To sum up, it began with a complete review of the work done by our predecessors in the last decade which by mid year, after a great deal of resistence, resulted in a proposed revamp of the entire system agreed to by the FIDE leadership, and to be finally put in place before the second quarter of 2020.
Our financials have been largely put in order, credibility has been restored to the trainer awards, our trainer seminars are now organised to teach and share how to train better, and the roles of academies are being rationalised.
Much work of course still remains to be done to be able to roll out a new teaching curriculum together with exam system which will require a restructuring of titles and licensing, and to also enable a multi level academy model so as to be able to successfully introduce talent development programs globally.
On a more personal level, I have been heavily involved on the ground, three times in India and Thailand, twice in the Philippines, China, and Vietnam, and in Armenia, Myanmar, Kenya, Taiwan, Jordan, and Botswana.
And I have received and engaged in long discusssions with eminent visitors in Malaysia, from senior chess officials like Zurab Azmaiparashvili to fellow commission members Rajesh Hari Joshi, Thomas Luther, and Madhi Abdulrahim, and of course leading trainers such as Ivan Sokolov, Sergey Tiviakov, Vishal Sareen, and Dejan Bojkov, to name but just a few.
I am very grateful for the support of old friends sharing our vision and programs and in particular must thank the leaders of Asian chess giants, Bharat Singh of India, and Xie Jun and Ye Jiangchuan of China.