Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Importance of Proper Training

GiLoCatur found an interesting article written by Susan Polgar, a great chess female player and ambassador in chesscafe.com.

"It is an embarrassment for a country this size to produce so few world-class players. There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest problem is the lack of a uniform training system. In fact, there is no official system at all, and the USCF has done nothing to solve this problem.

Many of our kids are being taught incorrectly because parents often don’t know any better and coaches want immediate results. Disregarding a solid, basic chess foundation may work when competing against other very inexperienced children, but it is not sound. As these players grow a little older, they start to fail miserably, through no fault of their own. They simply were misguided; many then get discourage and quit. This becomes a scholastic chess mill with no long term success."

  • Isn't it true and doesn't it sound familiar in the Malaysian chess scene?
  • Don't you think that one or all of the above reason(s) why many Malaysian chess junior players quit and left chess?
  • Do we have any uniform training system here in Malaysia?
  • What we, the Malaysian chess community including MCF, can do about it?

Click here to read the whole article.

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