Your Chess Questions


First of all, let’s answer the previous chess task that I have given you:

Were you able to find a solution without any outside help? 🙂 In any case you can now check if you nail down the right answer by downloading this PGN file: LINK

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As of the moment, my team and I are developing a new course that focuses on calculation/tactics/visualization. I’m sure you have A LOT of questions regarding that facet of chess. And here’s the juicy news: you may send them to my e-mail: [email protected]

In return, I’ll answer the most common and most pressing questions in the new chess improvement course.

A QUICK Note:
When writing down your chess questions, please, be brief and clear.
Again, please send your questions associated with these topics ONLY (calculation, visualization, and tactics). These 3 aspects are interrelated, and I want your question to focus on them.

Now for sure, a lot of you guys will send me the question: “When will the NEW course be ready?” 🙂 Let me tell you right off the bat – NOT too soon. I want to make sure that I deliver the BEST quality possible, and that takes time… A LOT of time if I may add.

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Some of my students ask me: “Why aren’t you replying to my e-mails personally?”

Let’s do a little bit of math.

I have well over 15,000 subscribers and students. Now let’s say 1% sends me a question – that translates to 150 messages in a day! If I spend 10 minutes for reading and replying to every single message, that’s take 25 hours a day! 🙂

And if I do that, I’ll have NO time to make new free chess lessons, courses etc. I’m sure that’s a situation we don’t want to be in!

Along with that, most chess players have similar problems as well as similar questions. That’s why instead of answering each question separately, I make complete courses about most common and MOST important questions.

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And to end this post, here’s another task I have for you:

It’s plain to see that Black has some crude BUT nasty threats – Qg1 and Qf1 mate. At the same time, it is White’s turn and he should solve this problem somehow. Just like before, your task is to find the BEST move for White and to calculate all the following variations.

Once you are done, please download a solution and check your answer yourself: LINK

Have a good day! 🙂


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  • Balduino

    Visualization. Hi Igor. It would be interesting to include in the new course a method to view the board MENTALLY when you have to calculate variations. I think the mental representation of the board is the hardest thing in chess. For example, if you say “f5”, I could not tell you if the box is black or white. The GM are able to imagine a position “in the future.” I really do not know if it’s a genetic gift, if photographic memory or if it can be learned. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    “Now for sure, a lot of you guys will send me the question: “When will the NEW course be ready?” Let me tell you right off the bat – NOT too soon. I want to make sure that I deliver the BEST quality possible, and that takes time… A LOT of time if I may add.”
    This is certainly the right things, the more take longer, the better and better and best quality

  • Mikel

    Qf5 Kh4 Rh6 gh6 Qf6

  • Perisstilo

    Hi, Igor! I think the quite moves( inbetweens or unstopable threats) are the hardest ones to find in tactical positions.

  • which is the best opening that can lead the game

  • Mario Giesel

    Move by Move To Do List. What shall I think about primarily?

  • John Scotis.

    Why does your Grandmasters Openings Laboratory course explain nothing about how the opening fits in with the middlegame, or how to plan in the opening / middlegame. The only information it gives on the openings is to play according to the principles, and how to use a chess program. That is of no use to the amateur chess player.

  • “Without error there can be no brilliancy” (Emanuel Lasker)

  • Riyaznlrchess

    Why does your Grandmasters Openings Laboratory course explain nothing about how the opening fits in with the middlegame, or how to plan in the opening / middlegame. The only information it gives on the openings is to play according to the principles, and how to use a chess program. That is of no use to the amateur chess player.

  • Riyaznlrchess

    In GM Secrets Course from 5th to 8th practical tasks clearly trains how to visualize the board and better calculation methods so I think no need to separate course for visualization and calculation need the new course on openings on d4 againest like or full opening to middle game transition courses and psychological preparations!

  • MrDeerHunter

    this last task is much easier than the others. itțs obviously that white wins with qf5 check and the rook on h8..

  • Predragk685

    I think you should explain typical plans and position of pieces in TYPICAL pawn structures.

  • Riyaznlrchess

    Wellcome to GM IGOR SMIRNOV’S NEW Course on Calculation, Visualization,Tactics in GM Secrets Course from 5th to 8 rank smirnove trained how to calculate and improving visualization this tasks improved skill in that area very much So I think becoming new course on calculation,visualization may be very powerful and in high quality because still all the courses made by Igor best ones.

  • Haydenlee21

    Thank you for having me on your chess program ,I think its grate! what you are doing for the game of chess.

  • pauix

    I’d like to hear your advice regarding Bishop endgames, specially regarding opposite bishop endgames.

  • Alberto

    Concerning the NEW COURSE thay you are preparing, especially the visualisation section.

    I’m studying your SELF-TAUGHT GM course and even that I’m consider that your point of view regarding the study of books is correct, I still consider that it would be a great topic to speak concerning improving your visualisation skills while you read/study a chess magazine in the metro, bus or airplane, without a board.

  • Asarri

    DEAR IGOR I am very pleased with the order of your courses. I would very interesting to study pawn structures especially for the medium. When can a pawn push and when not?

  • Awazenki

    HOW TO initiate softly “TEACH” CHESS TO CHILDREN AT 3 YEARS ( TYPE OF EXERCICES TIPS PSYCHOLOGY) at 12 WISELY and of course fascinated or interested by the board pieces” (girl 3.5 old) ?

  • Awazenki

    How to understand perfectly the Knight moves ,see without often mistakes the squares of a plan ?

    There is a program wisualwise on internet which use a new approach of calculation,it uses no piece move but only arrows and an interface with the back and forward lecture but i haven’t notice a very effective improvement.

    The calculation is a true challenge because i am very lazy, and i want to win with the minimimum effort 🙁 it is one of the benefice of chess fight against and only myself.And that’s the problem,
    How to get out of this situation?

    • Anonymous

      Hello,

      I think it s better if you mail this question to the ID made in the post.

      Thank you!

      — Moderator

  • Awazenki

    Maurice ashley teach the drawback method to play like an aikido chess, what the disavantage of this move and to exploit it ?
    How to play with this typical player because the opponent expect the maximum acivity of the play and let you imagine you win ?

  • Robert Hearn

    Hi master Igor.

    How important is to study romantic games like Morphy, Anderssen, etc.?

    Can they provide solid basis for strategical and tactical development?

    Or is just waste of time?

    Regards,

    • Hi! First of all you should have a PLAN (program) of learning. Next, you should set the EXACT goal of your study (“strategy” is too general). Then your training will be really effective. All in all you are asking a pretty huge question. I suggest to review the courses “Self-taught Grandmaster” and “Calculate Till Mate” – you’ll find many suitable recommendations there.

      • Robert Hearn

        Hi again master.
        Yes, I understand your recommendations (and they are great like the courses, by the way), but still my doubt if study Anderssen and Morphy games pays off, or is better to study modern games.

        • It’s better to study modern games, but it’s a very brief (superficial) reply. It’s impossible to answer your question normally in a few words.


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