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There is a lot of material in this gazette, plenty to keep you going through the winter nights and Christmas.  Thanks to all those who contributed material to the gazette and towards the cost of its production.  Please could I have contributions for the February gazette by 8th January.

Unfortunately nobody entered the diamond jubilee quiz so the solutions are not quoted at length apart, that is, from position 12.  Thanks to Hans for putting the quiz together anyway.

A brief note from Norman:  he still has Braille bulletins of the games of the European championships held in Durham and you can obtain electronic versions of the bulletins from Chris Ross.  You’ll notice a full report on that event from Stan in this gazette.  I’d also like to highlight the obituary for Peter Price; I would simply say I wholeheartedly echo the sentiments expressed in it.

Finally I’d like to wish you all an early merry Christmas and prosperous and happy new year for 2008, both on and off the chessboard.

Guy Whitehouse.

Forthcoming Events

Please note: As per the booking conditions, late booking and entry for any of the events in this section will be subject to a £6 penalty.  Please read the booking conditions at the end of this section.

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament organisers, the date and venue of the AGM tournament have changed.  New details are below.  

28th -30th March 2008. Annual General Meeting and Chess Congress. The Midland Hotel, Derby.

The AGM will take place on Saturday 8 March at 2pm.  The entry fee for the tournament will be £10.  The cost of accommodation for members and associate members will be £42.50 per day.  There is no single room supplement. This price includes dinner, bed and breakfast.  The cost for non members and for those wishing to stay Sunday night will be £50 per day.  The closing date for bookings and entries is 6th January 2008.

The tournament will take the usual format with a major open to all VH players and to associate members of BCA and a minor limited to those whose grade is 80 or below.  The rate of play will be all moves in 90 minutes for each player.

Entries including full payment should be sent to Sean O’Brien, 12 Crossway, Raynes Park, London, SW20 9JA, Tel: 0208 540 4001.  Please include a Braille note with your entry.  If you are not a Braille user, please include a tape stating your requirements.  I assure you your tape will be returned so an AFB label addressed to yourself would be appreciated.  Organisers: Sean O’Brien and Mary Cuthbert.

9th – 16th July 2008.  Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial Tournament.  Tralee Hotel, Westhill Road, Bournemouth. Entry fee £10.  Seven nights’ accommodation for members and associate members £230.  The cost for those staying less than 7 nights and for non-members is £38.50 per day.  These rates include dinner, bed and breakfast.  The closing date for bookings and entries is 8 May 2008.

The Tralee Hotel was a very popular venue for our British Championship in April 2007.  The hotel is situated near to the beach lift on West Cliffe, the quiet end of Bournemouth.  It is within comfortable walking distance of shops and other amenities.  This event is ideal for those who want to make the week into a chess holiday.  The tournament, which is limited to those whose grade is 130 or below, will be played over six rounds allowing a rest day.  In this event we particularly welcome our associate members to join us and participate in the tournament.

The first game will take place on the day of arrival, Wednesday 9 July, in the evening.  The other games will be in the mornings starting at 10 AM, the rate of play being all moves in 105 minutes for each player.  Some coaching will be arranged in the afternoon for those who want it.

Bookings to Stan and Jan Lovell, 28 Gosforth Avenue, Redcar, TS10 3LL,

Tel: 01642 775668 Email stan.lovell@tiscali.co.uk.


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