The health benefits of chess?

Thanks to Somton Ukken for this link.

Do you agree?   Let’s hear your comments!

Last Friday, reporting on the Division 1 end-of-season table, Adam Taylor (Manningtree A) was shown as winning the Player of the Year award.   In fact, this was incorrect.   The winner was Stephen Gregory (Ipswich A).   The error occurred because the winner is the person who scores most points for a team, rather than the one who records the highest percentage.   Adam scored 7½/8, whilst Stephen scored 9½/12.

3 thoughts on “The health benefits of chess?
  1. Hi, im in agreement with Somton. The player with the most points should win the player of the year as they turned up to play more matchs and deservidly scored the most points. This percentage rule is daft as someone on a 100 percent could win having only played a few games. Points always triumphants over percentage.

  2. Hello All ,

    We have a rule book to sort this stuff out. It is published on this very website under rules.

    A whole section is devoted to POTY and here it is.


    11.1 In each division in the League, there will be an annual award of ‘Player of the Year‘ (POTY) to the player who scored the greatest number of game points during the season. In the event of equality of points between one or more players, the POTY title will be tied.

    11.2 A win by default will count as a win for this competition, but in a game against an ineligible opponent, the actual result of the game will be used. If a player is ruled ineligible for a game, the result is disregarded for his personal score.

    11.3 If a player plays for more than one team in a division, only the results achieved for the team for which he scored the highest number of points will be used to calculate his POTY score.

    Clear enough, no reference to percentages anywhere I can see.

    Bob is therefore correct and our congratulations should go to Stephen Gregory for his playing record in Division 1 but who are the Division 2 and 3 players of the year for rule 11.1 clearly states that in each division there will be a POTY.


  3. Not very good article – basically only 2 (3?/4??) of the 10 items are specifically health related, the rest being educational. For a more balanced view see pp17-19 of the FIDE booklet Chess in Schools – Our Global Future:

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