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.


Members will recall from the previous issue that David Welch was taken seriously ill over the summer. Since then he has made good progress and at the time of writing he is in a care home near Liverpool. David had been due to control our Autumn Tournament in Solihull and although a replacement was found, David’s absence and illness were very much on people’s minds so Bill Armstrong organised a get well card in which many members expressed their ongoing good wishes.

Michael Delaney was also absent from the Autumn Tournament but for a very different reason. Michael was running the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 29th October! He finished in 3 hours 27 minutes and 6 seconds! So in the time it took us to draw raffle tickets and play round 5, Michael had run 26.2 miles! That’s not bad considering that he had celebrated his 50th birthday one month earlier. Many congratulations to Michael on both counts!

Members will be saddened to read that Chris Ross’s dog, Bovis, was hit by a car in November. His injuries were severe enough to require surgery but the good news is that he has had excellent veterinarian care and at present there is every hope that by the time you read this Bovis will be well on his way to a full recovery and to resuming his work as Chris’s guide dog. We send best wishes to them both!

Congratulations to our Chairman, Norman Wragg, who scored 4 points from 5 games in the Intermediate section of the 2017 Scarborough Chess Festival to finish joint second! The festival took place 20th -22nd October i.e. just one week before the BCA Autumn Tournament, but this didn’t deter BCA members from taking part! Norman Andrews also competed in the Intermediate section, Ian Blencowe and Matthew Carr played in the Minor and Roger Waters in the Foundation section.