You don’t necessarily need a reason, like a jubilee, for conduction a seminar. In times of dwindling member numbers, a seminar is a good activity in terms of player retention.
It can be also used as a method to attract new members. You can target candidates through invites.
Only a suggestion: It could make sense for two or three smaller clubs to team up, in order to spread the costs.
Of course, the good old times of the demo board are over long ago. Already 15 years ago I switched to the data projector.
Every participant receives the material in digital form (ChessBase- or pgn data, Word), which allows for an efficient postprocessing of the information.
I can look back to more than 30 years of experience in chess teaching.
My first seminar was conducted in 1996 for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. This was followed by a 10 year period of conducting closed and open (in over 10 German locations) seminars. For professional reasons, I had to completely retire from chess in 2005. But now, the show goes on.
If have plans for a variety of opening and middlegame seminars, as well as for methodical seminars of comprehensive nature. Here, the opening line:
- Sicilian Four Knights (available)
- Anti-aggressive side lines (Grandprix Attack with 2.f4 and 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4, Tiviakov variation 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5, Morra Gambit, 2.b4, 2.b3) (in progress)
- Anti-positional side lines (Closed Sicilian, Closed Sicilian with c3, 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3, 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2, 2.g3)
The following middlegame topics are in the pipeline. In case of demand, the could be finalized with priority.
The Positional Sacrifice
Studying the positional sacrifice is a method, which will automatically lead to an improvement of your chess understanding, as the wide majority of players (up to GM level) have deficits here. The seminar answers the following questions:
What is a positional sacrifice?
What deters many players from applying it?
Which different types exist?
Why are positional sacrifices no matter of taste, but positionally forced in the majority of cases?
Winning with the Sicilian
The Sicilian is the most complicated opening and for many a closed book. It is also a very broad field. Therefore, the seminar is confined to the Open Sicilian alone and there it is further restricted to the most important structure – the Scheveningen centre with e6 and d6. Whoever comprehends this formation, has the “Sicilian spirit” incorporated and thinks like a real Sicilian. To this end, the seminar introduces you to the 25 most important winning ideas. This is no presentation of concrete lines, but of abstract and universally useful concepts, which every one can apply in his own preferred systems. This includes the following variations: Scheveningen, Najdorf, Four Knights, Kan, Paulsen, the Classical System and Qb6-variations.
AlphaZero – The best player in history
The match between Stockfish and AlphaZero hit the headlines. What exactly can we learn from it?
How does “he” think? What does distinguish him from other engines?
What style does he pursue?
How is he repertoire constituted and why?
And most importantly: In which way did he extend our understanding of the game?
The knowledge of chess styles is important for your self-evaluation, your opening repertoire and for adapting your game to specific opponents.
Which archetypal styles exist?
Which chess players serve as example?
Which openings is in line with which style?
How should you combat these styles?
Information about the price (also in combination with a simul):
info (at) matthias-wahls.com