BCA's latest over-the board event was its Minor Tournament
at the Red Lea Hotel, Prince of Wales Terrace, Scarborough,
8th-15th May. It was held over six rounds, under the same
playing conditions as for sighted players except for essential
modifications to the board and pieces. 16 players from all
over the country and the Republic of Ireland took part. Coaching
from experienced BCA members was provided between playing
spot went to John Gallagher (Leeds) on 5.5 points. John won
the Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial Trophy, named in honour
of a dedicated BCA member who took part in many Minor tournaments.
John was followed by Stan Lovell (Redcar) on 4.5 points and
Phil Gordon (Isle of Wight) with 4 points. Phil Smith (Derby),
Orlando Sobers (Birmingham) and Geoff Patching (Penzance) won
prizes in their sections, while Chris Brown (Cheltenham) and
Shirley Watkins (Blackpool) shared the Ladies' prize.
also won an informal quickplay event, held on the Wednesday
the chess is taken very seriously, BCA events are also social
events, enabling visually handicapped people from all over the
country to meet their friends. Highlights of this week included
a quiz run by Associate member Sheila Milsom, a visit to a local
jazz club, and a day trip to Whitby.
BCA would like to thank the Tournament Organiser, Stan Lovell,
controller, Peter Gibbs, and Norman Andrews who assisted as