Posts Tagged ‘chess philosophy’

Susan Polgar Explains Her Coaching Philosophy

April 5, 2014

Susan Polgar is, in my humble opinion, the best chess coach in the United States. Her achievement of coaching two different division 1 colleges to National Chess Championships on several occasions speaks volumes as to her abilities. I believe Susan’s coaching philosophy should prove useful for coaches of any discipline.

Obtained from http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-coaching-philo<a href="http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-coaching-philosophy.html?m=1

Many people have asked what is my coaching philosophy when it comes to team events? There are four main issues which I stressed. We may or may not be the best team (depend on the year), but our approach is always the same:

1. Come to each match fully prepared: Physically, mentally, and chess-wise. Players have to be fully focused. We have fun after, not before or during important events.

2. Play with complete discipline: We are prepared to fight hard every game, and play all games with complete discipline, just as the prepared game plan for each match.

3. Team work: We prepare as a team, fight as a team, and celebrate as a team. There is no I in team. We are one family.

4. Win with grace, lose with dignity: This has long been my motto. I will not tolerate any hot-dogging or in your face nonsense. Self control and be gracious, win or lose.

Here is to hoping Susan Polgar’s chess team at Webster University wins this weekend’s College Final Four of Chess.

Don’t forget that Susan Polgar will be visiting the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

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Chess Wisdom and Philosophy from Twitter

November 21, 2012

Here is a collection  of my chess wisdom from @TorresChess. If you are not following me on Twitter, then you are missing out on some interesting discussions.

11/5 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

 It is beyond coincidence that chess and music produce child prodigies with a much greater frequency than that of other intellectual pursuits. -Chris Torres

 

11/7 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

To play a match for the World Championship is the cherished dream of every chess player. -David Bronstein

 

11/8 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Starting from Chester Arthur in the early 1880s, 89% of Democratic presidents have been chess players, compared to just 35% of Republicans. – Chris Torres

 

11/8 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Nervous energy is the ammunition we take into any mental battle. – Garry Kasparov

 

11/9 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Genius. It’s a word. What does it really mean? If I win I’m a genius. If I don’t, I’m not. – Bobby Fischer

 

11/11 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Wins and losses are rarely determined at the the chess tournament, but rather in the effort toward preparation the player demands of himself. -Chris Torres

 

11/12 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

 Confidence in chess stems from  preparation in solving your problems without outside interference. -Chris Torres

 

11/13 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

“In chess, as in life, opportunity strikes but once.”-David Bronstein

 

11/13 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

“Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.”-Frederic Chopin

 

11/14 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

My students know that it is better to lose some of the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever fighting.-Chris Torres

 

11/15 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Follow the path to the end and you will find no sanity in reason.-Chris Torres

 

11/16 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

A chess coach with a fancy title is good. A chess coach who can teach useful lessons that inspire confidence is better.-Chris Torres

 

11/17 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Apparently the chess board is really a special kind of mirror. Staring at it on length will force one to accept his flaws or go mad.-Chris Torres

 

11/17 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Chess is the best tool which we can use to fix education.-Chris Torres

 

11/18 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Of all the pleasures I have received from the game of chess, the greatest is the friendship of my students. -Chris Torres

 

11/19 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

If your life was a game of chess, would you rather live a hundred mediocre moves or be brilliant for a few?-Chris Torres

 

11/20 Chris Torres‏@TorresChess

Chess exercises a child’s capacity to change a vision into reality.-Chris Torres

 


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