Chess Parent Anxiety

It’s really tough being a chess parent, you have all the worry and uncertainty of the game but without much power to influence the outcome. And I realize when I see this clip that even if your child becomes World Champion there’s still an element of anxiety:

So how does one cope with this stressful situation? I’m convinced that it’s best to stay at a safe distance and meet both victory and defeat with encouragement, hugs and a celebration trip to your local Wagamama restaurant.




Author: 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. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: