Thursday, 21 November 2019

Sami Khader's Asia Chess Academy in Amman, Jordan

It was unplanned and as last minute as it could get but it ended up to be a good idea to meet in Amman, Jordan instead of in Dubai and Al-Ain, UAE.

We did get the work we wanted to do done and I got the opportunity to visit Sami Khader's Asia Chess Academy.

Here we are competing to have the better Blues Brothers look but we are failing to even look like Chess Gangsters.

The academy is wonderfully situated, centrally located and very accessible, yet in a quiet area, and is one of the most children friendly I have seen.

I loved the energy and passion, and the kids showed great focus and determination whether playing or working on exercises. Sami is to be congratulated for creating this learning environment and the evidence is in the rapid improvement showed by students just after a year and would surely be very strong players in two or three years time.

Besides the main area, there were smaller rooms where smaller groups could work.

Yes, Russian books. Sami might claim to have Arabic as his first language but he also studied in the old Soviet Union.

Jordan lays claim to the best sweets in the Middle East and I think we have to concede that as fact.


Sadly I forgot to steal one of these before I left. 

Results of the FIDE Trainer Seminar in Johor Baru

Monday, 4 November 2019

Examiner in India

Arriving near midnight with the seminar starting the next morning and then after three days, immediately after rushing to the airport to catch the red eye home and feeling like shit the rest of the day was not my choice.

But with the two seminars organised concurrently with the World Youth Championships in Mumbai and the World Junior Championships in Delhi, the hotels were five star and as good as anyone had experienced in past events.

I was not involved with the Malaysians playing in both these events but they were simply outclassed, at best playing to their low seedings and quite uncompetitive ratings, which I suppose is both an indictment of their training and the selection process. 

FIDE Trainer Seminars In Mumbai and Delhi