Chess coaching opportunity for Bedford members

As previously posted, new member Darren Reed has considerable chess coaching experience. Darren’s wide ranging CV can be seen below. After returning from Finland, he is now looking to extend these activities in this country.

To this end, he is offering a free introductory online or face-to-face coaching session to all Bedford club members – I have already had a two and a half hour lesson from him, losing to him in the first match of the season, so I would suggest that he has much to offer!

Darren’s contact details are on the membership page or chat to him directly at the club if you are interested.




Darren Reed’s Chess Coaching CV

Coaching Achievements:-

  • World Chess Federation (FIDE) Qualified Coach (National Instructor) 2016 – only 19 other England affiliated FIDE qualified coaches.
  • Manager of Finland Youth Team at the European Youth Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia (2014), Prague, Czech Republic (2016), the Nordic Girls’ Championships in Stockholm, Sweden (2017), The World Cadets Chess Championships (U8-U12) in Santiago De Compostela, Spain (2018) and the Nordic Girls Chess Championships in Koge, Denmark (2019).
  • Member of the Board of Finnish Premier League Champion club Tammer-shakki. Manager/coach of women’s and girl’s team and also jointly responsible for junior activities at the club.
  • Coached and organised Lentävänniemi School’s chess team which won the Tampere School’s Team Championships in 2015.
  • Coached former two-times Finnish U18 champion Touko Setälä.
  • Currently coaches Sini Jokinen who has won the Finnish Youth Girls’ title three times (U8 2014 , U10 2016 and U12 2017) and the Finnish Schools’ Girls’ title four times (U8 2014, U10 2015 and 2016 and U12 2017). Sini has also represented the Finnish Youth team in 6 international matches, played in the World Cadets Championships (2018) two European Youth Championships (2014 and 2016) and two Nordic Girls’ Championships (2017 and 2019).
  • Chess teacher and camp supervisor at the first International Chess Camp to be held in Tampere, Finland from 31.7-04.8.2017. Coached the English language group which included national youth champions and medalists.
  • Chess teacher at Shakkilinna:  https://www.shakkilinna.fi/?nav=shakkilinnan_vaki&open=info (Chess Castle) 2017- . Teaching chess to elementary school children and Tampere’s strongest junior players at the kilpakerho (competition club).
  • Thetford Youth and Community Chess Club (UK) coach before coming to Finland in 2004. First started coaching juniors in 1996.

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