India got 19 FIDE Licensed Chess Trainers!

May 27, 2008, 6:25 PM |
Recently the FIDE Trainer and Instructor Courses was held in India for the first time at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on May 1. Among the 19 chess trainers who came from all over India, four got FIDE Chess Trainer title, seven obtained the FIDE Chess Instructor title, three received the National Chess Instructor and five took the Development Chess Instructor title.
Few months back, there were just 2-3 Indian names in the FIDE approved Chess Instructors list, which was really very surprising and disappointing. In the last year, LatestChess published an article on FIDE's Chess Trainers course with all the details of the training program to encourage chess coaches to attend FIDE's chess training programs.

The courses was conducted by International Master Jovan Petronic of Serbia and FIDE Master Peter Long of Malaysia. Petronic is one of the world's senior trainers having trained four Yugoslav World Chess Olympiad teams. Peter Long is a former Malaysian champion.

Inauguration of FIDE Trainer and Instructor Course in Chennai

Titles given were based on the training capacity of the trainees and also the strength of the players they have trained thus far. A series of tests, some of them comparing to the competitive examinations were held. They were grilled with 243 position to solve in 120 minutes which came to about 45 seconds per problem solving.

International Masters Neeraj Mishra (Jha), G.B. Joshi (Del), FIDE Master V. Hariharan (TN) and K. Visweswaran (TN) received the more prestigious FIDE Trainer title. Woman International Masters Saheli Barua (Ben) and Mrunalinee Kunte (Mah) K. Muralimohan (TN), Prasenjit Dutta (Del), V. Ravichandran (TN), Santanu Lahiri (Ben) and Prasad P Deshmukh (Mah) received the FIDE Instructor titles.

During the Chair auction - Topalov, Violeta Sechkova and Ivo Krastev

IM Jovan Petronic

"On arrival at Chennai, India, the country where chess was born, my second dream was complete," said Jovan Petronic. His first dream was to meet Robert James Fischer which he said happened during the second Fischer-Spassky match near Belgrade.

The chief trainer Jovan Petronic of Belgrade, Serbia said he is here to check the training skills of the trainees and assess their ability through tests and has not come to see their chess playing skills. Petronic said the organisation is of high standards and he is enjoying his first visit to India very much despite the warm temperature of Chennai.

When asked at which age a child should start playing chess, Petronic said there is no fixed age and he would like to teach his son chess at the age of four. He said clubs in Europe take kids into academies when they learn to write. He believed that chess could be taught before they go to school.

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