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.

R.I.P. Milenko Cabarkapa

International Master Milenko Cabarkapa of Serbia died on the 3rd January, in his 80th year. Milenko was a prominent figure in IBCA circles for many decades. He served as Vice President, but was better known for his accomplishments over the chess board. Originally playing for Yugoslavia and later for Serbia, he took part in every single IBCA Olympiad from 1963 to 2000 and competed in numerous other events such as World Cups. Arguably his finest achievement was winning the Gold medal at both of the first two IBCA World Individual Championships in 1966 (in West Germany) and 1970 (in the Netherlands). This feat, taking place as it did during the Fischer era, resulted in Milenko being affectionately nicknamed “Blind Bobby”! The international Braille chess community mourns the loss of one of its great players.