SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The consensus is clear: the recent performance of the Canadian delegation sent to the World Youth Championships in Brazil was mediocre at best. This is, however, no way meant as a criticism of the enthusiasm and spirit of Canada’s young representatives. Each did his or her very best.
However, it should be a wake-up call to those adults and parents who continue to support and mis-represent an outdated and profit-minded selection system that puts their personal agenda above the best interests of chess playing children. Canadian youth are no less talented than the youth of Russia, India, China or any of the other traditional chess powers in the world today. What is a pity is how the CFC has wasted and continues to waste all of that talent. Most of our youngsters stop playing chess after just a few short years….but this is not a reflection on the game of chess: instead it is stunning rebuke to those adults involved in running junior chess in Canada.
Canadian International Master Eric Hansen
”Everyone wants more gov’t support for chess and things like that. I’m under the impression it’d be much harder to get government support for chess when the popular mentality is you just want kids to have fun and try their best and that being average on the world stage is success. Governments are more inclined to support sport programs that produce results, not memorable vacations.”