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Welcome to the United States Braille Chess Association!

The United States Braille Chess Association (US BCA) has been around since the late nineteen sixties, and is dedicated to encouraging and assisting in the promotion and advancement of correspondence and over-the-board chess among chess enthusiasts who are blind or visually impaired.

So are you blind or visually impaired and would like to learn how to play the great game of chess?
Or if you already know how to play the great game, are you looking for other people like yourself to play and get to know?
Then you came to the right place!

The US BCA prides itself on being there for its members, so whether you are a beginner just learning the game, or an experienced player looking for others to play and get to know, we are here to help and assist you in anyway we can.

The site is full of information about chess and the US BCA that we encourage you to browse through, but if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Want To Play Some Chess!

We have two ways of playing the great game of chess in the US BCA. One is by correspondence, where the games are played by email, and the second is in real time, where all games are played by using the Skype program on your computer. If you are interested in just jumping right in and start playing games with other US BCA members, then all you need to do is to send a message to the Tournament Director!

Chess Classes!!

Did you just get started with the game of chess and what to continue to learn how to play better? Or, are you possibly having problems in a particular part of the game and want to learn how to improve your game?
Well my friend, you are in luck!!

Jim Thoune, our Vice President, with over 40 years of tournament experience, is starting a chess class, and is wanting to share his knowledge with you!!

Classes will be held at:
Thursday's at 10:30 AM eastern time (1430 UTC)

The classes will be held at the Out Of Sight website in the Chess Castle chat room. Prior to attending the class, all you will need to do is to sign up on the Out of Sight website. This can be done by just following the below link, and once on the site home page, just go to the 'Become a Member' link and follow the steps. It is a simple process, so do not delay!!

To get started, just go to the Out of Sight Website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send Jim Thoune a message.

Join Our Mailing List

The United States Braille Chess Association (US BCA) has their own mailing list that you can fill free to join. If interested, please send a blank email with the word 'subscribe' in the subject to:

You should receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription to the mailing list. All you have to do is to reply to that email (control+letter R), then send it on its way (control+enter) to finalize your subscription. If for some reason you do not receive a confirmation email, then please check your junk folder. If you do not reply to the confirmation email, you will not join the list. If you have any problems, please feel free to Contact Us.

The Blind People Playing Chess

If you wonder how the blind can play chess, even though they can not see the board, then you might want to listen to the radio broadcast of It's All About Sports, where US BCA former President Alan Dicey and US BCA Member Anna Dresner discuss how blind people play chess. Select this link to Download the Show.

For information about other sports played by people who are blind or visually impaired Visit the United States Association for Blind Athletes

Current US BCA Officers

President: Al Pietrolungo
Contact Al Pietrolungo

Vice President: Jim Thoune
Contact Jim Thoune

Secretary: Jim Homme
Contact Jim Homme

Treasurer: Alan Schlank
Contact Alan Schlank

Tournament Director: Chris Chaffin Contact Chris Chaffin

Director: Evan Reese
Contact Evan Reese

Director: Curtis Cockayne
Contact Curtis Cockayne

Senior Consultants / Contributors:
International Master Tyson Mordue
Master Chris Ross


A Tribute To And In Memory Of Albert Sandrin

This site was last updated on February 23, 2018