By the chess coach and author Jonathan Whitcomb
Low-cost chess lessons are available in the Salt Lake Valley, from the chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah. Please call 801-590-9692 for more information about private (and group) chess instruction, which lessons cost only $25 each.
Free Chess Tournament in South Jordan on October 29, 2016
Children of many ages participated in a three-round free chess tournament at the South Jordan Library, and three chess instructors watched the competition. We hope that other free tournaments can be held at this public library in 2017, possibly as early as January.
Eighteen young chess players competed, with three of them getting a perfect 3-0 score by the end of the afternoon: Moses Samuelson-Lynn, Paxton Cichos, and Aiden Gandhi. The tournament was directed by the chess teacher Alexander Gustafsson, and I, Jonathan Whitcomb (another chess instructor), helped a bit.
Sometimes a chess tournament is not so busy, especially after most games are done
This event was less formal than many chess tournaments, not being rated by the United States Chess Federation, but it allowed the children to gain experience without having to worry about the expense (it was free).
A young tournament competitor records a move in chess notation
At the end of the tournament, I analyzed the results and found a fascinating statistic: The children from 8-9 years old did much better than those 10-13 years old, and I mean MUCH better: The younger group scored 65%; the older, only 36%.
Then I saw an explanation: Those who had a chess coach before the tournament scored 75%; those without a coach, only 33%. Formal face-to-face chess training makes a huge difference: 88% of the 8-9 year-olds had a chess tutor, but none of the 10-13 year-olds did.
(Two of the eighteen competitors registered for the tournament on the day of the even, so I don’t know their ages or whether or not they have a chess coach.) I do know that taking chess lessons can greatly improve a child’s ability to compete in the royal game. None of my own students, unfortunately, were able to compete on this day.
A moment of concentration in a chess game
It was a long afternoon of chess competition
Utah Open Chess Tournament of 2016
This event, sponsored by the Utah Chess Association and rated by the United States Chess Federation, was held from November 4-5, 2016, in four separate sections in Salt Lake City. The strongest competition was in the “Open-2” section (with 29 players):
- Two National Masters
- One Candidate Master
- Three First Category players
The following seven competitors scored at least 3½ points:
- Bryan B. Leano (4½-½)
- Hans M. Morrow (4-1)
- Alexander K. Gustafsson (3½-1½)
- Eric Hon (3½-1½)
- Randy D. Zumbrunnen (3½-1½)
- David Vasquez (3½-1½)
- Luis A. Goodrich (3½-1½)
Chess Lessons in the Salt Lake Valley
Jonathan Whitcomb is one of a number of chess teachers (private chess tutors) in the SLV of Utah. Several things may set him apart from other chess instructors, however:
- Private lessons are only $25 each
- The first getting-acquainted session is free
- He is the author of a chess book: Beat That Kid in Chess
- He can drive to your home for chess lessons
There’s no extra charge for his driving to your home for chess instruction, provided you live in the Salt Lake Valley. Call 801-590-9692 for more information.
Chess Coach Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah (author of the book “Beat That Kid in Chess”), offers private and group lessons in the Salt Lake Valley . . .
This tournament, held early in November, had four sections
This chess coach (who lives in Murray) is now offering private and group lessons in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah . . . [cities include] Belmont Heights, Cottonwood Heights, Taylorsville, Holladay, Kearns, Midvale, West Jordan . . . $25 per lesson.
Your chess instruction will be precisely arranged according to your individual needs, to most effectively help you improve in your chess-playing abilities.
Eighteen young chess warriors competed in a tournament on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the South Jordan Library of the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. The chess tournament director, Alexander Gustafsson, a chess instructor and one of the top rated players in Utah . . .