By Arvind Aaron
The All India Chess Federation organised Orientation Workshop For Coaches attracted 56 players from 14 Indian states and was a big success. FIDE Trainer Peter Long who conducted the camp lectured before a virtual full house at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai on June 20. The opening day focus was on methods and approach to be used to train children, said AICF's Coaching Ordinator, K.Visweswaran of Chennai. Long was assisted by FIDE Instructor Praful Zaveri of Mumbai.
Notable among those who attended the workshop were Woman Grand Master and former World Under-18 girls champion Aarthie Ramaswamy, International Master Jayant Gokhale and M.R. Sangeetha. In the afternoon, a 90-minute test on tactics was conducted. After such Workshops, those who attend them can apply for Development Instructor (DI) , FIDE Instructor (FI) and National Instructor (NI). The focus this time will be on DI and NI titles said Visweswaran who is a FIDE Trainer himself. The workshop will be held on Sunday and Monday as well.
The AICF is actively pushing conduct of such workshops to ensure that the next generation of young Indian chess players will get the best training methods from the most qualified chess trainers.