Interesting opinion on school chess

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  1. Mark Weeks says:

    Thanks for posting that. I never received the email! – Mark

  2. Ray Tyler says:

    It would be interesting to see whether or not a clear association between the pathetic level of banality, ignorance, mean-spiritedness, stupidity, and racism – or rather mostly ethnic denigration that appears in chess forums / live chess sites has affected “children” and their learning and pursuit of Chess. If I were a ‘parent’ – I doubt I’d want my pre-teener on even some of the best sites.

    I gave up teaching Chess more than 20 years ago – partly because computers were taking over. Chessplayers are rarely the best spokespersons of the royal game since the Chess world has failed to demonstrate much ability to resolve even the simplest aspects of how to make professional Chess meet some kind of reasonable standard. The preponderance of single round robin tournaments and the failure to eliminate “the draw by agreement” – leaves chess taking a back-seat to both tennis and boxing – the two “sports” it parallels.

    Having dedicated myself to establishing that the origins of the game can be found in ancient (sacred) geometry – only to be held back by those who should know better – it has been difficult for me not to become embittered. Not withstanding Michael Bacon’s comment regarding his advice to his students”… when they made a move on the chess board only they were responsible” – tell that to Fischer and Kasparov both who were held in check by the ill-minded actions of others. If the move turned out to be bad, they could not blame it on anyone else”.

    In the process (over 30 years) I have been developing the ORIGINSZ gaming system – of which Chess can be seen as only a branch. As for Chess in schools – let’s face it – this will remain a failed experiment – as long as Chess is locked in as being a ‘war’ game. Unless girls, women can be freed from the societal strait-jacket of still being treated as second-class citizens there will be little hope for Chess to reach its rightful cultural status on a par with music. My advice is that the pursuit of an appreciation for that is beautiful in Chess – its true legacy is as tool for self- awareness and self-control as we learn to see our limitations and to live with them.