The FIDE Trainers' Commmission (TRG) is pleased to announce the results of the FIDE Trainer 2008 Awards as approved by the Kallithea Halkidiki FIDE Congress 2009.
Botvinnik Medal (Men): Arshak Petrosian (Armenia)
Furman Medal (Women): Ye Jiangchuan (China)
Euwe Medal (Juniors): Adrian Mikhalchisin (Slovenia)
Boleslavsky Medal (Book - Build Up Your Chess Series): Artur Jussupow
Petrosian Medal (Special Achievement): Smbat Lputian (Armenia)
Hall of Fame: Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR)
The full story is of course at http://trainers.fide.com/.
I was part of the nomination commitee and am really pleased that I was able to ensure that Asia was represented in the process through Ye Jiangchuan being recognised for his work with Hou Yifan and previously with their first ever World Champion Xie Jun!
But his winning against tough competition from Yuri Razuvav who of course is the trainer of current World Champion Alexandria Kosteniuk was a very big bonus indeed!
Also, with Uwe Boensch, Director of the FIDE Trainer Academy in Berlin, we were able to share and recommend our positive experience with the excellent work of Artur Yusupov (listed above as Artur Jussupow) and that of Quality Chess books in general.
Of the others, Mikhail Botvinnik was always going to be our first Hall of Fame inductee and two back to back Olympic Gold Medals is impossible to beat for Arshak Petrosian!