What can students expect if they are accepted to be a member of Webster University - SPICE program? This is one of the questions I am asked dozens of times every week!
First of all, as I mentioned many times before, it is very difficult to be accepted to the SPICE program. I have very limited scholarship available. Therefore, I cannot accept new students until someone graduates or loses their spots (for academic or disciplinary reasons). This is why I have to be very diligent in the recruiting process.
What you can expect:
- Complete and thorough objective assessment of each player's chess strengths and weaknesses
- Comprehensive training regiment to fix each of the weaknesses
- Comprehensive training regiment to enhance natural strengths
- Comprehensive training to develop a versatile and effective opening repertoire
- Comprehensive training to master preparation method against specific opponents and chess tournaments
- Comprehensive training to master chess analytics
- Comprehensive training to enhance discipline, mental and emotional fitness
- Comprehensive training to improve physical fitness and endurance
- General improvement on opening, middlegame, endgame, tactic, planning, strategy, and much more
- Goal setting and fulfillment
- Rating and ranking improvement
- Academic success, etc.
What you can forget about:
- Lack of discipline
- Lack of focus
- Lack of goal setting
- Lack of motivation
- Being mediocre
- Losing attitude. etc.
Sounds tough? Yes. Hard work? Yes. So if players are not willing, ready and able to handle the extremely tough training regiment, there are many other chess programs with much lower expectation. If you are not ready to train hard and improve in all facets, SPICE is NOT for you.