Monday, March 03, 2014

Braille Chess championships for visually impaired

Braille Chess championships for visually impaired
1:30pm Monday 3rd March 2014

A CHESS championship for visually impaired players is to take place in North Yorkshire next weekend.

The Braille Chess Association is hosting its general meeting and chess congress at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9.

About 30 visually impaired chess players are expected to take part.

The game involves a specially constructed board with slightly raised black squares and chess pieces that attach to the board by a peg on the base. The black pieces are also specially marked to help players distinguish them.

Reigning British champion Bill Armstrong will be up against former British Champion Chris Ross. They will also be taking on players from all over UK including Stan Lovell from Scarborough.

The players will take a break on the Saturday afternoon for the AGM when chairman Norman Wragg OBE will report on the year’s progress and speak on recent developments in projects for young, visually impaired players being taught in mainstream schools.

He said: “This promises to be one of the most tightly contested competitions for some time. It is the third year we have staged the tournament at the Old Swan and we are delighted to be back.

“It means our Yorkshire players come out in force and we always have great support from the staff and interest from guests.”

The event will end with a prize-giving at 5pm on Sunday, March 9.


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