Chess is a demanding mistress...
It's painfull. But you will get over it. They improve more rapidly then us old geezers. You will have many lessons for the youngsters.
It's amazing watching someone who's lived eight years beat someone who's played chess sixteen years.
Loosing is never fun but loosing to a youngster might be a loss vs a future GM!
CT: yes, and if all else fails, we can always claim we have more "experience" :)likesforests: I know, the math just seems wrong!farbror: lol... I guess that's one way to find a silver lining.
Make sure you get them to sign your scoresheet before they are famous GMs!
Glenn - glad to see you're still lurking, hope we'll see you post again some day :)
As George Bernard Shaw once said "Youth is wasted on the young." I didn't even know what chess was when I was 8 years old. To think that if I played an eight year old in my first year of tournament chess, I still would have been 10 years older.The funny thing is I'm 1-0 against IM Justin Sarkar because I beat him when he was about 10 years old and had a 1400 rating. When Hikaru Nakamura was 7 I would play blitz with him. I actually won. Now I get crushed.
Polly: ha! at least you have something cool to say at a cocktail party... "nakamura? oh yeah, I've beat him". :)
I didn't really get into chess until Grad school. sigh.Needless to say. I regret it.It's hard though for kids with so many distrations -- especially now adays (video games, sports, girls/boys, etc.)
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