Teaching and Coaching Chess to Girls

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Susan Owens
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Teaching and Coaching Chess to Girls

Post by Susan Owens » Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:52 am

I would appreciate your opinions on the following:

Do you think there needs to be a difference when teaching/coaching chess to girls and boys ?

Do you use different teaching/coaching methods when teaching girls within a mixed group ?

Do you use different teaching/coaching methods if you have the experience of teaching girls and boys separately ?

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David Shepherd
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Re: Teaching and Coaching Chess to Girls

Post by David Shepherd » Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:02 pm


I do not really coach just help out at clubs/events sometimes. However I do not treat boys and girls differently as far as I am aware of. I try to assess the player on an individual basis and provide help in the areas they need help, I would not think that the player is a girl so I should teach her in a particular way.

It is interesting to think about coaching though for example at the weekend I helped out at a girls event, I told the players they were playing too fast - what did that mean to them - nothing. What I needed to do was work why they were playing too fast, were they considering all the possible moves they could make, were they evaluating the position - i.e. what were they not doing that they should be doing, that was making them play too fast. I was not thinking are they a girl or a boy.

It is my belief that girls and boys as a whole do vary in the way they play chess and even in the way they respond to coaching, but on an individual basis the overlap is quite large and any individual will exhibit a mix of characteristics.

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