Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

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.

Letter from Mary Marshall

Mary writes:

Years ago, facing early retirement for health reasons, I read for “Calibre” and they asked me to try reading chess so I had a go and learned about 3 different shorthands for the moves, and when I had mastered enough to make sense of it all, I started reading chess regularly. Then I heard you met on the concourse at Waterloo to challenge passers-by so I went up and met some of your members and was then able to do requests for special magazine articles and I also asked my friends to collect all chess articles from the broadsheet papers and “the rest is history” as they say. I read chess all day on Sundays and so was able to keep it all up-to-date. Finally I spent a weekend at Uppingham and was able to see the ways that members had of keeping a record of moves and the use of the chess clock, all of which left me filled with admiration. When my own sight got too bad for me to go on reading newsprint you very kindly made me an honorary member and have continued to send me the magazine.

I have a permanent and beautiful reminder of those days because you generously sent me a flower token with which I bought a lovely deep purple orchid. It is not only still alive but this spring it has produced a second stalk and that is now in flower.

So I shall never forget BCA and the friends I made during those years. I send my good wishes to all your present members.