December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • First, let me remind you about the Christmas special offer we’re providing you with: get a massive 30% discount on all RCA courses. Use coupon “holidays30” when making your purchase. It will be valid only till Saturday, 31 December. You can find more information about this offer here.

    designIn this article I’d like to share my Holiday spirits with you. Have fun! :) In this Christmas season, I’ve visited the country that originated the tradition of Christmas trees – Germany.


    The custom was brought to North America by German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio in the 18th century.

    GM Igor Smirnov celebrates ChristmasChristmas market in Munich, Germany


    Germans are also the ones who established a tradition to illuminate streets during the Christmas time.



    It’s great to see the rise of interest in chess in Germany lately. In 2016, Germans were the second largest group (after US) of those who studied RCA courses.
     alt=Albrecht (on the right) is an amateur chess player and a great guy! Here, I’d like to thank Albrecht and all the German students who invited me. Sadly, I could not visit many cities and had to miss some of the invitations. Thanks a lot for your hospitality! :)


    In the residence of Bavarian kings (who ruled this German region in 1508-1918), I’ve found marvelous chess board.
     alt=It’s made of gold and precious stones, and should be worth a whole lot of money.


    In ‘Deutsches museum’ there was one of the old models of electronic chess boards.
     alt=You can play your move on the board, while the computer shows you its reply on the screen. Large machinery was required to make this computer work.
     alt=Ok, here I’m kidding. :) It’s irrelevant to the chess comp from the previous photo.


    Nevertheless, in this photo, my wife stands near to the old version of the computer (back in those days where a comp could hardly fit into your pocket!).


    <<To be continued>>


    P.S. What do you like about Christmas? How do you usually spend the Holidays? :) Feel free to share your Christmas Vibes with us in the comments below.
    • aysh

      happy new year dear igor sir and merry christmas god bless you you are doing great job sir.dear sir what do you think about im john bartholomew and shogi legend who plays two games against kasparov and gives him a tough fight??

      • Igor Smirnov

        Thanks for your season greetings! I hope you’ll have nice New Year celebration and wonderful 2017, achieving more of your chess goals!

        Frankly, I know nothing about shogi game, and know little about that much between Kasparov and shogi player. I think it was kind of an event for promotion and popularization purpose rather than serious chess match.

        • ayush

          thakyou so much sir i wish the same for your family and thnaks for your are great coach.

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