[blindkid] Braille Chess Sets

Richard Holloway rholloway at gopbc.org
Tue Sep 13 15:30:36 UTC 2011

Kendra is learning to play chess in Chess Club at school. I'm trying to improvise a teaching set for her. We already have a set with markings to tell black from white with peg-style pieces that go into holes so they don't slide off the board.

The main problem is that it has no rank and file numbers & letters and the board it too small to fit them in dymo tape or the like. Also, I have seen some "teaching sets" (for sighted players) with indications of the way the pieces move on the base. 

Surely a similar set is available with raised indications of the moves or a quick braille reminder on the base?

I'm wondering what anyone here may have run across before I try and attack a larger set and board with a hot glue gun and a roll of dymo tape for the braille. The rank and file markings have to be accomplished one way or another if noting else as she needs them to follow discussions of strategies and to be certain she is on the correct location. I'm sure she could get by without that is some cases, but it slows her down to count over the spaces over and over and she needs the same info that the other kids have anyhow. 

Surely someone has already created a better solution that will look better (and be a lot less hassle for me too?)


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