Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
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Membership Secretary’s Report

We have a new visually impaired five year member to welcome into our fold: John Ramm from Wrexham. I am delighted to see that Malcolm Jones, also a relatively new five year member, has been extremely active in the BCA TESSLa Summer Tournament. He is doing extremely well and has had the opportunity of meeting many of our active chess players which is not the easiest thing to do in the current pandemic climate, when our OTB events have had to be cancelled. Well done to Gerry Walsh and Julie Leonard for organising such a splendid multi-platform tournament which has enabled a great deal of chess to be played and has encouraged much friendly social interaction.

Deceased Members

It is with very great sadness that I have to report the death of two long term members of the BCA, Michael Delaney and Mike Hague. Both of these members were very popular and will be missed by our members and their respective families. Michael attended many of our OTB events and Mike was a keen and very active correspondence chess player. They will be greatly missed.

Mark Hague

Editor’s Notes:

After Mark submitted his report, new member John Ramm took the plunge and entered the TESSLa event as well!

Also, sad news reached us that former BCA member, Ivor Wagner, had passed away. Ivor contributed a great deal to our association during his time with us and many members have happy memories of him, therefore there is a tribute to Ivor later in this gazette.