What do you think makes you a good coach?
I am a Chess player myself and have been playing the game for more than two decades. During this time, I had the pleasure to follow many students in a variety of levels advancing in the board. So, I can help the actual students much more effectively with this experience that I have accumulated over the years.
What are your key strengths?
I have patience to teach, experience and mostly importantly, I really like chess. So I am able to share this passion with my students. In addition, I have a great knowledge about the fundamentals of chess.
Why do you love Chess?
Chess is a mixture of science, sport, and art. Some games are memorable and it is beautiful to see how the perfect coordination of pieces can end up in such wonderful master-pieces.
When/how did you first learn to play?
I learned to play when I was 10 years old, in my school. I entered in my first tournaments at the same age and never stopped!
Why do you enjoy working with kids?
Kids have an endless potential, teach anything to a kid and they will master the skills really quickly. It is really gratifying seeing them grow.
What are your main Chess achievements?
I have participated in more than two hundred tournament over the years. I was able to win three or four dozen of them, being champion of my city several times. I have draws with GMs and IMs and wins against FMs. I also defeated a GM, that was in a simultaneous game.
How do you think Chess helps kids?
Kids can learn a lot from playing Chess. They can learn how to focus and concentrate in a single task - this is exceptionally useful this days were everyone is tied into their smartphones. Also, Chess can teach then how to plan ahead and create strategies to achieve an objective. Finally, they can learn discipline, discipline to sit in front of a table for long periods of time and do their best to out think their peers.