Off to Iraq soon... and staying in Kurd territory (which is not supposed to be a war zone!).


FIDE International Seminar for Coaches

Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

27 May – 1 June 2009

The Iraqi Chess Federation (ICF), supported by the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), and under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), invites participants to the FIDE International Seminar for Trainers in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

In this program, four Titles can be achieved; FIDE Trainer, FIDE Instructor, National Instructor and Developmental Instructor, depending on the results of the examination and also the applicant’s stature as a player, trainer etc.

The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG), is pleased to nominate Mr. Peter Long (MAS) and Mr. Hassan Khaled (EGY), FIDE Trainers, to conduct the course and the examination in English and Arabic...

Schedule & Program

May 27 (Day 1)

1100-1400: Introduction: FIDE & Trainers’ Commission (TRG), Regional Academies, FIDE Trainer System, Roles & Types of Trainers, Introductions by Participants, Seminar Program & Lecturer Expectations

1600-2000: Tactics: Checkmate Patterns, Tactics & Combinations, Strategy of Attack on the King. EXAM: (Checking Level of Tactical Ability)

May 28 (Day 2)

1100-1400: Scholastic Chess: The Benefits of Chess, Teaching Beginners, How to Implement Chess in Schools Programs

1600-2000: The Most Important Theoretical Endgames: EXAM: (Checking Basic Endgame Knowledge)

May 29 (Day3)

1100-1400: Principles of Opening Play: How to Teach Openings EXAM: (Knowledge of Open Game Fundamentals)

1600-2000: Classics: Teaching Positional Elements through Working with Classical Games

May 30 (Day 4)

1100-1400: Decision Making: Positional Judgement, Planning & Middlegame Strategy

1600-2000: Calculation

May 31 (Day 5)

1100-1400: Trainers’ Workshop: Conducting a Lesson, Using Computers & the Internet

1600-2000: Playing Strength Assessment/FIDE Trainer Candidate Presentations

June 1 (Day 6)

0900-1300: Summary & Results

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