Why I Run Rated Chess Tournaments for Kids

For the most part, every tournament run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is rated by the United States Chess Federation. The TCAMA believes that rated tournaments are beneficial for youth chess players because they: 1) Use an official set of rules so that our competition will be fair. 2) The official nature ofContinue reading “Why I Run Rated Chess Tournaments for Kids”

How important are chess ratings for children?

A chess rating is just a number used in chess to estimate the strength of a player based on his/her past performance. For years, I have been advising chess coaches, parents and kids to avoid becoming preoccupied with ratings as doing so creates unnecessary problems for children. Some common problems I see regularly from overContinue reading “How important are chess ratings for children?”