Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2022

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
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EFCC Correspondent Issue 1

Dan Rugman writes:

Readers may already be aware that the English Federation for Correspondence Chess recently launched their new quarterly magazine; the EFCC Correspondent. Mark Kirkham and I spent some time looking at it and concluded that it would be difficult for us to make it easily readable even for our more tech savvy members. At this point I reached out to the magazine’s editor – Michael Blake – in the hope that they might have some source materials that would be more accessible. To my delight, Michael rose to the challenge. After some trial runs and discussions on what works best for visually impaired readers he produced the entire magazine complete with standard algebraic notation and FEN diagrams for all of the positions.

Obviously, the magazine contains a lot of information about current correspondence events in the UK and overseas but also has some excellent articles on other matters. This first issue has an article on Howard Staunton as well as an extremely thorough piece on setting up computer systems for chess analysis. There is also plenty of game analysis.

I have made this version available as a Word document, EPUB and HTML file so there are plenty of options to suit members individual requirements. You can download all three from the link below.

We would be very grateful for any feedback especially on the accessibility of the magazine. Do not hesitate to contact Dan Rugman or Mark Kirkham if you need help finding suitable apps or devices for reading the various formats available.