late booking fee per person.

All enquiries and bookings to;-

Sean O’Brien.

9th to 16th 2008. Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial Tournament.

Tralee Hotel, Westhill Road, Bournemouth.

The cost for seven days dinner, bed and breakfast to members and associate members is £230. The cost for non-members or for those booking for less than seven days is £38.50 per night. These rates include dinner, bed and breakfast. Entry to the six-round chess tournament is £10.

Please note: The closing date for entries is 8th May. It is important to book in good time, particularly if you require a single room.

In brief the programme is: Day of arrival Wednesday 9th July, rooms available from 2pm. Dinner is at 6pm and round 1 starts at 8pm. Thereafter breakfast will be served between 8 and 9am and the rounds of chess will commence at 10am with each player having 105 minutes each for all moves. Dinner will be at 7pm.

Some time during the event there will be a day off when an outing will be arranged. There will also be some coaching sessions for those who wish to take part.

This event has always been a particularly friendly event with many members bringing along family and friends to enjoy the social event along with the chess. Other activities may be arranged such as ad hoc trips and a light-hearted quick play evening. Our associate members are particularly welcome at this event, and if you consider yourself to be a novice and if you have wondered about having a go at a chess congress, this relaxed event could be just the time for you to give it a go!

Bookings to Stan and Jan Lovell.

14th to 16th November 2008. International Autumn Tournament, Midland Hotel, Derby.

This Tournament will be open to all blind and partially sighted players and associate members of the BCA. There will be a Major Open event, and a Minor event for those whose grade (or estimated grade) is 80 or below. Many members will be familiar with this hotel and its excellent facilities. It is in an ideal location being situated very close to Derby Railway station.

The cost of accommodation for members and associate members is £42 per person per night for a shared room, and £47 per night for a single. For non-members and for those wishing to stay on the Sunday night the rates will be £47 per person sharing and £52 for a single. Entry fee is £10 if received by the closing date of 12 September.

Please send entries to the organiser, Steve Burnell.

Booking conditions.

VH UK residents under the age of 25 participating in BCA events receive free entry and free accommodation.

Cheques should be made payable to the Braille Chess Association or B.C.A. Building society cheques should have the name of the sender clearly marked. Postdated cheques are not accepted. Entries and bookings received after the advertised closing date are subject to a £6 late booking penalty and are accepted subject to the discretion of the tournament organiser.

Those booking on-line or by telephone banking must ensure their payment is cleared by the closing date and must inform the treasurer and tournament organiser.

Those booking extra nights are requested not to send payment for the extra nights to BCA as this should be paid to the hotel. It is, however, necessary for them to inform the tournament organiser in order that their rooms may be reserved.

Special requests for room requirements etc should be made to the tournament organiser and not to the hotel.

BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.

Banking details for those who may wish to make a telephone or internet banking payment to the BCA.

Name: Braille Chess Association;

Sort Code: 405240;

Account Number: 00082456.

If you choose this method of payment please add a simple description indicating what you are paying for, e.g. Solihull tournament 2006.