FIDE Trainers' Commission 2nd Tele-Meeting (30.04.2009) Minutes & Decisions Print
Monday, 04 May 2009 09:05
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Before the start of the Tele-Meeting, the Chairman made the following statement:

"Dear colleagues, as FIDE is making order with arbiters, the same has to be done with the trainers and the Academies. We know well about serious activities in Berlin, Singapore and New York Academies. But for the others we have no information as they had no obvious activity and no serious trainers stuff.

So, our first step is to develop the common syllabus. Second we want to have yearly plans from Academies. We simply want to help them to operate efficiently. So, for not looking that some of them just wanted one time support from FIDE, but to continue operating. We will offer help to every Academy (of course except the first two, which have trainers and organizational power).

For South America we don’t have a serious base there, except the possibility of the Edami Academy, with the developed Internet training with Trainers’ Commission (TRG) syllabus. If I am not mistaken some Academies were created not for the TRG but for the CACDEC. Anyhow we must create common position on every issue in the Council of the TRG and then consult the General Secretary and only then propose to FIDE Presidential Board (PB)."

Also, the Chairman informed the Council that Honorary Chairman Yuri Razuvaev had a very difficult operation just a few days ago (cancer is suspected). The Council express his sorrow and hopes that everything will be fine again for the Honorary Chairman.

1. Academies & Seminars Syllabus: The Council prepared a guide on the Academies and Seminars unified syllabus project (see FIDE Trainer System – 01-TRG-Syllabus Guide), as well as a draft contract (see FIDE Trainer System – 02-TRG-FIDE Contract-Syllabus-Draft). The persons involved will be informed at once.

TRG believes that although this concept might create some problems as some people might not be fond of it (various opinions and preferences) it is essential to go on, as this is the only way to stop the training chaos all over the world and the Academies in general. See also the Doha 2005 FIDE decisions on this subject (see FIDE Trainer System - 03-TRG-Doha Decisions 2005) and the answer of the Treasurer (see FIDE Trainer System - 04-TRG-Freeman Response).

2. FIDE Trainers' Seminars 2009: The Council was informed about the following Seminars. Directors of Academies/Seminars must fill up the draft forms (applications) and send them to TRG for final approval:

1 Kenya (10.05-17.05.2009). Mikhalchishin Adrian (SLO) & Grivas Efstratios (GRE)

2 Sulaymainyah, Iraq (27.05-01.06.2009). Long Peter (MAS) & Hassan Khaled (EGY)

3 Berlin, Germany (25.06-30.06.2009). Boensch Uwe (GER)

4 Indianapolis, USA (05.08-07.08.2009). Khodarkovsky Michael (USA)

5 Switzerland (07.08-12.08.2009). Boensch Uwe (GER) & Grivas Efstratios (GRE)

6 Puerto Rico (00.00-00.00.2009). Zapata Alonso (COL)

It is reminded that the Academies should contact and cooperate with TRG Webmaster Mr. Peter Long, as early as it is possible, in order to create the needed publicity for their Seminars.

As for the Iraq Seminar, it should be noted that there will be an exception on what concerns the Teachers. As there is no FST available, the TRG nominated FT Mr. Peter Long and Mr. Hassan Khaled to run it. Mr. Long will prepare the drafts programs and send them to Iraq federation for further procedures and post them in our Website (see FIDE Trainer System - 05-TRG-Iraq Seminar Program).

Also, you can observe the e-mails concerning the Academies debts (see Regional Academies – 06-TRG-Academies Debts).

Finally, the e-mails exchanges with the Puerto Rico Chess Federation are included (see FIDE Trainer System – 07-TRG-Puerto Rico Seminar 1 & 2).

3. The need for the FIDE Trainers Titles: The Council strongly believes that the trainers are the responsibility of the TRG and not of any other FIDE Commission. As it comes the views of TRG should be strongly taking into account by the PB. If FIDE wants to support this case, radical decisions should be on the agenda.

So, starting on 01.01.2011, the following should be applied:

3.1. No trainer will be offered free board & lodging in Olympiads, European, Pan-American, and Asian National Team Championship, and World and European Youth Individual Championships, if they do not hold the titles either of FIDE Senior Trainer or FIDE Trainer or FIDE Instructor.

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3.1 No trainer will be offered access in the official playing hall in Olympiads, European, Pan-American, and Asian National Team Championship, and World and European Youth Individual Championships, if they do not hold the titles either of FIDE Senior Trainer or FIDE Trainer or FIDE Instructor.

3.2 When organizing Seminars for National Instructor and Developmental Instructor, it could be possible that it will be conducted by FIDE Trainer or FIDE Instructor Teachers. But it has to be approved in advance (at least one month) by the TRG Board.

3.3 Any certificated and licensed trainer should receive from FIDE (any time he is awarded the title or re-licensed):

3.3.1 A FIDE Diploma.

3.3.2 A FIDE Budge.

3.3.3 A FIDE ID-Card.

3.3.4 A FIDE Trainers' Manual.

3.3.5 Five sticky labels certifications.

3.3.6 A T-shirt with name and title written on.

3.3.7 A 50% discount on the Insurance Company BJD.

We are on the opinion that a slight increase of 15-20 euros on the licensed fee should be approved.

4. Cooperation with CACDEC: The Council is awaiting proposals for cooperation with CACDEC. As the TRG strongly believes that the Trainers are the backbone of FIDE development (as this is coming out by the explored need of training and education worldwide) it is ready to help in any direction is asked for, by the Secretary or CACDEC.

5. Guideline for Academies Endorsement: The Council strongly believes that a cooperating Academy should meet the following requirements, in order to join the FIDE and TRG Academies' nomination:

5.1 Cooperating in harmony.

5.2 Following FIDE & TRG proposed guides.

5.3 Following the unanimous "FIDE Trainers' Manual".

5.4 Cooperating with FST-Teachers, approved by the TRG.

5.5 Providing the needed info for TRG Archives and Website.

TRG announces the official list of FIDE Academies as known by various FIDE sources:

1 Germany - Berlin (FIDE Trainer Academy). Boench, Uwe

2 USA - New York (American Chess University). Khodarkovsky, Michael.

3 Singapore - Singapore. (ASEAN Chess Academy). Petronic, Jovan.

4 Libya

5 Georgia

6 Trinidad & Tobago

7 India - Chennai (FIDE India Chess Academy). D.V. Sundar

8 Spain - Barcelona (Edami). Illescas, Miguel

It is reminded that according to FIDE decisions it cannot be more than three Academies per continent. Now we have three from Europe, two from Americas and Asia and one from Africa. The first six have been received, India is pending a budget submission and Spain is pending an approval by the PB.

The Council expresses the opinion that the three first are well-known operating Academies and have offered a lot. But for the next three not many things are known between the members of the Council and more info would be welcome by FIDE.

The TRG wishes to propose to PB to change the rule for Europe to four Academies, reserving a spot for a future approval of the Moscow Academy.

6. Role of Captains: The TRG Council wants to improve the level of the captains with the idea that by this action the general level of training and preparation of the teams will be improved. And we as FIDE body we have the obligation to be sure that accompanying person is really useful for the team.

With the new point-system every game of the match is really a part of the team. And especially, players in time-trouble do not know the situation in the match. Captains' function is to inform them what is going on in the match at the certain moment or generally when it is asked.

We think that captains can advice a player to offer or to accept a draw, after the 30-move rule. But captains will not be allowed to fix the results of the matches in anyway. Or even worse; captains cannot be punished for telling to the player to resign the game. As we understand it is now according to the current rules, if we are not mistaken! There are many different problems with the ideal captain feature. We think that the ideal captain has to have 10% of arbiter skills, 10% of psychologist skills, 20% of organizer skills and 60% of chess skills.

7. Evaluation of Educational Computer Programmes: The Council announces that it will work on the evaluation of educational computer programmes for beginners (1, 2 and 3 years of education). Dead-line for applications will be on May 31st, 2009 and the Committee to work on this subject will consist of Uwe Boensch (Chairman), Miguel Illescas, Arshak Petrosian, Anatoly Bykhovsky and Peter Long (Members) (see earlier announcement on front page).

8. Budget 2009: The Council believes that in general it will be approved. Still you have to note the kind answer of Mr. Nigel Freeman, Treasurer of FIDE (see again FIDE Trainer System – 04-TRG-Freeman Response and 09-TRG-Website Budget).

9. FIDE Trainers Awards - Update: Some specific rules and general updates are described in Announcements & Hall of Fame - 10-TRG-FIDE Trainer Awards-Grabinsky 1 & 2, 11-TRG-FIDE Trainer Awards-USA and 12-TRG-FIDE Trainer Awards-Nominations.

All the Council's decisions/proposals will come in force after the next Presidential Board's approval.

The Chairman Adrian Mikhailchisin
The Secretary Efstratios Grivas
Member Uwe Boensch
Member Peter Long
Member Michael Khodarkovsky

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