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Get to know Vladimir Chuchelov better

by Sagar Shah - 27/07/2020

Chuchelov is well known in the chess world for being the trainer of Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Vidit Gujrathi, Hou Yifan and several other world class chess players. What is it like working with these world class players? How did Vladimir Chuchelov become the trainer that he is? On 27th of July 2020 at 2.30 p.m. IM Sagar Shah will be in conversation with Chuchelov with regards to his training methods, experience of working with these world beaters, the strategic balance course which he developed over a period of several years! Don't miss this live interaction with one of the finest trainers in the world of chess!

Vidit Chess Academy along with ChessBase India has organized an online training camp with the world famous chess trainer Vladimir Chuchelov from the 1st to the 10th of August 2020. The training camp will be 50 hours long and the topic is "Strategic Balance". The Strategic Balance is Chuchelov's discovery and contribution to the world of chess. Every student be it a young and upcoming talent or a world class player like Caruana, Giri or Radjabov all have had to go through Chuchelov's Strategic Balance course once they begin their work with him.


Today, on 27th of July 2020 at 2.30 p.m. IST we will be hosting a one-hour session with Vladimir Chuchelov to know him better. IM Sagar Shah will be the host of the show and you can join in LIVE. The last few minutes of the show will be dedicated to questions from the viewers.

If you would just like to view the session, you can do so from the embed above. But if you would like to ask questions, chat, and interact, then you need to click on this link which takes you to YouTube.

Players who have already confirmed for the training camp:

IM Kushager Krishnater, the man who held Anish Giri! Elo: 2410

One of the finest players that Madhya Pradesh has ever produced - IM Akshat Khamparia (2406)

IM Krishna Teja from Andhra Pradesh, Elo 2376

IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni, whose current rating is 2335, but a few years ago had a peak rating of 2465

The Strategic Balance course by Chuchelov and Vidit Gujrathi

India no.2 and world no.23 GM Vidit Gujrathi will be the guest lecturer in the camp and will spend 10 hours out of the 50 with the participants

GM Vidit Gujrathi has worked with Chuchelov in the past and has clearly seen the positive results of it in his game. Speaking to ChessBase India, Vidit said, "Chuchelov is one of the most hardworking trainers I have come across. The main thing which struck me is his exceptional knowledge of the game. Especially when it comes to analysis, he has a lot of original thoughts on it. He has his own way of looking at things. That's the most important quality of him which sets him apart. He is up to date with the latest knowledge, which is very important for a trainer. He has worked with guys like Caruana, Giri, Radjabov and others which makes him one of the greatest trainers in the world of chess."


Vidit will work along with Chuchelov for the 10 day camp on Strategic Balance that will be held online from the 1st to the 10th of August 2020. "After I trained with Chuchelov it helped me to improve my understanding of the game", says Vidit. "The strategic balance course is very renowned and is Chuchelov's unique concept. He has worked on it for many years and when I trained with Vladimir on the course, it gave me a lot of new insights in the game and gave me a new perspective. I could also apply it in my games. That is exactly what I want to share in this camp. I would like to share my knowledge on how I was able to learn the strategic balance and apply it in my tournament practice against some of the top players in the world."

Well known students who have worked with Chuchelov on the Strategic Balance course

There are many world class players who have worked with GM Chuchelov on the Strategic balance course. They are: VanWely, Georg Meier, Robin Van Kampen, Benjamin Bok, Parimarjan Negi, P. Harikrishna, Krishnan Sasikiran, B.Adhiban, Abhijeet Gupta, Tania Sachdev, Dronavalli Harika, Hou Yifan, Zhansaya.Abdumalik, Jan Smeets, Daniel Stelwagen, Erwin l’Ami, Jeffery, Xiong, Vidit Gujrathi and many others. 


Amongst the top 10 players in the world those who have worked with Chuchelov on Strategic balance course are GM Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Teimour.Radjabov and Lenier Dominguez. 

Details of the online camp from 1st to 10th of August 2020

1. The online camp with GM Vladimir Chuchelov and Vidit Gujrathi on Strategic Balance is organized by Vidit Chess Academy and ChessBase India.


2. It will be held for 10 days from the 1st of August to the 10th of August 2020. The timings of the training camp will be informed to you, but most likely the camp will start each day around 12 p.m. and will go on until 6 p.m. in the evening.


3. It will be a total of 50 hours of training with GM Chuchelov working with the students for 40 hours and GM Vidit Gujrathi working for 10 hours.


4. The course is open for students above the Elo of 2300 only. Although exceptions can be made for people below the rating of 2300. All those who are below 2300 and would like to participate, can write to


5. The maximum number of students in the camp will be 14.


6. Generally such camps with Chuchelov only happen in his hometown in Eupen in Belgium and are very expensive. However, in this lockdown this camp on Strategic Balance will be happening online and the total fees of the camp is Rs.1,50,000.


7. The last date of registration is 30th of July 2020.


8. Payment details:

A/C. No. :- 50200017108411 
Type of Account: Current Account
Bank Name: HDFC Bank.
Branch Address :-  001 / 002,Samyak Darshan,Junction Of Tilak Road& Vallabh Baug Lane,Mumbai, 
IFSC CODE  :- HDFC0000118


9. All players including players outside India who would like to participate and have any questions can write to us at

Vision of Vidit Chess Academy

India no.2 and the captain of the current Indian Olympiad team - GM Vidit Gujrathi has started his own chess academy

Vidit Chess Academy is the brainchild of GM Vidit Gujrathi and the aim is to bring the highest quality training and chess material to the students. Vidit has gone through the grind of chess improvement and has managed to become one of the top-most GMs in the world of chess. Through out his journey he has worked with many people with whom he has a personal equation and knows about their work ethic and quality of training. Through his academy he would like to bring forth more such training concepts which have helped him to reach a career high Elo of 2726. Vidit Chess Academy is the co-organizer of the Chuchelov training camp along with ChessBase India and Vidit also will be spending 10 hours to train the participants in the camp.