What do you think makes you a good coach?
I think a good coach would be someone who takes time to understand who you are teaching and making sure that the students all learn in a way that best suits them. A good coach should always try to make the lessons fun and educational and should always make sure that the student can take something valuable from their lessons.
What are your key strengths?
Communication and listening to others. I am also passionate about Chess, as I am the president of the Massey University Chess Club. I feel like some of my past experiences with teaching people Chess are a bonus, which feels like a great strength to have.
Why do you love Chess?
I love Chess because every day of my life I am finding more variations of tactics in Chess that improves the way I play. Chess for me feels like a journey of endless possibilities that excites me to push and become a better player at Chess. Chess for me will always be the best board game in my opinion. Chess from a historical perspective is a beautiful piece of art that I think everyone should know about.
When/how did you first learn to play?
I learnt Chess at a young age playing with my father, I think I was 5-6 years old at the time. I started at the very beginning and had to train my brain to see patterns that would eventually help improve my gameplay. I feel that if you are someone starting Chess brand new, the key message I would say is to never give up!
Why do you enjoy working with kids?
I think the more young minds that can play Chess and appreciate the better! Chess is part of our history and its fantastic for the brain. I enjoy working with kids because I love to see how they improve over time and start to see Chess in a unique way. As well it's great to see when the kids start to think of moves that you didn't even think of! That's the most exciting part for me.
What are your main Chess achievements?
My Chess achievements are that through my school years I always played in the top Chess team for my School and College. These experiences made me push and achieve greater goals. From recent experiences, I am the President of the Massey Chess Club which I am proud of. On a side note, the best achievement for me is teaching people playing Chess and seeing the player grow in skill over time.
How do you think Chess helps kids?
Chess improves the brain and makes us think better in situations. I feel that teaching Chess to kids at a young age is great for helping problem-solving and also helps improves kids in other subjects. Another great thing with Chess for kids is that it helps students who may struggle with learning, eg I have had Dyslexia since I was young. Chess makes me feel better and helped me to improve my Dyslexia.