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.

Irish Open Tournament 2008

This tournament will be held in the Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross, Dublin, from Friday October 10th to Monday October 13th, 2008. The Tournament will be a 6 round Swiss, open to all visually impaired players and their guides. The rate of play will be all moves in 1 hour and 45 minutes for each player. There will be two sections if numbers allow, a Major section open to players of all strengths and a Minor section confined to players rated below 1400 ELO.

The Marine Hotel is located 20 minutes drive from Dublin Airport and a similar distance from the City Centre. It is conveniently close to the DART suburban rail service which connects to the Dunleary ferry port. Note that the organisers are unable to provide transport to the Hotel on this occasion.

The cost for three nights’ bed, breakfast and evening meal is €230 for players and guides and €290 for others. The cost for a single room is €320. The entry fee, excursion and musical entertainment are included in this price. Those wishing to extend their stay may do so at a cost of €99 per night per room for bed and breakfast but only if bookings are made through the B.C.A.I.

Bank account details will be provided on request to those wishing to pay by credit transfer. The closing date for bookings and payment of fees is August 1st, 2008.

Philip Doyle (PRO).