I learned chess when I was young, and played in a chess club at a school I went to, which helped me to develop my game. Later I joined the Waitemata chess club where I stayed for about 6 months. I was playing a lot of players who knew how to play and so lost a lot of games and got discouraged and left.
I didn’t play a lot of chess for a long time. At one job I had, I saw someone having a game of chess. My interest was aroused and we played some games. I won the first five games, and then he changed his style of play and caught me out with something I didn’t know how to handle. It took all my efforts to resist his attacks. I had to learn a new way of playing. I came to realise we were of equal strength and we had about an equal number of wins.
At that time I became friends with a member of the Waitemata chess club and we would meet and play some games and discuss them. I started learning a lot more about chess and started enjoying chess a lot more. I came to realise the reason I got discouraged when I first went to the chess club was not because I lost a lot of games but because I was not learning anything. I have been learning ever since!
After rejoining the Waitemata chess club I became club captain, then started running national tournaments, and even going to Australia to help at a tournament there. The running of tournaments has lead to me obtaining the title of FIDE Arbiter (FA).
I got involved with coaching at the Waitemata junior chess club and have continued to expand my coaching ever since.
Coaching helps me understand and organise what I know in a clear way as I explain important concepts in chess to children. It gives me a way to share my enjoyment and understanding of chess. And what's more, kids love chess!