FIDE Trainers’ Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sophian A. 31st May 2018 Event


The Malaysian Chess Federation, the FIDE Trainers’ Commission, the National Scholastic Chess Academy and the Kelab Catur Sungai Siput under the auspices of FIDE will be organizing a FIDE Trainers’ Seminar from 5th to 7th July 2018.

The three days seminar will be held:

Sakura's room,
International Youth Center,
4, Jalan Yaacob Latif,
Bandar Tun Razak,
56000 Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone: +6 03 9171 9204


For accommodation, please contact Ms Nana +60172215212 (mobile) or +60391719204 (office), International Youth Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

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Trainer Certificate / Diploma

After successful graduation from the seminar course, each participant will receive a participation certificate signed by the Lecturers/Seminar Leaders.

After the detailed report submission by the Lecturers/Seminar Leaders to TRG, the latter will submit the title applications /proposals to FIDE for approval by an official body (PB, EB or GA).

Following approval, the trainer will receive the official diploma and badge (the badge shall include the photograph of the trainer and the licence validity) from FIDE, if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  1. Requirements (Qualification) for each title as described above.
  2. Diploma of the successful participation in the FIDE Trainer Seminar (except for FST).
  3. Written examinations for all titles except for FST.
  4. Payments of FIDE fees.

Programme / Syllabus

5th July (5:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Welcome Speech
Fédération Internationale des Échecs
FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG)
FIDE World Championship
Trainers’ Ranking / Titles
Physical and Psychological Factors
Chess ‘Talent’
Differences Between Boys and Girls in Chess
Females’ Training
Trainers’ Common Mistakes
Getting to Know Ourselves
Building a Repertoire
Middlegame & Endgame Theory
6th July (5:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
The Role of Classics
Working with Classical Games
Chess Intuition
How to Teach Beginners (Psychology)
Chess Steps
Teaching Mistakes
Children's Mistakes
Trainers’ Obligations & Mistakes
Educational Benefits of Chess
Teaching Methods & Class Organisation
Pedagogy - Piaget, Gardner & Holt
Performance Anxiety & Error
Solving Pedagogical Problem Situations
How to Organise a Chess Club & Tournament
7th July (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
How to Teach Strategy
How to Teach Tactics
How to Teach Endgames
Advanced Endgame Technique
Written Examination
Award of the Certificates


Seminar's fee is USD350 (RM1400)

Payments of FIDE fees will be according to the following table:

Title Awarded Title Award
Licence Fee
(valid for 4 years)
FIDE Senior Trainer 300 Euros 180 Euros
FIDE Trainer 200 Euros 120 Euros
FIDE Instructor 100 Euros 60 Euros
National Instructor 50 Euros 30 Euros
Developmental Instructor 50 Euros 30 Euros

The Lecturer

Efstratios Grivas is a FIDE Senior Trainer and International Grandmaster of Greece. His peak rating was 2528 in which today equivalence to 2630-40 (according to the unofficial inflation tables). Grivas is also the Secretary of FIDE Trainers’ Commission.

His work in this field includes more than 12,000 hours of training from the juniors to the top class players with the titles of GM and IM.

From 1984 to this day Grivas has written 95 chess books, essays, studies and DVDs in Greek, Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian and Turkish languages, that are used as the basis for the chess improvement of hundreds of young chess players.

Grivas was awarded the Boleslavsky Medal (best author) for 2009 and 2015.

FIDE Senior Trainer GM Efstratios Grivas

Playing career

From 1982 until 1999, Grivas represented Greece 186 times (12 in the National Junior Team and 174 in the National Men’s Team), having participated in eight Olympiads, three European Team Chess Championships, and twelve Balkaniads.

His greatest success was winning the Silver Individual Medal (on 3rd board) at the 33rd Chess Olympiad in 1998. Other important successes were the Gold Individual Medal (on the 3rd board) at the European Team Championship in 1989, 4th place at the World Junior Chess Championship in 1985, 1st place at the 1987 Munich international tournament (320 participants), 11th individual place (on the 4th board) at the 32nd Chess Olympiad in 1996, qualification of his club (OAA “Iraklion”) to Europe’s best 16 clubs in 1997 (European Club Cup).

He scored the following at international tournaments: 3rd in Paris 1982, 1st in Cap d'Agde 1983, 2nd in Karditsa 1984, 3rd in Bucharest 1984, 2nd in Strasbourg 1985, 2nd in Munich 1986, 3rd in Xanthi 1991, 2nd in Gausdal 1993, 3rd in Reykjavík 1994, 2nd in Limassol 1997, 1st in Hellexpo-Sportexpo 2001.

Regulations / Application


For more detailed information:
Contact: Kelab Catur Sungai Siput

Abu Bakar Martin: +60 18 664 0108
Sophian A.Yusuf: +60 11 3950 5981
FM Sumant Subramaniam: +60 16 440 7963
GM Efstratios Grivas:

Registration shall be addressed to: