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.

All Under One Roof

A note from your Congress Support Officer, Mark Kirkham:

If you would like to participate in any of the following events, or indeed any that are not listed here, then why not make use of the congress support scheme? It's designed to help BCA members meet the costs of entering mainstream congresses such as travel and accommodation expenses, or just the entry fee itself. It's open to all members who have played in a BCA event over the past year who have not also received international funding. For anyone who was previously deterred by the bind of writing a report on the event, you will be pleased to hear that this requirement has been removed as we felt it was somewhat formal. All we ask for now is a little feedback. In particular, if you are considering entering one of the events listed below, some of these are popular with BCA members so you may well find yourself in good company. Please contact me at least one week in advance of your proposed event if you wish to put in a claim. (See list of officers for Mark’s contact details.)

List of All Under One Roof events by Guy Whitehouse:

This list should not be treated as definitive and is only as complete as I can make it whilst complying with gazette deadlines. The following events take place in hotels so the accommodation and tournament are at the same venue.

Castle Chess

These are organised by the Castle Chess directors, Tony and Barbara Corfe and Mark Shaw. The website www.castlechess.co.uk gives the email address. Castle Chess are well used to having visually impaired participants in their events. I have also found that other participants in Castle Chess events have got to know and befriended BCA players.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all Castle Chess congresses are now six-round Swiss events and you are allowed to take a half-point bye in any two of the first five rounds. The grading bands are an U195 Championship which also has an U175 Premier section, the Major for those under 155 with an Intermediate section for U135s, and a Minor section for those with a grade less than 115 with a Challengers section for U95s.

18th – 20th January 2019, 14th Fareham Congress, Lysses House Hotel, Fareham

The hotel only has a few single rooms, so try to book up quickly if you want one!

8th – 10th February 2019, 6th Dudley Congress, Quality Hotel, Birmingham Rd, Dudley DY1 4RN

Other Events

Irish Chess Union tournaments: There are a number of chess events put on by the Irish Chess Union which all seemed to be based at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road Dublin. Contact the Tournaments Officer, Ivan Baburin for more details.

5th – 9th November 2018, 19th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress, Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth

‘Juniors’ 50-64 and Seniors 65+ No other details are given. Contact R. H. Jones.

9th – 11th November 2018, 52nd Torbay Congress, Livermead House Hotel, Torquay

This is a five-round Swiss with four sections: an Open, a Major (U-170), an Intermediate (U-140) and a Foundation (U-120). Contact Phil McConnell.

18th November 2018 Lowestoft Rapid Play, Parkhill Hotel, Lowestoft

A six-round Swiss with an Open and a section for those with a rapidplay grade under 150. The rate of play is 20 minutes per player with 10 seconds added per move. Contact Stephen Cotterell.

6th January 2019 Hull Rapidplay, Royal Hotel, Hull

A five-round Swiss with an Open, a U-160 and a U-120. The rate of play is 25 minutes per player with a five-second increment from the first move. Contact Douglas Vleeshhouwer.

12th – 13th January 2019, Somerset New Year Congress, Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon

A five-round Swiss with a Major (U-175), an Intermediate (U-145) and a Minor (U-120). The rate of play is 36 moves in 90 minutes and a 15 minutes quick play finish. Contact Colin or Rebecca Gardiner.

18th – 20th January 2019, 21st 4NCL Congress, the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

A five-round Swiss with a FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175) and ECF U135.

Contact Mike Truran.

26th January 2019 York Chess Rapidplay, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2GB

A six-round Swiss competition, with an Open and an Under 140 section. Time control: 20 mins each for all moves. Contact: Tim Wall Email

8th – 10th March 2019 43rd Blackpool Chess Conference, The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool FY1 3HB

Five sections: Lancashire Open, Imperial Major (U181), Intermediate (U155), Minor (U135) and Standard (U115)

Contact: Bill O’Rourke.