The Gazette - February 2010

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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.

Other Mainstream Events Under One Roof

In this feature I will give details of chess events where the accommodation and the chess hall are in the same building or where the distance between playing area and accommodation is minimal. I'm sure many of us have experienced the difficulties which may occur when attempting to find the chess hall in a school or some other complex far removed from our accommodation. If anyone has information of chess events which take place under one roof, let me know and I will publish them in this feature. Please note: Information about Spectrum and Castle events are dealt with by Gary Wickett elsewhere in this Gazette.

26th – 28th February 2010. Fishguard Bay Hotel.

A fairly long taxi journey from the nearest rail station at Haverford West. Cost of accommodation, including all meals, for two nights: £120 per person sharing, £125 single. Extra nights £35 bed and breakfast.

Hotel tel: 01348 873571.

26th – 28th February 2010. Open Cumbria Individual Championships.

Graythwaite Manor Hotel, Fernhill Road, Grange-over-sands. Tel: 015395 32001.

Organiser Hillary Austin.

I was pleased to learn of this new 'all under one roof' event. The Graythwaite Manor is situated about a mile out of Grange-over-sands. Around £3.50 by taxi from Grange rail station.

Accommodation is £30 sharing and £40 single for bed & breakfast. Dinner is £16.50 for two courses and £19.50 for three courses. I understand the total number of participants is expected to be between 30 and 40. I am told the hotel is very friendly and comfortable, and the event is likely to be small & friendly. There will be three sections: An open, a major up to 149 and a minor up to 124.

5th – 7th March 2010. Blackpool Congress. The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.

It is interesting to note that this event is to be held in the Imperial Hotel this year. Unfortunately, it clashes with our own AGM congress, but anyone wishing to obtain further details should contact the Imperial Hotel on tel: 01253 623971. The cost of accommodation is: sharing £42, single £72 for bed and breakfast. Dinner, if pre-booked, costs £17.

19th – 21st March 2010. Uxbridge De Veres Hotel, Tilehouse Lane, Denham. Tel: 0844 980 2305.

Organiser Sean Hewitt.

Cost of accommodation for bed & breakfast: sharing £30, single £44. Dinner £25.

Steve Thacker has attended this event. I am sure he would be happy to give an impression of the venue to anyone who is interested.

2nd – 5th April. West of England Championships. Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Tel: 01395 264 886. Accommodation: per person sharing £47.25, single £58.50. bed and breakfast. Dinner £20.

Please note: This venue is not suitable for wheelchair users as the playing hall is upstairs and there is no lift. For many years several of our members have enjoyed participating in this friendly west country event. Please also note: The West of England Seniors Event also takes place in this hotel from Monday 8th to Friday 12th November. The prices are the same as for the Easter event.

11th – 13th June 2010. South Lakes Congress.

Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands. Tel: 015395 34622.

This hotel is situated in extensive grounds a mile or so out of Grange-over-Sands. The grounds are particularly enjoyed by guide dogs. The dinner, bed & breakfast rates per person per night are £59 sharing and £69 single.

If you attend any of these events, let me have your feedback on how you were welcomed and if you think it is a suitable venue for other VI players.

I am indebted to Steve Thacker for his assistance in locating these events.

Stan Lovell.