Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Thoughts on chess development - Part Two

In order to develop the advanced group , the trainer might have to spend four times the effort he required on the normal group. In business world we come across the term ROI (return on investment). The is the amount of remuneration or profit in relation to the amount of work or risk that we put in. For our chess trainer, the ROI is just not worth it with reference to the advanced group,

But most crucial of all, the problem is that our local trainers just do not have the ability to produce star students. For normal students, let us assume a beginner. The trainer starts with the the pieces movement and value, castling etc etc. Then move on to basic openings and the principles. Then simple tactics and evolve into advanced tactics. Somewhere in between the trainer introduces basic endings - pawn endings and rook endings and the like. Very simple stuff, he probably already have all the material in his library.

After a year, his students may already progressing well, most have reached the limits of their potential. Week after week the trainer gives lessons with variations on the same theme. New tactical positions, slightly different type of endings. His more promising students are unable to make any more breakthroughs. This is due to the limitations of  their trainer. The trainer just  cannot give what he does not possess. Some of the students might have the initiative to start working on their chess alone. Some might seek new coaches. But without proper guidance , planning and strategising, it is a hit and miss affair.

Is it any wondor that our juniors do not seem to progress after a certain age or level? Why do you think that our players cannot keep up with other countries (and I am just talking about the Asian region) after a certain point?

We do not have the knowledge to take a strong junior to the IM level let alone produce a Le Quang Liem or Wesley So. Vietnam's success today is because years ago they started importing Russian trainers.

As for us our chess federation officials are still sleeping. After all they have achieved their own KPI which is to get re-elected.And now we even beat Singapore. Wow! What an achievement!.

Truly we reap what we sow.


hairulov chessmaniacs said...

I like most of your idea Jimmy but unfortunately not your second last paragraph.To say our chess federation are still sleeping is may be too much. Although i'm still new in MCF, i observe that the official is doing their level best for Malaysian chess.

Although they didn't received a salary for doing that, they still continue because of their love for chess.

I have attend a few informal meting with MCF's members to discuss our preparation for tournaments, planning, changing ideas etc.etc.. So far I never heard they talk about monetary benefit what so ever although all of them have spend their own money, time and enegry.

If anyone really want to help Malaysian chess, please come forward and lets us implement it together.

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