GM Igor Smirnov’s birthday – special offers

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It’s my birthday today – a really special day for me, as I am in a very positive and happy mood, and filled with blessings and greetings from my family, friends and students! 🙂 And I’ll share this happy mood with you, too – I’ve a plenty of good deeds to do on this special day.


First, I’m providing everyone with a cool gift – a huge 30% discount on all RCA products – which will be valid from today until Tuesday, 1 November (inclusive)! Just use the coupon “bday” when making your purchase. If you don’t know how to use a discount code, please see here.
GM Igor Smirnov's birthday

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Second, I’ve a surprise ‘package’ for you. A few months ago, we released our course “Winning the Middlegame”, which contains very powerful and instructive lessons on pawn structures and a single system on how you should play the middlegame. Many students have enjoyed studying this course very much.


I’ve had a thought about this: I’ve decided to help those students who really want to improve their middlegame skills and learn the A-Z about this very important stage of the game; or, in other words, those who want to become a “Middlegame Expert”.
Chess Middlegame ExpertIf you’re in this category, I’ve some great news for you. 🙂 We’ve launched the “Middlegame Expert Package” (3 in 1) that contains the following courses:



This is a great opportunity for you to become a “middlegame expert”. If you study these courses, you’ll learn everything about middlegame play: pawn structures, planning, calculation, visualization, and most importantly, winning and what not!


Both “Calculate Till Mate” and “Your Winning Plan” have received a 5/5 rating from our students who have already studied them – therefore, there is no doubt that these courses are of a very HIGH QUALITY. The actual total sum of these three courses is $327 USD, while you can get them for just $249 USD with this package – saving a really massive $78 USD!


But that’s not all – if you also use the above-mentioned 30% discount couponbday”, you will save a further $75 USD approximately and get this package for around $174 USD. Therefore, you make a total saving of more than $150 USD – can this be any more awesome! 🙂
Middlegame Expert Package

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Additionally, I’d like to share with you a birthday greeting card I received from one my students, Martin.
Birthday greetingThank you very much for your good wishes, Martin! 🙂


Finally, I’d like to share with you a cool video that the RCA Team has prepared, wishing me a Happy Birthday, and explaining about the exciting offers we’re providing you with. You can watch the video below:

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P.S. Guys, I hope you won’t miss this great opportunity to grab our courses soon with a really massive discount. Have fun and enjoy learning! 🙂
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    1. Thanks!

      Based on your past comments, I know you studied the courses diligently. Or maybe you are just a smart person 🙂 Anyhow, it’s my pleasure to have such great students!

  1. happy birthday dear igor smironov god bless you and give you 100years of life enjoy your day are the best coach in the world.thanks for creating rca blog and awesome courses.glda to see your nex powerful course

      1. and happy diwali dear igor sir and to your family enjoy the enlightment of your country. thanks sir i will continously gonaa do it for my chess improvement.

  2. Hello Igor!
    Sorry for being late, but happy birthday! I wish you all the best to your family, chess coach career and life in general! Thanks for all the improvements you caused in me from your courses, they’re the best thing ever!

    Best Regards, 🙂

  3. Dearest One, Wish you a very happy birthday, may God bless you and fulfill all your wishesh In coming years that are still awaited and give you joy, happiness, good married life so that you be mwntally peacefull snd give us good chess materials as you provided till date. ( growing with your courses and within six moth rating become 1734 , that was stagnated at1545 for last three years) Manish Tiwari

    1. Dear Manish,
      Thank you very much for your extended wonderful wishes!

      It’s absolutely terrific that you managed to break through in your chess development. +200 rating points is an awesome progress. Keep it up! 🙂

      1. Thank you Dearest Igor for your kind reply and motivational words. I have your courses ( apart from all your free courses I have, GM’s Opening Lab – 1, Winning Plan, GM’s positional Understanding, Calculate till mate, Endgame expert, Self taught GM) my aim is to reach 1800 till December 2016 and break 2000 barrier till December 2017. growing step by step with you and your wonderful courses. You are blessed and let us blessed by your amazing deep Chess knowledge.
        best regards
        Manish Tiwari

  4. Hi! One question regarding the grandmaster’s secrets course. I am kind of worried that your overgeneralization of the chess principles might confuse people who study that course and they might develop a wrong attitude towards the game + you promised them to get grandmaster’s results by studying that course. Example, already in the line 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 they will not be able to find the right move, which is actually really well known to be the best. The best move is c3. They will be confused because it’s a pawn move in the opening which doesn’t help in development, so according to your principles of least active piece and max. activity, Nf3 should be the best(which is completely not true). The center pawn chain is of much greater value. You see, already in this simple line they will get confused and will misunderstand this position. And you can’t argue this situations are rare, they’re actually so in nearly every opening. In every opening, there lies a deeper picture of the position, the plan, the pawn structure and the demands of the position from a concrete opening, THIS is what will make people strong chess players and give them Grandmaster’s results, and not stereotypical way too general principles of max activity, least active piece and so on.
    So that was my question basically, what do you think about this and how would you remedy this problem of your GM secrets course?
    Thanks for your time and effort in advance, appreciate it and I think this question is very important 🙂

    1. I would take a stab at this:
      The principle of the centre states that we should control the centre, that we should develop our pieces and pawns towards the centre. Allowing a flank pawn to take our central pawn is clearly a concession. Supporting the centre with c3, which prevents the above concession, then comes firmly to mind.

      Even here, though, I’d back up one step further. Why play 3.e5 in the first place? What principle does that follow? You are not developing, you are not attacking. You are moving a piece twice in the opening and breaking the tension in the centre for no reason. Would the principles not say that Nc3 is the best move, developing a piece, protecting the pawn and fighting for the centre? This is, of course, the main line.

      Smirnov has said elsewhere that his principles do not apply to every move 100% of the time. In my own observations I would say they work nearly always in open positions, very often in sem-open positions and less in closed positions. Even here, though, they point towards the right idea. You just need to go about it in a different way.

      I will finish by saying this: look for how the principles work, not how they might not work. By following Smirnov’s simple principles in GM Secrets and GMPU, I took my online rating of 1800 and ballooned to 2100. They really do work, and their simplicity is their best feature.

      That’s my view at least. Good luck in your chess studies.

      1. Hi Jonathan!
        Thanks for your reply and useful thoughts, I appreciate it. 🙂 I knew you were going to say that for the move 3.e5, that it doesn’t follow the principles, but I figured that it’s a bit irrelevant, since Igor promised to us to be able to use his principles in any positions, and so we should able to do so after 3. e5 and then 3…c5. Also, you said that Igor said that his principles don’t apply in 100% of the positions, and I remember that he said that. But my problem is, how should I know if his principles do apply in my position or not? For example, I just played an exhibition blitz game to try out Igor’s thinking system and this position has arisen.(here’s the FEN below)
        r1bq1rk1/1p2bpp1/p1n2n1p/2pp4/5B2/P1NP1NP1/1P2PPBP/2RQ1RK1 b – – 1 11
        It’s black to move and I was playing black. And so I proceeded to use his principles and thinking system(I also bought and watched My Thinking System Premium Video). Black should definetely develop the c8-bishop somewhere. According to what Igor’s been always talking about in his courses(GM Secrets, GM positional understanding, Opening prepartaion, My thinking system etc…) black should develop the c8 bishop to the most forward, active square according to principle of maximum activity. During the game, I saw that g4 isn’t quite available, as then white could gain a tempo on the bishop with Ne5, which is unpleasant for black. And so I decided to develop it to second most forward square f5, as Nh4 is met by simply Bh7. However, engines say that Bf5 is not a good move, and that Be6 is much better. And how exactly should I have then known that Be6 was better than Bf5? What I now opine is, that probably Be6 is better exactly because of the reasons I have been mentioning earlier, deeper picture position, pawn structure, the plans; and so Be6 is probably the best because it’s defending the d5 pawn. But again, it’s confusing and makes it hard to implement Igor’s material.

        Good luck in your chess studies too 😉

        1. Lovro, I looked at your position with two engines, Fritz 12 and Komodo7. K7 says that Be6 is -0.11, and the position after Bf5 is 0.07. In other words, the position went from almost equal to … almost equal. Frtiz 12 is different. It thinks that Be6 is -0.10, though after 3min that falls to -0.06. After Bf5, the evaluation jumps to +0.49 … but after a few moments it begins to drop and drop … then rise again … and after 3min it went 0.17. So, in other words, from almost equal to almost equal.

          The difference between the two moves is almost negligible. You are not going to win or lose based on this one move. Smirnov said in one of his videos that games are won far more often because of blunders rather than brilliant play. For that reason, it’s more important to play good moves, avoiding mistakes, than spending lots of time looking for perfect play.

          In the position, my initial reaction is to play Be6, but I see no reason to reject Bf5. My only reservation is that the pawn on d3 restricts it, whereas after …d4 it has a potential nice diagonal if on e6. The position isn’t critical, though; it makes no sense spending time to decide which is better.

          That’s my view, at least.

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