The Gazette - May 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
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.


The chess world is accustomed to people being Masters, but the newest Master in the BCA didn’t move a single piece to earn his title! Instead, he answered some tricky questions on a BBC Radio 2 music quiz on 27th February and was declared Pop Master for that day. So many congratulations to Antoine Reeves and thank you very much for mentioning the Braille Chess Association on national radio when you were giving your friends a shout out!

May brings a milestone birthday for a highly respected member who joined the association back in 1964. In 1972 he began a long run of Olympiad and other international appearances and has enjoyed a great deal of success over the years. He is friendly and popular, having welcomed many newcomers during his spell on the committee in the 1980s. His strong sense of camaraderie makes him an ideal teammate. He enjoys helping others and has coached at numerous Chess Theme Breaks. He’s modest and never mentions unless prompted that he beat the reigning IBCA World Champion, Sergei Krylov, at a tournament in Vienna in 1981. In short, he’s totally brilliant in every imaginable way, and if you think this article is biased you’re absolutely right because the gentleman in question is none other than my Dad. Yes, Colin Chambers will turn 80 on the 12th of May! BCA user group subscribers will be familiar with Colin’s brainchild, “Radio Cheltenham”, a pretend station on which he announces news of members by email instead of over the airwaves. Good humour and kindness radiate from every broadcast! Being an unassuming sort of chap though, I strongly suspect that he will seek to keep news of his own big birthday quiet. Furthermore, like so many other get togethers, our family celebration in honour of his birthday is postponed due to the pandemic. Therefore, it seems more important than ever to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to Colin in the gazette so please join me in congratulating him and wishing him many happy returns!

Do let me know if you have any news for the next issue.

Julie Leonard