Chess development

Chess development does not merely mean donating chess sets, hosting tournaments or presenting workshops, but it also has a broader meaning. Chess development can be defined as

  • a continued sustainable process bringing change in (improving) a chess player’s well-being to advance in life (see news for an example).

Bringing sustained change in a chess player’s well-being means a sustained change in the well-being of a community!

Where does real chess development start?

Chess development starts at grassroots levels (schools and districts specifically) and sponsors should weigh-up their involvement and investment in chess development through either indirect development, direct development or a combined development approach:

1.  Indirect development

To sponsor a chess tournament:

  • prize-money, medals or trophies for all the category winners
  • tracksuits, t-shirts.
  • a venue.
  • transport, accommodation.
  • registration fees

2.  Direct development

To sponsor chess equipment and training workshops for development in undeveloped and disadvantaged communities – i.e. to bring chess close to the people!

3.  Combined development approach

A combined development approach serves a dual purpose:

  • Players get the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments (indirect development).
  • Players get the opportunity to develop their skills with quality chess equipment and training (direct development).

The role of sponsors

Sponsors should promote chess development by allocating sponsorship money for

  • chess tournaments (eg. prize-money for the players).
  • chess equipment (donate the equipment to [school] communities where there are an urgent need for development!).
  • chess training workshops (to unlock and develop player potential in all communities).

Sponsors play a crucial role to make chess development accessible to all communities (i.e. to bring chess close to the people) and to bring change in a player’s well-being to advance in life!

  • A chess set in every classroom in every school in every community – a child who can’t pay must be able to play!
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