start to understand and properly evaluate
Chess success and
Chess tournament performance
(standard chess, rapid chess, blitz chess)?
Encouraging and supporting children to practice and play sports (and chess) is one of the best ways to help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
For the youngest and novice to chess, don't take that support too far by emphasizing winning rather than developing skills and enjoying themselves.
The line between encouraging children and pushing them beyond their current abilities can be easy to cross.
Youth sports advisers occasionally need to be reminded of some basic "do's and don'ts" to help children become happy, healthy and confident young athletes.
For young chess players to develop via chess a new sportive lifestyle takes time, and the parent's goals, your child's goals, and the personal trainer's goals need to be realistic and modest.
Basic elements of tournament play for further analysis:
1. Final number of points (compare with last same event, if with same time
control and same number of rounds).
2. Final number of points vs number of rounds (percentage) vs number of participants (compare with last same event, if with same number of rounds and same time control).
3. Final ranking (after any tiebreak and shared) vs start seed (and shared) position.
4. Final rating performance (number) (parameters must be entered correctly).
5. Final (and not game-by-game) FIDE rating and/or National rating change (gain/loss number).
6. List of all tournament prizes and/or trophies/medals won.
7. Full-time presence of parent or guardian (yes/no).
8. Full-time presence of personal trainer or coach (yes/no).
9. Type of Chess clock used at the event (digital, analog).
10. Any recording of Chess moves (standard chess - compulsory, rapid chess - optional and/or optional post-game, blitz chess - optional post-game).
11. Average number of moves played.
12. Average amount of time spent.
13. Number of days/hours allocated for tournament pre-preparation.
14. Has the tournament target been achieved?
15. Lessons learned?
Chess Goal Setting Guidelines
(for continental international team events)
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted goals.
The theory of goal-setting (with its limitations) suggests that it's an effective tool for making progress by ensuring that participants in a group with a common goal are clearly aware of what is expected from them.
Chess players will prepare to perform better, both in individual and team events, when they are committed to achieve certain goals.
Captains in team chess events will be more efficient with their duties, when with in advance known goals.
Recommended targets (specific and measurable only):
Priority 1: team target: Top 6 among all continental participating nations (FIDE Chess Federations).
Priority 2: team target: Top 3 among all regional participating nations (FIDE Chess Federations).
Priority 3: individual players' targets: FIDE players' title norm result.
Priority 4: individual players' targets: FIDE players' title performance result.
Priority 5: individual players' targets: personal any FIDE rating overall gain (+), and "must wins" against any 200+ lower FIDE-rated players, and especially any FIDE-unrated players.
My personal chess player students from Singapore (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated/standard chess only) at some point in time 2001 - 31 Dec 2003 & 2007-present:
My chess trainer seminars' students 2007-2012:
My personal chess player students from Greece (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated/standard chess only) at some point in time 2004-2006:
My personal chess player students from Malaysia (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated only) at some point in time 2001 - 31 Dec 2003:
My personal chess player students from Vietnam (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated only) at some point in time 2007-2009:
My personal chess player students from Canada (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated only) 2000:
My personal chess player students from Yugoslavia (FIDE-titled and/or FIDE-rated only) at some point in time 1986-2010:
GM Stojanovic Mihajlo
GM Predojevic Borki
GM Borko Lajthajm
IM & FT Scekic Milos
IM & WGM Bojkovic Natasa
WIM Sanja Petronic
WFM Djuric Vesna
WFM Todorovic Olivera
(to be updated)
Kids and Sports: Do's and Don'ts for Youth Sports Parents (learn how
to best support your child)
Should I Coach My Child In Sports? (tips for parents who want to coach their young athletes)
Decision Making in Chess Checklist (by Jovan Petronic):
I support and promote Character Building with Chess
Dont deceive, cheat, or steal
Be reliable do what you say youll do
Have the courage to do the right thing
Build a good reputation
Be loyal stand by your family, friends, and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule
Be tolerant and accepting of differences
Use good manners, not bad language
Be considerate of the feelings of others
Dont threaten, hit or hurt anyone
Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do
Persevere: keep on trying!
Always do your best
Think before you act consider the consequences
Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes
Set a good example for others
Play by the rules
Take turns and share
Be open-minded; listen to others
Dont take advantage of others
Dont blame others carelessly
Treat all people fairly
Be compassionate and show you care
Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better
Get involved in community affairs
Stay informed; vote
Be a good neighbor
Obey laws and rules
Protect the environment