In coaching every real chess coach wants to train a special student capable of achieving the greatest achievement in chess other than reaching Grandmaster strength. World Champion is one of the highest honors any chess player or coach could ever wish for. Rochelle Wu 2016 Cadets World Champion has done just that. I taught Rochelle how to play chess. Using my winning methods she quickly grasped every thing I could throw at her. She was a sponge and seldom made the wrong move. I was impressed with her play and told her father I thought she might be a chess prodigy. He dismissed this wanting his son whom I was also teaching at the time to be the champion. He had plenty of talent but wanted to learn openings I was not willing to teach a beginner. I taught Rochelle because she was sitting there watching and for me it is very easy to teach two lessons at the same time. It took her no time to catch on and impress me with her growth. She also impressed the United States Chess Federation. She was the top girl her age in the country. However the number two student was also my student and Rochelle beat her out by just a few points. So Rochelle got the opportunity to play for the U.S. Chess team and that gave her access to some really high rated Grand Masters and Coaches that have resulted in her winning the World Cadets Championships in Russia with the guidance of those fantastic coaches. I am proud to have taught her my system that I believe helped propell her to her present level. Unless you have good roots chess progress is slow. Her learning is now way ahead of where we left off but I knew she was special and she went on to show her father and the world just who she is. I remember when she used to follow me all over the tournament after she played. And giggling ever time I looked at her. It was a wonderful experience for me, one I will never forget. She was about 7 months younger than in this pic. This pic was back in 2012 when only I taught her. Congratulations Rochelle Wu and I hope you go one to reach every level you aspire to reach as a Chess player and World Champion. I as a coach can get no higher accolade you have done that for me. Thank you!!
I am using My method of teaching the game to win new chess players over to the game. It is my belief that the way chess is introduced to the new player must be different now. The game already being complex is hard to like (unless your one of us) using the rules and strategies found in the box of most chess sets. This makes the game seem boring and complicated to learn. I propose that the instructions I have presented here in my blog should be the new way the world starts to learn the game of chess. It is fun. People who have had many misconceptions about the game are changed.To play any game (teachers of chess) one must have fun! One should be able to win. Well chess is a lot more complicated after all it still has not been solved even by our best computers. So instead of overwhelming the student with information over load my method is both fun and easy to learn.
All the people whom might like the game don't even give it a try because of the old way and this old debate. Which should be taught the endgame or the opening. Back when people had less to do and entertain themselves with a good chess book to read would be perfect for a young idle person. That was then. Now people are different so the way they learn is also different. Now people want to enjoy it now. They don't want to learn how to play a game and get some joy after they have struggled to understand a concept that takes time. My way allows the student to enjoy the game and play end game type positions that begin the process to learn chess and the complexities of the end game. Without even realizing it the new student is building a web of patterns that he will access later when he improves and needs to speculate on a particular move. This is the new way to spread chess to many who did not think they would even like the game.
I have seen this system work time and time again. Stop losing half of the class and teach a modern style before the game dies. Chess On!!