“Chess holds its master in its own hand, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer.” – Einstein
If you thought that a subject like mathematics was hard to teach, have you ever thought about what a chess teacher must go through to teach a beginner player how to play the game?
Well, in a game with no right or wrong answers, you can only imagine how difficult it must be for a chess teacher to correct incorrect moves. Are the moves really incorrect? Or could there simply be better moves?
As the quote goes: "When you see a good move, look for a better one." - Emanuel Lasker.
The Value of the Chess Coach
As a parent, you could probably introduce your child to the chessboard. You could even teach your children the basics of chess and how each piece has its position and role, but are you able to assess whether they are actually making progress in the game or not?
Maybe you are a parent who is not at all excited about the game of chess and it turns out that your children are. If that is the situation that you are facing, it is time to take your children's passion and turn it into a sport of the mind. Like with any sport, your child needs to practise and work with a coach capable enough to teach the sport in the best way possible.
The reason a tutor is always appreciated for a game like chess is that, with all the blunders that are a possibility in a game of chess, a chess tutor's guidance and expertise is much needed.
While you may be relying on many online resources to teach your child chess, there is certainly most value in hands-on classes (albeit online or face-to-face chess lessons).
Imagine if someone could explain chess to your child in the form of a story so that your child can visualise what is happening on the chessboard and know exactly what each move means and why it is important...
Well, a qualified chess tutor can make a story come alive on the chessboard. So how will you ensure that your king remains protected until the end of the game? Rely on your pawns! We can say that a chess tutor will be like a pawn in a game of chess, you don't always see the value of the pawn immediately but the pawn is the king's best form of defense, and a tutor will be at your child's side defending your child's gaming reputation until he or she becomes a better chess player!
Why Study Chess with a Chess Tutor?
A chess tutor can assist your child to learn how to play chess but how can learning chess help your child? Well, chess is an excellent game to learn because it will inculcate in your child some needed skills to assist him or her throughout his or her life.
Benefits of Chess Tutorials
Chess Creates Artists
“I’ve come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp
When your child learns to play chess, you can be certain that he or she is developing his or her cognitive abilities.
While developing your child's brain, chess may also make your child into a better artist. For one, in chess when you spot a brilliant move on the board, you have to mask your excitement from your opponent.
Being able to act composed during an intense game of chess, is also a form of art.
In fact, the chess set itself is a form of art. If you choose to buy your child a more pricey chess set like the Batman chess set or the Lego Harry Potter TM Hogwart's Wizards chess set, you will see exactly how much artistic planning goes into the creation of these types of chess set.
Chess Betters Problem-Solving Skills
“Chess, it’s the struggle against the error.” – Johannes Zukertort
One of the reasons why parents may want their children to take up chess classes is because children generally find problem-solving to be quite difficult.
To be successful as a chess player, one of the things that your child will have to learn is how to think instantly on his or her feet. As chess is a game played by two players, your child will also need to solve problems (at the drop of s hat) that his or her opponents pose for him or her on the chessboard.
Perhaps getting your child to attend online chess lessons may seem to have minimal value as you don't expect your child to become a professional chess player. However, in the long run, roping in a private chess tutor may teach your child the necessary problem-solving skills that he or she will need throughout his or her life.
Chess naturally puts players into situations where they face difficulty but that is great because life does the same!
Problem-solving skills are a step forward in your child's personal development and an important tool that your child will be able to harness in his or her professional development as well.
Creative-minded children tend to picture the chessboard as being a real-life scenario and play in that way. In fact, visualising in chess and in life is an excellent skill to have.
Chess Makes You Well-Mannered
It was initially believed that more boys enjoyed playing chess than girls. This myth was nicely dispelled in the Netflix hit series, "The Queen's Gambit." With a girl protagonist stealing the spotlight, it's no wonder why more parents are getting their girls interested in playing the game that takes place on the black and white board. In fact, by their very nature, girls are more harmonious and positive and have much positivity to bring to the world of chess. Girls tend to not allow their egos to get the better of them, and this is the type of manners that your child is meant to pick up from a game of chess where there is always one winner and one loser.
Through the game of chess, we hope children learn to accept defeat in the best way possible and to bask in the glory of their victory in the most graceful manner possible.
How to Find Chess Trainers?
“There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world.” – Pierre Mac Orlan
To get your child interested in the game of chess, perhaps the abovementioned quotation by Pierre Mac Orlan is a good form of inspiration. If you teach your child that chess is all about adventure then he or she will be more willing to enjoy the game.
Where can you find chess trainers with whom your child can advance their chess skills?
The truth is that whether you start looking at your child's school or opt for online chess tutorials, you can find chess trainers in South Africa rather easily.
School Chess Clubs
Many schools offer chess clubs as an extramural activity. The school formulates its own chess club where either a teacher from the school will act as the chess coach or an external chess trainer will be brought in to teach the group.
Getting your child involved in chess as an after-school extramural is excellent as your child will enjoy learning all about the game with peers who are like-minded, and equally as enthusiastic about the game of chess.
Chess, although it may appear to be a silent game, teaches children socialisation skills and by learning to play the game in a club, children get to socialise with others and enjoy the game.
If your school does not offer these after-school chess clubs, you can always take your search for a chess coach online.
You may have a socially awkward child who has embraced the world of chess. There is no need to take your child out of his or her comfort zone and expect him or her to join a chess club where he or she is expected to socialise. There are tons of tutors on the Superprof site offering one-on-one private lessons for children.
The SuperProf website works in your favour as you will get to view the profiles of various chess trainers and choose a tutor based on rate, expertise, and even from word of mouth feedback offered by previous students.
By sourcing a private tutor, you could also help your child become more confident not only in his or her chess abilities but also in general. You will also feel happier knowing that your child is receiving hundred percent private attention from the tutor which could possibly mean that your child is learning at his or her own pace and also reaping the full benefit of having the tutor's undivided attention.
You may not be interested in hiring a chess tutor while your child's interest in the game of chess is still growing. In this case, websites like YouTube seem like the best bet.
Many qualified chess teachers and trainers post video content that serves to be just as beneficial as an online chess class.
By assisting your child to do a guided search on YouTube, you may very well find videos that teach the game well or videos that can help your child to work on elements that he or she wants to work on.
The only downside to relying solely on a YouTube chess tutor is that there is no interaction taking place between the chess coach and your child. This is never advisable, especially if you have a reserved child who you want to push out of his or her shell by teaching him or her how to excel at a game like chess.
Working with a private tutor not only means advancing in the game of chess but also advancing in terms of self-esteem and overall confidence levels.
We all need someone who believes in us and a chess coach is that person!
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