Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 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.

Fred Reader

Fred was a member of the BCA for more than forty years and was elected an Honorary Member in 2002. He used to attend over the board tournaments with his wife, Lily. The couple had an adopted son, Clive.

Fred and Lily lived in Potters Bar from 1968 to 1986. Coincidentally, their house was directly opposite that of Ron Gorton, who has since joined the BCA. Ron and Fred discussed their shared interest in chess and it soon became clear to Ron that Fred was an accomplished player.

Another interest that the two neighbours had in common was a love of classical music. Fred’s preference was for the later compositions. For example, Ron recalls that Fred particularly enjoyed listening to pieces by Granados, the Spanish composer and pianist of the late 19th and early 20th century. Stan Lovell recollects that Fred’s passion for music was also evident at BCA quizzes, where his extensive knowledge at times eclipsed that of our other music aficionados.

Ron remembers Fred as a quiet and serious type. Lily was the more extroverted of the two. Ron looks back on his memories of Fred with happiness. He enjoyed having Fred and Lily as neighbours.

On leaving Potters Bar, Fred and Lily moved to Eastwood, near Nottingham, and lost touch with their former neighbour. When Ron joined the BCA he was hoping to look up his old friends, but alas it was not to be. As we recently discovered, Fred passed away in 2005, and Lily in 2011. Rest in peace.

Editor’s note: Grateful thanks to Ron Gorton and Stan Lovell for sharing their memories of Fred and Lily.