Let it be

I was glad Abe was calm and in not a bad mood this raining Saturday. If you follow this blog, you know that he’s been in a slump in chess recently. In order for him to break out of the slump, I made the following plan: 1) He should play more games. 2) He should have more confidence in his games. In stead of pointing out what he did wrong, which is likely wrong too and maybe not helpful at all, I should give him more encouragements.  So we went to a chess tournament even it’s raining. He continued to lose his games, but there were something good about the tournament.

The tournament was held in a local chess center. There were stacks of old Chess Life magazine in the room; I could read some of them while waiting for Abe’s games. One issue dated 1998 had an article about the 1998 National Elementary Championship. Hikaru Nakamura (current GM and 2008 National Champion) scored 6.5, the first in the section of the K-5. Also tired with him were two other players. In fact, Abe lost to one of these players in a tournament just less than two months ago. In that tournament, that guy was an expert.

Abe looked in awe when he read the article. Maybe he was thinking he was indirectly related to GM Nakamura. Maybe he was thinking how much he can improve in ten years: three hundred points? or more?

I also read an interview about Aleksandr Landerman (current GM) after he won the U16 world champion. His advices to other young chess players were something like: 1) play more OTB (over the board) games 2) study your own games 3) read good books. I told Abe: “We are doing #1, should you start #2.”

I know only time can verify my plan: someday Abe himself will get out of the slump. In the meantime, why not enjoying a song by The Beatles:

Let it be, let it be

Let it be, let it be

Yeah, there will be an answer let it be

Let it be, let it be

Let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom

Let it be

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