Benjamin Hamp highest rated 5 year old by USCF.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #41



  • 20 months ago · Quote · #42


    I appreciate some of the comments, but I'd like to give a word of warning and encouragement to all. Be careful what you say about a fine young chess player. For those of you interested in playing Chess in tournaments, I'll tell you what my coach told me before most of you or your parents were born, "You're going to loose a thousand games before you will be an expert." Natural ability is fine for those who play for fun or not at all and dismiss it as a game. But to become an expert at anything it takes 10,000 hours of study and practice. The question you should ask yourself is, 'Are you willing to invest that much of your life to Chess?' If you are you will succeed!" Good chess to all who want to learn and appreciate the game.
  • 20 months ago · Quote · #43


    I wore my wife out tonight, she and Benjamin's Mother went to a movie and when they returned home we ere still doing the lesson. Whenever he makes a move not recommended by Bruce he wants Nero show him why it isn't mentioned. Well I warn all of my students that their score will be effected if I give them more information than what Bruce gives, but somewhere along the way through there are harder positions to explain and somehow the test evil olives into a true lesson and that's ok, but I can't give them their approx rating. Or if I did it's inflated. Ben is ready to be able to use all the resources has. I showed him chess mentor and explained to only go the lessons that have already been scored, but when I came back my 2390 rating had increased to 2394:-) happy coach. I think his parents will upgrade his membership to Diamond. He starts or drift in the middle game, but when he gets 4-6 moves away for a checkmate he's all over it and sometimes faster Thani can calculate it myself. I'm as proud of him as I ever have been. He's ready to work at it and put in the study time.

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