What would you think if you’d paid $10, $20, or even $30. per hour for chess coaching or a camp and when you decide to sit in to watch you see inexperienced players playing each other with no clocks, no score sheets, and with no intentions of reviewing the games?
Chess coaching and camps are designed to improve the quality of a players performance. It won’t happen in the same day, it won’t happen in the same week, and sometimes will takes weeks or months to grow in to a consistency! As a matter of fact, most of the permanent improvements take place after the coaching, camp, or instruction. That’s because if the new material is really of any value, it should be virtually impossible to master the material after just 1 exposure!! After being coached, or going to a camp, if you don’t have to review anything, you weren’t taught, you’ve just had a real expensive refresher course!
I’ve interviewed players during post mortems at tournaments for 6 yrs. I can’t tell you the number of players that have coaches and/or have attended multiple camps that can’t remember how to record a game, that can’t see 2.5 moves ahead, that don’t know the rules of castling, that don’t know, ” Capturing En Passant”, that don’t know draw rules, that have never had chess homework, and that have never communicated with their camp instructor again, has been truly shocking! After spending all that money, half of the games I look at resemble the kind of game you’d expect at a school, a club, a park, a family gathering, or a daycare, not a post coach, or a post camp tournament performance!
RCI is doing full private and public camps this year! We’re going to have a good time, but it’s going to be while we’re learning how to win, not how to play! Contact Mike at 804-426-5058 for details and pricing!