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Chess: BCA Forthcoming Events!

Braille Chess Association - Forthcoming Events

Braille Chess Association

Visually impaired UK residents in their first year of membership receive their first BCA weekend event free or £100 reduction in the cost of a week-long event.

They may also be accompanied by a guide or companion who will receive the same concession. For a first event, we ask for payment in advance and we then make a refund at the event.

Forthcoming Events

17th to 19th April 2020: AGM Weekend Chess Congress

This will take place at The Hallmark Hotel, Derby. The AGM will be held at 2pm on Saturday 18th April. We are pleased to be returning to this popular hotel with its excellent facilities. The hotel is very conveniently located within a few yards walk of Derby railway station.
There will be two five round chess tournaments.

For those staying on the Sunday night, the cost will be £65 per person in a single room and £54 per person in a double/twin. For non-members of the BCA, please contact the organiser for the cost of accommodation.

The closing date for entries is 21st February. Please send your entry fee and full payment for all accommodation to Gill Smith by this date.  see payePlease send any resolutions or other items for inclusion on the AGM agenda to Guy Whitehouse by 31st January 2020. Also, let Guy know if you are planning to attend the AGM without staying at the hotel so that we can let you have the AGM papers.
Organiser Steve Burnell

Friday 12th to Friday 19th June 2020: The Sheila and David Milsom Memorial Chairman’s Cup.

This will take place once again at the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, which proved to be a very popular venue for our 2018 event. It is very friendly and comfortable and we also have use of an outdoor heated pool.The parking and green areas are also very good.

The Chairman’s Cup is open to all visually impaired players whose grade or estimated grade is ECF 140 (equates to FIDE 1750) or below in either the July 2019 or January 2020 grading lists and to BCA associate members within the same grading limit. The event is played over 7 rounds with one round each day.

Players may request a half point bye in any one of the first six rounds. If there are sufficient numbers there will be two sections. Entry fee: £10. Cost of dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation to members and associate members of BCA: £300 for the week irrespective of room type.

The cost to those booking for less than the full week will be £45 per day for members and associate members. For anyone wishing to stay additional nights at the beginning or end of the tournament, the cost per night will be £65 per person regardless of room type.

In addition to the chess tournament, there will be a varied programme of social activities. Anyone with ideas for social events, or who wants further information is invited to contact the organisers: John and Pam Jenkins.

The closing date for bookings is 27th April 2020.

Bookings accepted after that date, at the discretion of the organiser, will be subject to a late booking fee of £10 per person. Bookings, including full payment, should be sent to: Mrs Gill Smith  treasurer@braillechess.org.uk . Please note: Rooms will not be reserved until full payment has been received.

Booking Conditions and Procedures

By entering a BCA tournament, a player is deemed to have consented for their name and any special requirements to be passed to the hotel prior to the event. Also, consent is considered to have been given for a player’s name, club, results and possibly also their gender to be sent to the ECF for grading purposes.

For juniors, the date of birth is also required if they are to get the age-related grading bonus they are entitled to.
If you have any queries about the hotel or the tournament please contact the organiser. Blind and partially sighted UK residents under the age of 25 receive free entry and free accommodation when playing in BCA events. In appropriate circumstances, free accommodation is also available to a parent or guardian accompanying a junior.


You may pay in these ways:


To make a BACS payment direct to our account please use the following details:

account name – Braille Chess Association
sort code – 40 52 40
account number – 00082456

and if necessary email our Treasurer

or call us on 0114 2305995 to confirm the delivery address.


pay by cheque

To pay by cheque please email our Treasurer

or call us on 0114 2305995  to confirm the postal address to send the cheque to.


You can find our refund policy here Refund Policy

If you have any questions please contact us

email customer services

Or phone us on 0114 2305995

Credit/debit card payments may be made through the BCA website.
If you pay by direct payment then you should inform Gill when the payment has been made.

Bookings accepted after the closing date are subject to a £10 late booking penalty for each person. Late bookings and entries are accepted at the discretion of the organiser. Bookings are confirmed when full payment has been received. Payments can only be refunded within the time limit set in the terms and conditions set by the hotels. Members are advised to take out holiday insurance to cover themselves.
When contacting Gill please let her know if you want a single, double or twin room and if you have a preference for a bath or a shower. And remember, if emailing Gill, copy in the tournament organiser.

Also say whether any of the following apply.
1 If you will be bringing a guide dog;
2 If you are on a special diet;
3 If you have mobility problems and would benefit from being located in a room near to a lift;
4 If you are a wheelchair user;
5 If you feel you would have any special difficulties in an emergency such as a fire evacuation;
6 Any other special requirements.
The BCA reserves the right to refuse or cancel any entry or to exclude any person from any event it runs.

Join the Braille Chess Association (BCA)

Joining the BCA is easy. Simply contact our membership secretary, Mark Hague,

email the membership secretary
or email our secretary, Guy Whitehouse


  • 1 year (1st Oct-30th Sep)  – £10.00
  • 5 years  –  £20.00
  • Life membership  –  £50.00
  • Under 25 years of age VI UK resident – free!
  • Under 18 years of age UK resident – free!

You can pay by cheque, postal order, by telephone or internet banking. You can also pay via our website here through our online payment service.

View the BCA online payment service.

Banking details, for those who may wish to make a telephone or internet banking payment to the BCA, are as follows:

Name: Braille Chess Association
Sort Code: 405240
Account Number: 00082456

If you choose these methods of payment please add a simple description indicating what you are paying for, e.g. life membership.

With your membership you will receive:

  • All literature that is sent out by the BCA
  • The possibility to play in our events.
  • Available subsidies to BCA events.
  • The BCA gazette.
  • The possibility to represent the BCA in events home and abroad.

For further information on what your membership will include, or to receive any literature giving you further information about the association, please contact our membership secretary.

For all other enquiries, please contact our secretary