Statistics and Reflection Age 9

Games: 7575

Avg Games Per Year 303

@ or Up: 14.7%

PPGAP: 3.93 pts

Keep %: 54.78%

@ or Up Keep %: 29.77%

HGYR Avg: 136

HGYRI: 286

Win %: 48.16%

Draw %: 12.78%

Loss %: 39.06%

Amateur + K: 691/58

Rating High + K: 2007/24

Rating Low + K: 1540/37

Category 4: 7

Category 3: 12

Category 2: 4

Category 1: 2

Candidate Master: 0

Master: 0

Reflections: These players have 1- 3 years of experience and are truly separating themselves from the pack. It takes a rating of more than 1200 to get on this top 100 list. By now these players are obsessed with openings, Blitz, Bughouse, solving puzzles, and every chess variant under the sun. They are becoming aware of how unique they are and how differently people talk to and treat them when they find out about their chess accomplishments. It would seem that this is the age when parents begin to test the player’s ability to play up!! Every player in this group has a Category! They are officially part of the chess elite. Some of these kids have surpassed the accomplishments of adults that have been playing all of their lives. It’s a fun time for the players and parents, especially if the player is an only child or their siblings play.

Along with the fun and celebrating comes a new set of challenges. Who are they going to play? How do you pick the right tournaments? How can we be more efficient? How can you keep them improving? How do you prevent stagnation and burnout? Rating points are harder to get because they are still losing to and drawing lower rated players. With their increased rating, playing an increasing numbers of lower rated players can waste a whole weekend! 5 rounds 3-1-1 and they only got 8 points, or worse, they lost 8 points. They are at the age where a win and rating points are all that matter! Parents and coaches need to understand all the ways there are to win at chess, and lead the player by those rewards!! Kids love achievements, milestones, awards, rewards, certificates, and challenges. Parents and Coaches do too. Playing up instead of for prizes is the fastest and easiest way to get better at chess!!

In the 3-1-1 example above, let’s look at an @ or up for 1540. The parents, coach, and player are choosing between an under 1600 and an under 1800 that has an under 1600 prize as well. A 1540 going to an under 1600 event could expect to play +/- a 926, 1250, 1350, 1450, 1550. At the under 1800 we project a 1750, 1650, 1550, 1450, and 1126. Which tournament would you pick?

Under 1600

3.5 = 1533

4.0 =1552 May or may not place

4.5 = 1570 Bonus points start here. and Placed

5.0 = 1605 and 1st Place

Under 1800

2.5 = 1536

3.0 = 1555

3.5 = 1574 Bonus points starts here

4.0 = 1610 May or may not receive or share in the under 1600 prize and may or may not Place.

4.5 = 1642 Category 2 Norm Received or Shared in the Under 1600 prize and Placed

5.0 = 1682 Category 2 Norm Received the Under 1600 prize and 1st Place

When tournaments are selected properly, the player automatically has a 1 point handicap! When you consistently provide the opportunity for Bonus Points and Categories you take all the pressure off the player with out lowering the standard of performance!!!

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