Give our guys (and girls) a chance!

Botswana Chess FederationSouth Africa’s players did not fare too well at the continental championship in Botswana, in May. So what should we do to advance our talented, but under-performing players.
In the old Soviet days the Russian Federation were effective but pretty ruthless in ensuring that stars from Botvinnik to Kasparov progressed from talented amateurs to world class champions.
How did they do it? Established grandmasters had to earn their keep by taking a junior under their wings and become their coaches and mentors.
The great Mikhail Tal had Koblents, Anatoli Karpov, Furman.
Then step by step the rising players played head-to-head matches against opponents stronger than their current rating.
This all takes money, but if Chess South Africa wants to advance the strength of such as Kenny Solomon that is where our budget should be directed, not at junkets for officials.

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