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.

Forthcoming Events

9th -11th November, 2012: International Autumn Tournament 2012

This will take place at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate from Friday 9th November to Sunday 11th November 2012. It will consist of two five-round Swiss tournaments

- an Open Tournament and a Minor Tournament for those whose grade or estimated grade is 110 or below. Both tournaments are open to blind and partially-sighted players and to associate members of the BCA.

The Old Swan Hotel has proved to be a very popular and suitable venue on previous occasions and we look forward to returning. The hotel is within walking distance of the lovely spa town of Harrogate and a short taxi ride from the railway station.

The BCA has once again been able to provide a subsidy for the Friday and Saturday nights. The cost for members and associate members for dinner, bed and breakfast will be £37.50 per person per night sharing a double or twin room; the cost of a single room is £40.00 per person per night. The cost for non-members and those wishing to stay the Sunday night will be £53.50 per person per night in a double/twin room and £57.00 per person per night in a single room.

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 plus room requirements should be sent to The Treasurer, Gill Smith by the closing date, Friday 28th September. Any queries to the organiser, Steve Burnell.

15th -17th March 2013: AGM and Chess Congress Weekend at the Derby Hallmark.

Once again we return to the very popular Derby hotel with its excellent facilities and convenient location, close to Derby railway station. The AGM will take place on Saturday 16th of March at 2pm. There will be a five-round chess tournament open to all blind and partially sighted players and to associate members of the BCA. It will consist of a major open event, and a minor event limited to players whose grade (or estimated grade) is 110 or below. The Tournament entry fee will be 10 pounds. The cost of accommodation, including dinner, bed & breakfast, for members and associate members is £35 per night in a shared room and £39 single. Booking details will be published later in the year.

25th May-1st June 2013: BCA British Championship: Venue: The Auckland Hotel, Morecambe

For our 2013 British Championship we revisit The Auckland Hotel, Morecambe where we held the same event in 2005. Since then major renovations have been carried at the hotel including: An extension to the restaurant which makes it lighter and more spacious; A new function room which will be ideal for our chess event and the conversion of seven ground floor rooms with full disabled access. Five of these have wet rooms which are suitable for wheelchair users.

The Auckland Hotel is situated on the seafront with level walking access to tea rooms, pubs and shops. We believe this will prove to be a very good venue for our 2013 British Championship.

Further details, including the prices, will be included in the August Gazette.