Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 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.


Once again an absolutely packed issue of the Gazette is arriving on doorsteps this November. Though there is perhaps less “chess” than usual, we are fully compensated by the contribution from Hans Cohn, a humorous window into the lively Russian chess scene of the 1950s. At the BCA we’re really “all chess all the time,” as the dizzying array of reports indicates. I draw your attention especially to the Congress Support report, which affords members the chance to attend mainstream congresses with a subsidy from the BCA, but all the reports are worth a read. I also would like to flag up Haaksbergen and the Winter Chess Theme Break, two long-running events which must be booked quite early. Details in the relevant reports.

We continue to be very busy at Sight Village, publicising the BCA to new members; and in early November, the BCA officially celebrates its 80th Anniversary.

Tremendous celebration and tremendous sadness are present in this issue as we bring details of two chess Olympiads in which BCA members took part and publication of ECF grades which highlights the achievement of every one of us. But along with this, there are three obituaries, all of valuable, beloved club members.

Good reading and good chess!

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Blaevoet