“Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.”
Brainy Chess Academy
Brainy Chess Academy is the place for professional chess training in Kuala Kangsar Perak. It is the ideal place for young players to learn the secrets of the mind game. The academy was established in May 2018 with a mission to provide a platform for the upcoming players to nurture their talents and make a mark in national and international chess level.
The academy was established in May 2018 with a mission to provide a platform for the upcoming players to nurture their talents and make a mark in national and international chess level. Academy is under guidance and headed by Muhammad Suhaib Mohd Azmi, a mechanical engineer, chess player and chess coaching.
Since 2018 till 2019 the academy has trained more than 100 students in Kuala Kangsar. Achievement of academy can be seen at every chess tournament participated in 2018 and 2019 where students have shown improvement understanding of learning in academy.
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“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.”
FAQ(frequently asked questions)
Let’s assume 2000 is a decent level to reach. For the fastest kids, it will take about 3 to 5 years to reach that level. The youngest master (2200) is a 9 years old, but he started to learn chess at 5 or 6 years old. In chess, just like in other activities, there is nothing like quick success. All successes take years. If you want to be faster, you have to work harder. The total effort is about same.
Most kids may take 5 to 10 years to reach 2000, if they persist. The key here is persisting. Most actually quit chess or slow down to put in any effort in chess after they reach middle school. 95% will shift from chess to college application when they reach high school.
For adults, the time may take even longer, due to several reasons: more distractions, less time to play and study chess, and slower in learning new knowledge.
Why this is the best way to support your children?
First, parents are the role models at home. Good or bad, your children look up to you. If you study hard, study everyday, play chess everyday, and accept losses gracefully, your child will see it and will try to follow your example. Action is much more effective in teaching than words.
Second, you will appreciate more the toughness of the game, and much easier to sympathize your child when s/he loses. You will understand him/her better and not jump to conclusion.
Third, with a common interest, you and your child can spend more time together, hopefully improve the communication between parents and children. You can have fun time together, and survive the long depressing plateau together.
According to the Russian School of Chess: endgame is the most important part of chess, and should be studied as the first subject. The Chinese School of Chess, endgame is considered no less important than the ultra-sanctuary openings.
When we watch beginners play games. Most games end up in checkmate in middle games. But still some end up as one side has a queen or two rooks and another side has a lonely king, the winning side can’t make the kill. They move round and round, but have to shake hands in the end. It’s very sad to see such a scene.
Not only beginners have difficulty with endgames, but also masters sometimes do. We had the famous game that a WGM could not find a checkmate in NB endgame.
Improving your endgames will greatly improve your winning rate. At 2000 level, at least half of the games end up in endgames. If you could win half of them, your winning rate will at least double.
If you have attended my steps classes before, you would know that I always assign at least 3 pages of homework everytime. The purpose for giving this many homework is to “force” your child to work on chess problems everyday. It’s 36 problems a week, about 6 problems a day. I prefer your child finish 6 problems everyday to cram everything on last due day. It’s actually a very good habit. Your child will refresh his knowledge everyday, and not feel overwhelmed.
But 36 problems are still not enough. And you don’t take class, you don’t have the homework. It’s better to establish that habit with or without the class/homework. If you want to become good in chess, you have to practice (solving puzzles) everyday. Same logic for piano and math. That’s the reason I monitoring student. It will ask students to follow a schedule and do 6 problems everyday.
Now I am thinking about two courses focusing on solving problems everyday.
Some parents told me that they can do puzzles by themselves. They will let their child do 10 puzzles a day. Couple months I asked them again, have they finished the book? The answer is usually: No. They stopped at some time because of some reasons and never resumed, so the book is never finished. Why this happens? Why could they not follow their plan?
Because it’s their plan, and they can change it at any time. They will change it when they hit some road bumper. They will pause it if they face some resistance. Most times they will not pick it up again, and they will create a new plan. This actually happens to me multiple times.
So if you want a plan, it’s better to use other people’s plan. Use some plan that you have no right to modify, to pause, or to cancel. That’s why I created a plan for course, so all my students could follow that plan. Nobody could change it, except me. We get on the 2-year project, and we will finish it.
Many parents think that chess is like other interesting activities, learn it once and reap benefits all your life. Yes, the statement is true, but the benefits could be small or big. If you only want to learn to play chess, yes, a few lessons are enough to learn piece moves and checkmate. You get “chess playing” knowledge. This knowledge is your only benefit.
If you want your child to learn: how to face stronger opponents, how to handle the disappointment after losing, how to be humble after winning, how to think, how to be patient, or how to persist, a few lessons are definitely not enough. It requires years of learning. Learning chess is a step by step, gradual, long term process. It’s not a cram for tests. If you push them to learn too much in one session, they will only get a few points and forget everything else. They won’t be able to use the knowledge they learn. Practice is much more important in chess than knowledge.
Like math and music, chess requires persistent learning and practicing, almost daily.