Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 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.

Concerning Hugo!

With our second TESSLa event starting imminently, Hugo Roman, our member in Belgium, is gravely concerned about games played between family members. He writes:

Here’s a warning for Tony and Irene! Chess games between me and my brother Glenn, who is six years younger than me, used to be fought harder than when playing others. That was more than 50 years ago, but still, between husband and wife, things can be different.

The first tournament director I got to know in the Royal Chess Club of Ostend, André Gruell, became one of my best chess friends ever. At around one or two o’clock in the morning André used to tease me and another blitz loving friend Roland by pretending that he was leaving. He put on his coat and hat, but when we had gone, he sat down again, lit a cigarette, poured a glass of beer with lots of foam, and started studying games between Fischer and Spassky, as he always did, every Friday and Saturday evening. He was always there, even on Christmas Eve!

To end my story: he once told me he had divorced his first wife, and added: she played first class chess, and I have never been able to win against her! So be careful, Tony and Irene!

Editor’s note: Thank you Hugo, but anyone who has met Tony and Irene will know that they are a most devoted couple, and always in good cheer whether they’ve won, lost or drawn, so please put your mind at rest!