Fantastical chess defense and important announcement

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First of all, let me remind you about the survey that we’re conducting to know your opinion about our existing opening courses and your requests for our future opening courses. Moreover, by taking part in the survey you’ll get a nice present,Summary – Chess Training Plan for Rapid Improvement”, in return 🙂 Click here to participate in the survey: LINK

Recently I’ve received a message from a student. He was studying the course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” (LINK) and he found a powerful improvement in one of the games from the practical part of the course.

I’ve commented this game myself, and would like to share it with you now. Firstly, this is really a great and exciting position. Secondly, it’s a very useful lesson for you to hone your defensive skills. Please take a look at the position below:


Bitman – Alexeev, 1969


Black to play

How would you play here as Black? You need to find the candidates moves, calculate the continuation, and figure out the best option. If you analyse this position seriously, you are going to learn a LOT from this game. 🙂

Once you’ve done your work, please check the answer here: LINK

As a final note, let me share an interesting point with you. Lots of different students have studied my courses (LINK). Some of the students gained 100-300 rating points from just one course, while others couldn’t improve their chess skills very much.


Obviously, the course remains the same, but the students’ results are so different. Why is it so? It’s simply because, if you study something superficially, you get only 5-10% of its real value. The thorough learning brings you a well-deserved 100% improvement.


In light of that, there’s a final question to you. Have you studied the course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets“? If so, why haven’t YOU noticed the error in the above mentioned game? 🙂


Finally, I have a very important announcement to make today – our new opening course is about the opening “Bogo-Indian defense” and it will be released on Tuesday, 11 August! 🙂
newMoreover, did you know that you have a chance to get this course for FREE? Yes, you can – participate in the discussion “What should the best chess opening course contain?” in our Facebook page (LINK) and if your comment has the most number of ‘likes’, you’ll get this course for FREE!

Note: for your convenience, I’ve pinned this discussion/post to the top of our Facebook page (LINK). Feel free to share your thoughts!

Comments: 8

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  1. Dear Igor Bogo indian for white or black side,when will you release d4 opening lines complete lines for white side

  2. Hopefully it’s for both colours. When opening texts start going ‘for black’ or ‘for white,’ they sometimes cherry pick examples. I have a Queen’s Gambit for White book that looks amazing … because every game is a White win, sometimes with Grandmasters against non-Grandmasters. It makes the QG look excellent, but it’s not really informative, or even ethical.

    You don’t fully understand a position until you know the plans and ideas of both sides. This is one of the main takeaways I’ve got from Igor’s teachings, and I’m sure he’ll give this opening the discussion it deserves.

  3. Jonathan answered the 1st question nicely.

    Currently, I’m collecting the students’ needs and preferences for the future opening courses. A potential course about all the openings related to 1.d4 is going to be really HUGE if I go in depth for every opening. Alternatively I can make a more general review of all the openings. Finally, it’s possible to create separate courses for every related opening (King’s Indian, Nimzo, Queen’s Indian etc). Which way would you prefer?

    1. Dear Igor,In your opening course Gol1,Gol2 u gave e4 lines for white side as a whole i like that way so please make 1.d4 flowed by c4 lines as a whole.When it comes to separate course dedicate it to separate openings like reti opening, 1.c4 opening etc

  4. Thx jonathan for the nice answer,AS you said earlier we need to know both sides planes and ideas to deeply understand each position or an opening.How do u study the openings?Do u memories them or do u understand the reason of the moves like gm do?

    1. I try to understand them, but it’s hard. I think you need to find a balance. If you only understand, you can have problems with strict move order tricks. If you only memorize, you have problems when opponent deviates or goes out of book. You need that balance.

  5. I would rather have more details about one opening than less details about many openings.

    If you plan to make many such opening courses, individual courses mixed with bundles seem like a good compromise. You could have a ‘Buy All Openings,’ and then subsets, like ‘All 1.e4 openings’ or ‘All 1.d4 openings.’ If you only want the Queen’s Pawn courses, you only get those. If you only have interest with one opening, you can ignore the bundles and just buy that.

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      Thank you for the ideas about creating courses for opening. Your ideas is interesting. We will consider it.

      Student Support Officer

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