I spent a good part of yesterday thinking about all the strong junior players I have had the pleasure to get to know during my 6 plus years in chess. Each of them have a special gifting. They played differently, had different styles and skills. An amazing array of approaches and methods. But they all had one thing, they had strong fighting spirit.
And I remember the ones that had that fighting spirit slowly dimmed. Over the years they begin to drop out, give up.
Today, in Malaysia our records show that after 12, we start to slip in International Ranking. The kids who do well at a young age do not do well later. So I must conclude that something is not well.
I have always wondered what would be the story today if that fighting spirit was nurtured, if a way could be found.
And so, I took the opportunity to talk to parents, coaches, officials from the other Countries at Asean. And I got some pretty amazing feedback. I am still reflecting on many comments on their structure, methods and views. I'll give you more feedback after National Close. See you there.