Coach Profiles

We have a number of great Accredited Professional Chess Coaches. Our Chess Coaches have been trained specifically to bring the best out of children with encouraging, supportive feedback in a fun and friendly environment.

We have coaches available throughout the Auckland area and we do make regular trips to the rest of the country several times each year running Chess Power Interschool Tournaments as well as group coaching programmes and Chess Open Days.

You can read more about how a coach can help you but referring to information on our Private Coaching for individuals or our Coaching Programme for groups.

  • Paul Macdonald - Head Coach and Coach Trainer
    I fell in love with Chess when I was 19. Ever since then I have been hooked. Someone once told me that if you have knowledge, it is your civic duty to share that knowledge with our children to serve the next generation. So that's what I do!
  • Christoph Thurner - Chess Coach
    Chess is a game of endless possibilities that does not need a language. If you come to a new city or country a Chess Club will always be a welcoming place, even if you know nobody there.
  • Bruce Pollard - Chess Coach and Arbiter
    Coaching helps me understand and organise what I know in a clear way as I explain important concepts in chess to children. It gives me a way to share my enjoyment and understanding of chess.
  • Philip Hair - Chess Coach
    I think Chess helps kids to achieve a longer concentration span, and this counteracts the effect of technology (which reduces attention spans). The ability to concentrate and think clearly is important in educational achievement in any discipline.
  • Miu Phillips - Chess Organiser
    As a school teacher and coach, I've seen Chess transform my students in the most amazing ways. Students develop resilience, self-confidence, patience, and a love for learning.
  • Roshan Gallage - Chess Coach and Arbiter
    I really like how kids enjoy themselves when they beat me in chess games. I use this opportunity to teach them to understand the game of life using the game of chess.
  • Victor Gambarini - Chess Coach
    An experienced coach, Victor joins us all the way from Brazil.
  • Michael Sole - Chess Coach
    I feel that chess can increase the confidence of kids who would otherwise have little that they excel at and can give them a fair chance at success and recognition.
  • John Fuller - Wellington Regional Manager
    I love the idea that Chess is a great leveler in my view, because anyone can become a champion regardless of size, strength, age or background.
  • Steven Hartwell - Chess Coach and Arbiter
    Steven's gentle approach combined with his thoughtful insight gives kids a positive and encouraging introduction to the game of kings.
  • Chloe Hoang - Chess Coach and Arbiter
    A passionate chess player and a great positive personality, Chloe is our resident Hamilton coach and also helps run the Hamilton Sarapu Cup.
  • Alan Bean - Chess Coach
    Arriving in New Zealand recently from Wales, Alan's caring, fun and positive attitude brings the best out in kids wanting to learn.
  • Moganraj Subramaniam - Chess Coach
    I like the game because it teaches decision making and taking risks. It also shares a story of how one kingdom can take over another with good strategy and proper planning.
  • Akshay Sharma - Chess Coach
    Working with kids made me realize I could be responsible for so many other beyond myself, knowing that I can help them reach their full potential and make them feel happier about themselves.
  • Janessa Palunas
    Balancing the situation is important like cheering up for my students if they lose the game and encouraging them to do better next time by letting them know what has gone wrong.
  • Arnie Fruish - Chess Coach
    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.
  • William Austin - Chess Coach
    Being able to influence the direction that kids take in their life is an awesome privilege to have. Teaching valuable skills to kids sets them up for life and giving them a better start in life, and it’s a privilege that I’m glad to be able to do this.
  • A former junior chess champion who played for South Africa, Laetitia is passionate
    about using chess to help improve children’s mental performance and grow their
  • Aniket Joshi - Chess Coach
    The most important thing for a coach or teacher is to have patience, to be able to stay composed and make sure that the students stay encouraged and motivated.

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