This weekend 3 SCBC coaches played in the George Washington Open in Reston VA. Mike Callaham played in the Under 1800, Master Coach Jason Moorefield played in the Major, and Coach Avijith Rajan in the Under 2100. Mike earned 4/5 = 3 wins 2 draws and 0 losses, finishing 2nd, 2nd/61, Coach Jason earned 3.5/5 = 3w 1d 1l finishing 3rd, 8/64 and Coach Rajan earned 3/5 = 3w 0d 2l, finishing 4th, 12th/48! Our carpool of fun and laughs was from left to right; Mike Callaham, Mike Valentino, Patrick Spain, Avijith Rajan.
We came we saw and we did some damage. I’m never going to tell my students that with what we teach, it’s Ok to lose chess games. I see and hear it all the time! You can’t win them all, you have to get experience, you learn more from your losses… It’s all nonsense! I encourage my students by telling them, “Your opponent’s parents, coaches, friends and family expect them to lose games in this tournament! Your job is make sure you don’t disappoint them!! At SCBC we’ve got a formula that explains success and failure at the chess board! The formula can be used by anyone that knows when a chess game is over! Winning and losing are now a will or won’t not a can or can’t. As your rating increases and the opponents get harder, the only thing needed is more discipline! Why am I so serious?! For years I’ve been telling everyone around me, if you’re losing with the SCBC system, it’s because you don’t really care about winning! I’ve listened to student after student and class after class repeat word for word what they are supposed to be doing at the board. Then when they get to a tournament they’re as bad as a chef who keeps trying to turn, ‘over easy” eggs with a fork, a knife, spoon, an ice-pick, toothpick, or anything instead of a spatula?! Our system is so simple that if you’ve been taught it and won’t use it, it could be said that checks, captures, threats, and sacrifices just aren’t important to how you, “want” to play chess?! I don’t make this stuff up, I’m just reporting. lol
The looks my wife would give me if I told her we are going for a 2 hour drive to pay to enter a tournament, pay for lodging, pay for food, take up the whole family’s day or weekend, and I will habitually be ignoring checks, captures, threats, and sacrifices that exist for both sides!? LOL!
Our mantra has 4 parts! We gave out part 1 of the rule in 2011, then part 2 of the rule in lessons, classes, lectures, camps, training guides and videos. Rajesh Pandit’s whole family increased over 1200 points in just 6 months. We’ve had tremendous success at getting kids over 1000 but they have other activities and the proximity of events that will test them requires travel. I’m working on it and that’s beset with many unique and hidden challenges as well! We continue the never ending search for another Jason Morefield, Jennifer Yu or Praveen! Someone that wants to win and is willing to work! If parents, spouses, and coaches got the Mike’s wife face more often instead of coddling them with, ” Do you understand? “, that would cause their ratings to go up a lot faster!?
I’ve decided to just go get the examples of the system in action myself! Last year I set a goal to see just how unbeatable I can become using discipline and my SCBC System!!
The 6 points and 8 winning positions I produced in the World Open in July did little to change peoples behavior! They were still doing the chant without doing the dance!? So I decided that 1, whether they use it or not, I will teach it to my coaching staff. Then 2, I will lead by example!
At 57 the biggest challenges are fatigue, being able to make good decisions from the information my system gives me about the position, and having the fortitude, strength, discipline and character to fight relentlessly for a win, a draw, and no losses. I’m usually abhorrent about things like 5 hour energy and the like but for this tournament in addition to my CBD, I used our, “My Daily Choice” Boost and the Brain sprays before the beginning of each round. The change in my alertness was instantaneous, invigorating, and enduring. I didn’t have so much as 1 yawn while I was playing. The also helped me get to form faster! I should have used them at the World Open!! I won’t play in a tournament without them again! Don’t get me wrong, I need to be in better shape and I need to study, but it’s a relief knowing that I won’t be falling asleep at the board anymore!
I’ll be posting the games from the GWO just like I did for the games from the World Open! Round 2 and 5 may be of theoretical importance. Next stop is The Northern Va Open 20-22 March!!