Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2011

Edited by Guy Whitehouse
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Windermere Chess Theme Week 2011

Once again we must gratefully thank Celia and Peter Gibbs for organising and running the 18th chess theme week at Windermere during January this year. Despite the inclement weather beforehand there were still 27 of us present, although only 17 were involved in the chess, including 4 Irish and a welcome new member, Abi Baker.

On Sunday and the Monday there were two coaching sessions each day. Tuesday was a free day and the hotel arranged a trip to Coniston Water and Hawkshead in the morning, lunch back at the hotel and a sail around Lake Windermere in the afternoon. The hotel also arranged half day trips to Ambleside, Grasmere, Grizedale Forest and Cartmel. There was evening entertainment with two quizzes and a singer from Barrow, but topping the bill was the Joan Shorrock BCA talent show on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday and it was back to chess, when we saw the start of the fun handicap competition. By Thursday we knew the finalists, and it was pleasing to see two new names, Richard Harrington and Stan Lightowler, against Michael Meaney. By Friday Michael had managed to hold off the challenge from Stan and Richard to win the competition, but Stan and Richard could not be separated and tied for second place.

That afternoon there was the customary simultaneous display. At the closing ceremony after dinner Peter presented the Windermere trophy to Michael and the amazing Joan produced yet another of those famous monologues to end the week on a high note.

Now the important news: the 19th chess theme week at Windermere will be held from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th January 2012 at a price of £343, but if you book before the middle of October there is a 10% discount bringing the cost down to £308.70. So you know what to do and I’ll see you then.

Les Whittle.