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And YES, my new BOMB-course has been released – “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”: LINK

Many people asked whether they could get into the lucky list of customers who will get great bonuses. I have to tell you, HOWEVER, that the 1st bonus (my personal support) has been snapped up during the 1st day! So unfortunately, it’s no longer available.

BUT don’t fret; the 2nd bonus is still up for grabs – 5 extra lessons with replies to my students’ questions. You still can get this bonus absolutely for free. However, the places are limited! If you want to be there – order the course “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” NOW!

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As I told you previously, for a limited time, this course is available at a LOWER price. After the 29th of October the price will become 15 dollars higher! That’s another nice bonus that only my regular students know of. 🙂


For a long time I didn’t write you about successes of students of our “Remote Chess Academy” 🙂 It doesn’t mean we don’t have good news. Quite the contrary, many great results were achieved during this time. It shows what an ordinary player can get with a RIGHT plan of study especially when he sticks to it.

My elo rating is about 2170 and I hope to become a FM level. when I can reach that goal then I will be one of the oldest new FM 😉 (I am 51 years old)
Your course is great. I feel that my chess becomes better and better.

Kind Regards,
Sir i happy to say that I got 3rd Prize in my school.

These are good examples for those who make an excuse out of their age… that they are too young or too old. I have students from 6 to 65 years old. They all progress and get good results! Everything is possible, set a goal to achieve and DO EVERYTHING you can to achieve that goal!

Many people ask me what results they can get after a study of the course. Since that can’t be measured mathematically, in order to answer this question, I let the results of my other students, who applied the courses already, do the ‘talking’.

I want to thank you for developing a such a strong chess course. I was USCF 1990 when I started with your course and gained 101 rating points in the past 10 games. My rating is now 2091.

In my last tournament, finished in front of 13 players rated higher than myself including 4 USCF masters!



So you are saying this is sheer luck? Well, here’s some MORE! What chess book can give you at least a half of such results? 🙂 (or at least a tenth? LOL)

Yesterday i beat an opponent who was 500 points higher than me in 14 moves because i was able to use the thinking method taught by you! Thank you Igor.

I don’t know if you update your success stories or not, but I wanted to say this:

After studying your course I entered a tournament where i was lowest rated player.

I was in 2 tournaments in the past year (I just started playing a year ago) but this one had the strongest competition by far with player rated 1700, 1400, and couple 2000+. I pretty much beat two players rated almost “1000” points higher than. That’s not a typo and this is real. Thanks!


Don’t you think it’s about time YOU join our ‘ELITE Club’ and shock your friends with you unbelievably good results and fast chess development? 🙂

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  • Dennis

    this course is really also so so so so great amazing , wish Paypal was faster 🙁 , Monday I did make a transfer online to my Paypal account , think I can buy it tomorrow 🙂 take 1 a 2 days always

  • Mr.DeerHunter

    i don’t know.im very weak right now.my rating is 1207. is this course intended for beginners also?

    • Aggelos

      Hi sir. You say that you are weak?
      I have some friends that he is below 1000 ELO! 🙂
      If you are weak means that you must study the course litle harder… 🙂

  • It’s been a year since I stop playing chess, but I love the game. My sister will continue the chess journey for me. (aw!)

  • Anonymous

    Really, this good news and thanks again very very much for our teacher GM Igor Smirnov

  • Uri Blass

    I do not know about this specific course but I did not get an improvement from another course of opening repertoire and it seems that I am on the same level near 2000 inspite of surprising my opponents in some games.

    I admit that I did not do the practical tasks but I simply dislike the fact that part of the openings are unsound.

    For example I analyzed the main line that smirnov gives in the french defence(smirnov say there
    after white castle in move 9:”then Qe2 and white has slightly better position” and I analyzed with houdini and houdini gives black a small advantage and the evaluation is not changed to equality or a small advantage for white even after hours of analysis).

    Note that I have no problem to take the risk of getting equal position with white in order to surprise my opponent but getting slightly inferior position seems to me too much.

    I do not expect progress to be easy but I would like to see a list of questions that if you know to answer all of them you get a progress(and if I need to create the questions for myself then it is an additional work).

    In the case of opening I would like to have list of lines that I need to remember in order to get a clear advantage on the clock or on the board in most games.

    In general in chess I would like to see list of questions that if you know to answer all of them you get an improvement(it can include chess positions and not only the best move but what lines to analyze and how to think).

    • Anonymous

      Our brother Uri Blass, if you didn’t do practical tasks in ( THE GRANDMASTER’S OPENINGS LABORATORY ) Course. In that case you didn’t do anything realy in this particular course. So I advise you comeback to particular part and do all tasks ,after that you can criticize

  • Uri Blass

    I can add that I also disagree with some of the opinions of GM smirnov.
    He claims about playing style that players are bad at defending.

    I have a different experience.
    In part of my games my opponent sacrificed for attack and I got material advantage and won the game. Of course not always I find the best defence but I am not an attacker and I do not feel better at attack relative to defence.

    Of course not always I find the best moves to defend but the same is correct also for attacking moves.

    In part of my last games I changed my style and sacrificed for initiative but the result is not good and even in case that the sacrifice was correct I did not know how to continue correctly and did a mistake later.

  • Aggelos

    It is very easy for everyne t create a chess rule, it is very easy to repeat a rule, it is very easy to find 1-2 games to support this rule and it is even posible to play 1-2 game to prouve this mystirious rule…

    The difical thing is to find a SIMPLE rule, the basic of of all stratigic rules, to explane this with very simple words and prouve that this work in EVERY psition.

    I have told it in the past and i will be realy hapy to say it again. When start study I. Smirnv’s courses i begine to enjoy chess! I enjoy playing, to analyse and commend chess games. 🙂

    I understand why Dr. Tarrash says: “Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.”

    The new course is amazing and i am going now to perfrome the practical part! After the video lessons i feel that i can do them all easily!!! 🙂

    The bottom line is this: Buy this course and start enjoy your game!!! Good luck fcks!

    P.s. Is I.S. courses effectivly? Ok i would say that i have study the course “How to beat Gm” resently and i have play a blitz game with one Russian Gm (2600+).
    I am not only winning him twice but in the secnd time i mate him in 19 moves!!!!!!!!!

    I thing you can copy – pase the game in the chessbase programm and see it normaly! 😉
    Kesaris (2163) – Arkhangelsk (2849) [C54]
    Friendly Game, 3m Main Playing Hall, 24.10.2011
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0–0 Bxc3 9.d5 Ne5!? 10.bxc3 Nxc4 11.Qd4 Ncd6 12.Qxg7 Qf6 13.Qxf6 Nxf6 14.Re1+ Kf8 [14…Kd8 15.Bg5 Nde8 16.Rxe8+ Kxe8 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Bh6+ Kg8 19.Re5 1–0 Greco,G-NN/Rome 1620/EXT 2007] 15.Bh6+ Kg8 16.Re5! Nfe4 17.Re1!? [17.Nh4 With the idea to play f3. 17…b5 18.f3] 17…f6 18.Re7! Creating the mating net. 18…Nf7 19.Re8# (Lag: Av=0.62s, max=1.5s) 1–0

  • Anonymous

    Our brother Uri Blass, if you didn’t do practical tasks in ( THE GRANDMASTER’S OPENINGS LABORATORY ) Course. In that case you didn’t do anything realy in this particular course. So I advise you comeback to particular part and do all tasks ,after that you can criticize

  • Igor Isak

    I hope, that this new course will help me nearly as good, as GM secrets.
    3 monts ago, I’ve got GM secrets course, studied it for 2 monts and played in 2 rapid tournaments (15 minutes). I was extremly bad in blitz, rapid and tactics, but after studing this course, I managed to beat 4 IMs , draw with 1 GM, and 2 IMs. I’ve lost only 2 games with IMs on this 2 tournaments. I was extremly happy in 2nd tournament, beacause I won it (5.5 points / 7 games , 16 players). On this tournament 13 players had bigger rating than mine (only 1994 ELO), but I was on the top!

    Thanks GM Smirnov. Your courses will help anybody who has work habit, and good work organization.

  • yovanny

    saludos, quiero comprar todos sus packs pero en ESPAÑOL, ganarias mucho dinero…

  • Aggelos

    I would like to make a further note here.

    I am shearching about 2 years to understand how to move my pawns in my chess game. All the books and educational materials give informations about the same pawn chainges. Isolate pawns, hanging pawns, double pawns etc. By the way, the most of these educational materials, speacks for the negative elemends of these pawns. But this is not objectivly! I have a friend that almot in any game (Black or white) take g:f3 open the g line, bring the rooks there and attack the castle! Ok, it is not always working but i like the attack and i like to see his games! 🙂
    Also i am agry because i can find analysis for the most of pawn chainges that happend from 1.d4 openings, but not in 1.e4. Why? 1.e4 is zooloo opening and 1.d4 is strategick opening? No. Probably the authors don’t care of them dn’t knows much about 1.e4…
    I am very happy that i spend around 1 hour and i learn how to use my pawns and my bishops (!!!), the two most importan strategick elements in chess. And now i am sure that my oponents will pain a lot in the chess board! 🙂

  • MrDeerHunter

    ok.ill get the course and i hope to improve my rating from 1200 to 1500-1600.do you think this sounds too optimistic?

  • MrDeerHunter

    ok.ill get the course and i hope to improve my rating from 1200 to 1500-1600.do you think it sounds too optimistic?

  • Sitaram_as

    Its very good to be apostional player. I enjoy going through the course. Its very good, I am 1999 uscf and I can easily reach much above in next tournament. I am very keen to take up.

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  • Juan Ma

    Hi Igor! I bought the new course the last monday, I will start study it on the weekend since I have to work all entire day during the week.
    Please let me know if I am in the lucky list.. Many thanks from Argentina!
    Let me give you a recommendation, you should translate all your courses to the spanish languages. There a lot of chess player in spain and all latin america!
    I hope to continue with my progress in chess. The last week I won the 1st premium of a 3rd categorie tournament with players around 1750 elo, just using your explanations of piece´s activity in the GM secrets course.
    Have a nice day!

  • Mr.DeerHunter

    why is this course double the price of others? i see courses at 53,57,69 USD.is this course longer or more important? please answer.

    • Yes, it’s longer and more important. Mainly it depends on the VALUE of the course and the progress it can give you.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much my teacher, I very appreciate you putting me in the list of the lucky ones “Lucky List”

  • Mackyjamad_71

    there is no clear explanation in how to buy your product by western union? since you didn’t mention the name and address of you in your sample because the western union teller are asking the name and address of receiver…

  • People, please, be brief in your comments. I will start deleting those “10-pages” comments with games etc inside.

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  • FM Father Daniel

    I don’t care if I’m in the ‘lucky list’ or not. I have purchased the new course and have found it quite interesting. Generally speaking, all the courses by GM Smirnov are good and can tell you quite a bit about the game of chess. However, I don’t think GM Opening Laboratory, especially, its practical part are good for playing against strong opposition (FM and above). Some lines, i.e. for White, are too meak to use against IMs when you check them with Houdini, but might be good for amateurs. So keep that in mind. As to the repertoir for Black it’s quite good if you’re an attacker like me but you have to check it with a computer if you don’t want surprises. With White I prefer sticking to my proven 1. d4 repertoire.

  • me

    It would be nice if you could stop using differnet voices in the courses. It just sound idiotic as you’re not an actor and the effect is rather poor…

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