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!
  • 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.
  • Russell Holland - Chess Coach
    Chess combines both scientific and artistic thinking. A player has a picture in mind of what he wants to create and needs to paint that picture through a thought process that involves logic and putting moves in the right order to achieve their plan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scott Butland - Chess Coach
    Chess is a game that no matter how much you learn there will always be more. It seems to be an endless storehouse of surprise, subtlety, nuance and individuality. It offers the chance to be principled, to be creative, to be stupid, and no matter what the result, it offers us redemption at the end, the ability to start afresh, and to begin again with symmetrical equality.
  • Kiran Reddy - Chess Coach
    Kids learn faster than adults and they can focus on the game. Chess also helps them to focus on other activities as well. Chess helps kids to improve their concentration and it helps them to actively participate in other sports as well.
  • Ian Sellen - Chess Coach
    Chess helps different kids in different ways, but for all of them it helps to encourage analytical thinking in order to solve problems. The thing I most enjoy about working with kids is their directness and honesty.
  • 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.
  • Jordan Chu - Mandarin Chess Coach
    Chess comprises of 32 pieces fighting against each-other on a 128 square board. Every single move in Chess is tightly linked to every other move. I love Chess because it really pushes my little brain to run faster and it creates an intense feeling. Chess teaches kids to learn to use their brain before their hand will be of great benefit in their future.