The Grandmaster’s Techniques – 2nd edition

Your guide to think and calculate during each stage of game
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Every chess player wants to improve himself and make progress; however, one of the biggest problems is to understand how to do it.

The usual ways of training give very slow progress and even sometimes these are completely ineffective. Finding a GOOD chess coach is also a huge problem. During my chess career as a player and as a coach, I have thought about an effective way of learning all the time.

That’s why I decided to develop a complete chess course, Introducing our top selling chess course “The Grandmaster’s secrets”. With pride I can say that this course will give you only the concrete skills.

What are the requirements?

  • PGN viewer required for the practical part
  • Desire to become a Titled player

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The correct thinking method that should be used during games, which will allow you to find the best moves in any position
  • Calculate variations quickly and precisely
  • Stop making blunders
  • Avoid the typical mistakes in chess development, which nearly all chess players make

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners to Intermediate level chess players
  • For students who study chess without private coach
  • For students who studied lot of chess tutorials but their chess results are unstable

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Section 1: Lessons
I would like to give you a few recommendations, which will make your study of the video lessons more effective.

This lesson discovers the biggest mistakes and biggest problems which most chess players make. It is very important to realize them early so that you won’t continue making them during your chess development. It will help you save years of training and help you reach your goals quickly rather that waste your time on futile efforts.


It is much more important to improve one’s thinking process rather than get new pointless knowledge all the time. Improving of your thinking system allows you to find the best move in any position.

In these lessons, I will be telling you exactly how Grandmasters think during a game of chess. You will get a clear system of thinking containing several easy steps. Following this tutorial will bring you Grandmaster results!


In this lesson we will keep analysing the game looking how to play the middle game and endgame. At the end of the last lesson we had just finished creating a middlegame plan, now we will see it in action.


In this lesson you will learn how to calculate variations properly and understand how basics strategic ideas will work in hard complex positions as well. Even in a complecated position you can find right moves easily when you use the right way of thinking.


In this lesson, you will get more practice at calculating variations. We will keep analysing the last game and this will allow us to train our system of thinking in many different positions.


All chess players learn chess, but some players play much better than others. What does this mean? It means that many players’ learning is ineffective. In this lesson I will tell you the secrets of the Grandmaster’s training.


In this lesson, we will discuss preparation for the next round in a tournament when the next opponent is known. During this lesson, I will tell you the grandmaster’s secrets of preparation.

Using these ideas, you will be able to neutralize your opponent’s preparation and win many games by having a theoretical and psychological advantage before the game even begins!


All chess players learn chess, but some players play much better than others. What does this mean? It means that many players’ learning is ineffective. In this lesson I will tell you the secrets of the Grandmaster’s training.

Section 2: Practical Part

You should deeply understand the reason of EVERY move given in these practical task for a winner side (from the first move till the last)


Before downloading these tasks from resource section, please read the instructions provided in this article.


This time you should comment the games of the second task (by an example of the first task) by yourself.


In this task you should try to guess the moves of a winner (starting from the 5th move in every game).


In this practical task, you should first try to guess the moves, and then to explain the reason of every move of a winner on the basis of principles from the video course.


Learn these games and realize the right way of thinking during the calculation.


In this task, you should find the best move in a given position and calculate the provided lines, using the right system of thinking.


Similiar to the previous task, you should find the best move and calculate the provided lines (using the right system of thinking) in the given position.


In task 8, you should visualize the variations, but should NOT move the pieces on the board while calculating the lines.


You have learned a lot of ideas about the right system of thinking from the course. Now it is time to systematize your knowledge. This task will help you to do it.


In this part, you will practice the below tasks:

1. Think about the general principles

2. Calculate the variations


Analyze these games deeply and find the mistakes.


The 11th task is a long term plan for your improvement.

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Instructor Biography

Igor Smirnov, International Grandmaster, Chess Psychologist and Author

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, Chess Coach, and holder of a Master's degree in Psychology.

He's the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy" company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their chess results.

GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses, including the famous courses “The Grandmaster's Secrets", “The Grandmaster's Positional Understanding", and “Calculate Till Mate".

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