Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2022

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
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.


First there are some sad announcements.

Roy Scott, the husband of our former fundraiser, Julia, passed away on the 2nd of March, aged 82. He was a tremendous support to Julia while she was working for the BCA, especially in latter years when Julia’s health began to decline. We all have reason to be grateful to him. A card has been sent to Julia and the family on behalf of the BCA.

Ludwig Beutelhoff, a German chess friend, died on Sunday 27th March, aged 74. Ludwig worked hard to promote chess for blind people. He was Chairman of the German BCA from 1998 to 2011 and he served as IBCA President from 2005 to 2017. He came to Durham when the UK hosted the IBCA European Championships in 2007. He also played in the Six Nations event quite a few times. Messages of condolence have been sent to his widow, Christine.

Now on to happier news.

Firstly, belated congratulations to Alec and Caroline Crombie on reaching their Golden Wedding Anniversary on the 8th of April. We hope you had a wonderful time marking the occasion! When asked for a quote for the gazette, Alec said, “Caroline and I met at evening class. Caroline and her mother closed in on either side of me - I didn't stand a chance - I'm glad to say! And we were married within six months, the joyful outcome, daughter Sarah and sons Duncan and Hamish. Life has been a whirl ever since, though Caroline has still not had time to learn to play Chess!”

Finally, Denis Warren will be ninety years young on the 28th of July! Denis, your many BCA friends send congratulations and best wishes for your big day. Have a lovely time celebrating!