FIDE Trainers Seminar in Melbourne

FIDE Trainers Seminar in Melbourne

Chess Victoria, with support from Australian Chess Federation, plans to organise a FIDE Trainers’ Seminar in Melbourne to raise the standard of chess coaching in Australia.

This is a very good opportunity to obtain a recognised FIDE trainer title at a much lower cost because the next nearest place to attend such a seminar is either in Singapore or the Philippines. Imagine the airfare and accommodation costs and the time involved.

Chess Victoria is seeking expression of interest from anyone who is interested in such a seminar. This includes not only Victorians but also inter-state and overseas participants (e.g. New Zealand and Oceania).

If you are interested, please e-mail your interest to me at nywong@iprimus.com.au.

Many thanks.

Cheers.
N Y Wong
Chess Victoria Event Co-ordinator for FIDE Trainers Seminar

The details of the proposed seminar are as follows:

1. Objective: To educate and certify Trainers and Chess-Teachers on an international basis. This FIDE Trainers’ Seminar for FIDE Trainer Titles Diploma is approved by FIDE and the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG). The seminar is co-organised by the FIDE, the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) and Chess Victoria (with support from the Australian Chess Federation).

2. Dates: 
To reduce the cost of accommodation for both the lecturer and participants, the plan is to reduce the number of days from the usual 6 days to 4 days and increase the number of hours per day from 6 hours to 8 hours. In addition, to reduce the need to apply for more annual leave, instead of having it usually from Monday to Thursday, the plan is to start on a Saturday and finish on a Tuesday. 

Hence, the proposed dates are from Saturday 28th September to Tuesday 1st October 2013, which is during the school holidays.

3. Location: Melbourne, Australia.

4. Participants - Qualification / Professional Skills Requirements:

FIDE/TRG will award the following titles, according to the approved TRG Guide:

1.2. Titles’ Descriptions / Requirements / Awards:

1.2.2. FIDE Trainer (FT)

1.2.2.1. Scope / Mission:
a. Boost international level players in achieving playing strengths of up to FIDE ELO rating 2450.
b. National examiner.

1.2.2.2. Qualification / Professional Skills Requirements: 
a. Proof of national trainer education and recommendation for participation by the national federation.
b. Proof of at least 5 years activity as a trainer.
c. Achieved a career top FIDE ELO rating of 2300 (strength).
d. TRG seminar norm.

1.2.2.3. Title Award:
a. By successful participation in a TRG Seminar.
b. By failing to achieve the FST title (rejected application). 

1.2.3. FIDE Instructor (FI)

1.2.3.1. Scope / Mission:
a. Raised the competitive standard of national youth players to an international level.
b. National examiner.
c. Trained players with rating below 2000.

1.2.3.2. Qualification / Professional Skills Requirements: 
a. Proof of national trainer education and recommendation for participation by the national federation.
b. Proof of at least 2 years activity as a trainer.
c. Achieved a career top FIDE or national ELO rating of 2000 (strength).
d. TRG seminar norm.

1.2.3.3. Title Award:
a. By successful participation in a TRG Seminar.

1.2.4. National Instructor (NI)

1.2.4.1. Scope / Mission:
a. Raised the level of competitive chess players to a national level standard.
b. Instructed/trained players with rating up to 1700.
c. School teacher.

1.2.4.2. Qualification / Professional Skills Requirements:
a. Minimum two years experience as Developmental Instructor (level).
b. Achieved a career top FIDE or national ELO rating of 1700 (strength).
c. Trainees have a minimum top-10 placing in recognized national level competitions.
d. TRG seminar norm.

1.2.4.3. Title Award:
a. By successful participation in a TRG Seminar.

1.2.5. Developmental Instructor (DI)

1.2.5.1. Scope / Mission:
a. Spread the love for chess among children and methodically bring them to a competitive level.
b. Instructor for beginners, elementary, intermediate and recreational level players.
c. School teacher.

1.2.5.2. Qualification / Professional Skills Requirements:
a. Knows the FIDE Laws of Chess (Basic Rules of Play and Competition Rules).
b. Achieved a career top FIDE or national ELO rating of 1400 (strength).
c. TRG seminar norm.

1.2.5.3. Title Award:
a. By successful participation in a TRG Seminar.

5. Number of Participants: Maximum of 30 participants based on first-come first-serve basis. Based on previous seminars, it is possible to include a few more. The more participants we get, the lower will be the cost per participant.

6. Order of Events: 
Saturday 28 September Day 1 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 (8hrs)
Sunday   29 September Day 2 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 (8hrs)
Monday   30 September Day 3 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 (8hrs)
Tuesday  01 October   Day 4 09:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:00 (6hrs)


7. Lectures / Exercises: The FIDE Trainers Seminar will take-up 30 hours. The lectures will be conducted in the English language and a lesson hour equals to 45 minutes. A projector and a microphone will be in use during the lectures. 

8. Trainer Certificate / Diploma:

1.3. Procedures / Financial:

a. After successful graduation from the seminar course, each participant will receive a participation certificate signed by the Lecturers / Seminar Leaders.
b. After the detailed report submission by the Lecturers / Seminar Leaders to TRG, the latter will submit the title applications/proposals to FIDE for approval by an official body (PB, EB or GA).
c. Following approval, the trainer will receive the official diploma and badge (the badge shall include the photograph of the trainer and the licence validity) from FIDE, if the following conditions are fulfilled:

c1. Requirements (Qualification) for each title as described above.
c2. Diploma of the successful participation in the FIDE Trainer Seminar (except for FST).
c3. Written examinations (except for FST).
c4. Payments of FIDE fees (participation and titles), according to the following table:

Title Awarded           : One-time fee: Licence fee (valid for 4 years)
FIDE Trainer            : 200 Euros   : 120 Euros
FIDE Instructor         : 100 Euros   : 60 Euros
National Instructor     : 50 Euros    : 30 Euros
Developmental Instructor: 50 Euros    : 30 Euros

d. The FIDE fee for a participant to a TRG seminar is 100 euros and it must be paid to the affiliated federation/body, co-organizer of the Seminar. The affiliated federation/body, co-organizer will be invoiced by FIDE for the total amount of the participants’ fees.
e. It is allowed for a participant to pay his Title Fee in advance to the affiliated federation/body co-organizer or to FIDE directly. In this case he/she must inform FIDE in writing of this action. In the case that his/her title fails to be approved by FIDE, the Title Fee is not refundable.
f. A titled Trainer will be charged a ‘Licence Fee’ after two calendar years have passed since the title was awarded. Each licence will be valid for four (4) years. (ex) World Champions and the FST of the 2004 Direct Approval (founders) are exempt from these licence regulations. Failing to fulfil the licence’s obligations will lead to a suspension from the trainers’ titles lists.
g. English is the official language for communication and applications between TRG and Trainers.

9. Costs: The costs will depend on the number of participants. Chess Victoria is not seeking to make a profit. But we need to cover the cost of the lecturer, his travel cost and board and lodging, venue, printing of training material and other logistic. The cost will include a book (TRG Syllabus) containing all the lectures which will be distributed for free among the registered participants.

To be advised

10. Enrolment: To be advised.

11. Board and Lodging: Participants from inter-state and overseas have to make their own arrangement.

12. Lecturers: To be advised. We are in discussion with the prospective approved lecturers. The lectures were prepared by TRG members. 

13. Seminar Plan: The detailed plan of lectures / examinations will be as follows:
Day 1:
09:00-09:45 : FIDE Trainers Commission (TRG)
10:00-10:45 : TRG – A Look at the Past; Trainers’ Ranking / FIDE Guide
11:00-11:45 : Physical and Psychological Factors & Nutritional Practices of GMs
12:00-12:45 : Differences Between Boys and Girls in Chess & Nature or Nurture
Lunch
14:00-14:45 : Chess Literature & Trainers’ Common Mistakes
15:00-15:45 : Getting to Know Ourselves; Building a Repertoire; Middlegame & Endgame Theory
16:00-16:45 : The Role of Classics & Working with Classical Games
17:00-17:45 : Chess Intuition & Technique of Analysis

Day 2:
09:00-09:45 : Basic / Typical Plans
10:00-10:45 : Bishop vs Knight / Knight vs Bishop
11:00-11:45 : The Role of Prophylactic Thinking; Principles of Opening Play
12:00-12:45 : Attacking the King
Lunch
14:00-14:45 : Open File / Semi-Open File & Outpost
15:00-15:45 : Rook vs Minor Piece & Won Positions / Lost Positions
16:00-16:45 : The Bishop-pair
17:00-17:45 : The Isolated Pawn

Day 3:
09:00-09:45 : Doubled Pawns
10:00-10:45 : Backward Pawn
11:00-11:45 : Hanging Pawns
12:00-12:45 : Passed Pawn
Lunch
14:00-14:45 : Pawn Majority / Pawn Minority
15:00-15:45 : The Exchange Sacrifice
16:00-16:45 : The Positional Sacrifice
17:00-17:45 : The Golden Rules of the Endgame & How to Think in Endgames

Day 4:
09:00-09:45 : Pawn Endings
10:00-10:45 : Queen Endings; Mixed Endings
11:00-11:45 : Rook Endings
12:00-12:45 : Bishop Endings; Knight Endings 
Lunch
14:00-16:00 : Examinations

14. Information/Registration: 
Please register your interest with:
Chess Victoria Event Coordinator N Y Wong 
e-mail: nywong@iprimus.com.au
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