Would teach your kids how to play chess? I ask because I know of at least 2 parents who said no point blank. And these guys are chess players!
During last year's Australian Chess Championships I recall a particular Melbournite saying that he doesn't want to teach his young son how to play chess because the game is just too (I think he used the word) "tragic". We can all probably understand what he meant by that. Chess is demanding! Not only to the wallet, to your time - but to your spirits, most of all. While the wins can bring about joyous heights, those losses, too, can exact a pretty heavy toll - like nights of tossing and turning thinking about where you went wrong. I've had a few of them.
But another player has an entirely pragmatic reason. He wants his kid to take up tennis, make millions, and then take care of mom and dad when the appropriate time arrives. He fears, however, that it may be too late. With so many chess pieces lying around the house, the toddler has had ample exposure to the game. Before long she'll be beating grandmasters left right and centre.
So, would you teach your kids the game?