BCA – Bringing Chess To Visually Impaired People


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Full membership is open to any visually impaired person while fully sighted friends and family are welcome to join as associate members.  The fees are as follows:

  1. Under 25 with a visual impairment – FREE
  2. Under 18 with no visual impairment – FREE
  3. 1 year full or associate – £10
  4. 5 years full or associate – £20
  5. Life membership full or associate – £50

Please complete this form or contact us if you’re interested in joining!

You can pay for membership by bank transfer using the following details:
Account name: Braille Chess Association
Sort code: 40 52 40
Account number: 00082456

To pay by cheque please contact our treasurer or call 0153 837 1466 .

Membership Benefits:

All members receive

  • Four issues of the BCA gazette per annum.
  • Eligibility to play in our email, correspondence and virtual events.
  • Subsidised accommodation for our over the board events.

Visually impaired UK resident members also receive

  • Free chess coaching.
  • Subsidised adapted chess sets and clocks.
  • Free entry for their first BCA tournament, together with either free accommodation for a weekend event or a £100 reduction for a one week event.  They may also be accompanied by a guide or companion who, in appropriate circumstances, will receive the same concession.
  • Access to our library of accessible chess materials.
  • Financial support to assist with the travel and accommodation costs when attending mainstream congresses.
  • The possibility of being selected to represent the BCA in events in the UK and overseas.  Generous financial support is given to those selected to play abroad. 
  • For further information read more in About Us or email our membership secretary.

Visually impaired UK resident members who are under 25 years old also receive:

  • Free entry and free accommodation when competing in BCA events. 
  • In some circumstances the parent or guardian of a visually impaired child may also receive free accommodation.
  • Other benefits such as: the provision of chess equipment or coaching, at the discretion of the committee.

We hope to see you soon in our association!