FIDE Trainers Seminar for FIDE Trainer Titles, Johannesburg, 26-29 July 2010 Print
Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:04
REPORT: FIDE Training Seminar 26-29 July 2010

Introduction

The FIDE Training Seminar was held as scheduled at the conference hall of SASCOC in Johannesburg, with the compliments of SASCOC and by the personal arrangement of the President of CHESS SA, Ms Emelia Ellapen.

I would like to thank the SASCOC receptionist Ms. Mbali Mazibuko, as well as assistants Bob and Madeira, who were all extremely helpful and assisted me often. Ms Mazibuko’s extra efforts in getting information for us and the hospitality in general of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) at the Olympic House on the premises in the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, Gauteng Province is deeply appreciated by CHESS South Africa and the participants of the FIDE Training Seminar.

Sponsors

Firstly CACDEC (development committee of FIDE) should be thanked for their most generous contribution to make the Training Seminar possible in SA.

Secondly the CHESS SA Development Fund contributed to make possible daily refreshment, meals and seminar printing expenses as well as helping out with the expenses of some individuals from our rural areas or townships that attended the seminar.

1. Presenter: GM Efstratios Grivas (Other FIDE titles FST, IA and IO)

We, the attendees, were indeed very honoured to sit at the feet of such a celebrated chess personality and esteemed master of all fields of chess and had the opportunity to absorb a lifetime of chess wisdom and share the wealth of his vast experience.

Undoubtedly every person that attended the seminar was inspired, enlightened and enriched and that will certainly show in the way each participant will implement their individual chess training in future.

GM Grivas was very professional in his presentation and, during an electricity power failure one morning he presented his usual fascinating chess lesson outside (in the open dry wintry air with a manually operated demonstration board) as expertly as he did inside the conference hall with a data projector.

The participants’ attendance was 100%, since nobody wanted to miss any session or even part of it. The seminar was conducted in a pleasant and friendly manner and an equally pleasant atmosphere prevailed amongst the participants.

2. Participants and titles awarded.

List of participants and titles awarded attached to the report.

Titles’ Award Table

N

Surname

Name

Birth

Country

FIDE ID

Award

1

Bornheim

Darren

26.06.1989

South Africa

14301857

NI

2

Bosch

Benjamin

14.05.1975

South Africa

 

DI

3

Buumba

Obrian

18.04.1987

Zambia

 

NI

4

Chileya

Bwalya

24.11.1957

Zambia

 

NI

5

Eichab

Charles Sidney

14.04.1979

Namibia

15200051

FI

6

Fourie

Charl Reinard

26.02.1970

Australia

 

DI

7

Frick

Jacques

05.09.1979

South Africa

 

NI

8

Gondwe

Kondwani Maxwell

21.08.1989

Zambia

 

NI

9

Goosen

Anton

22.06.1961

South Africa

14301709

FI

10

Katema

Patrick Tinashe

12.08.1988

Zimbabwe

11000473

NI

11

Lewis

Mark

18.08.1962

South Africa

14305674

FI

12

Makoto

Rodwell

02.08.1987

Zimbabwe

11000120

FI

13

Nakapunda

Otto Zandell

09.08.1975

Namibia

15200027

FI

14

Ncubuka

Jabu David

22.07.1965

South Africa

 

DI

15

Neethling

Donovan

11.10.1983

South Africa

 

NI

16

Nelson

Jaco

03.02.1978

South Africa

14300400

FI

17

Nene

Themba

04.10.1984

South Africa

 

NI

18

Nitzborn

Josef

07.03.1982

Namibia

15200132

NI

19

Nitzborn

Max Baron

15.01.1971

Namibia

 

FI

20

Petersen

Christopher William

23.12.1964

South Africa

 

NI

21

Phera

James

10.06.1951

South Africa

 

DI

22

Ristovic

Dmitar

17.07.1988

South Africa

 

NI

23

Rust

Keith Frederick

09.01.1958

South Africa

 

FI

24

Simutowe

Musatwe

09.02.1979

Zambia

8700389

FI

25

Steenkamp

Johan

28.01.1978

South Africa

14302926

FI

26

Takawira

Erick

28.07.1981

Zimbabwe

 

FI

27

Van Der Merwe

Marisa

28.03.1955

South Africa

 

NI

28

Willemse

Rudolph

17.07.1988

South Africa

 

NI

29

Wolpe

Clyde

04.05.1961

South Africa

 

FI


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

1

GM Grivas with his driver, Johan Steenkamp in Kruger Street, Johannesburg 27 July 2010

2

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

3

GM Grivas and the students outside at the FIDE TRG Seminar, Johannesburg, July 2010

 

4

GM Grivas and the participants at the FIDE TRG Seminar at the SASCOC centre, July 2010

 

5

FIDE TRG Seminar at the SASCOC Centre in Johannesburg, July 2010

 

 
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