Should I teach chess although I’m not a chess master?

Sep 3, 2015, 2:42 PM |

I have written the follwing letter to a number of Chess masters here on and now I would love your input. For my Lions Club I want to teach the inner city kids chess, I believe this will help them in school and life. I just want to know should I teach these kids or should I let a Chess master teach them?


Dear Chessmasters:


I am in the process of becoming a chess teacher to kids, and maybe adults at a later time, but I'm not a master chess player. I think this could be a problem when my students become better than I and realize I'm not that good. On the other hand, I have been playing chess for more than 20 years and I know a lot about the game, the history, the players, styles of play and so on. I think this information is just as valuable as knowing how the pieces move on the board. The kids I will teaching will be poor inner city kids from Detroit and I will be using the chess curriculum from by IM Daniel Rensch. Do you think it is good idea for me to teach the kids or should I try to get a chess master to teach the kids? What do you think?


Thank you for your time in this matter.

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H. Jay Felton