Publisher: KVDC, 2010 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-90-79760-02-2 Pages: 240 Language: English
This book is about the development of chess talent and about creating a chess culture by coaching, training, organization and communication.
A great number of subjects pass the review: the educational value of chess, talent, motivation, the role of coaches and parents, goal-setting, self-management, making training programmes, physical factors and nurture, experimentation, mental training,
creativity, concentration, psychological tips, chess thinking, workshop day in Apeldoorn called 'Youth Meets Masters', the study of strategy, endgame studies, youth chess players as trainers, didactics, self-study, the analysis of games (the Apeldoorn Analysis Questionnaire),
the use of databases, training forms, training decathlons, talent days, the use of computers, theme tournaments, opening study, tactical exercises, variation calculation, visualization, working with volunteers, top¬class sport versus recreational sport,
making press releases, attracting sponsors, a study guide of the SBSA Youth Academy, email newsletters, making a chess newspaper, organizing tournaments (with a scenario), a list of team captain's tasks, and school chess.
Developing Chess Talent also contains information about research done by Karel van Delft: on chess as a subject on primary schools, and on the question whether the study of positions is more effective with two-dimensional positions or three-dimensional ones.
Jan Timman, David Bronstein, Artur Yusupov, Loek van Wely and Rob Hartoch give their vision on talent development in interviews. Many experiences described here have been gained during activities organized by the Foundation for the Promotion of Chess in Apeldoorn (SBSA in Dutch), which was co-founded by the two authors of this book.
The book contains an extensive glossary of chess terms. Photos by, among others, Fred Lucas and Cocky van Delft.
Karel van Delft (1956) is a psychologist, a chess organizer, a youth chess trainer, a freelance journalist and a copywriter.
Merijn van Delft (1979) is a psychologist, an International Master, a chess trainer and an author on chess.
Artur Yusupov: "This book is strongly recommended for chess trainers, chess parents and chess organizers. And of course for the chess talents themselves!"