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Results of the Five FIDE Trainer Seminars for India's "Chess for All" Initiative

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The Seminars: 1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, 18-20 February 2022 2. Patna, Bihar, India, 25-27 February 2022 3. Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, 4-6 March 2022 4. Guwahati, Assam, India, 11-13 March 2022 5. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, 25-27 March 2022 The Lecturers: 1. FST & GM RB Ramesh 2. FST & IM Vishal Sareen 3. FST & IM Sekhar Sahu 4. FST & GM Pravin Thipsay 5. FT & IM N.K. Mishra The Results: 15 Developmental Instructors 89 National Instructors 32 FIDE Instructors 4 FIDE Trainers 140 Licensed Trainers

Cancel Culture

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cancel culture noun   a way of  behaving  in a  society  or  group ,  especially  on  social   media , in which it is  common  to  completely   reject  and  stop   supporting  someone because they have said or done something that  offends  you

Play the Masters... in Singapore

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On 1 April 2022, unless it is a particularly cruel April fool joke, practically all restriction will be lifted for travel between Malaysia and Singapore. I think with Play the Masters, for me a reunion with very old friends, there is no reason not to hope of the hour long flight from KLIA to Changi Airport.  

Chennai Olympiad Training Support

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  http://trainers.fide.com/2022/03/26/olympiad-support-invitation-for-trainer-applications/

Three Weeks into FIDE Chessable Academy

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This year FIDE Chessable Academy was greatly expanded in order to primarily give an opportunity to young players in chess developing countries who had either limited or no access to quality training. In a time of Internet giants dominating every aspect of our lives and who know how to make they money from us in different ways, giving "free" is often not well appreciated and so we have insisted on very stringent attendance requirements, which means to be able to continue into the second semester, a 75 percent attendance is mandatory. The first semester will run from March to end May, and we have warned that there will be a full review end of March where those clearly not making the right commitment will already be excluded.   

Chess in Education Lecturer Course

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2022-03-21 The Fourth Chess in Education Lecturer course. 15-17 April 2022 Dear Member Federations,   The International Chess Federation, together with its Chess in Education Commission (EDU) and  "Chess” Scientific Research Institute (CSRI) , is pleased to announce the 4th Chess in Education Lecturer course.   The course will be held  15-17 April , in English, online 15:00-20:00 CET. The objectives of the course: Develop and enhance the skills of effective teaching of chess basics, Enhance the ability of using active and interactive teaching methods, Improve positive professional communication skills. Target audience of the course is professionals with experience in chess and education.   Duration and content:  3 days - 15 hours  (including breaks) + Project. Day 1 1. Introduction (100 minutes); Fear - both teachers' fear and your fear of exam! 2. Teaching the chessboard. (130 minutes) 3. Project assignment (10 minutes) Day 2 0. Interdisciplinary chess & educational chess

The Choices We Make

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"We are our choices" - Jean-Paul Sartre "The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters" - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."- Nelson Mandela "We don't get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it." - Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

Workshop: How to Teach Pawn Endings, 26 March 2022

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Let us not forget that much of the world is in armed conflict.... and that suffering is universal

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"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never try tormented." Ellie Wiesel  

One FIDE Initiative to Support Ukrainian Chess Players and their Families

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  I am all for the chess community stepping up to support it's own but while it is clear for our European colleagues it is Ukraine, and this I can understand of course. But I still ask why just Ukraine, and more importantly, what the Asian and African chess leadership and that of its chess communities, with having the most war zones, are doing for the chess players and families there? Yes, we don't get the coverage of internationally dominated Western media but the global chess community is well connected and while I maybe be mistaken, seems there is nothing being done.   

FIDE Acting on IOC Recommendations

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  FIDE adopts simplified procedure for playing under FIDE flag Dear players, In connection with the decision of the FIDE Council to provide a simplified procedure for performing under the FIDE flag for players representing Russia/Belarus, we herewith explain the details of the procedure:  1. For the transfer, a player should send a request to federations@fide.com with a copy of the identity document attached. In case of a minor player, a document certifying the identity of the player, as well as the identity of the legal representative, has to be attached. A copy of the request should be sent to the following e-mail addresses: dana.reizniece-ozola@fide.com and aleksandr.martynov@fide.com.  2. The right to play under the FIDE flag is granted until 31 May 2022. After this period, in the absence of other requests, the player will automatically be returned to the previous federation.  3. If a player wants to continue playing under the FIDE flag after 31 May 2022, he/she should submi

44th FIDE World Chess Olympiad to be held in Chennai, India

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Congratulations and thank you to India for stepping in to host the 44th FIDE World Chess Olympiad at very short notice and with a commitment to do so in a unheard off time frame. Tentative dates are 26th July to 8th August 2022 https://www.hindustantimes.com/sports/others/india-wins-the-bid-to-host-fide-chess-olympiad-2022-101647419320417.html

Second Season of FIDE Chessable Academy Starts on Chessable Classroom

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The FIDE Chessable Academy, the initiative of Chessable, the world's leading chess E-learning platform, in partnership with FIDE, resumed on Saturday, 5 March 2022. The FIDE Trainers' Commission (TRG) initially implemented a three-year junior educational program in summer 2021, when 265 most talented and promising young players between the ages of 8 to 16, representing 100 national federations, attended the program from July till December 2021. The new semester will be held from March to May 2022. And it attracted even more talented young players. 415 participants from 88 countries will learn and improve their chess working with the strongest trainers, including grandmasters Mikhail Kobalia , R. B.Ramesh , Evgeniy Najer , Farrukh Amonatov , Yu Shaoteng , Mikhail Gurevich , Alexey Kuzmin , Nigel Short , Alonso Zapata , Ilya Smirin and many others.. The introductory classes were held today in 10 Groups in English, Russian and Spanish languages and featured FIDE Managing Direct

RIP Larry Edithso

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At 7.29 p.m. today I got a text from Samantha to say her dad had just passed away. Yes, I know he had gotten COVID-19 and was having a lot of the usual side effects but did not think he was seriously ill and would have recovered or would recover soon. How I regretted not giving him a call. Indonesia was still in strict lockdown, a COVID PCR test would only be possible be the next day and take 24 hours, flights were going to be difficult, and there would be significant paperwork involved. But a quick check on quarantine rules, even for the fully vaccinated indicated at least five days. So all thoughts of rushed travel became moot, and in fact quite pointless, so all I could say to Samantha was that your father was truly a brilliant man who simply loved you too much.

Is Singapore Really Open?

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Malaysia is finally opening up to visitors on 1 April 2022 but for some months now Thailand and even Singapore were beginning to either recognise they needed our tourism or were looking to finally accommodate us. Until very recently Thailand was still too difficult for me, and this whole concept of VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lanes), even when looking at Singapore, not only still demanding too much in necessary compliance, but is also just too prohibitively expensive, and really for very little to be able to do there if a visitor.  See: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process