Intellectual Sport

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Recently I gave an interview to a Ukrainian TV channel. The 2 most popular questions that non-chess playing people asked me were:

1. Why do people play chess?
2. Why do players need chess coaches when there are so many books, videos etc?


If we want to raise the popularity of chess, we should EXPLAIN its value to people. There’s an old and wise idea that “People criticize what they do not understand”.

In this article I’m going to answer the 1st question (and I’ll answer the 2nd question in one of the next lessons). So, why do people play chess?


In this modern world where hard physical work is delegated to machines, your mental power becomes most important.

Your BRAIN becomes your main weapon and your major competitive advantage.

Thus, if you want to get greater results, you need to sharpen your mind first.

brain exercise

How can you increase your mind power? Similar to physical power, your mind power will not go up by itself. And pure desire will not change anything either.

If you really want to progress (go beyond your current capacities) you need to do special training REGULARLY.


In order to increase physical power – you perform physical sports.
In order to increase your brain power – you need an intellectual sport. And that is CHESS.

This approach puts focus not on chess, but on a PERSON that plays chess. We use chess as a tool for SELF-IMPROVEMENT.

Victory is mine!

Chess is an intellectual sport that develops your mental power and champion psychology. This helps you be the WINNER in chess and in life.

Now I have a little test for your tactical skills. 2 cool games were played a few days ago. Try to find the solution in positions below.

Moiseenko – Rapport
White’s move

White is up a piece and therefore his position is winning. However, due to little quantity of remaining pawns, Black has some practical chances for a draw.

Right now, Black is double attacking White’s a2 and c3 pawns. Can White save them somehow?


Meier – Kramnik
White’s move

Recently, Black won a pawn and the White position was weakened. In this critical situation White found the sudden resource 32.Nf6!

How would you handle it as Black?

Black’s move

After you’ve found the solution for both positions, you can download the whole games (with comments) here: LINK

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  1. Amazing great new site well done 🙂 training over and over the same things from the lesson/course give me good result , before I only play huge now I train more and more.

  2. Shawkat Shamsi,
    The new site looks great.
    By the way,may I attract your attention to prepare some lessons on how to set up a Chess Club and Arrange Tournaments where chess is not so popular yet .Because,I don’t have any chess club nearby,I wish I could let the ball rolling by launching a creative CHESS CLUB where SELF IMPROVEMENT happen to be a reality for the local people.
    Thanks again for this new approach of yours.

  3. Hello to u all! I would like to share with u and our teacher a nice experience i had in my last tournament which took place 5 days ago!
    Well for this tournament i made a serious psychological preparation and with the help of our teacher’s lessons i made a draw against GM David Alberto from Italy with rating 2589 with black (!), i won an IM and i drew against a strong FM. These results have motivate me to work ever harder in chess because i know that even though i made some good results i still have many many things to improve in my games.
    I have to notice that i work hard to improve my thinking system in order to continuously follow it during the games. It is not an easy job especially when i get tired but in this tournament i succeded in following it in most of the time and with good results! The secret as Igor has pointed so many times is in our thinking system and in our champion psychology! I ignored all distractions and i just focused on chess. Thank u Igor from the bottom of my heart! Take care my good friend…!

    1. Dear Shaidan, thanks for your comment…we just had this issue, and we will take care of it asap

      Kind regards,

      Manuel / Student Support Officer

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