While there are many excellent choices when it comes to finding a chess coach for your level of play, it seems we are still struggling to find the right way of teaching an absolute beginner. This is evident from the success rate in chess (out of estimated 45 million chess players in the U.S. it is only 2500 of them rated 2000 or better, or five thousandths percent of the entire chess population).

If it is any consolation, no better results are in teaching math, or acquiring a foreign language (Dr.Lasker’s Manual of Chess [1], [2]).

Agatha Belaya, Chess 1, 2002

Agatha Belaya, Chess 1, 2002

Nimzovich also identified the problem in his “How I became a Grandmaster” article back in 1929 [3]. To no avail. As Einstein put it, it is easier to crack an atom than established “truths.”

The findings of modern neuroscience, psychology and knowledge acquisition hint at which direction we should take to address the issue. No matter how we start, there is a big no-no: showing how pieces move before anything else (yes, you read it right – Nimzovich argued it was a fundamental flaw, [3]).

That is why East Cobb Summer Chess and Marietta Chess Club have set up a workshop that will focus on how to introduce chess to the beginner in a quite different way from the traditional approach.

The way you get started determines how far you will go [4].

The chess coaching workshop will be held at Merchant’s Walk Whole Foods Community Room, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, NE, Suite 580, Marietta, GA, 30068, Thursday, June 12, at 7 pm.

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