GM Smirnov’s review about the new chess courses

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A few days ago, we added a two guest author’s courses to our RCA Shop. They are “Play like Tal” and “Killer Dragon”by GM Simon Williams.














Today, I’d like to remind you of the 30% discount I’ve provided you with during the first few days of the product release.

You can get these courses with a huge 30% discount by using the coupon “simon“. By using this code, you’ll save about $6 on “Play like Tal” and about $18 on “Killer Dragon”. respectively. If you don’t know how to use a discount code, please see here: LINK


Note: the discount will be valid only till Wednesday, 24 June. Moreover, if you buy both of these premium videos on or before 24 June, you’ll get an additional 25% discount on any of my courses/webinars. You can find more information about all the special offers here: LINK

I’ve also studied these two new courses and today I’d like to share MY REVIEW of them.

GM Williams has a very entertaining style.


It’s enjoyable to study his lessons. He explains lots of typical plans and ideas – in different openings and various middlegame pawn structures.middlegame pawn structures.middlegame pawn structures.middlegame pawn structures.

The interactive training method is very useful. While watching the lessons, at critical moments you are given a chance to find the best move yourself. After that, you can see GM Williams explaining different options – both correct and incorrect ones. Hence, you can test and improve explaining different options – both correct and incorrect ones. Hence, you can test and improve your own thinking process. I liked it a lot. 🙂


On the negative side, I’d say GM Williams’s explanations are not deep enough, compared to GM Sokolov or my courses (forgive me Simon :)). Still, you certainly can learn a lot of good ideas, while having a pleasant time by watching his friendly commentaries.

My review about “Play like Tal” course

Firstly, Tal is one of my favorite players. 🙂 He’s the greatest master of attack, which is the most important skill you need in order to WIN chess games. The games presented in “Play like Tal” are both fascinating and useful.


I would not recommend this course to the expert-level player. But if you are below 2200 FIDE – the course will suite you perfectly.

CONCLUSION: I would definitely recommend that you study “Play like Tal” course. Attack is the most important skill you need, while Tal is the great player to learn it from. 🙂



My review about “Killer Dragon” course

It teaches you to play the Dragon variation of the Sicilian defense as Black. This is a very famous opening variation and the Classical Dragon happens after the moves: 1.e4-c5 2.Nf3-d6 3.d4-cd 4.Nd4-Nf6 5.Nc3-g6.


Dragon variation

In short, Dragon is a complicated but powerful opening. You need to invest quite some time learning it. It’s not that easy, and you should be aware of that. At the same time, the course “Killer Dragon” will make it much faster and easier for you.


After that, you’ll get a menacing weapon against White’s 1.e4 move. It provides you with plenty of .e4 move. It provides you with plenty of attacking opportunities. You can crush even a very experienced opponent. So, that’s definitely great for you!


The course contains very detailed analysis and explanations of the Dragon variation. That’s why it suites any player who wants to master this opening. I’d say it’s most recommended for players from beginner till IM level.most recommended for players from beginner till IM level.

CONCLUSION: Dragon is one of the good options to play against 1.e4 move, especially if you are an the good options to play against 1.e4 move, especially if you are an attacking player. If you’d like to learn it, “Killer Dragon” will make it much easier for you.














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  1. dear igor,one thing i must say about simon williams dvd is that it is very systematically made and presented and simon explains his thought process very clearly during the actual game(no superficial thinking).that why i like his dvd .but the downside is that,he is not like you explaining the base principles of aatack and defense,planning ,types of centre.sir please tell me the refutation of king gambit from black point of view??it is too difficult to play with black’s side.

  2. Thanks for your feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the new courses in our collection.

    Of course every author has his own style. On the other hand it’s good for you, because you can learn chess comprehensively.

    As for the King’s gambit, I can’t explain everything here, but the key point (for Black) is to play d5 early. This will give you an open game, quick development, and therefore will neutralize White’s initiative. Good luck in your battles!

    1. thankyu so much igor .i will try to neutralize king’s gambit with d5 break.simon had created a dvd crash test dvd 1 and dvd 2 it is also very interesting.i had also having problems with the evans gambit.what is the refutation of this line with black point of view.thankyu in advance.

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