The British trainer for chess who is in Freetown Jon O’Neil said that Chess is a unique sports as you can meet with good people and make friends internationall.
Jon stated that when you are playing Chess you must respect your opponent if you don’t, in the end your opponent is going to defeat you and you are not going to progress in the game.
Jon O’Neil also stated when you are playing, you build up confidence that is why you see a junior playing against a senior because they have built confidence in themselves, and no matter the age they are going to defeat their senior.
Jon O’Neil cited an example that the world champion in Chess is a 17 year old. When it comes to Chess age does not matter.
He also mentioned that Chess is not football where a youth team of 12 cannot compete with a senior team, but in Chess it is a different situation.
Jon O’Neil also mentioned that he has been playing Chess in Africa for 20 years which he enjoys so much and has also organized Chess competitions in the Gambia which have been in a success.