Tadej Sakelsek, chess internation master (IM), FIDE trainer (FT)
Tadej Sakelešek was born 1986 in Maribor. He started to play chess at the age of 8. Soon after hebegan to attend a chess school in a local chess club ZSK Maribor. At the age of 14 he became a Slovenian junior champion U20. In 2004 he became Slovenian men champion. He represented Slovenia in 2 chess Olympiads (Bled 2002 and Calvia 2004).
He started to work as a chess coach back in 2005 in a local chess club. After that he was cooperating with the Slovenian chess federation and Maribor chess company Šahohlačnik. He was an official coach in many World and European youth chess championships. Between 2013 and 2018 he worked as a head coach in Al Ain chess club (United Arab Emirates). During 2018 and 2020 he was closely cooperating with the European chess Academy Maribor and in 2020 he became its director.
Adrian Bohdanovich Mikhalchishin is renownes former Ukranian and Soviet junior chess champion, chess trainer, theoretican and writer. He was born in Lvov, Ukraine, in 1954. In 1995 he took Slovenian citizenship.Grandmaster from 1978, FIDE Senior Trainer from 2002. Chairman of FIDE Trainers Commission (2009 – present), ECU presidential board member (from 2014).
Trainer of many famous chess players: Anatoliy Karpov (1980 – 86), Maja Chiburdanidze (1978), Alexandr Beliavsky (1986 – 95), Vasily Ivanchuk (1990), Polgar sisters (1992 – 1994), Alisa Marić (1994 – 2000), Zhaoqin Peng (2002 – 2007), Richard Rapport (2010), Arkady Najdich (2005 – 06) among the others.Trainer of the club Agrouniverzal Belgrade, three times European Woman Club Champion (1993, 1997, 1999). Captain and trainer of Soviet Union (1989- 90), Slovenia (1998 – 2003), Netherlands (2003 – 2007), Turkey (2007 – present).
FIDE Senior Trainer and lecturer from 2002. He conducted many trainer seminars in more than 15 countries over the World.He wrote more than 20 chess books, translated in many languages.
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