Chess Timeline of FI. Praful Zaveri, the Founder of Indian Chess School
Nominated as 'Coach' of the Indian Team for Asian Youth Chess Championship, Suwon, South Korea
Nominated as 'Coach' of the Indian Team for World Schools 2015, Thailand
Nominated as 'Coach' of the Indian Team for X Asian Schools 2014, Taiwan
Seminar at Chennai:
The successful stint at Botswana was recognized by the All India Chess Federation and he was nominated for the trainer's 'Orientation Seminar' at Chennai in the year 2009.
Seminar at Botswana :
In the year 2008 he was nominated by FIDE to assist FM/FT Peter Long from Malaysia in the FIDE Trainers' Seminar at Gaborone, Botswana. After the Botswana Seminar, he was invited for a training session of promising youngsters.
The Title of 'FIDE Instructor'
In the year 2007 he appeared for FIDE (World Chess Federation) Trainer's Examination at the Singapore International Chess Convention and was awarded the title of 'FIDE Instructor'. He is the 1st Indian to be awarded this title.
This trainer's title laid the foundation of 'Indian Chess School' with 2-dedicated chess centers at Don Bosco High School, Borivali & Matunga. The number is growing!
Publication of book 'The Chess Course' :
In the year 1999 he published his first training manual 'The Chess Course' (ISBN 978-81-7525-816-7), The book became a standard in chess training and is used by thousands of budding chess players across the country and is followed as curriculum.
The chess journey of Praful Zaveri can be traced back to the year 1980. Like all aspiring chess players, who used to assemble at Zandu Canteen – the ‘Mecca’ of Bombay Chess Association for a fun-filled evening of playing chess! His successful stint as a chess player was laid in the year 1980 itself. He was the champion of his college – the P.D. Lions College of Science & Commerce, Malad (West) for a period of 3-consecutive years from 1983 to 1985. During these years, he also represented his college as the ‘Captain’ in the Mumbai University’s Inter-Collegiate Chess Championships. He won the top-board prize in the 1985 edition and was called for inter-varsity selection trials. He joined the services of LIC of India in the year 1985 and, in the same year he won the LIC Western Zonal Chess Championship at Satara to qualify for LIC All India Chess Tournament. He repeated his winning stint at Satara next year. He represented Western Zone at the LIC All Indian Tournaments held at Agra and Bhubhaneshwar in the year 1985 and 1986 respectively. By virtue of his qualification from the Bombay Selection Trials, he also represented the then Bombay District in the Maharashtra State Championship for 3-consecutive years from 1992 to 1994 at Kolhapur, Pune and Mumbai respectively. His interest in administration and passion for teaching chess made him associated with Bombay Chess Association (BCA) and, he started training aspiring young children from 1994. He opened his first center at the Bima Nagar High School, Borivali and from a modest beginning of 4 students, it soon had 100+ students in no time!