The Gazette - August 2010

Sponsored by Sean O'Brien
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 International Matters

The World Individual Championship for blind and partially sighted players will take place from 25th August to 5th September this year in Belgrade, Serbia. Flying the colours for the UK will be Bill Armstrong and Steve Hilton. Bill will be our official representative in the tournament and will be accompanied by his wife Pat. Steve will be funded by the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) and will be attending a special IBCA meeting during the event. We wish them both a very successful tournament.

The FIDE Olympiad is a major event in the sighted chess calendar, taking place every two years and involving strong national teams from all parts of the globe. The IBCA is also allowed to send a team to the Olympiad and congratulations go to Colin Crouch from the UK who has been selected for the team. The Olympiad will take place in Russia from 19th September to 4th October this year. We wish Colin and the team every success.

In 2011, it will be our turn to host the Six Nations Tournament which involves teams from Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK. The event will be held from 5th to 9th May at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, which incidentally is the venue for the forthcoming International Autumn Tournament in November this year. More details in future issues of the Gazette.

Finally, the Turkish Blind Sports Federation has announced that the VI IBSA World Games will be held in Antalya, Turkey, from 1st to 10th April 2011. Chess is one of the sports included in the programme. Anyone interested in participating should get in touch with me. The closing date for entries is 20th September 2010.

Norman Wragg.