What the 64 Squares taught me
Nov 14, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Listening to the speakers and the pre and post event conversation, I was persuaded to think about non-chess issues. Chess players used to retire or move to fun-chess pretty quickly after leaving school because the money you won at tournaments was not enough to live for more than a couple of days. Coaching was an honorary occupation. Times have change.
Today chess is like English. There are lots of coaches and lots of English teachers. Parents who are not fluent in English send their children to tuition classes and have no clue about the quality of instruction or the nature of the return on investment. It is the same with chess. Parents who have never played the game and have no way of ascertaining the instructing skills of ‘coaches’ spend a lot of money thinking their children will improve their game, pick up useful analytical and other life-skills and who knows, even end up as an International Grandmaster. By the time wisdom descends, the little boy or girl has moved on to other spheres of action and the relevant parent is poorer by a lot of bucks.