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The Gazette - November 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

Entries to the BCA League 2022-23, starting on 01 January 2022, are now being accepted, closing date 23 November 2021. Correspondence play can take place using a variety of methods, Braille, cassette, email, telephone, according to mutual agreement. For further information contact the Correspondence Chess Director, details as shown in list of Officers.


Premier - Group Leader Paul Benson

Crombie 0.5 - 0.5 Phillips, London Opening, 30.

Phillips 1 - 0 Whitehouse, English Opening, 15.

Final scores: George Phillips 3.5-4, Alec Crombie 3, Guy Whitehouse 2.5, Eric Gallacher 1, Voldi Gailans 0.

Congratulations to George Phillips on becoming Correspondence Champion a year ahead of the planned end of the event.

Challengers - Group Leader Paul Benson

No results.

Scores: Philip Gordon 2-2, Eleanor Tew 1-2, Jim Cuthbert 0-0, Denis Warren 0-2.

BCA LEAGUE 2020-21

Division 1 - Group Leader Guy Whitehouse

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

Division 2 - Group Leader Voldi Gailans

Gallacher 1 - 0 Warren.

Cuthbert 0 - 1 Gallacher.

Warren 1 - 0 Cuthbert.

Final scores: George Phillips 3-3, Denis Warren 2, Eric Gallacher 1, Jim Cuthbert 0.

Division 3 - Group Leader George Phillips

Final scores: Mike Flood 3-3, Malcolm Jones 2, Eleanor Tew 1, Andrew Wood 0.


Apologies, the laptop with records of Ladder games has still 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