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The Gazette - February 2021

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.

Correspondence Chess Director’s Report

The BCA Correspondence Tournament 2021-22 has started with the same number of competitors as the previous cycle.


Premier - Group Leader Paul Benson

Players: Alec Crombie, Voldi Gailans, Eric Gallacher, Ernie McElroy, George Phillips, Guy Whitehouse, all 0-0.

Challengers - Group Leader Paul Benson

Players: Jim Cuthbert, Philip Gordon, Arthur Greatrex, Eleanor Tew, Denis Warren, all 0-0.

BCA LEAGUE 2020-21

Division 1 - Group Leader Guy Whitehouse

Mark Hague 0 - 1 McElroy, Queen's Pawn, 29.

Final scores: Alec Crombie 2.5-3, Ernie McElroy 2.5, Mark Hague 1, Voldi Gailans 0.

Congratulations to both Alec Crombie and Ernie McElroy on becoming joint Champions of the 2020-21 League, the tie-breaks could not separate them.

Division 2 - Group Leader Voldi Gailans

Phillips 1 - 0 Warren, Queen's Pawn, 26.

Phillips 1 - 0 Cuthbert, Queen's Pawn, 18.

Gallacher 0 - 1 Phillips, Unorthodox, 28.

Scores: George Phillips 3-3, Jim Cuthbert, Eric Gallacher, Denis Warren, all 0-1.

Congratulations to George Phillips on winning Division 2 with a perfect score, promotion to Division 1 in the next cycle awaits.

Division 3 - Group Leader George Phillips

No results.

Scores: Mike Flood 2-2, Malcolm Jones 1-2, Andrew Wood 0-0, Eleanor Tew 0-2.


Apologies, the laptop with records of Ladder games has not yet been resuscitated. Consequently, announcing the winner of the 2020 Ladder is not yet possible. Similarly offering the present Ladder is not possible as the unknown winner must be placed at the foot of the Ladder.

Anyone wishing to play a friendly game on the Ladder should either contact myself or issue a challenge to another player on the Ladder, my contact details as shown in list of Officers. Any friendly games played under correspondence conditions, such as by Braille, cassette, email, Skype, telephone, can qualify as a Friendly Ladder game. Please report such games and let your efforts be reflected in your accumulating score.

In closing, to those about to start a game: Break a peg!

Paul Benson