CHESS FOR THE SOUL. ONLINE SCHOOL

Blogger – Rolan Markarovich Davdian

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Development of people through chess. Learning to play, analysis of interesting games on the Internet.

During the pandemic, a lot of time spent at home was wasted. It was at this time that I conceived a project to educate both the older and the younger generation. I have been playing chess since the age of 6 and I believe the game is very good for development.

This project was created to develop people through chess. In my opinion, chess is a unique game that develops memory, logic, quick thinking and many other skills. For filming, I use a smartphone and a lavaliere microphone to improve the sound quality, as well as a ring lamp for additional light to enhance the quality of the video. I get ideas for videos from books in the library, as well as on the Internet.

Every day it takes 3 to 4 hours to shoot and edit two videos after work; on weekends I shoot more, to be prepared to force majeure. I believe that if my project helps develop at least one person, the time I spend on it is not in vain.

ROLAN DAVDIAN

Lead librarian for youth work at the Central Library of Usinsk

How does one come up with a cool idea for an online culture project?

I believe that really good projects in any field emerge from what you really like and what you are willing to devote a lot of time to. If you create a project at random, then most likely it will not work, because it will quickly bore you, at least because of the difficulties associated with the lack of knowledge. I nurtured my idea of an online chess school for long, but I didn’t have the free time to implement it, and to be honest, I didn’t really believe that I would succeed. It was the support and assistance from my close people that gave me the strength to create. In fact, nearly any hobby can be turned into a project; the important thing is how you present it, in what wrap.

What are the pitfalls to be aware of?

Project implementation challenges await you at every step. From equipment for filming (in my case) to advertising the project in social media. With no budget for an advertising campaign, at first I developed the project with the help of my friends who gave me the first feedback and first views. It is very hard not to quit when you work almost without response: during the first two months, the number of views of my videos ranged from 20 to 50, and now I have more than 18,000 subscribers on YouTube, which is a pretty good growth rate over the year of the channel’s existence. The main thing is to believe in the project and find non-standard ways to implement it.

Why do we need projects like yours, what is their value to people?

Any project that came to your mind has a reason to be implemented, at least for the sake of experience, which will come in handy later. You can only assume whether your project is valuable or not; you will learn it only at the implementation stage when you get feedback from people who really care about what you do.

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