Anyone For A Game Of Chess?

Last Updated on: 26th October 2020, 05:58 pm

I thought I’d put this up here for anyone who’s interested. I may have to check it out since I cannot wrap my head around Chess, which is a shame since I love the feel of all the outside pieces, whatever they’re called, and I’d like to learn how to play. I’ve tried chess on a real board and Winboard, a computer version of chess. But all I accomplish is giving myself an enormous headache. Oh, and I lose. So maybe this will help me, and anyone else who is interested.


Anyone For A Game of Chess?

The Accessible News Wire April 13, 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Chess has been defined many ways but most will agree that it is not merely an idle amusement but essentially in its essence it is a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science. Several very valuable qualities of
the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions.

The current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from similar, much older games of Indian and Persian Origin dating back somewhere before 600 A. D.

Today, while chess is one of the world’s most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide in clubs, online, by correspondence, in tournaments and informally, only a limited number believe that it can be played and enjoyed by individuals who are blind.

Anna Dresser and Alan Dicey will demonstrate to the Tek Talk audience that whether you are new to chess or a seasoned player, blindness does not have to stop you from playing, and playing well. It really is a game that can be played effectively and enjoyed by those who are totally blind.

IN their presentation, they will describe adaptive chess sets, discuss playing as a blind person, tell you where to get free lessons, and suggest lots of ways to meet other players – sighted and blind, from the U.S. and elsewhere – and develop your skills via e-mail, voice chat, and computer chess programs.

So listen in, then grab a board and join the fun!

Contacts:  Woody Anna Dresner, National Braille Press. 
Alan Dicey, President, U.S. Braille Chess Association. 

Date: Monday, April 21, 2008
Time: 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Eastern and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 0:00 GMT.
Where:  Tek Talk Conference Room at:

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Media Contacts:
Robert Acosta, Chair, Planning Committee

Pat Price, Founder and Events Coordinator
The Accessible World Symposiums
Vision Worldwide, Inc.
Skype: patprice1

So there ya go. Maybe there’s hope for me after all.

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