Q: What is your favorite chess opening?
A: Having taught after school chess club for a long time, any time a beginner will stop using the Rook pawns to open their game and play d4 or e4 instead of d3 or e3 I am excited. Sound opening moves are my favorite.
Q: What is your most memorable chess moment?
A: My uncle sent me a chess set from the Philippines when I was 11. The woods used for the pieces and board are fantastic.
Q: Who is your favorite chess player?
A: My local heroes would be Mr. Clodfelter, the elementary school principal who would play chess at lunch if you brought a board from home, and Charles Checkley (what a chess name!) who tutored me a long time ago. Garry Kasparov is my famous chess hero. He was always funny and charismatic during interviews and promoted chess.
Q: What is the best lesson you have learned through chess?
A: Persevere! Don’t give up!
In chess you lose when your opponent defeats you. Even when your game looks hopeless the other person still has to achieve the win. You may not win the game, but you can still draw or achieve a stalemate - which is much better than a loss. Outside of chess, a person has to accept defeat to be defeated.
Michael Bowden learned chess at the age of 8 as many players do, while watching his father play a friend...
"I was fascinated by the shapes and movement of the pieces"
A teacher at heart, Coach Mike taught English as a Second Language for 20 years in the Dallas and Lewisville Independent School Districts. He has taught self-contained 5th and 6th grade, and has worked with Pre-K to 5th graders for the past 11 years.
Coach Mike teaches many of the INTRO to Chess classes, and specializes in helping students take their first steps in chess. Whether it is in schools, Summer camps, or at the Academy, Coach Mike brings a great deal of professionalism to the NTCA!