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
    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 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
    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
    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.
  • Roshan Gallage
    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.
  • Kashyap Choudhary
    I’ve had success in many regional and National Chess Power tournaments. I was the school chess champion at Mt Roskill Grammar.
  • IM Paulo Bersamina
    Based in the Phillipines, International Master Paulo Bersamina is one of our most powerful chess coaches.
  • Troy Rowe
    "When you see a good move, look for a better one," This thought is ingrained in every chess players' mind and pushes them to not be impulsive, because if they do, they might miss out on a knockout move.
  • Kasun Weerasekera
    I find chess coaching as a way to give back to the community and Whānau.
  • Calvin Li
    Every chess player is in a class of his own. We have control of our own pieces and can influence others. Chess is life.
  • JM Anya Thurner - Chess Coach
    Their moment of realisation and their happiness at having solved the puzzle is an incredible feeling for coach and student alike.
  • WCM Christy Bernales - Chess Coach
    It is important to consider the student's strengths, weaknesses, opinions, and perceptions in order to gauge a starting point for moving forward.
  • Duncan McDonald
    I have had so much fun improving in chess I love giving other people that enjoyment of chess as well.
  • Kenneth Atmadja
    I love chess because it teaches us full responsibility for our actions. Every move has a consequence, and this reflects the challenges we face in life.
  • My key strengths include my ability to create a fun, engaging environment for kids to develop their skills, patience, and understanding to help the students feel supported. I believe my strengths create a positive atmosphere where they feel supported and excited to learn.

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