Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2013

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

Windermere Theme Break

The 20th Chess Theme Break organised by the ever popular Peter Gibbs and his able lady assistant Celia was held from 19th to 26th January this year. It was pleasing to see some new faces, Eleanor Tew, Maureen Devlin, Antoine Reeves, Dan Rugman and Denis and June Warren, as well as Philip Doyle from across the Irish Sea.

There were the usual coaching sessions on the Sunday and Monday. On Wednesday the handicap competition began and by that evening we knew there were four finalists, Mark Hague, George Phillips, Denis Warren and Gary Wickett. By Thursday evening we knew that George had retained his trophy. On Friday afternoon there was the usual simultaneous display by John Toothill who won 6 and drew 2 games. He left in a hurry due to the snowy conditions. However, there was a lot more to this week than chess. On Monday morning the Hotel organised a trip to Cartmel Priory. On Tuesday, the free day, we visited Grasmere in the morning and in the afternoon there was a boat trip on Windermere (England’s largest lake) in the sunshine. On Wednesday there was an outing to the motor Museum at Newby Bridge which was especially fascinating. On Thursday there was a trip to Keswick and on Friday a boat trip from Bowness to Ambleside where the minibus took use to Hayes Garden Centre.

There was entertainment in the evenings. Celia’s Quiz was on Monday, on Tuesday the Hotel organised bingo. On Wednesday the hotel provided a singer to entertain us. On Thursday was the big soiree. At the outset Peter led a tribute to the late Shane Hall. We had a recorder player, keyboard player, singing, recitations and Antoine sang to music he had composed. Joan Shorrock gave us her usual monologue and was the Compere for the whole evening. On Friday we had the presentation of the trophy and various farewells.

Now to the important news, the 21st Chess Theme Break, this will be held from 25th January to 1st February 2014 at a cost of £364. However, if you book by 1st October 2013 you will receive your usual 10% discount, bringing the figure down to £327.60. Membership of the RNIB entitles one to a further 10% discount. There may be a further entitlement to the Windermere Grant by any BCA member who is a trainer/trainee/tournament player. Bookings should be made direct to the Hotel and already there are several rooms taken. The Hotel’s telephone number is 01539445801. Peter and Celia also need to be informed after the booking has been made.

Les Whittle