The Gazette - August 2015

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

Forthcoming Events

16th to 18th October 2015 - The Lucy Walsh and Mary Cuthbert Memorial Tournament

The 2015 International Autumn Tournament weekend will be dedicated to the memory of Lucy Walsh and Mary Cuthbert, two very popular and much loved members of the BCA who supported BCA events for many years. The tournament will take place at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate from Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October 2015. It will consist of two five-round Swiss tournaments - an Open Tournament and a Challengers 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 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 £39 per person per night sharing a double or twin room; the cost of a single room is £43 per person per night. The cost for non-members and those wishing to stay the Sunday night will be £56 per person per night in a double/twin room and £62 per person per night in a single room. Payment for all nights’ accommodation and the £10 entry fee plus room requirements should be sent to the Treasurer, Gill Smith by the closing date, Friday 28th August. If you have any queries please contact the organiser: Mark Hague.

18th to 20th March 2016: The David Hodgkins Memorial AGM Chess Congress

This will be held in memory of David Hodgkins, one of our most active, loyal and much loved members who sadly passed away in early 2015. It will take place at The Hallmark Hotel, Derby. The AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 19th March. We are pleased to be returning to this popular hotel with its excellent facilities. The hotel is located within a few yards walk of Derby railway station and is very convenient.

There will be two five round chess tournaments. The Open section is open to all visually impaired chess players and associate members of the BCA and the Challengers is limited to those graded 100 or below. The entry fee for both tournaments is £10. The cost of dinner, bed and breakfast for members and associate members is £39 per person per night for Friday and Saturday nights in a single room, and £35 per person per night in a double/twin room. For non members and those staying on the Sunday night, the cost will be £56 per person in a single room and £50 per person in a double/twin. The closing date for entries is 25th January. Please send your entry fee and full payment for all accommodation to Gill Smith by this date. Please send any resolutions or other items for inclusion on the AGM agenda to Guy Whitehouse by 31st December 2015. Also, let Guy know if you are planning to attend the AGM without staying at the hotel so that we can let you have the AGM papers.

Organiser Steve Burnell.

25th June to 2nd July 2016: Chairman’s Cup, Whitehall Hotel, Exeter Park Road, Bournemouth

The Chairman's Cup is open to all visually impaired players whose grade or estimated grade is 140 or below and to BCA associate members within the same grading limit. The event is played over 7 rounds with one round each day. Players may request a half point bye in any one of the first six rounds. If there are sufficient numbers there will be two sections. Entry fee: £10. Cost of accommodation to members and associate members of BCA: £260 for the week. The cost to those booking 1 to 4 days: £54 per day. The cost to non-members of BCA: £336 for the week.

The closing date for bookings is 30th April 2016. Bookings accepted after that date, at the discretion of the organiser, will be subject to a late booking fee of £10 per person. Bookings, including full payment, should be sent to: Mrs Gill Smith (see list of BCA Officers for contact details). Please note: Rooms will not be reserved until full payment has been received. The Whitehall Hotel has become very popular with our members who particularly appreciate the good food and the very friendly and helpful staff. The hotel is situated a relatively short downhill walk to the seafront, lower gardens and shops. In addition to the chess tournament there will be a varied programme of social activities. Anyone with ideas for social events, or who wants further information is invited to contact the organisers: John and Pam Jenkins

Bookings: When entering any of the Forthcoming Events, please refer to your May 2015 Gazette for the BCA Booking Conditions and Procedures.

Please note: BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.