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This Time for Africa

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The African Chess Confederation (ACC), through the leadership of President Lewis Ncube, is organising, with the FIDE Trainers Commission, four FIDE Trainer Seminars for all countries in Africa in the four major international languages widely spoken. First up is English Africa, to be held from 18-20 December 2020 where the co-ordinator is ACC Vice President Bernard Wanjala, also the President of Chess Kenya, and the lecturers are FIDE Senior Trainers and Grandmasters Yu Shaoteng, Ivan Sokolov, Thomas Luther, Dejan Bojkov and Melikset Khachiyan and Chess Technology Expert Nikolaos Ntirlis   Full details are at  FIDE Trainer Online Seminar in English, 18-20 December 2020 (EAT/UST+3) – FIDE Trainers’ Commission This will be followed by French Africa and Portuguese Africa, both held 27-29 December 2020. Lead lecturer for French Africa is the legendary FIDE Senior Trainer and Grandmaster Slim Bouaziz and all details for participation can be found at  FIDE Trainer Seminar Online Seminar in Fr

Report of the FIDE Trainers Commission 2019/2020

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FIDE Trainers Commission Report 2019-2020 Table of Contents 1. The FIDE Trainer System – Titles & Licences 2. New Teaching Curriculum 3. Organising of FIDE Trainer Seminars 4. FIDE Endorsed Academies 5. Development Projects 6. Operational & Administrative Challenges 7. Proposed New Regulations 1. The FIDE Trainer System – Titles & Licences TRG evaluates trainers for the award and licensing of FIDE Trainer titles through FIDE Trainer Seminars, TRG Professional Education & Development Workshops, Direct Applications, and the passing of a recognized Sports Chess Diploma, by recommending the same for approval by the FIDE Council. FIDE Trainer Titles are awarded for life while a Trainer License is a certification by FIDE and TRG of current proficiency to train at the indicated level of the awarded FIDE Trainer title. There are six (5) FIDE Trainer titles: four (4) titles which are awarded through seminars, and one (1) title a recognition of a lifelong contribution or extraord

Quitting FaceBook, Reactivating Twitter as a News Feed

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Chess in Taiwan Beats COVID-19!

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East Asia has enjoyed a few success stories with COVID-19, and Taiwan (or Chinese Taipei as some know it), was certainly among the leaders. I have visited this country many times and for me, besides the obvious beauty of this island nation, its  culture and wonderful food, and of course the always warm hospitality, what has always stood out was the discipline of its people as can be seen in a clarity of purpose coupled with strong sense of community. Given all these, it was unsurprising that the Chinese Taipei Chess Association was able to successfully organize the 2020 CTCA International Chess Open, which was, in this time of online chess, actually played over the board and also FIDE rated! Of course all the required protocols was observed and I congratulate the Chinese Taipei Chess Association for bringing a sense of normality not only to chess but to give us hope for a life that we have not experienced for some time now.   

You Can Always Give Back

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Chess Trainer Professional Continuous Education & Development

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https://trainers.fide.com/2020/07/07/professional-education-development-workshops-for-trainers/ We are proud of this very important initiative as we at the FIDE Trainers Commission move from just the certification, award and licensing of trainer titles, based on chess alone, to incorporating essential non chess skills such as teaching, and ultimately a universally recognised profession . Like everything else today, chess is also subject to huge, even fundamental changes in how things work and are done, and the move online together with all that entails as necessitated by the current global COVID-19 global pandemic, is for many, a wake up call. In chess, the impact of computers, databases, the Internet and engines, and now AI has been a constant game changer and so we have decided to start of with a series of workshops to help trainers (and players) learn or better learn how to use the tools that are now an essential part of the game.

Organising Eight (8) FIDE Trainer Seminars in Three Months

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Since April, the FIDE Trainers Commission has been organising online seminars, bringing much needed training and certification to trainers worldwide by targeting different regions and looking to accommodate different languages. First was Europe from 3-5 April, then East Asia and Oceania 24-26 April followed by German language 1-3 May, Spanish Americas 22-4 May, and then both North America and Indian Sub-Continent 29-31 May. Tomorrow starts ECU English 5-7 June. We have, as today, in the seven seminars to date, a total 318 participants from as many as 61 countries, averaging 45 each seminar! These seminars have collectively been facilitated by 21 lecturers, and in order of appearance, they are: Thomas Luther, Artur Yusupov, Vishal Sareen, Ramesh RB, Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko, Eugene Torre, Jayson Gonzales, Jacob Aagaard, Xie Jun, Yu Shaoteng, Uwe Boensch, Alonso Zapata, Pep Suarez, Meiliset Khachiyan, Gregory Kaidanov, John Donaldson, Dejan Bojkov, Ivan Sokolov, Sagar Sh

Interview on ChessBase India - The Vision of the FIDE Trainers Commission

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By Peter Long Today's FIDE Trainers Commission is very different from what was seen for over a decade. What we have now - even though still a work in progress - is the implementation of the reform vision of FIDE Senior Trainer and Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard who was appointed the new FIDE Trainers Commission Chairman following the election of Arkady Dvorkovich as FIDE President at the FIDE Congress held concurrently with the Batumi Olympiad in 2018. It took us several months in the transition period to get on top of the issues but then it became very clear what was needed. 1. First, the FIDE Trainers Commission never really evolved from the necessary first stage of the first few years which was to identify and certify leading trainers and to award them the appropriate trainer titles to build a base and credibility. 2. Second was that instead of helping develop the skills of trainers attending seminars, what happened and actually took place was a largely abbreviated training

No Bangkok Open This Year

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https://bangkokchess.com/20th-bcc-open-postponed/ Today I would have boarded my long ago booked flight to Bangkok...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Impact on Chess Training

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http://chess-asia.com/2020/03/12/coronavirus-covid-19-and-the-impact-on-chess-training/

FIDE Trainers Commission Website is Finally Up

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www.trainers.fide.com

The Institute for Chess Excellence is No More

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The Growing Impact of Coronavirus on Chess in the Region

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Every year the HD Bank Cup, now established as Vietnam's flagship event, is held in March and now it is postponed indefinitely. The same it seems has been or is going to be the fate of the ASEAN Para Games which was also scheduled in March. A month later sees many traditional events and so far Thailand is resisting: the 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open will continue from 11th to 19th April, and I understand there is no plans to shift the Asian Schools Championships which they will be hosting. Myanmar has now also announced a new tournament in Magway to be held from 22-29 April 2020 I wonder about the JAPFA Chess Festival in Indonesia which normally takes place in April to coincide with their founder's birthday celebrations, but they have always gone their own way. This is so far about ASEAN but we can be even more sure that it is going to be all but impossible for China to do anything this year and that contagion is going to spread to North East Asia notwithstanding

Eating Vietnam

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Day 1   Day 2 The Best! Day 3 Affogato Day 4 Day 5 Egg Coffee

Duel Matches

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