How to Coach?

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This a a question that creeps up a lot so for the month of May I will address this question.

As I always tell coaches…”the above question is not as innocent as it seems” There is a lot of aspects to consider when coaching and some of the points are as follows:

Age of student



learning style

Coaching style

assistive devices, ie books, chess apps, chess engines etc

And the list will go on

Till next time burn the candle at both ends!!!

Coach Basile

Basil Ellman

Basil is an active chess coach for more than 30 years... He is also a qualified trainer of coaches and a qualified chess arbiter. Basil has a passion for chess and has established various chess clubs in schools and communities in the Western Cape - South Africa which are still in existence and growing strong. He has served on various bodies promoting chess not only as a sport but also as a tool to excel academically. He has a Masters degree in Specialised education and is also an advocate for players with special needs.

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