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Punyawat Prapatsorn

Punyawat Prapatsorn

What do you think makes you a good coach?
I like to engage with students personally and connect with them on an individual level to promote engagement in learning.  


What are your key strengths?
I am very patient, empathetic, and fair. I am very enthusiastic and passionate about what I teach.


Why do you love Chess?
Chess is a simple game to learn but very difficult to master. I enjoyed continuously learning new strategies to play better chess, and I also love how chess can be used to connect many people from different cultures and backgrounds.


When/how did you first learn to play?
I have played chess since I was about 9 years old. My dad first taught me Thai chess, and I learned international chess later when I moved to New Zealand when I was 12 years old.


Why do you enjoy working with kids?
I fondly remembered my chess teacher at my high school, and this motivates me work as a teacher with kids. I like to be part of kid’s development, and it feels extremely rewarding.


What are your main Chess achievements?
Became captain of chess team representing my high school and of course beating my dad in chess has a big highlight!


How do you think Chess helps kids? 
I think there are so many ways chess can help kids, and the benefits they will get from chess will individually be different. Some kids will find their passion in chess and develop their competitive spirit through the game. Some kids can connect with their friends, families and their cultural background through learning chess. Not to mention all the other benefits in developing their memory, spatial reasoning, concentration, and social interactions. There are many known benefits from learning chess that can support kids’ individual development alongside other aspects of their life.

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