The Grandmaster’s Secrets

Your guide to think and calculate during each stage of a chess game

5 out of 5
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Comprehensive chess course


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  • Lessons 5
  • Video 02:03 Hours
  • Skill Level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Languages English
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Course Description

Beginners chess course package

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 (no more pointless knowledge!).





What are the requirements?

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

What will you get from the chess course?

  • The correct thinking method that should be used during games, which will allow you to find the best moves in any position. A concrete guide on what and how exactly you should study to become a strong player.
  • You will know how to use all the knowledge which you already have to finally get concrete results. An account of experiences and practical recommendations from a lot of successful players (Grandmasters).
  • Not only the chess recommendations, but also the secrets of the professional players (Grandmasters) about how to prepare for tournaments, how to prepare for the game and so on…
  • You will know how to learn chess effectively.
  • You will stop making blunders.
  • You will be able to calculate variations quickly and precisely.
  • You will know how to create an opening repertoire properly.
  • You will save years of effort and get fast progress.
  • You will fully understand the psychological factors necessary for success in chess.
  • You will avoid the typical mistakes in chess development, which nearly all chess players make.
  • And many other things…

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners to Intermediate level chess players
  • For anyone who studies chess
  • For students who studied lot of chess tutorials but their chess results are unstable


  Video Lectures
Introduction 02:50
Lesson – 1 How To Play The Game? Strategy 13.03:00
Lesson – 1.1 Cont.. How To Play The Game? Middlegame And Endgame 09:50
Lesson – 2 How To Calculate Variations? 12:00
Lesson – 2.1Cont.. More Practice With Calculating Variations 15:00
Lesson – 3 How To Prepare For The Tournament? 11.5:00
Lesson – 4 How To Prepare For The Game? 18.5:00
Lesson – 5 How to learn chess? 11:05
  Practical Part
Task 1 Practical

There are some special games in a “Games” folder which illustrate the ideas of the course “The Grandmaster’s secrets”.

Your task is to study these games and to understand how the course’s ideas could be applied in different situations. So you should understand deeply the reason of each move made by a Grandmaster in the given games. You should answer to yourself a question “why this move is the best” in every position.

Focus your attention only on the moves of a winner.

I have commented these games, so you will realize easily which principle was used by a player in every situation.

Once again, you should deeply understand the reason of EVERY move in these games for a winner side (from the first move till the last).

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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 Opening laboratory”, “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”, and “Calculate Till Mate”.


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  1. Mujun Yu (China)
    5 out of 5

    “My son Justin started chess at the age of five and soon began bringing home trophies from local children’s chess tournaments.
    Elated, I began to ask coaches to give him private lessons and bought several chess books. But the books were too dry for an eight-year-old. His progress was slow and bumpy. In many a game, he could not find a single tactics to employ.
    Sometimes, he simply did not know how to proceed. The games became lifeless.I did not know how to help him improve other than switching coaches. That is how I stumbled into Igor.
    From the first lesson, I became instantly fascinated by his simple clear teaching. He focuses on a few cardinal principles of the chess games that makes sense to the students and who can apply in the games. He supplements the principles with a systemic way of thinking to find the best moves in every turn.
    Justin’s game took off immediately. In the next few months, he was gaining 200 ICC points in rating per month until 2000. He excitedly reported that when he followed the principles learned from the lessons, the positions on the board became so favorable that tactics just came to him.
    I can honestly say this: as far as my boy is concerned, Igor is the best chess coach in the world!”

  2. Jose Gascon, IM (Venezuela)
    5 out of 5

    Hi i am a 15 years old boy from Venezuela, a Country where for me its really difficult to find a good coach…im a player that usually have a performance of 2100 in tournaments and a rating of 2000 …
    so when i see the web i see it as a chance to have a improvement of my chess. i study the course the GM Secrets and thats increidible how GM Igor Smirnov explains the most importants ideas. i began to use this ideas on tournaments and i quickly recover the money by winning Open tournaments with a lot of adult players (and thats not the best in June 2010!!)
    I placed second shared first with 7/9 and performance of 2300 in the National of Experts and Masters that were playing 3 IM , 3 FM and all the other players are National Masters and National Experts. I was one of the few players without a title and i won my first title at the age of 14 !!

    National Master ?? thats not the best!! recently i become the youngest International Master of my country by winning the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championship with 6,5/9 and performance of 2270. appart in this tournament i won a 9 game GM Norm.
    I am really really happy with your courses and how they make effects in my chess. The best of the course is that only not explains a system of thinking in chess !!! Explains how to teach yourself and how to prepare for specific games and tournaments !!!

    So i highly recommended to invest a few money buying this course and let Igor do all the rest!!! Congrats Igor Smirnov and really thanks for your help as a next objetive im planning to become GM at the age of 18!!!!! reading all your courses and following your training method !! Thank you again and bye bye…

  3. Keith MacKinnon (Canada)
    5 out of 5

    “GM Igor Smirnov has developed an effective system of chess improvement. If you follow his advice, you will become a stronger player. To back up my claim, I have evidence that following Igor’s system will get you good results.
    Recently, I won a qualification tournament for a GM round robin (first in my life) with GM norm chances! I am really happy!”

  4. Christopher Wright (New Zealand)
    5 out of 5

    “”We live in an age where there is a lot information in the form of chess books and videos. The problem is they are copies from a database without explanation, or they are moves that provide a superficial explanation of the position with the view to meet the level of the average club player.
    Knowledge is provided, but omit the needs of the progressive student. No IM or GM wishes to give their own secret analysis because they want to keep it to themselves for their own use. Hence, why club players don’t improve because the source information is concealed.
    By contrast GM Igor Smirnov is not scared to be honest telling you what the professional chess player actually does today. His focus on quality helps you to lift your mediocre standards. His approach is simple and effective. Igor’s tuition comes from his own experience, so he knows what he is talking about. As Igor states “proven by practice”.
    However, such a serious teacher requires a serious and aspiring student, and if you are willing to accept his recommendations then you will achieve your chess goals.
    IA. Dr. Christopher Wright (New Zealand)
    International Arbiter of FIDE”

  5. TARRAF Tarraf (Lebanon)
    5 out of 5

    “Hello,I am TARRAF Tarraf from Lebanon, 36 years old.
    I started to play chess at 23. After reading many books and watching many chess videos, I didn’t achieve too much progress.
    After watching the chess course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” by GM Igor Smirnov I start to know better what is chess and how to think and how to play.This course contains the most important rules and ideas for every chess player. My performance get better so quickly.
    GM Smirnov will guide you in this course and teach you how to begin and how to progress, with his own system from the beginning to the end.
    After all it’s a very recommendable chess course and I consider it very essential and a base for every chess player.”

  6. Robert Kent (USA)
    5 out of 5

    “GM Smirnov,
    These video and text presentations are oustanding! I have been studying chess books and materials for many hours a day but have not been able to make any significant headway in my playing skill–until now!
    Finally, a GM who can explain the ways and means of improving chess ability in terms that even a fish (no longer!) like me can understandSmile After applying your methods of principled play, my chess skill has improved dramatically. I can actually “see” the board and the game much differently!! My rating on the ICC improved from 1400 to 1780 in several months!!
    I highly recommend anyone who wishes to improve their playing skill to watch these highly instructional videos!
    Thank you soo much!
    Robert Kent
    Major, U.S. Army”

  7. Leonard C. (UAE)
    5 out of 5

    My teacher told me, that I am already the best player at my school!
    I am 10 years old and live in Dubai (UAE), I am in the 5th grade.
    I started to play chess a few years ago, my parent taught me the rules and some basic strategies.
    Even though I knew the game, I did not have the right strategical understanding to beat stronger opponents…but after watching Igor Smirnovs GM Secrets (together withmy Dad) I suddenly was able to beat all players of my school (even the teachers, which played for years) and I managed to win against my Dad (former club player several times!
    Yesterday I received the new course “How to beat stronger Players” from Igor Smirnov and I already watched and studied a good bit of it.
    Again, this course is *SUPER*! I have learnt so much already from the first few modules and I am confident, that I will beat MUCH stronger opponents very soon (I plan to become a club player in the summer time…)!

  8. Philip Porter (USA)
    5 out of 5

    Last time I contacted you it was because I defeat an opponent rated 1000 points higher than me.
    Yesterday I just finished a tourney and i defeated one opponent rated 1200 points higher than me then another rated 800 points higher. Afterward ppl were coming to me asking who I was, whats my rating and if I knew who I had just defeated as if I had defeated the best players around.
    Not to brag but I thought those guys werent too difficult. I’ve studied GM secrets thoroughly. I have also studied your opening, positional and planning courses somewhat, but not like i should have. To top this off its been about 6 weeks since I’ve done anything chess related.
    So for anyone out there questioning ANY of Igor Smirnov’s course, hear this, they work! And this is coming from a guy who didnt completely study the aboved courses yet. The money I have spent on your courses has been repaid EASILY with the tournament I have won thus far!!

  9. Anthony Scurry
    5 out of 5

    This is a great course, all chess players must take this course if you like to compete against strong opponents and win.

  10. Marwan Radman
    5 out of 5

    I would advise any lover of chess with this course,, it is very important for every player’s ambition to move forward, and anyone who wants to enjoy the chess in order to increase his enjoyment, and anyone who wants to understand how to move the chess pieces in order to innovate … Many thanks to our teacher GM Igor Smirnov….

  11. D'Juan Eastman
    5 out of 5

    My general understanding of what a plan was is a little weak. I did not realize this until this lesson.

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