Journey of GM Igor Smirnov and the RCA in 2019

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designFirst of all, I’d like to thank you so much for all the birthday greetings that you have been sending to me. It’s really touching and I always appreciate your support. Let me also provide you with a couple of quick updates about me and how this year has been to me.

I’ve just turned 32 and perhaps the biggest event of this year for me was that I became a father. And below is a photo of myself together with my daughter, Kate.
GM Igor Smirnov's Daughter KateAlready, everybody is asking me whether I am going to teach her chess, but the only thing that I can say for now is that she is already very good at capturing pieces. 😊

Besides that, another major thing that I am really happy about is that I managed to create two new courses myself, exclusively, this year, which are “The Secrets of Strong Players” and the latest one “Attack and Win”.

I have been working a lot to create something really valuable for you. Even though the videos are only several hours long, I take a lot of time to collect all the best practices that I used for my students, so that you can get this condensed practical wisdom for chess, which you can apply in your own games right away. Therefore, I am really happy that I was able to do this.

We also launched 9 courses this year from different authors, under our supervision and according to the RCA standards. These courses are on various different subjects – you can find almost anything you want to learn or an area which you want to improve in chess.

All in all, it’s always my great pressure to be able to serve you guys. There was also another interesting incident that occurred just a couple of months ago – I’ve managed to, all of a sudden, meet with one of the RCA students, Roman Babenko. In the photo below, you can see us playing a friendly chess game in a café, and it’s been a lot of fun.GM Igor Smirnov Student

Roman shared with me one of his blitz games, which illustrates the 3 main principles of attack – watch the game and learn now!

Additionally, we also hit a new milestone with the RCA YouTube Channel – it has got more than 50,000 subscribers; thank you so much, once again, for all your support there. And even more so, more than 6 million people viewed our channel, which is certainly very huge.

Apart from hitting these huge milestones with our YouTube Channel, the RCA also made its entry in Instagram. In the RCA Instagram page, you will find some interesting chess puzzles, video clips, chess games, news, funny memes, chess quotes and so much more.

I am really happy about all this – it’s always my great pleasure to be able to help you and also to support the chess development all over the world!

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