Calculate Till Mate [Comprehensive chess course]

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The new course Calculate Till Mate has been released!

But before going to its web-page, please, read the SPECIAL offers in this blog-post.

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This is my first comprehensive course about tactics, calculation and visualization. In our era of dynamic chess, you must correspond to this trend, if you want to get HIGH chess achievements. The new course contains all that you need to leap forward onto this way!

During the first 5 days of a release – till Thursday the 24th of May – there will be SPECIAL CONDITIONS for my regular students.


1)   10 usd discount! Actually I set the usual course’s price lower than it should be (compared to the course’s VALUE). That’s why I can’t give you too big discount.
From the other hand, there’s a pretty big chance that I’ll raise the usual price in the future. So if you are interested in the course – it’s better to buy it now.

–> While making an on-line payment (via credit card, PayPal), you’ll see a line “If you have a coupon code enter it here”. Indicate your discount code in this field: STUDENT
After that continue the standard payment procedure, and the price will be reduced automatically.

–> If you would like to make a payment via Western Union or bank transfer – deduct 10 usd from the amount, and indicate the discount code in your message to me.


2) During these first 5 days you can get 4 great BONUSES in addition to the main course absolutely for FREE.

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After the 24th May, I’ll probably remove some bonuses from the package or will raise the overall price. Anyway, during these 5 days, you can get them for sure (and for free 🙂 ).

You will find the bonuses’ descriptions on the course’s web-page: LINK


3) You should keep the right ORDER of learning. Strategy is the base knowledge. You should study it first, and only after that you may go to tactics.
That’s why I do NOT recommend the new course to those who have NOT studied my strategical courses “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” or “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”.

At the same time, perhaps you are excited about the new course, and you don’t want to miss special conditions. That’s why I’ve made a UNIQUE SOLUTION specially for such students. You can buy my Strategic Course + The New Course for a discounted price.

1. Use the discount code STUDENT (for getting 10 usd discount) while purchasing a new course “Calculate Till Mate”.

2. On the final page of your purchase, you’ll get instructions for getting 20% discount on my strategic courses.

This offer is valid ONLY for those who want to get 2 courses (new course + strategic course) but can’t afford it.

If you don’t have any of my complete courses – now it’s the most favorable time to join the party! 🙂


All these SPECIAL conditions will expire on Thursday the 24th of May!

Don’t miss your chance!

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P.S. If you are a happy owner of the new course already, please, post your opinion in comments. 🙂 Other people will read it with big interest!

Comments: 257

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  1. Igor, I didn’t type STUDENT so I missed the discount. That’s okay. You deserve it. I hope I didn’t miss the bonus lessons, though. Where do I download these?

    I’ve started the course already and it’s fantastic. I’m going to really take this course really seriously. I am already convinced that my 11 yo daughter and I will very soon rise up through the ranks. 🙂

    Thanks again!

  2. Hi Igor,

    I wanted to buy your new course with the strategies course. I tried but never say the instructions to buy the strategies course so I canceled the the new purchase until I can figure out how to do it.
    Please help….



  3. i would like to get it but i cant afford it right now. 149 USD is very expensive for me. maybe in the future you will lower the price..

    1. Now you can get $10 discount, thus the price will be $139 (use a discount code: STUDENT). The price will not be reduced, that’s for sure. Perhaps it’ll be raised.

  4. or maybe you will make a discount for those who already bought previous courses from you. i already have 2 courses- GMs Secrets and GMs Positional Understanding,a little discount will be very helpful.

  5. MrDeerHunter, I saw the instructions for the 20% discount when I was making my purchase. I think it was on the last page. I already have them so I didn’t look at it too carefully.

  6. I meant your special offer on the The Grandmaster’s
    Positional Understanding. I thought I canceled the order for the calculate till mate course because I didn’t hit the confirm button. But it went through anyway. So, please help me buy the second title, Grandmater’s Positional Understanding at the special price.

    Thanks a bunch !

  7. Thanks Irulats…

    I went through the process twice and didn’t see it…??
    Another funny thing happened …. I did not get the download email with link for the Calculate till Mate course either…..

    Thanks for your reply ! Irulats

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I have checked my junk email. Nothing there but I have bought four previous courses and have never had a problem. I am sure it will be resentt 🙂

  8. Hi master Igor.

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

    Can they provide solid basis for strategical and tactical development?


  9. Great Course! I just purchased it and right from Lesson 1, the course is able to bring new aspects of chess thinking. The exercises are really wonderful and are able to bring out many common mistakes we all do in a practical game.

  10. It cost more than 1200 hkd that is like 1000 more than granndmaster secrrets discounted price by 100hkd. Does that mean this course is better compared to the others
    PLs reply

    1. The new course is much bigger and more advanced. “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” is a base course however. Without this base you will not understand other topics.

  11. Hello GM Smirnov, I am very excited that your new course is now available. However, I am still conflicted over whether I really need it. As I told you before, I am already very good at tactics & combinations. In fact, I solved the test position in the introductory video within seconds. I know you meant for it to be very difficult, with all thos possible candidate moves, so the fact that I found the right move instantly can only be described as intuitive. But I have to wonder if you have a better way. Well, I suppose I’ll have to buy the course to find out. I am even more interested in the bonus courses, however. These bonuses make the cost of the course a very good deal. So, while I don’t have the money for it right now, I will be back on Tuesday to make a purchase(assuming I can still get the bonus courses & discount on that day). In the meantime, I am still working very hard on your strategic courses. Thanks Teacher

    1. Hi Les,

      The example in introductory video is pretty simple as compared to actual examples given in the course and practical tests. The course is of very high level especially the practical and bonus parts. The one our bonus video on a great game won by GM Mammedorov is the best thing I found in any course as it brings out the tactical calculation by a super GM very clearly.

    1. Sir Thnx, I got all the bonus lessons in the bonus section and I am truly happy with the very high level of these lessons yet so clearly described.

    1. Done this and it was ignored.

      I’ve opened a dispute within paypal for a refund as the course was never sent.

      You have my money though! For now.

  12. HI Igor

    I want to join tour affiliation programme, but this require paypal account and paypal needs your credit card info which i believe is not safe.Is there any other method other than paypal

  13. You’ll find the bonuses inside the course. Please, find my answer to the similar question above.
    I’m really glad that you enjoyed the course! I wish all the best to you and your daughter! 🙂

    1. Thank you Igor, I found the bonus material as you described. I think my daughter and I are going to become your greatest success story! 🙂

  14. hi
    I have all your courses and i believe your courses are value for money.Though opening course is also good but not upto to Igor mark.It was one of your initial courses and during the course of time now definitely some more good ideas about opening, could you plan to prepare another course on opening part-2 , topice which not covered earlier.

  15. I have recently purchased all your other courses. For some reason, the licence key has stopped working and I can’t access the courses. I have emailed support several times but have had no reply.
    Would you please contact me about this – george mahoney.

    1. Thank you for your reply. I have looked at the support zone and I can’t find the answer to my problem. Can you send me a link to download the courses again plus another code to playt the courses. All that is happening at the moment is that the codes are invalid and I am not able to access the courses.

    1. I have all the course and the openings in the practical parts are not completed, so it’s the only course that i don’t like. All others are incredible.
      It would be great to release this course with good price for those who have already bought this course

  16. After going through all the seven video lessons of this course “Calculate Till mate”, I feel that this course is actually a very strong attack manual using which we can demolish opponent’s defences.

  17. Hi Igor

    Can you please tell me where I can find the video training bonuses – All Tactics 2012, Best Attacking Games, Complete system at work, World’s Best Games. I made the recent purchase of “Calculate till mate”

  18. All these are there in the bonus section. Video is only on “Complete System at work”. Other bonuses are chess games opening with chessbase.

    1. Off course the chess games have also been annotated & commented in detail and are very useful. The video is full one hour long on one Super GM game fully analyzed.

  19. In lesson 2 Be a World-Class Calculator example #2 1…d3! is called a powerful candidate move for Black but I don’t see how. It’s not a check, doesn’t capture, all it does is threaten a pawn fork of two rooks. But so what? White can take 1.Ba8 followed by 2.Bc6 ready to grab a second rook.
    I’m sure the coach is right, it is a powerful move, and Black did win with it. But 1…d3 isn’t a check, a capture, and doesn’t even directly threaten anything so by the courses definition it’s not a forcing move and following the course I would never consider it.

    1. I can now answer my own dilemma as expressed above. The coarse tells you to find all the candidate moves looking for the forcing moves first. If after calculating all the forcing moves and none of them work or lead to something, then make a move based on the base principles of a chess game. 1…d3! is just such a move.

  20. Hi Mr Smirnov, I’ve been travelling for my job until today (may 25th)… Does it means, I’ve missed the pack with all the 4 bonuses I wanted to buy ?
    If your answer is yes, is there another way to buy all the package ?

  21. Inspired by this new course, Calculate Till Mate, I played this game:
    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.c3 b6 5.e4 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Nbd2 Bb7 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.d5 exd5 10.exd5 Ne7
    11.Ne4 Qf4 12.g3 Qb8 13.d6 Nf5 14.Qe2 Kd8 15.Nxc5 Nxd6 16.Nxb7+ Qxb7 17.O-O-O Be7 18.Ba6 Qc7 19.Rhe1 Bf6 20.Ne5 Qc5 21.Rxd6 Bxe5 22.Qxe5 1-0

    I’m not even done watching all the videos yet!

  22. Lesson 5 at 24:30 Igor says “Now 21…f4 is bad because after 22.exf4 the e4 Knight is hanging.”
    But Black can reply 22…exf4 and the Knight is protected and material is equal. However, it is true that 21…f4 is a mistake and Houdini 2.0 shows the advantage going from Black (-/=) to White (+/=), but I wouldn’t say that the Knight is hanging.

  23. Nice. I liked your 15.Nxc5. Was it at the board or on the internet? What time controls?

    Obviously a Dr. Who fan …

  24. Hi Igor, I bought your course “calculate till mate” (and also all other courses) but till now I could not open the video lessons. The text lessons are fine.
    Please help

  25. im very interested in this course, almost got all the money i need but i have a question- will there be any price drop in the time of winter holidays? if yes, how much?

  26. After purchasing this course. it gave me a download link. this link is dead and has zero content. Please fix this issue.

    1. Hi Joseph,
      We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.

      I have contacted you to your email id to resolve this issue. Please reply to that email.

      Prasaadh | Support

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