The Gazette - February 2010

Sponsored by The Primary Club
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 BCA Events

Note: Please study the booking conditions and procedures which follow these announcements; they have been updated to take account of the latest developments.

5th – 7th March 2010. Annual General Meeting and Chess Congress. Midland Hotel, Derby.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 6th March. The five-round chess tournament will be open to all blind and partially sighted players and to associate members of the BCA. There will be a major open event, and a minor event limited to players whose grade (or estimated grade) is 100 or below.

Once again we return to the Midland Hotel with its excellent facilities and convenient location, close to Derby railway station. The cost of accommodation, including dinner, bed & breakfast, for members and associate members is £45 per night in a shared room and £48 single. For non-members and for those wishing to stay Sunday night the rates are £52 in a shared room and £55 single. The entry fee, if paid before 11th January 2010, is £10. Entries and bookings accepted after that date carry a £10 late booking fee.

Please send your cheques and your booking requirements to the BCA treasurer, Mrs Gill Smith.

5th – 12th June 2010. Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial Tournament. Whitehall Hotel, Bournemouth.

Cost of accommodation to members and to associate members will be £220 for the seven days. The cost to non-members or to those booking for less than the seven days will be £39 per day. This cost includes dinner, bed and breakfast. There is no single room supplement.

The closing date for bookings is 31st March 2010. Bookings accepted after that date will be subject to a £10 late booking fee for each person. The entry fee to the tournament will be £10.

The tournament is restricted to blind and partially sighted players and to associate members. The grading limit will be 140. In addition to the chess games there will be coaching for those who wish to receive it. Please indicate if you wish to receive coaching when you send in your booking.

All bookings, including full payment, should be sent to the treasurer, Gill Smith. Include your booking requirements along with your booking. Gill will pass these on to the organisers, Stan and Jan Lovell.

Following the decision taken at the 2009 AGM, there will be seven rounds. Round 1 will start at 7:45pm on the day of arrival, and round 5 will also start at 7:45pm on 9th June. The other rounds will start at 10am. An outing will be arranged for 9th June.

Following our event at this hotel in 2008 we received many positive responses particularly mentioning the excellent food, the friendly staff and the proximity to the gardens, the seafront and the shops. Please note there are some slopes to be negotiated to reach these places.

This event should be looked on as a chess holiday for those who compete and for their friends and family. We particularly welcome our associate members who are eligible to play in the tournament and who enjoy the social events arranged throughout the week.

Stan and Jan Lovell.

International Autumn Tournament 2010.

This will take place at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate from Friday 12th November to Sunday 14th November 2010. It will consist of two five-round Swiss tournaments - an Open and a Minor. Both Tournaments will be open to all blind and partially sighted players and Associate Members of the BCA.

The Old Swan is a lovely hotel in extensive grounds in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. We believe it will prove an excellent venue for our tournament. For those wishing to extend the weekend, Sunday night accommodation will be available. Full details of costs will appear in the next edition of the Gazette.

The organiser is Steve Burnell.

Steve Burnell.

Booking Conditions and Procedures.

Blind and partially sighted UK residents under the age of 25 receive free entry and free accommodation when playing in BCA events. In certain circumstances free accommodation is available to a parent or guardian of a visually impaired junior.

Cheques should be made payable to the Braille chess association. Building society cheques should have the name of the sender clearly marked. Post dated cheques are not accepted. Bookings accepted after the closing date are subject to a £10 late booking penalty for each person. Late bookings and entries are accepted at the discretion of the organiser. Bookings are confirmed when full payment has been received by the Treasurer or when the money has been received by the BCA bank.

Payments can only be refunded within the time limit set in the terms and conditions set by the various hotels. Members are advised to take out holiday insurance to cover themselves.

When sending your cheque to the treasurer, please include details of your booking requirements including:

1. Single room, double room or twin room

2. If you prefer a bath or a shower

3. If you prefer a room in which you may smoke.  Please note many hotels now adopt a no smoking policy.

4. If you will be bringing your guide dog.

5. If you are on a special diet.

6. If you have mobility problems and would benefit from being located in a room near to a lift.

7. If you are a wheelchair user.

8. Any other special requirements.

There is no need to send your requests to the organiser as Gill will do this, but you may, of course, contact the organiser on any point. Please do not make special requests to the hotel as this causes confusion.

Those who make payment into the BCA’s account on-line or by direct bank transfer should make sure their payment is cleared by the closing date. When this has happened inform the treasurer your payment has been made and include your booking requirements as above.