24-30 December 2008.
Beautiful Al Ain, the second city in Abu Dhabi and garden oasis of the United Arab Emirates saw its first ever FIDE Trainer Seminar and is the third in Asia outside of Singapore following India and Vietnam.
Held in conjunction with the inaugural Asia Club Cup, and organized by the Asia Chess Confederation with endorsement by the FIDE Regional Academy for Asia, the seminar attracted a record number of participants and was very ably led by FIDE Senior Trainer and Grandmaster Adrian Mihalcisin of Ukraine who was well supported by his former student and now colleague FIDE Senior Trainer and Grandmaster Gorg Mohr of Slovenia.
Despite the short daily program necessitated by the ongoing Asia Club Cup, a very comprehensive and valuable training was delivered and universally well received and of great benefit to even the most experienced trainers attending.
Topics covered included:
· DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN CHESS AND THE ROLE OF PROPHYLACTIC THINKING
· HOW TO TEACH OPENINGS
· ROLE OF THE ENDGAME IN CHESS
· TECHNIQUE IN ENDINGS
· PLANNING IN CHESS
· THE POSITION EVALUATION'S, ELEMENTS
· TACTICAL ELEMENTS
· RULES OF CALCULATION
· TRAINERS WORKSHOP
Mihalcisin, who is also Vice Chairman of the FIDE Trainers Committee, in particular emphasized the role of the classics in training – especially valuable for young players - and stressed the importance of identifying and eliminating mistakes through analysis of a student's games.
*The award of the FIDE Trainer is provisional for now and candidates are reminded to send a copy of their lesson in a month's time to