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Braille Chess Associations From All Over The World.
These are just the sites that I could find on the net, I am sure that
there are many out there but finding them is a bit hard..
Austrian Blind Chess Federation,
Annually in October the state championship for blind and high-grade
Sehbehinderte takes place. There are ten users, whereby the first eight
in the round tournament keep the qualification for the next year. A qualification
tournament finds simultaneous instead of first and second of this tournament
may in the next year in the state championship participate. The state championship
serves often also as qualification tournament for an international Bewerb
(e.g. world championship, Olympiad). The blind chess federation organizes
a remote chess championship, which is played in several groups. Austria
is very strong in the area of blind remote chess, e.g. is Herbert Zoechling
of the world champions.
Braille Chess Association,
Founded 1932. Affiliated to the British Chess Federation and to the British
Postal Chess Federation Membership open to: visually handicapped persons.Associate
Membership open to: sighted supporters. Aims and objectives: to encourage
and support the playing of chess by blind and partially sighted people,
to give blind and partially sighted people the self-confidence to integrate
into chess clubs and events not confined to the visually handicapped.
Activities include the organisation of 'over the board' tournaments for
players of all strengths and participation in international events and
chess holidays. The Association organises postal competitions in which
moves are sent either in Braille or on tape; manages a comprehensive programme
of junior development; runs a library of chess material on tape available
on free loan to all members and in Braille available on free loan to members
resident in the British Isles; offers an advice service on chess matters
including chess computers suitable for use by blind people; keeps members
informed by quarterly newsletter available in Braille, print, large print,
tape, Disk and through E-mail..
Braille Chess Association
of Ireland, The Braille Chess Association of Ireland was established
in 1985 with the aim of promoting Chess among the blind and partially sighted.
The BCAI is affiliated to the International Braille Chess Association,
the Irish Chess Union and Irish Blindsports.
Indian Braille Chess Association
(IBCA) IBCA is a non profit organization helping promote the game of
Chess amongst Visually Handicapped in India. The IBCA journey started in
1978 with emergence of Louise Braille Memorial School for the sightless
at Uttarpara, a suburb of the city of joy, Calcutta. The man behind, Mr.
Pankaj Kumar Das, a dynamic blind scholar, with a team of young, sincere
boys and girls, with a dream to show "light" to the sightless, continued
their endeavour towards education and mainstreaming of Visually Handicapped.
"Sports and games" had its own due importance in this journey.
International Association For
The Blind And Visually Impaired Chess Players, From the beginning of
the century some countries began to form chess groups of Blind and Visually
Handicapped. They also initiated "Postal Chess contacts" by correspondence.
Already the 2nd of February 1924, the first Braille Chess Club was founded
in Germany (Chemnitz). We can considerate the foundation of this club the
base of the I.B.C.A.
International Braille Chess
Association, (IBCA) was formed in 1948 on the initiative of a blind
chess-player from England, R. W. Bonham. The Association was established
by representatives from 9 western European countries. The Association has
existed for many years now. It has grown to such an extent that today it
is a world organization, including over 50 member countries from all continents.
Today, Delfin Burdio Gracia from Spain is the president of the Association.
United States Braille Chess
Association, The purpose of the United States Braille Chess Association
(USBCA) is to actively encourage and assist in the promotion and
advancement of correspondence and over-the-board chess among chess
enthusiasts who are blind or visually impaired.
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