Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2012

Edited by Rebecca Blaevoet
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.


As this is the first time I edit an issue of the Gazette--and I am very happy to be doing so--I will keep my editorial comments short. I would just like to draw your attention to some notable features in this Gazette: a delightful collage relating to the Windermere Chess Theme Break; a couple of pieces relating to the most recent AGM in Bedford; some significant changes in regular Gazette contributors, (of course, a cabinet shuffle in the Committee from the last AGM); and a couple of new format ideas I have. As you will have noticed, the “Committee Members contact information” section has been truncated in favour of allowing more room for chess-related items.

I would like to include a short exposition of an opening or biography of a famous chess player in future editions. If readers would like to send in other items of interest: information about chess associations internationally; reviews of chessboards or technology; feedback regarding the Gazette, please feel free.

It is with great sadness that I also include some tributes to Shane Hall whom many of you will know. We were delighted to see him at the Chess Theme Break in Windermere this January, only to read less than two months later, of his repose on March 14. One of the comments on the Rathmine Chess Club’s website, a club in which he was an active member, contained a chess game of Shane’s which was clearly special to the contributor. I chose to end the Gazette with this game, as a fitting tribute to Shane, who enjoyed chess, win or lose. May he rest in peace.

Rebecca Blaevoet