The Gazette - November 2020

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.

BCA in ‘Chess Magazine’

Mark Kirkham writes:

Readers of the May gazette will recall the article on Family Stories and BCA Coincidences by associate member Ben Graff, so we already know what a fine writer he is. Over the summer, Ben was busy interviewing several BCA members in order to compile an article all about us. This will appear in the November issue of 'Chess Magazine'. Ben's article forms an overall impression of the BCA using our personal perspectives and experiences. For those of you who do not take the magazine, the full article will be published in the next issue of this gazette, but if you can't wait until then, what better time is there to sign up to receive 'Chess Magazine'. It can be obtained from me in MP3 format, or on cassette from Richard Harrington.

Those of us who contributed to Ben's article were lucky enough to get a sneak preview, and I can assure you it is well worth a read. I thought I knew my BCA history but I still learned plenty of things I didn't know.

I would like to sincerely thank Ben for all the research that went into the production of this article, and for providing us with some free publicity.

Ben Graff writes:

“It was wonderful to talk with Julie Leonard, Colin Chambers, Stan Lovell, Mark Kirkham and Jörgen Magnusson. I heard some fascinating stories, including one about a school bus driver acting as a chess teacher and another concerning the President of Austria! It was great to get a better feel for the history of the BCA and to learn about the thriving scene that exists today. I felt truly inspired and privileged to hear first-hand that chess has benefited BCA members in many different ways, both at and away from the board. I really hope the article in Chess Magazine will highlight the power chess has to bring people together. All who love the game have far more in common than whatever happens to make us different. Chess certainly has the capacity to inspire our imagination on the sixty-four squares and to create friendships which will endure long after the battle is done.”