Crushing the King

"Become a great attacker and Crush your opponent's King"


GM Igor Smirnov & CM Tryfon


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Why we created this course?

Attack is an art that every chess player should master. When we play a chess game it is very important to have the ability to start an attack in order to win the game.

Many students have the problem on how to start the attack and deliver the final blow. They do not know how to provoke a weakness into his opponent’s King.

In this course GM Igor Smirnov together with CM Tryfon will teach you the strategies and tactics of attacking. At the end of this course you will have all the necessary abilities and understanding in order to start a successful attack against an opponent of any level!


Is this course right for me?

The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate level players, but it will be helpful for advanced level players, too. Even if your ELO is 1900+, this course will help you improve your attacking skills and you’ll learn some new things.


If you want to improve your attacking skills and boost your chances of success, then this course is for you.

Key topics covered in this course

Getting an attacking position out of the opening

Provoking weaknesses around the opponent's king

King Safety Aspects - Spectator pieces

Kings safety aspects - King in the center

The King Hunt and securing mating nets

Centralised vs Spectator pieces

 Forcing moves

How you can become a great attacker

How can you get an attacking position?

Your practical guide

Many of your questions will be answered

How to plan an attack?

How to set the target for my attack?

What pieces should I include in the attack?

How to find the right attacking moves?

How can I get an attacking position?

How to finish the attack?

Attack from the opening

An attacking player will strive to create an attacking positions and relevant elements from the opening they play. You should be able to create the advantages needed to ensure the attack is successful.


Learn the concept of 'Friends elements' and how they can help you to deliver the crushing king attacks.

Become a great attacker

If you solve a lot of tactical puzzles, you will be able to find combinations during the game, but in tactical puzzles you do already have a superior position and you just need to deliver the final blow.

But in real game you are not sure how to create such a position. This course will help you to achieve this.

The hotspot concept

GM Smirnov's 'Hotspot' concept unites many rules and ideas about the attack.

The simple concept summarizes all the attacking plans and the typical ideas discussed in the course and helps you to apply for yourself in your own practical games.


Powerful Practical tasks

It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 7 practical tasks (over 100 games) in this course which will help you to understand and remember the ideas of the course better.


The training program has a detailed explanation on what and exactly how you should do the practical tasks.

About the authors

Grandmaster Igor Smirnov

     Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, 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 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”.


CM Tryfon Gavriel

Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. He is a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 70k Subs as of 2016.

One of his earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. The trophy was awarded to him by Grandmaster and PHD Mathematician Dr John Nunn.

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