Moving Too Quickly

Moving too quickly is a common problem, especially amongst young and talented players. I suspect that it’s a form of Eduard De Bono’s intelligence trap in which those with the greatest ability end up developing bad habits. How can it be addressed?

A cure is going to be very difficult, especially when the young and talented have turned into adults. So it’s better to nip it in the bud in the young.

The best way to do this is via early exposure to the practice of falsification, trying to prove your own ideas are bad. In chess terms this probably means early contact with a very strong player or players (strong players are famous for their falsification abilities), but then they also need to be able to talk to youngsters in a way that can be understood.

The rarity of such creatures would certainly explain why the World is full of wrongly and undeveloped talent, players whose early promise has ended up in massive underachievement. And if it’s common in the chess World how much more does it happen in the school system?

My guess is that it’s an incredibly widespread but largely undiscovered phenomena. And that it lies unseen because ‘talent’ is gauged almost exclusively by performance within the system and not by some independent means such as IQ tests or chess rating.


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: