The Gazette - August 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.

Forthcoming Events

21st to 23rd October 2016: International Autumn Tournament, Holiday Inn, Solihull, West Midlands

This 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 Holiday Inn was used by the BCA a few years ago. It is conveniently located a short taxi ride from Solihull railway station, and is also convenient for Birmingham International Airport. The hotel has extensive grounds and is adjacent to Solihull’s indoor shopping centre. The cost for dinner, bed and breakfast for the Friday and Saturday nights is £36 per person per night for BCA members and associate members. The cost for non-members and for those staying the Sunday night will be £51 per person per night. There is no single room supplement.

Payment for all accommodation (including Sunday if required), together with the £10 entry fee should be sent to the Treasurer, Gill Smith (see list of BCA Officers for contact details). The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd September. Please direct any queries, to the organiser, Mark Hague

17th to 19th March 2017: AGM Weekend Chess Congress

This will take place at The Hallmark Hotel, Derby. The AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 18th March. We are pleased to be returning to this popular hotel with its excellent facilities. The hotel is very conveniently located within a few yards of Derby railway station.

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. 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 24th 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 2016. 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.

Saturday 27th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017: British Championship

This will be held at The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. It will be a seven round event, with one round each day, which will be open to all visually impaired chess players both from the UK and overseas. It will also be open to all associate members of the BCA. The British Champion will be the highest placed UK visually impaired player. Depending on the entry, there may also be a Challengers event in addition to the main championship.

We are pleased to be returning to this hotel with its excellent facilities. It has proved popular on previous occasions for our weekend tournaments, and we feel it will be very suitable for our weeklong event. It is located close to the town centre and a short taxi ride from Harrogate railway station.

The cost to BCA members and associate members will be £270 per person for the week, for dinner bed and breakfast regardless of room type. The entry fee will be £10. For anyone staying part of the week only, the cost will be £40 per person per night for dinner bed and breakfast. For anyone wishing to stay additional nights at the beginning or end of the tournament, the cost per night will be £63 per person in a single room and £56.50 per person in a twin or double room. Payment for entry and all accommodation, including any additional nights, should be sent to the Treasurer by the closing date of 31st March 2017.

Organiser Steve Burnell.

Bookings: When entering any of the Forthcoming Events, please refer to your May 2016 Gazette for the BCA Booking Conditions and Procedures or find them in the Forthcoming Events section of our website.

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