What do you think makes you a good coach?
I am passionate not only about what I teach, but about building relationships and being a role model as well. Being a younger coach, I am able to relate to the children more and come down to their level to help support them more effectively.
What are your key strengths?
I see myself as a calm and caring leader when coaching who is effective at communicating and building positive relationships with my pupils.
Why do you love Chess?
I am a competitive person and I love to be good at something and win. Chess is a great game to satisfy that itch at times, but more than that chess teaches many important life skills. It teaches patience and discipline, but also encourages risk taking and creativity. It is a simple game to learn, but extremely complex to master.
When/how did you first learn to play?
My father taught me chess very early on in life, around 6-7 years old, though I never played it seriously or competitively until late 2019.
Why do you enjoy working with kids?
I find it extremely rewarding to be looked up to and to have children think of you as a role model. I also enjoy observing the way they think and solve problems as it is often so different than conventional thought processes. I like to think I cultivate this originality aspect of each individuals' learning and thought process, as not everyone learns the same way. A diversity in the way people think is extremely important.
What are your main Chess achievements?
Participated in the Auckland University Annual Chess Tournament in 2021 and placed around the middle of the pack with 3 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.
How do you think Chess helps kids?
Teaching kids to think critically, be patient, and look for creative solutions is important in virtually every aspect or challenge in life. All three of these attributes are required to succeed in chess, and consequently, learning to be good at chess is simultaneously learning to apply and practice these qualities.