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by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

In this particular case, Mrs Shiatis' son is a very accomplished player and just as good as the one selected to play for England in the World Youth Chess Championships. There is at least one other I know of who is of the same sort of level (but there may well be more), and perhaps another ten very ...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

The real reason to play in the World Youth is the prestige of playing for England, and mixing with the other juniors who you might not have come across. If you want to have fun, opening that up to all is the best way to go. Definitely!!!!!! For me, fun wins every time. Being a young chessplayer is ...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

I'm not convinced parents are "more than equipped" to make that choice. I'm aware of quite a few examples, even from my own age group alone, where the parents pushed too hard, too fast, into competitions too strong for their children. Most of these have since given up, or, at best, massively reduce...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

I assume the ECF funds the coaches going with the players. Obviously these coaches can only coach so many people. There may also be a problem where parents want to send their children without accompanying them. Again, there has to be a set limit on the number of people that each coach/ accompanying...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

There's a difference between not picking up many points and being destroyed game after game. It's avoidance of the latter that a minimum standard is required for, not the former. Like I said Rob, that is a decision which parents and children are more than equipped to make. As with all other tournam...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Re: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

We would like that any child who wishes to go and whose parents are willing to pay, to be allowed to go. I would have thought a minimum standard is needed as well. There are after all cheaper tournaments in which to come last. No. What is this obsession with winning some of you seem to have? We are...
by Krishna Shiatis
Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection
Replies: 372
Views: 29797

Open Letter to the ECF about junior selection

We are not sure if this has been posted in the correct section, but it does seem to tie in with some of the threads. We have written a letter to the ECF, a copy of which we are publishing here and we ask that if there are any other parents/ECF members out there who agree with the sentiments expresse...