Meet the coach

International Master Javier Gil

Born in Saragosse (Zaragoza, Spain), at the early age of 14 Javier's family moved to Bondi Beach, Sydney (Australia) where he lived for 6 years.
In 1990 Javier went back to Spain where he did Military service, and soon afterwards earned his I.M. Title.
In 1992 Javier began to work as a full time chess coach and in 2006 returned to Australia, where most of his family lives.

I.M.Javier Gil
Here are some of his career highlights as a player:

  • 1984 World Junior Championship, Kiljava, Finland
  • 1985 World Junior Championship, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • 1986 World Junior Championship, Gausdal, Norway (17th place)
  • 1985 Australian Blitz Champion, Toowwoonba, Australia
  • 1986 Asian Junior Championship, Manila, Philipines (3rd place)
  • 1990 Earned International Master Title
  • 1992 Shared third place in Spanish Championship
  • 2005 Earned FIDE Trainer title

Javier has also won the following tournaments:

  • Doeberl Cup (Australia)
  • Sydney Junior championship (twice)
  • New South Wales Junior Championship (twice)
  • City of Sydney Champion (twice)
  • New South Wales Championship
  • Australian Junior Championship (2nd place)
  • Champion of the city of Huesca (both blitz and STC)
  • City of Zaragoza (Saragosse, blitz and STC, several times)
  • Champion of Aragon (both blitz and STC, several times)
  • 1st place in the 8th Benasque Open
  • 3rd place in the Spanish Championship
  • and winner of other less prestigous events

At present Javier is a full time on-line coach and works at Brett Tindall's Sydney Academy of Chess when he's in Australia.