FIDE Trainer Online Seminar Dec 11-13 | Mechanics' Institute

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FIDE Trainer Online Seminar Dec 11-13

Friday, December 11, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020


Organized by the Mechanics Institute together with the support of the US Chess Federation and the International Chess Federation’s Trainers Commission


Results have been posted for the FIDE Trainers Seminar:


Schedule and Program: All Times PST (UTC-8)




Friday 11-Dec-20




1. Introductions, FIDE, TRG and the Trainers System

2.  Role of the Trainer, Fair Play in Chess.

FST & GM Melikset Khachiyan

NI Abel Talamantez

Dr. Judit Sztaray


3. Psychological Issues

WIM Dr. Alexey Root

Saturday 12-Dec-20




4. Different Levels of Training

5. Means of Improvements 

FST & GM Dejan Bojkov 


6. Basic Open Principles, Opening Repertoire/Preparation  

FST & GM Melikset Khachiyan


7. Study of Classical Games, Strategic Patterns      

FST & IM John Donaldson

Sunday 13-Dec-20




8. Analyzing Own Games    

FST & GM Jacob Aagaard


9. Basic Endgame Principles, Endgame Training

FST & GM Jacob Aagaard


10. Tactics Training, Training of Calculation

FST & GM Melikset Khachiyan


11. Written Exam




Virtual via Zoom – zoom meeting ID and password information will be distributed among the registered



Anyone interested may take the seminar. No rating and title requirement for the seminar.
Final title awarded will be based on the five(5) items listed below


Registration deadline: December 10nd 2020

  • 285 USD registration fee (course & exam fee)
  • additional cost of title fee will be collected per current financial regulation according to the FIDE Handbook.
  • Payment will be collected at the time of the registration, and major credit or debit cards are accepted.
  • Registration platform is Jumbula. 



  • FST & GM Melikset Khachiyan
  • FST & GM Jacob Aagaard
  • FST & GM Dejan Bojkov
  • FST & IM John Donaldson
  • FT & IM Kostya Kavutsiky
  • WIM Dr. Alexey Root
  • NI & FA Abel Talamantez
  • FA Dr. Judit Sztaray 


Seminar Language

English Closed captioning is available with prior request.



Reminder on the Exam and Evaluation:

Up to four titles will be awarded at seminars with the scoring broken down as follows:

  1. FIDE Rating or Equivalent (20%). This is your highest ever FIDE rating to take into account the playing level which is normally a pre-requisite for training at higher levels.
  2. Overall Student Results (30%). This is based on level of participation, high placings in the same competitions, and consistently achieving this.
  3. Experience / Special Achievements (20%). This measures the time working as a trainer needed to do the work professionally and also to recognize extra-ordinary contributions.
  4. Trainer & Related Professional Skills (10%.) This includes work in publishing and writing, organizing, teaching in various contexts, etc.
  5. Written Exam (20%). This is designed to confirm the both the typical qualities and knowledge of a trainer and understanding of what was taught at the seminar.

Based on 1,000 points scoring, the award of a FIDE Trainer title requires a score of 800, FIDE Instructor a score of 600, National Instructor a score of 400 and a Developmental Instructor a score of 200.

The examiners are given up to a 50 points discretion for possible title upgrades on a case by case basis under exceptional circumstances.

Scoring by the examiners will take up to two weeks with the results published on TRG website after review by both the Exam Panel and the TRG Council.

Results are final and also interim as are subject to approval by the FIDE Council at its quarterly meeting and any appeal submitted to the TRG Secretary will be a report for their decision.