Positive thinking


“Make all your pieces smile”

What is Olalachess?

About me...

My Job is my passion and helping others to make the impossible to possible to fulfil chess dreams is my main hobby! 


My name is Arthur Kogan and I have been a chess player for more than 40 years playing around the world and enjoying the huge pleasure of winning many tournaments…and till now always happy to discover more about such an amazing almost infinite game (Art+Science+Sport!) and share my chess passion with all!

Being a kid I fell in love with chess and still truly believe that it is not only a great game, but it’s a great educational tool for all.

With in the last years I am more focused on training others and helped many from all ages(including veterans and blind players!) to become champions and achieved the highest titles, including working with TOP world players!

I feel honored to share my chess knowledge with others so they can experience the joy that chess has given me and achieve the deserved fast improvement in an instructive, very professional but fun way!

Chess connects us...

Chess, Positive Thinking with no limits for improvement!

Play Video
WhatsApp Image 2020-10-02 at 20.51.33

One more of the so many incredible creative surprises of Judit was that during all the conference, artists were painting and pointing out important messages on few boards!

Here is the result of my OlalaLecture, Isn’t it quite impressive and imagine it was done in only 15 minutes time limit?! Can you recognize my OlalaWords?! 🙂

NEW video project...

In this Channel GM Arthur Kogan collaborates with the digital, social Networks Researcher and chess Author Noam Manella Will take you to a journey through the amazing world of chess ideas and moves suggested by engines.

During a chess game, exchanges are a frequent event. We are used to reacting to such moves very fast. However, Engines scan many possibilities even in the most trivial of positions and often they show us that by lingering over a recapture we may discover a whole new world of inspiring and amazing possibilities, tricks and strategies.

Play Video

Conference in Judit's Polgar chess Festival...

Arthur Kogan Chess Grandmaster & Trainer

 Chess, Positive Thinking with no limits for improvement!

CCC6Being a kid that faced many concentration problems himself, chess helped me to develop very important skills and to find ways to improve my focus and attention that helped me to improve my chess and finally win many tournaments around the world and to become a GM. In parallel, because of my passion to help others, I was also teaching chess since young age (including my own father being a 11 years old kid!) partly thanks to learning a lot about champions in all kind of sports, Psychology of sports and than discovering the magical power of Positive Thinking and mastering ways to increase the power of our brain, adjusting it to chess and developing more and more methods to help others from all kind of levels,ages and different characters to improve there skills and use there own talents in the best ways on the board, helping my students to win many important titles and championships that many would consider as impossible in advance… I was happy to be part of helping top players to beat the best chess minds but also proved amazing results with old players over 70 years old and my special work with blind players for more than 15 years.


Born in Ukraine, now residing in Tarragona (Spain) Since a young age known as a creative chess player that was able to win many tournaments in Israel and later around the world, usually without being between the top rated…developing the hobby of making ‘impossible missions’ possible. As a trainer developed the original training method of OLALACHESS connected to POSITIVE THINKING and focus on creating HARMONY on the chess board, making one of his famous mottos: ‘Make your pieces smile!’ being used even by top players nowadays. Being a big fan of psychology and philosophy Arthur developed a special COACHING methods for chess using chess a tool for solving problems and improving different important skills also out of the board.