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.

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.

12th – 14th November 2010. International Autumn Tournament. The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

There will be two five-round Swiss tournaments - an Open Tournament and a Minor Tournament for those whose grade or estimated grade is 100 or below. Both tournaments are open to blind and partially sighted players and to associate members of the BCA.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Primary Club, the BCA has been able to provide an excellent subsidy for the Friday and Saturday Night. The cost for members and associate members will be £35 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast regardless of room type. The cost for non-members and those wishing to stay the Sunday night will be £50 per person per night.

Please note that anyone wishing to stay on Sunday night should notify the BCA when booking. However, all payments for Sunday night accommodation must be made direct to the hotel on departure.

Payment for Friday and Saturday night accommodation and the £10 entry fee should be sent to Gill Smith by the closing date, Friday 17th September. For this tournament the hotel requires full payment from the BCA four weeks in advance of our arrival. This means that if for any reason someone has to withdraw at short notice, it will not be possible to refund their accommodation costs.

Any queries to the organiser, Steve Burnell

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4th – 6th March 2011. AGM and Congress. The Midland Hotel, Derby.

There will be two five-round Swiss tournaments - an Open Tournament and a Minor Tournament for those whose grade or estimated grade is 100 or below. Both tournaments are open to blind and partially sighted players and to associate members of the BCA. The tournament organisers, Mark Hague and Leigh Ryan, will provide more details in the next issue of the gazette.

13th - 20th August 2011. British Championship for Blind and Partially Sighted. Red Lea Hotel, Scarborough.

More details, including price, will appear in the November Gazette.

We used the Red Lea for the Stephen Eastwick-Field event in 2004, and those who attended found the hotel to be comfortable and very well situated close to the south shore with its renowned, beautiful gardens and the spa complex.

Stan and Jan Lovell.

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.