Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2022

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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Membership Secretary’s Report

Four new visually impaired members joined in the last quarter. Malcolm Blake from Leicester and Claire Amoroso from Hertfordshire have taken five year membership. Mary Lee from Derry, Northern Ireland has joined as a one year member and Noah Lawson from Hexham has joined as a junior member.


Robert Rathbun, a member since 1983, passed away in January this year. Bob was the designer of chess courses for visually impaired players for the Hadley school of the blind. He did a huge amount to promote chess playing for blind people throughout the world with his superb free course and free chess set. Unfortunately, Hadley has not been able to replace the achievements of this remarkable man.

Sadly Paul Brookes, a popular member since 2012 who took part in a number of BCA events, passed away in March this year.

Junior member Harmony Scott, a delightful little girl who joined the BCA at age six, passed away in May 2019 aged seventeen. So very tragic as she was such a bright and promising youngster.

Mark Hague