So I guess one could ask the question. Are you a 'real' coach if your students don't play competitively?
Monday, 7 February 2011
From coaching to competition
The FIDE Trainers website (trainers.fide.com) has a number of documents, including a definition of the classification system used. Interestingly part of the 'mission' for each of the levels (from Developmental Instructor upwards), contains a requirement to bring students to a competitive level. Implied in this definition (at least to my reading) is an obligation to move students into competitive chess. Of course this makes perfect sense, as their seems to be little point to teaching chess otherwise. Unless of course that chess isn't being taught as an end to itself, but as part of a broader educational discipline.