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.


Firstly, there is sad news from our Braille chess friends in Germany. Jürgen Pohlers passed away on the 18th of February 2021 after a long and serious illness, aged just 64. Although he never joined the BCA, he attended quite a few of our events 1990s and 2000s and no doubt many members will remember him from those days. His Braille chess career spanned a critical moment in German history. In 1989 he was the last East German champion and in 1991 he became German champion. RIP Jürgen. Condolences to his family and friends.

Belated 70th birthday congratulations to Hugo Roman! The big day was on the 7th of January 2021. We look forward to the day when Hugo will once again be able to travel from Belgium to join us for a tournament!

Natalie, the daughter of Clare and Voldi Gailans, had a baby girl at 5am on 20th January 2021! Florence Clare Marie, whose middle names are a tribute to her two grandmothers, was born safely at home, weighing 8lb 11oz. Congratulations to all the family, but most especially to Natalie, her partner Ellis, and their daughter Poppy, who is now five and is absolutely delighted to have a baby sister!

There will be further celebrations in the Gailans household this month as it’s Clare and Voldi’s Ruby wedding anniversary on the 2nd of May. Many congratulations to them both from all their friends in the BCA!

Finally, congratulations to John Ramm for completing a 250 mile sponsored walk, roughly five miles at a time. He walked in snow, rain, wind, and spring sunshine to raise an impressive £1,150 for the RNIB! If any members have an idea for fundraising in aid of our own BCA, please don’t hesitate to contact our Finance and Fundraising sub-committee, who will be delighted to discuss the details with you.