Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - February 2018

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.

Hugo’s Game

Many thanks to Hugo Roman for sharing his game against a young blind Canadian in the French Championship, 2017. The event was open to visually impaired players from outside of France and Hugo has special permission to enter in recognition of the vast contribution he has made to chess for the blind over many decades.

Amine Bousbia (Canada) v. Hugo Roman (Belgium)

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7 (Neo – Cunningham variation)

4. d4? Bh4+ 5. Nxh4? Qxh4+ 6. Kd2? Qf2+ 7. Kc3 Nf6 8. Qf3 Nc6! 9. Qd3 d5 10. Nd2 0-0 11. b3 dxe4

12. Nxe4 Nxe4+ 13. Qxe4 Bf5! 14. Be3 Qxe3+? Spoiling this mini- game a bit, and permitting my opponent to continue the game for another 16 moves. I should have played fxe3!