Monday, 26 November 2007

Getting International Coaching Qualifications

During the 1st Masterskill ASEAN+ Youth Team Championships being held from 1-7 December 2007 in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, the ASEAN Chess Academy - Malaysia, together with MSSM (National Schools Sports Council) will be organising a National Instructor/Developmental Instructor Course.

To be held concurrently with the ASEAN+ Youth Teams, this seminar is targeted at teachers and is also suitable for those who wish to teach chess to children and is also the fulfilment of my promise to help others become internationally qualified chess coaches after I met the FIDE Trainer title requirements in December 2006 (I will be one of the two main trainer-examiners).

Among the topics of particular importance are: FIDE & The Role of Regional Chess Academies, Trainers' Certification, Benefits of Chess, Chess in Schools, Methods & Ideas in teaching Chess to Kids, Managing the Classroom: Challenges & Solutions, Teaching Beginners, Practical ways & techniques of teaching beginners, Methodology, tools, sources, Using/Creating lesson plans/preparing worksheets, Using the Internet/libraries in lesson preparation process, and Trainers' assets: Attitude, ethics, image, professionalism.

While the normal fee is USD 300, we are offering this program for just RM 800 (including sponsorship of the one-off FIDE registration and a 2 year licence of approximately RM 500 for those who pass).

MSSM has entered 16 teachers, one from every state and so only 4-8 places remain on a first come first serve basis.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Macau Was Host to a Simply Wonderful Asian Indoor Games Experience

Macau, China, was host to the 2nd Asian Indoor Games from 26 October to 3 November 2007 and I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Asian Chess Federation to one of the technical officials there.

It has been some time now since the event successfully concluded and from the 9 Gold medals on offer, India won 5 to be the deserving overall champions, China 3, and Qatar got 1, and if you don't know already, the games, results, etc. can still be found at the official websites: and

Between working 16 hour days from 23 October when I arrived and getting ready for the coming Masterskill ASEAN+ Youth Team Championships after returning home, I have had little time to dwelt on the wonderful time we all had at an almost perfectly organised games, yet, even if for a moment, I can only have the warmest feelings towards Macau, its people, MAIGOC and of course my colleagues from all over Asia who really pulled together to make it happen in the best possible way under sometimes fairly demanding circumstances.

Here I need to also put on record the hard work of the Macau Chess Federation led by their tireless President Jose Silveirinha whose team of volunteers (drawn from all walks of life!) delivered the bulletins daily, rapid chess and all!

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