Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
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Please join me in congratulating Clare Gailans, who has stepped down as a magistrate after two decades! Clare writes about her work:

“I have sat on the East London Bench for just over 20 years. This work is voluntary, and although there is a certain amount of training, it does not require legal expertise, just common sense. In many ways it is ideally suited to a visually impaired person, as decisions are made on what you hear, and in consultation with your colleagues (most benches are made up of three magistrates). I found the work very interesting, and learned a lot about my fellow man and woman, colleagues as well as those to whom we dispensed justice. I will miss my sittings in some ways, but the recent disruption due to the Coronavirus has helped to make up my mind that it was time to go.”

I’m sure members will agree that Clare deserves a rest after such tremendous service!

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

Julie Leonard

Solution to Hugo’s Arabian Mansuba: 1. Nf6 Kh1 2. Ne4 Kh2 3. Nd2 Kh1 4. Nf1 h2 5. Ng3 checkmate.