Chess Kids

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.

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About NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.