"I think teaching is like a logic puzzle or a game in and of itself. Different people have different ways of learning, and I enjoy thinking of multiple ways to teach a concept to suit the style of a particular student. It's especially rewarding when a certain teaching method succeeds and you get to see their progress." - IM Elect Parker Zhao
Not every chess coach is capable of teaching lessons to beginners. It takes chess knowledge, teaching skill, and a friendly demeanor. I’m very excited to share an interview with one of our fantastic coaches, National Master Nolan Hendrickson!
Today’s blog is about the point of the game: Checkmate! You may be surprised to hear that our Step 1 beginner chess course doesn’t talk about checkmate in the beginning. In fact, we teach six different topics before the first checkmate lesson! Experience shows that it works perfectly. Why is that?