Ayush Sharma

What do you think makes you a good coach? 

I believe I am a good coach because I prioritise creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for the students. By doing so, students are more interested and invested during the lesson and eager to learn. 


What are your key strengths?

My key strengths include my ability to create a fun, engaging environment for kids to develop their skills, patience, and understanding to help the students feel supported. I believe my strengths create a positive atmosphere where they feel supported and excited to learn.


Why do you love Chess?

There are more possible variations of chess games than atoms in the observable universe. This makes you realise that no one will ever be able to understand chess fully. Chess will continue to evolve constantly, with new openings, tactics, and strategies. This ensures chess never gets boring, as there's always something new to learn and explore. That's the beauty of chess.


When/how did you first learn to play?

My dad started teaching me chess when I was just 5 or 6 years old. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't win a single game against him for years. It was frustrating, eventually leading me to quit playing for a while. However, around age 12, I decided to give it another shot and joined a chess club.

Joining the club reignited my passion for the game, and with practice, I gradually improved my skills. It took me several more years of practice, but eventually, I reached a point where I could finally compete with my dad, and my first win encouraged me to pursue chess further.

Why do you enjoy working with kids?

I enjoy coaching chess as it reminds me of where I was when I was their age –  although most are much better than I was. I enjoyed the process of improving my abilities, and it feels rewarding to see the satisfaction on their faces when they realise they have improved.


What are your main Chess achievements? 

  • 2nd overall in interschool tournament in Intermediate

  • 3rd Overall in Chess Club at high school


How do you think Chess helps kids?

Chess has been proven to have multiple positive impacts on children, these include: enhancing problem-solving skills, improving memory, and increasing creativity. It also teaches them about life.


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