Over the last few years, since the Arkady Dvorkovic led administration took the reins of fide leadership, it has been one developmental program after another for the African continent, which has been Africa Chess Media’s primary focus.
After seminars in different parts of Africa last year, the arbiters’ seminar and the chess in school’s instructor seminar comes to west Africa and Zone 4.2 (Fide Zones). These seminars are billed to help grow the administration of the sport, as well as the development of chess in school’s programs and projects that would aid growth and development across the west African region of the continent.
The arrival for the event is scheduled to be the 26th of this month of January, while the seminar trainings are scheduled to take place from the 27th of this month to the 30th. After the trainings, the exam for the various fide titles and certifications will hold on the 31st of this month, both for the arbiters and instructors.
At the end of these events, and the beginning of February, the Togo Chess Federation would play host to the Kirsan Rapid and Blitz Cup, which is another way of helping some of these players earn their expended funds back in the battle of the fittest.
For those who do not know, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was the former president of the world governing body for chess (Fide) and regarded as “The Dear One” when Africa is concerned. He was also instrumental in helping the Togo Chess Federation stand firm after their birth in the year 2012.
During this period of seminar, the Togo Chess Federation would also host a workshop on the benefits of chess to the general public, with a symposium on the 28th of January, as well as a workshop on the use of chess as a tool for the National Development Plan, which would help show the public another side to chess, which most do not immediately see.
The seminars will be held at the beautiful Alga Hotel in Lome, Togo and would cost a token 20 euro for participation in either of the seminars. IA/IO/FT/FL Bechir Messaoudi of Tunisia would be the lecturer of the seminars and he would be assisted by IA Fumey Enyonam Sewa, who is also the President of the Togo Chess Federation and the Fide Secretary General under the Arkady Dvorkovic led administration.
French would be the official language of the seminar, which would also be translated into English language for those who do not understand the French language. Successful completion of the seminar and passage of the examination would qualify participants for norms and titles of the Fide arbiter and the Fide Education Commission according to the regulations for titles of arbiters and school instructors.
As long as arbitration is concerned, there are four (4) categories of tournaments that arbiters are eligible to officiate in and this program would help anyone who participates to break into the next level.
The topmost class is the Category A, where only International Arbiters (IA) qualify to arbitrate. These are the World Championship matches, the Candidate tournament, etc
The next level is the Category B, which only International Arbiters are also allowed to officiate its events, but even with International Arbiters, there are levels, as there are levels with being a Grandmaster.
Categories C and D are those that allow for Fide Arbiters and International Arbiters to officiate and be chief arbiters
This training in Togo provides participants with the opportunity to enter into the Categories C and D respectively, and opens the door for much more possibilities in the arbitration branch of the African Chess Industry.
Why not join others to carve this niche for yourself and see where it takes you in the near future with much more tournaments being promoted on the continent!?