Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 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.

A Note from our Chairman

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during the challenging times we are going through. Perhaps we will be able to enjoy a little extra freedom now as we gradually ease out of the lockdown.

I had hoped to be able to report good news about our over the board events but sadly this is not possible at the moment. At the beginning of July the committee took the difficult decision to postpone our Autumn tournament, scheduled to take place at the end of October at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. We were mindful of the current risks of using public transport, the difficulties for VI people to maintain social distancing in a hotel and the fact that a significant number of regular attendees are in the vulnerable group. We also had to act before we would have incurred substantial hotel penalty costs. We have informed the hotel and they have kindly agreed that we can postpone the event for a year without any extra charge which is very good news.

The annual chess theme break, normally held at Windermere, was due to take place at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth at the end of January next year. Unfortunately, the hotel has now decided that opening in January and February will not be cost effective. We have therefore postponed this event for a year too.

As a result, our next over the board event will be our AGM weekend, scheduled to take place at the Hallmark Hotel in Derby in March next year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a much brighter outlook by then.

The committee has decided that, as a substitute for our Autumn event, we will run a five round weekend tournament by Skype or similar platform or by telephone. More details are given in the section on Forthcoming Events. Please give it your support! We are hoping it will be a fun weekend with games played in a spirit of friendship and cooperation.

Norman Wragg