Information About Mark - Sutton Coldfield teacher
This is how 2 referees rated Mark:
Hello, my name is Mark. I have been playing chess for almost 20 years and have lots of experience in the area of playing and coaching. My achievements include:
Peak ECF rating - 200
Played for England U18s in Poland
Played for England U18s in the Glorney Cup
Former Lancashire Champion (all ages)
Former Lancashire U18 champion
Winner of Heywood Open
2nd place Scarborough Open
3rd place Blackpool Open
3rd place British Rapidplay Championship
Have beaten GM Keith Arkell in competitive play.
In my current job role I lecture at a college. I have coached many players in the past, including Sharon who became the British U12s girls champion. I have coached many beginners and stronger players.
I am a fully qualified teacher and have a Masters degree in International Politics.
I like to use a three stage approach. Lessons start with a warm-up activity consisting of puzzles or a blitz game. The main part of the sessions consists of formal coaching, either openings, middlegames of endgame technique. If the student has played competitive games I will provide annotations of the games. In the end we test what we have learned with puzzles or a quick game.
Lessons usually take place at my house, although I am happy to coach via Skype if this is more accessible.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Edge Hill University (2016) - PGCE FET (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Aberystwyth University (2014) - International Politics (Masters) (✔ On File)