The Gazette - November 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.

All Under One Roof

In this feature I give details of chess events which occur mainly in hotels, thus avoiding the need to find the way to church halls, schools etc. Generally it is advisable to book for these events early as the amount of accommodation set aside for chess players may be limited. I have given an indication of the prices, but it is wise to check these when you make enquiries. If you can spare some time after you have attended one of these events, send a brief report of the event and the venue and its suitability for other visually impaired players to me or to Bill Armstrong. If you have visited other 'all under one roof' events or know of other such events, please let me know and I will include details in future features. You will find more information about events held in hotels in the article on Castle and Spectrum Chess by Gary Wickett.

27th – 28th December, Cruse Chess Congress, Quality Hotel, Dudley, West Midlands.

Tel: 01384 458070. Quoted rates: Sharing £27 per night for bed and breakfast, Single £48. This event takes place over the two bank holidays, Monday and Tuesday, immediately after Christmas.

Further information from Jamie Davis.

9th – 11th March 2011. Blackpool Chess Congress. Marcello Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.

Tel: 01253 623971. Prices for bed and breakfast: sharing £45 per person per night, single £75.50. Dinner, if booked in advance, £17 otherwise £22.50. Accommodation should be booked direct with the hotel. For further information and to enter e-mail Geoff Jones, Dave Clayton and the rest of the team always make visually impaired players welcome.

20th – 24th March 2011. Lakes District Chess Holiday. Rothay Manor Country House Hotel, Ambleside.

Tel: 015394 33605, e-mail

This is a chess holiday for those who enjoy a little comfort and luxury with their chess. Included in the package is a three-course dinner, bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, a seven-round Swiss chess tournament plus coaching and tuition. Prices are: Single £550; sharing: a classic room £475, or a luxury room £520. All bookings and enquiries to the hotel.

22nd – 25th April 2011. West of England Chess Union [WECU] Easter Congress.

Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Tel: 01395 264 886

Prices quoted: bed and breakfast sharing standard room £47.50 per person per night, seaview: £54, Single £58.50. Add £20 for dinner. Accommodation should be booked with the hotel. I can recommend this event to those who enjoy a friendly and relaxed event, but I must warn the chess room is upstairs which makes this event unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Stan Lovell