It was decided to provide trainer support to up to 30 teams participating in the Online Olympiad 2021, the main objective being to expose these developing countries to professional preparation of national teams.
Our criteria was to identify the worst placed teams at the Batumi Olympiad 2018 and combining the results of their men and women teams which qualified the teams below:
|Combined Open & Women Teams|
|3||Central African Republic||93||18||Bermuda||50|
|15||Sao Tome & Principe||55||30||Jordan||2|
We made a request for funding on 10th February 2021, and once the dates of the Online Olympiad was announced for 20th August to 15th September 2021, invitations were issued to these Federations on 18th July.
FEDERATION AND TRAINER MATCH MAKING
Unfortunately, only 13 teams accepted the invitation despite our further extending the deadline, and from these, Kenya later decided to opt out.
|8||Sao Tome & Principe|
At the same time 10 more teams not in the list also requested for trainer support, and because of the poor acceptance rate, with the agreement of FIDE Management, it was decided to reward their enthusiasm and include them and there are as follows:
Together with the invitations to Federations, we also invited all licenced trainers via our website with at least the FT or FI title and the IM or WGM title to apply.
After the deadline we then provided the Federations with a list of all applicants and asked them to make a three choices, with their preferences ranked 1, 2 and 3, to be assigned on a first come first serve basis:
|1||Gabon||IM Jaroslaw Krassowizkij|
|2||Lesotho||IM Watu Kobese|
|3||Sao Tome and Príncipe||GM Alonso Zapata|
|4||Bermuda||WGM Aleksandra Dimitrijevic|
|5||Djibouti||WGM Amina Mezioud|
|6||Ghana||GM Reinaldo Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo|
|7||Senegal||GM Slim Bouaziz|
|8||Cameroon||IM Daniel Cawdery|
|9||Sierra Leone||GM Dimitri Komarov|
|10||Rawanda||GM Alojzije Jankovic|
|11||Cyprus||IM Tadej Sakelsek|
|12||Burundi||WGM Mitra Hejazipour|
|13||Zambia||IM Rodwell Makoto|
|14||Uganda||IM Sequera Paolini, Jose Rafael|
|15||Laos||WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii|
|16||Jamaica||IM Juan Armando Rohl Montes|
|17||Mauritania||GM Amirreza Pourramezanali|
|18||Costa Rica||GM Bernal Gonzalez Acosta|
|19||Libya||IM Mokliss El Adnani|
|20||Eswatini||GM Valeri Gaprindashvili|
|21||Zimbabwe||IM Robert Kreisl|
|22||Gambia||IM Vishal Sareen|
A few requested trainers in specific languages.
THE TRAINER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The training was for 10 hours, five hours pre-event preparation and five hours post event review, but in many cases, the trainers did more.
Reports provided by the trainers together with their recommendations have both confirmed and provided fresh insights to the challenges of these Federations and will be reviewed together with management.
Feedback from all the Federations has also been unanimously positive and the program was very much appreciated.
We are of the opinion that the program was a great success for the following reasons:
- It is very important to assist less developed Federations when they are participating on a world stage and to expose them to professional trainers
- We were able to get a better understanding of their aspirations and also their needs
- For the first time we were able to have trainers of various levels successfully show their qualities and to make a difference to the teams they worked with
- In many ways we are better prepared for trainer support at the coming Moscow Olympiad