Date: May 22 Venue: Zoom
Are you a moderately strong chess player? More importantly: someone with real ambitions to go for the top? Well, here’s a chance to do an online course with one of the best trainers in the world
GM Ivan Sokolov is a well-known Dutch Grandmaster, chess author, and coach, originally
from Yugoslavia. He attained the title of Youngest Grandmaster in the World at age 19,
way back in 1987. He was Yugoslav National Champion and later Dutch National
Champion in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He was also World Number 12 at several points
in his carrier, participating in several highbrow events and defeating several tops
Grandmasters in classical time control, inclusive of, but not limited to Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen, Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand,
Grandmaster Veselin Topalov, just retired Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik and the likes.
As a player, he won the European Clubs Championship a brilliant four (4) times, and he
participated in different Olympiads (picking up a Team Silver Medal with the Bosnia &
Herzegovina team in Moscow 1994). In the year 2000, he won the European Rapid and
Blitz Championship, and in 2009 he shared joint first position, in the classical edition of
the championship. In 2013, he won two (2) individual Gold medals at the European Team
Championship in Warsaw, Poland, while as a captain and coach, he went to the Olympiad
with two (2) teams.
THIS INITIATIVE IS A NOT FOR PROFIT PROGRAM.
GM Ivan Sokolov is a Fide Senior Trainer and the author of eleven (11) chess books from
2009 until 2018, and was the winner of FIDE Boleslavsky award for best chess book in
2018 with his book – Chigorin Bible. He currently works as the head coach of Iran where
he has helped develop young Iranian talents (GM Maghsoodloo Parham, GM Firouzja
Alireza, GM Tabatabaei Mamin and IM (WGM) Khademalsharieh Sarasadat), leading them
to win the Asian Continental Team Gold in all three categories (classical, rapid, and blitz)
in 2018. He speaks and writes fluent English, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and he has a
reasonable command of Russian and German languages. His coaching methods are based
on deep analysis of his student’s tournament games, as well as careful examination of
other factors, which includes: chess psychology, physical preparation, overall assessment
of student’s qualities as chess player, amongst others.
If we truly care about the development of the future of chess in Nigeria, this is the guy to
change the fate of Nigerian Chess and help us achieve the Grandmaster Title that has so
far eluded our players.