28th August to 6th September 2003, five members of Junior
B.C.A. - Simon Ledwith, Darren Paskell, Alastair Irving, Robin
Williams, and Yan Kit Chan - went to Mondariz Balneario, Spain,
to compete in the Third World Junior Championship for visually
handicapped players. They were accompanied by coach and guide,
Paul Cumbers. 10 countries were represented by 23 players.
Nine rounds of chess were played under the same conditions
as for sighted players apart from essential modifications
to the board and pieces.
British players faced some tough opposition, particularly
considering that it was the first time they had played in
an international tournament and their visual impairment was,
overall, greater than that of the other teams. Final scores
of the 'Junior B.C.A.' team were:
Yan Kit Chan 5/9
11th, Robin Williams 4.5/9
16th, Alastair Irving 4/9
20th, Darren Paskell 3.5/9
22nd, Simon Ledwith 2.5/9
tournament was a valuable experience for the British juniors.
The B.C.A. is grateful to all its sponsors and supporters whose
donations allowed us to meet the costs of travel and accommodation
and enable the team to compete at the highest international