This last weekend I was coaching the England U11 squad in Knowlsley in Liverpool. And it was a wonderful illustration about why parents should get their kids playing the game.
The duty manager of the hotel we were staying at said, at the prize giving, that this was the best behaved and well mannered group of children they’d ever had staying there. And they were indeed a pleasure to spend time with. Could this possibly have anything to do with the thoughtful nature of chess itself, those that it attracts and the effect it has on them?
Certainly this is food for thought.