Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 2018

Sponsored by Geoff Patching
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.


You may recall from the previous issue that Steve Bailey headed off to Barbados in July in his capacity as coach for the UK Women’s VI Cricket Team. They were going to face the West Indies in their first international series and I’m delighted to report that they triumphed 4-1! Many congratulations to Steve and the rest of the squad!

Meanwhile, back on these shores, Lancashire took on Yorkshire in the 2018 Under 160 County Championship Final. Our own Lancastrian member, Colin Fisher, played on board 8 of the 16 board team. Colin won his game and Lancashire was victorious in this particular war of the roses. Congratulations to Colin and his team!

Sadly, two former BCA members who both came to us via the Teesside chess club for the blind died this summer. George Glass passed away in a nursing home on 25th July, aged 87. George was awarded an MBE in the Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his hard work for the charity BlindVoice UK. Graeme Parry passed away while on holiday on 29th July aged 40. Graeme had Alström Syndrome and other conditions, yet led a full life and helped his local community by running a Facebook page about local social clubs. Condolences to their families and friends.

BCAI news from Philip Doyle:

Fifteen BCAI members and friends met up in Wynns Hotel in Dublin City centre on Friday evening 27th July for dinner. We decided to do this because we no longer hold tournaments at home and nowadays seldom have an opportunity to get together as a group. The big news of the night was the announcement that Michael Delaney and his partner Fionnuala Ní Bhrádaigh had tied the knot a few days earlier on the 16th of July!

Editor’s Note:

Wedding congratulations to Michael and Fionnuala! Your many friends in the BCA wish you every happiness!

Grateful thanks to everyone who responded to my plea for news snippets. Please keep them coming in!