What to look for in a Coach
A good coach is:
Strong at chess
It is essential that whatever coach you get can beat your child easily at chess. If the coach refuses to ever play your child…be weary. There are many posers out there in the chess scene.
If you are going to pay the big bucks for a private coach, ...he might as well be USCF Rated. Although you do not need a strong tournament player, a USCF player brings a lot to the board. Remember, if your coach is not a member of the USCF then he does not compete in serious United States chess tournaments.
Most chess players are dry. You need a coach who can loosen up with kids.
Make sure your child likes and respects his Coach and that he has a dynamic and fun teaching style. If your child is not excited and looking forward to his next lesson…time to try a new coach. No matter what chess knowledge your coach has, if he does not motivate, electrify and entertain your child, he is not a good coach.
Can Motivate your child
Private lessons are a one on one lesson that can be boring if the coach is not kid oriented. Some children are chess motivated and do not need an overly charismatic coach. But most young kids are going to need a coach that can motivate them.
BEWARE of the coach who teaches opening theory (the memorization of opening move variations). We strongly believe that this is the wrong way to teach kid chess .Click here for a complete description.
Questions to ask a coach:
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