The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has recognised the Botswana chess administrators for their continued commitment to the sport. The general assembly that set in Baku, Azerbaijan announced training qualifications and arbiter titles recently attained by Botswana trainers and officials. Among the officials who were awarded titles is Woman International Master Tshepiso Lopang. She has been awarded an International Arbiter qualification and as well as a FIDE Instructor qualification by FIDE. The other official is International Organiser Vincent Masole who was also awarded an International Arbiter qualification. FIDE also bestowed upon Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Public Relation Director Keenese Katisenge the National Instructor qualification award. Katisenge is also currently holding the title of International Organiser. BCF committee has showed its happiness over the developments. The committee believes that the qualifications will continue to help raise the standards of chess in the country. BCF has been working hard to grow the game of chess in the country and the titles are results of hard work from the officials. This is an indication that not only the players are working hard but also their administrators. The FIDE titles are only awarded to individuals who demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in the game of chess.
About the Titles
The International Arbiter (IA) Title was established in 1951 and is a title awarded by the World Chess Federation to experienced arbiters/umpires deemed capable of acting as arbiters in big chess events and chess matches especially at continental and world level. The arbiters are responsible for ensuring that the FIDE rules and laws of chess are adhered to at an international level. The approval by the 2016 FIDE General assembly now means Botswana has three qualified International Arbiters being Kelapile Core Kelatlhilwe, Tshepiso Lopang and Vincent Masole.
FIDE Instructor (FI)
The scope or mission of a FIDE Instructor is to teach the trainees/ chess players the theory of the chess game especially the middle game and the endgame. The FIDE Instructor is expected to work closely with the trainees/ chess players towards the creation of the trainee/ players’ personalized chess game opening repertoire, which the trainer will also help enrich with new ideas. The title has been awarded to Tshepiso Lopang
National Instructor (NI)
A national instructor is expected to raise the level of competitive chess players to a national level standard. The title is awarded to a deserving official after successful participation and completion of a FIDE Trainers Seminar. The official has to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the game of chess. The title has been awarded to Keenese Katisenge.