Originally posted by greenpawn34
Of course I'm not talking about raw learners, anyone who joins
this site is surely past that stage.
This 'take back a move' idea is for this site, not for face to face teaching.
I was actually PM'd by another experianced teacher this morning
who totally agrees with me.
It encourages carelessness.
The Four E's - Examples, Encouragemnt, age very sloppy play and in the wrong
hands this option will do more harm than good.
There are different ways to teach chess. I use the 'UFO method'.
When my pupil makes a move which is clearly bad, a real blunder, I say out loud "Oh, see that, an UFO!" And leave my attention from the board, My pupil has during ten seconds or so to find his error, and correct it. When my attention comes back to the board we start from there. If he hasn't found his error, then he will se the immediate result from it, and learn.
I think, for unrated games, a take back possibility is a good idea, and I support it fully. But there should be an option for it from the beginning so we both agree to the takeback possibility.