FI=FIDE Instructor / NI=National Instructor / DI=Developmental Instructor
In the weeks leading up to the seminar no less than 40 applications were received, though in terms of the FIDE Trainer seminar regulations only 25 and later a total of 30 (after negotiation) persons could be accommodated. Clearly there is a great need for more chess training seminars and CHESS SA and its relevant commissions should get to work to organize such on a regular basis. 3. Representation
Some 31 participants came from four countries of Africa which were: 4 persons from Namibia, including the President, Max Nitzborn, 4 persons from Zambia, 3 persons from Zimbabwe and the rest from SA. Unfortunately the two participants who applied from Ghana did not show. One participant, Charl Fourie, will be moving to Australia in a month or two. Of all the participants only two were women.
In terms of the SA Sport development requirement for racial equity and correcting the political imbalances of the past, it can be reported that about 50% of the participants were from PDI groups.
Development in this field, especially to recruit more female chess trainers, should become a priority. 4. Organization of Trainers in SA
Mrs Steenkamp, as chess developer, seized the opportunity to hear general complaints of trainers regarding trainers’ issues of an organizational nature and explain some structural and administrative practices in CHESS SA. Mr. Mark Lewis, member of the CHESS SA Commission for such matters and some other trainers in Gauteng undertook to get the trainers of SA to network and communicate more purposefully in future. 5. Special word of thanks.
To individuals that assisted, each in their own way – Entertainment of GM Grivas in the evenings: Brian Aitchison (Executive Director of CHESSA), Lynne van Rensburg (Gen Sec of CHESSA), Anton Goosen and Mark Lewis.
Johan Steenkamp assisted as “driver” for GM Grivas and setting up the seminar equipment and refreshment.
Elise Steenkamp – Local Organiser of the Seminar
July 2010 6. Photo Gallery
GM Grivas with his driver, Johan Steenkamp in
Kruger Street, Johannesburg 27 July 2010
GM Grivas, improvising in the wintry air of
Johannesburg, power failure forced the FIDE TRG Seminar to continue outside for an hour or two. 27 July 2010
GM Grivas and the students outside at the FIDE TRG Seminar, Johannesburg, July 2010
GM Grivas and the participants at the FIDE TRG Seminar at the SASCOC centre, July 2010
FIDE TRG Seminar at the SASCOC Centre in Johannesburg, July 2010