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The Secrets of Strong Chess Players

Learn how strong chess players find best moves easily and implement those techniques in your game right after the course
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Created by Igor Smirnov
Last updated 7/2015
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn these powerful techniques to find strong chess moves quickly and implement those in your games.
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  • No prerequisite, All chess players are welcome to take this course

In the game of chess, some people play well and others don't. Obviously, there is a difference between strong and not so strong players. The way of thinking differs between those players. Unfortunately, many strong players are unwilling to share their secrets and their way of thinking during the game.

Have you ever wanted to know the secrets of those strong players? Then this course is for you. In this course, GM Igor Smirnov will be discussing the powerful techniques for finding strong chess moves! The course contains various practical and powerful recommendations that every strong chess players hides from you.

At the end of this course, you will be able to understand how chess masters find strong moves during their games and how to implement those in your game.

You will learn more about the following key points:

  • To take is a mistake
  • Offense is the best defense
Who is the target audience?
  • 'Secrets of chess players' course is intended to all level of chess players
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 7 Lectures Collapse All 7 Lectures 01:00:42
Video Lesson
4 Lectures 57:48

In this lesson we will be discussing some secrets of strong chess players which they never reveal. After completing this lesson, you will be able to implement those ideas in your games.

The key point of this part:

  • To take is mistake:

If you have studied any of the GM Igor's previous chess lessons you will know already that to take is a mistake and let your opponent be the one who releases this tension.

This lesson focus on the first secret of a strong chess player: they understand the rule that to take is a mistake. It may sound rather simple but most players do not follow this rule or do not know about it. What they actually do is the opposite thing and they take whenever they can. Why do so many players make this mistake?

To take is mistake

Lecture 2 of this course will be focusing more on the keypoint

  • Offense is the best defense:

You know already that to take is a mistake but in some position it is indeed not the best option.

In this lesson GM Igor smirnov compares chess as a tug-of-war competition. Each side is trying to pull the rope in their own direction and the side who does it stronger will win the competition. A similar thing happens in chess. Each player is trying to pull the game in the direction that he wants, and the one who does it more insistently will win the game.

Learn the second secret of a strong chess player : offense is the best defense. While you might have heard this several times in the past, without any real understanding of this idea the rule by itself is rather useless. It relates more to your deep understanding of the chess game and the adoption of the proper approach.

Offense is the best defense

In chess when a player is attacked, weak players think of how to defend. Unlike them, strong players try to pull the game in the direction that they want and they always try to keep focusing on their own plans.

The second part of this course reveals more about the techniques used by strong players. You'll see what GMs do differently and how you can adopt this successful approach.

You will learn more about how to adopted a new approach, you will be able to find a lot of interesting and powerful possibilities from the game. Adopting a new approach is a key difference between the way strong players and weak players think.

Attacking moves

In this lesson you will learn:

1.Checking potential attacking reply from the opponent

2.Focusing opponent side of the board will help you to find attacking moves.

3.Focusing on your side of the board will help you to find opponents attacking moves

4.Finding attacking move from several possible moves

At the end of this lesson you will be able to find complex attacking moves easily.

Attacking replies
Practical Part
3 Lectures 03:02

TASK 1 (To Take is a Mistake)

Task 2 (Offense is the best Defense)
About the Instructor
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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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