The Power of Coaching or Not?

As part of my journey within the world of chess, I’ve recently sought coaching from some external higher rated players as part of my own individual coaching program thinking that I would gain an insight into how to improve my game, but unfortunately I have come away from the experience a little worse for ware and with no added knowledge on how to better my game. I liken this experience to sports and martial arts where just because you attain a black belt or championship medal it doesn’t always follow that you have the skills to coach or teach what you know. On the contrary the skill of coaching and teaching is in fact a whole seperate entity in its own right and it is rare that champions are able to relay how they achieve their standards because it might merely be something that they just do rather than articulate in any fashion. I’m not smarting after my lacklustre coaching but feel aggrieved that they will do the same to another unsuspecting participant in search of the holy grail of chess.

I’m sure you would agree that Coaching is Coaching and not an opportunity to thrash the living daylights out of your student.

I’m sure there is something to be learned from the 5 year old in the video attached.

Maybe I should have read Carlo’s blog beforehand

or Your Chess Coach

‘Hindsight is the lit match I won’t return to’ – Me

“I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.”


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