Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - February 2016

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.

BCA Members in Mainstream Tournaments

Please don’t forget to let me know if you’ve played in a mainstream event and would like a mention here. (Also, visually impaired UK resident members should remember to claim a grant under the BCA Congress Support Scheme if eligible. Contact Mark Kirkham for details.) Don’t worry if you had a bad tournament; scores will only be published in the Gazette if you win a prize. I look forward to hearing from you!

Julie Leonard

39th Scarborough Chess Congress, 23rd – 25th October

Norman Wragg scored three out of five in the U150 Intermediate section and won a grading prize! Norman really enjoyed the weekend! Our associate member, Roger Waters, also competed in a different section of the congress.

25th World Senior Chess Championship 2015 (Open 50+ Section), Italy, 9th – 22nd November

Owen Phillips competed in this tough 11 round Swiss with nearly 100 players taking part. He encountered opponents from nine different countries, including six national champions. He gave a very creditable performance and finished nine places higher than his seeding!

7th CSC London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay, 12th – 13th December

A staggering 367 players entered this 10 round Swiss where each competitor had to play all moves in 25 minutes with a 10 second increment per move from move 1. The field included 36 Grandmasters, 28 International Masters and many other titled players. Competing alongside them were Owen Phillips and our BCA Junior Champion, Efe Shimwell! It must have been overwhelming to play in such a huge and prestigious event, but nevertheless Efe and Owen both came away with very respectable scores.