GM Smirnov

GM Smirnov

Igor Smirnov, CEO

International Grandmaster

I was very happy that after a long period of hard work, everyday training and huge efforts, I had learnt the right way to train, and it’s time to share the same with you

I started to play chess at the age 8. After a year of training, I attained the First category and won a local championship among schoolboys. I enjoyed the game and my rating increased quite quickly. At the age 13 after winning several international tournaments, I achieved the title of International Master.
Then I started to play mainly in the adult tournaments and realised that it wasn’t so simple to win there. I trained hard for about 6-8 hours a day, had many coaches and read a lot of chess books. But then it came to me that a lot of new information wasn’t making my game stronger!
The coaches offered me loads of different training systems, but they didn’t know the answer to this simple question. “How to make real progress and start to play chess better?” No one said to me: “I know exactly what to do and I can guarantee your progress”.
From that time onwards, I began to think about the right way of training and improving myself. That’s why I took an interest in psychology: it explains how the human brain works. After understanding some principles of a human’s thinking process, I grasped why the usual way of training is so ineffective.

Garry Kasparov presenting the 1st prize to Igor Smirnov “Kasparov’s Cup-2009″

Combining my chess experience and psychological knowledge, I started to create my own system of chess education. My chess results then became much better – I increased my rating to 2505, and at the young age of 20 became an International Grandmaster. My chess educational system corroborated its effectiveness in practice!
I was very happy that after a long period of hard work, everyday training and huge efforts, I had learnt the right way to train. Based on my experiences, I’ve decided to share this important knowledge and skills with other people, who want to get better in their own chess development. I believe it will help other people to save the significant time and a lot of expenditure on futile efforts, and enjoy fast progress.
I have now obtained a Master’s degree in psychology and made some more improvements in my chess educational system.
So far I’ve had a lot of successful pupils, you can read their feedback HERE.

  • 1998

    Independence-Cup’98 (B) – 2nd place.

  • 2000

    State championship – 1st place.

  • 2000

    International tournament «Alushta-2000» – 2nd place

  • 2001

    Championship of Ukraine (juniors) – 3rd place

  • 2002

    Championship of Ukraine (juniors) – 1st place.

  • 2002

    International tournament “Sevastopol-2002” – 1st place.

  • 2002

    European Team Championship – 3rd place.

  • 2003

    World youth chess Olympiad – 2nd place.

  • 2003

    Team Europe championship u18 – 3rd place (personal).

  • 2003

    Clubs Arabic Championship – 4th place.

  • 2004

    “2nd youth sport championship of Ukraine” – 1-2 place.

  • 2005

    Championship of Ukraine (sf) – 1st place.

  • 2005

    International tournament Czech-open (J) – 1st place.

  • 2005

    Czech-open (juniors) – 2nd place.

  • 2006

    International masters tournament “Amman-2006” – 2nd place.

  • 2007

    International chess tournament «Ilichevsk-2007» – 1st place.

  • 2007

    Memorial of E. Geller (youth) – 1st place.

  • 2008

    “Memorial of E. Geller” – 3rd place.

  • 2009

    “Kasparov’s Cup” – 1st place.

  • 2003

    Title of International Master.

  • 2008

    Title of International Grandmaster.

  • 1997-2004

    learning in a Sport School. Awarded the chess trainer certificate.

  • 2005

    Became one of the most popular coaches on ICC (a leading chess portal at that time).

  • 2009

    Got a Master’s degree in psychology.

  • 2009-2011

    Developed several best-selling chess courses.

  • 2005

    Championship of Ukraine (sf) – 1st place.

  • 2005

    International tournament Czech-open (J) – 1st place.

  • 2005

    Czech-open (juniors) – 2nd place.