Kashyap is a great communicator, a thinker and a National chess champion. In college, Kashyap was the strongest player for Mt Roskill Grammar - winners of many National Teams titles.
What do you think makes you a good coach?
Outside of chess, I’ve taught kids in the classroom and on the sports field. I enjoy seeing the progress kids make at such a young age as well as building their confidence and enthusiasm towards chess.
What are your key strengths?
I’ve got a lot of experience in chess, and I can simplify things that may seem complicated to communicate effectively with kids.
Why do you love Chess?
You never stop learning in chess, there’s always something new that you haven’t come across before which keeps you thinking. The skills and mindset you develop are also very relevant to your everyday life.
When/how did you first learn to play?
I actually played my first games when I was 3. My mum taught me how to play and my uncle was always up for a game.
Why do you enjoy working with kids?
Whether someone’s just starting to learn the game or wanting to get really good at it, it's great to feel that you made an impact towards someone’s development. Kids are such quick learners and always have a lot of energy that never keeps you bored!
What are your main Chess achievements?
I’ve had success in many regional and National Chess Power tournaments. I was the school chess champion at Mt Roskill Grammar. My highlight would be getting a win against Nicole Tsoi - a FIDE title holder.
How do you think Chess helps kids?
I think the most valuable thing chess helps develop is a problem solving mindset. It challenges kids to think about a new problem every game and figure out a solution or learn from it. In doing so, kids build great fundamentals such as analysing a situation and iterative thinking. Chess can also be a great way to build social skills outside of the game as they can make friends with people sharing a common interest.