How Grandmasters think during a chess game?

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Firstly, let me give you a nice present. I’ve published the shortened version of the introduction video on the new course “Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind” which is still a very powerful lesson. You can watch it below:

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In the previous article, I shared with you the teaser video on the NEW course “Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind”. If you missed that, check it now: LINK.

As I said, I’ll be revealing more information about the new course. Today, I’d like to share with you almost all the information about it. So let’s get started. 🙂

First, let me ask you a questionhow do Grandmasters actually think during a chess game?


Have you noticed, when a Grandmaster or a top player is commenting on their games during a press conference or in any video lesson, usually they show you tons of variations that could happen in various lines.


The variations they show you might not relate to the actual thinking process. Some of those variations are their own preparations, while some variations they will simply never show you – because it is their secret weapon which they hope to use in their next games.

The question remains open: how GMs actually think?

Even if you have observed a couple of very interesting variations in the games of top players, still it doesn’t exactly clarify how can you find such moves in your own game within a short amount of time.

Next, you may be wondering about this question. It’s hard to calculate long lines, but what about knowing the strategic and tactical motives but not knowing typical plans in different openings; what if you study them and apply them – shouldn’t this clarify everything for you?

From one perspective, of course it could definitely help. But from another perspective, there are so many things you need to keep in mind while playing – about centres, about planning, open lines, weak squares, tactical motives, calculating and evaluating positions, etc. But the practical question is: how you can do that within just the one or two minutes you have for one move?


Theoretical and Practical Knowledge

There is a big difference in theoretical knowledge in chess and the practical thinking process.

In theory, you need to take into account all the main strategic and tactical motives. You need to compare a plan and calculate a lot of variations, come up with candidate moves and calculate each line until the end.

In a practical game, you need to play the right move within a few minutes, some within a few seconds. Therefore, you need to think quickly and efficiently.

That is why, in order to help you become a great practical player, we have created this course

Unlocking the Grandmaster's Mind

where we summarise how GMs actually think while playing the game of chess.

How exactly is this course different to many other famous books, like Play like a Grandmaster, “Think like a Grandmaster or even my earlier courseThe Grandmaster’s Secrets” (LINK)?

Here, I am not going to talk about how to think like a Grandmaster or play like one, but to know what makes a Grandmaster a master at chess. Is it his training or just psychology?


What can YOU learn from this course?

  • Limitations of Grandmasters
  • Extraordinary skills a Grandmaster possesses
  • Ability often to win games against weaker opponents
  • How a Grandmaster survives bad positions
  • Most important of all is that we, at Remote Chess Academy, aim to give practically orientated training which provides you with specific skills that can be applied effectively in your games

The Grandmaster style of play

  1. Do you want to play your game effectively with different styles of play for all formats of the game, like Blitz, Rapid and Standard formats?
  2. Do you want to maintain a cool head while playing under pressure, whether positional or psychological, like a Grandmaster? 🙂

Then this new course is for you. In it, we’ll reveal the secret of handling a wide variety of games, ranging from rapid games to standard games. After studying and practising this course, you will be able to portray ideal Grandmaster skills in each and every game you play.


After intensive research by my team of chess specialists, which consists of many Grandmasters, we came up with these ideas which are lacking in the average player.

Let me present several examples now, to test if you can solve the problems in front of you, like we Grandmasters do.

Example 1

Playing actively is considered good for any player; therefore, how can Black play actively here? Do you think it’s even possible?


Black’s turn

Don’t worry if you can’t find the answer or think the right way, for I will give you the right principles to play actively.

Let’s see another example.

Example 2

What would you play as White here?


White’s turn

Are you able to find the move? If so, then absolutely, you should be a better player; if not, don’t worry. 🙂

Example 3

I definitely don’t like the position Black has, but wait – what would you do in such situations?


Black’s turn

We have covered important ideas of Grandmasters, which they can often apply in their games.

So what exactly will you get from this course, “Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind”? Here is a detailed answer.

The course contains the following video lessons:

  • Grandmaster’s ability:

This lesson shows exactly how much a Grandmaster sees; and what’s also important is how much a Grandmaster doesn’t see.

Do Grandmasters win just because they calculate more than their opponents?

I will illustrate my ideas with RECENT games that are still fresh in my memory. Therefore, you are shown exactly what went on in my mind during the game.

Last, but not least, I can explain the importance of “practical” chances and how to use them in your favour, a subject that is often neglected.

  • Are assumptions good?

Sometimes Grandmasters have really bad days (like any other human being 🙂 ), where they either miss simple moves or judge positions wrongly.

Here you will understand why Grandmasters are UNIQUE and how they handle such crises.

  • Winning made easy:

Have you ever seen a win by a Grandmaster and said, “That was pretty simple!” – but were not able to repeat similar games yourself?

It seems as if there is a “magic” behind that!

In this lesson, I explain why sometimes strong moves come naturally and how to take full advantage of this.

  • Rapid – the right way:

Making quick decisions has a clear benefit: it saves time to do other things!

In a game of chess, it is a huge advantage. For instance, it allows you to put pressure on your opponent and play properly under time trouble.

HOW can you make quick decisions that can also be GOOD decisions?

  • Bad is not necessarily worse:

In this final lesson, we focus on a very common thing: being too AMBITIOUS.

When your strategy backfires, will you blame yourself? How can you find the BEST counter chances?


The course contains a practical part:

No chess improvement program would be complete without the MUCH-NEEDED training regimen to make sure that lessons sink in and to automate the skills necessary to transform your game and chess performance.

The practical tasks in*.pgn format.

We have already selected all the best lines and have analysed them. So you will study only the information that is NECESSARY. Again, you will not learn everything, but only what exactly you need.

All the theory lines contain text commentaries. These explanations will allow you to understand clearly all the important ideas and plans.

The practical points contain six main themes with about 100 problems.

Six themes are planning, active play, imbalance, worse position, exchange and trap.

P.S. I still have something exciting for you about the new course. So stay tuned – you can also “Like” our Facebook page (LINK) and “Follow” us on Twitter (LINK) to catch our updates.
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  1. Hi Aniket,
    Thank you for interest in the course.
    We will keep you updated about the cost of the product’s price in the near future.

    Prasaadh / Student Support Officer

  2. Thought you might like this… my opponent out ranks me by a very long way. Thank you for an intriguing opening idea, easy to learn, easy to play!

    [Black opponent 2010]
    [Result “1-0”]

    1. b3 c5 2. Bb2 e6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Be2 d5 6. O-O Be7
    7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 O-O 9. Nd2 a6 10. c4 Qc7 11. Rc1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Qd7 13. cxd5 Qxd5 14. Bf3 Qa5 15. Rc2 Bb4 16. Nc4 Qd8 17. Nb6 Qe7 18. Nxa8 1-0

  3. I watched your vids on 1.b3 and ran into a snag: 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d6 4. Bb5 Qg5 5. Qf3 Bd7 6. Ne2 O-O-O 7. Ng3 Nf6 8. O-O Bg4 9. Ne4 Qg6 0-1

    Other attempts were not much better: What is the solution?

    1. Congrats with your quick win in the 1st game!

      Regarding the 2nd game, if you wish to prevent Qg5, you may start from Nf3. For instance, you can play 4.Nf3 and then d4.

      Let me also clarify that I never recommended 1.b3 as your main opening for tournament battles. It’s a nice line to use sometimes, to surprize your opponents, especially in blitz games. However, I have to admit that it’s a bit risky and not very solid opening.

      As for the really powerful opening repertoire, I would advise that you follow the lines from “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory” course:

  4. Igor is right once upon a time gm boris gulko published a book how to think like a grandmaster with Dr r Sneed. It consist of two parts.but of no is useful.50-50 .

  5. Indeed, Ayush. Unfortunately most GMs prefer to show lots of variations/analysis without really clarifying exactly how they find the right moves.

    Once Ivanchuk (2700+ player) was asked “Do you plan to write a book?”. He answered “I’m an active player, so I don’t want to share my secrets. Of course I can write a superficial book, but I dislike this way”.

    Unlike Ivanchuk, many other GMs are fine with this “superficial way”. 🙁

    1. yes igor you are right .this is the topic which i want to be open in chess world.i also tried to explain to your moderators but they didnot understand.that is the reason i bless you and your courses everyday.everytime i play a game i follows your recomedations and guiding ideas.

      i also saw the wcch match commentary of anand carlsen 2014 match in which daniel king,negi,williams are the commentators but they didnot explains the secrets that you do in your lessons and courses.thankyu for your great explanation.i am waiting for the course to be released.

    2. by watching your new course and solving pratical parts i can also beat many top grandmasters and i also taking parts in strong tournaments.i know igor ivanchuk like grandmaster make us guys fools regularly.

  6. Nice comments – I was fascinated by the info . Does someone know where my company can get a sample NC DoR NC-4 EZ copy to edit ?

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