Parental Involvement

Parental involvement in our children’s chess activities is a delicate matter. It can take us to very deep and dark places in our own psyches, is there an element of frustrated ambition in what we are doing?

In teaching and encouraging my own son to play I don’t think I feel motivated by frustration with my own chess playing but it’s good to consider it as a factor. There certainly seem to be many reasons why we should teach our children to play chess, but could these be excuses?

Here anyway is a fascinating video clip on the matter, though the subject is football rather than chess:

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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.