A chance for you to meet GM Igor Smirnov personally


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You might have studied a lot of my lessons on the Internet. However, it would be much cooler to meet me personally, wouldn’t it? 🙂

 

I strive to support chess all around the world. Also, I love to travel and meet nice people. Currently, I’m planning my next trips to other countries. Hence, if you want me to visit YOUR country – feel free to let me know.

 

Please send an e-mail to me at [email protected] if:

  • You would like to attend my seminar in your country.
  • You could help with the organization of my seminar in your country.
  • Or simply, if you are a nice person and would like to meet with me personally. 

GM Igor Smirnov
You are welcome to send an e-mail to me, or you may write a comment below. Please include brief information about yourself and where you are from.

 

Don’t hesitate to write your message! If you stay passive and don’t write a message – guess what… I’ll visit places recommended by other students but possibly not your country.

 

NOTE: in case you have questions about any other topics (my courses, etc.) – please use the usual support e-mail.

 

 

designMeanwhile, let me share some interesting photos from my various past trips. 🙂

 

In October 2015, I visited India to conduct my seminars. That was a great time! I met lots of aspiring chess fans and now I’m happy to see the nice progress made by Indian players.
GM Igor Smirnov's seminar in India

During my seminars in India

 
I played 160 games in the Simul display, in just three days! That was overwhelming, but a lot of fun as well.

 

Have you heard about the match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1992? It took place in a fabulous island – Sveti Stefan in Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia).
Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky World Championship Venue

At the Sveti Stefan island in Montenegro

 

The prize fund for that match, 5 million US dollars, is probably the highest ever in chess.

 

When chess players are asked: “Who is the greatest player of all time?”, Fischer and Kasparov are usually competing for the first rank in the poll.

 

I was fortunate to meet Garry Kasparov at the “Kasparov’s Cup-2009″.
GM Igor Smirnov and GM Garry Kasparov

With Garry Kasparov

 

Getting the prize from Kasparov was something memorable. He’s a highly energetic person and it’s no surprise that he achieved so much in chess.

 

In Sri Lanka, I came to realize how similar the people of different nations are…
GM Igor Smirnov in Sri LankaIn case you can’t recognize me, I’m second from the right. 🙂

 

In Thailand, I took a pause from chess battles and joined in the water battles (it’s Songkran festival).
GM Igor Smirnov in Thailand

“Are you ready for the battle?” 🙂

 
I’ve made a couple of chess lessons about the superiority of the bishop compared to the knight. The ‘bishop’ piece is represented by an elephant in many chess sets. In Thailand, I could see that ‘bishop’ can dominate the situation in real life just as well. 🙂

 

When I trained my students in the United Arab Emirates, I noticed an interesting object on the street.
GM Igor Smirnov in UAE

In the UAE

 

Do you know what those two black objects behind my back are? Please don’t say “It’s trash”, as I would not pose for it. 🙂

 

These are bikes under sunblock covers. In the UAE, the temperature can rise up to 50°C, and keeping your vehicle cool is something that is vital.

 

In Singapore, I met my trickiest student.
GM Igor Smirnov with an RCA Student

With an RCA student, Joshua

 
Joshua said that I must try the famous cocktail “Singaporean sling”. He didn’t warn me about alcohol in this cocktail, and while I was losing control, he managed to retrieve all “The Grandmaster’s Secrets”! Just kidding. 🙂

 

I’ll determine the next countries for my visit by the largest quantity of messages from that country. Therefore, if you want to put your country at the top of the list and meet with me personally in your place – send an e-mail to [email protected] or write your comment below.

 

Please don’t forget to include brief information about yourself and where you are from.

 

P.S. To collect more ‘votes’ for your country, share this article with your chess friends by clicking the buttons below.
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  1. dear igor i want to meet you personally and thanks for this wonderful article.it would be great to know that you are going to a lot of countries for chess.its great and helpful.i live in chattisagarh state in india at small town rajnandgaon.

  2. dear igor i want to meet you personally and thanks for this wonderful article.it would be great to know that you are going to a lot of countries for chess.its great and helpful.i live in chattisagarh state in india at small town rajnandgaon.

    1. Dear Ayush,

      We’ve being communication a lot via Internet and it would be awesome to meet personally one day. However, I can’t forgive you for not coming to my Indian seminars in October 🙂

      I have so many friends in India that I’ll surely visit this country again, even though I don’t know when it’s going to happen.

      Thanks for sharing your location! I’ll take it into account while planning future trips.

      1. sir please forgive mei for not attending your seminars in india !!!!to visist chennai cost more and its time taking from rajnandgaon it take 2 days to reach there and i have some family problems too..dear sir in chattisgarh probably you know raipur state rajnandgaon is 75km away from raipur.thanks for replying i want your personal opinion about my progress one day.

        1. Hi Ayush,
          We are glad that you are interested in Igor’s visit.
          We will note this message. While calculating the largest quantity of messages from a country.

          Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  3. Dear Ayush,

    We’ve being communication a lot via Internet and it would be awesome to meet personally one day. However, I can’t forgive you for not coming to my Indian seminars in October 🙂

    I have so many friends in India that I’ll surely visit this country again, even though I don’t know when it’s going to happen.

    Thanks for sharing your location! I’ll take it into account while planning future trips.

    1. please come to raipur so that i can meet you in less time and sir i want to talk personally with you how to get progress in chess after achiving master level??i want to know ?

  4. sir please forgive mei for not attending your seminars in india !!!!to visist chennai cost more and its time taking from rajnandgaon it take 2 days to reach there and i have some family problems too..dear sir in chattisgarh probably you know raipur state rajnandgaon is 75km away from raipur.thanks for replying i want your personal opinion about my progress one day.

  5. Hi Ayush,
    We are glad that you are interested in Igor’s visit.
    We will note this message. While calculating the largest quantity of messages from a country.

    Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  6. I did receive a lot of e-mails from you, guys, and I would like to thank you for your nice words and proactive approach!
    Due to large number of messages, it will take some time for me to answer them, but rest assured I’m reading every message, and will answer them all gradually.

  7. Dear Igor Sir,
    I bought your Grandmaster’s Secrets , Positional Understanding and Calculate till mate. How to study these course and in which order. Should I study one video lesson and one practical or whole video lessons followed by practical part.
    Thanks in Advance for responding

    1. Rishi,

      I own all those courses as well. I suggest starting with GM Secrets. Watch all the video lectures first, and then tackle the practical part. GM Secrets is the most fundamental of the three courses, and it’s also the shortest, letting you get the most value quickly. You can then move onto GMPU and then Calculate Till Mate.

      I’ll note that, while you should study one course at a time, you can watch any video lesson from the courses. It can inspire you, to see where you are going, and you will see how all the material complements each other.

      You are in for a real treat. Good luck with your study!

  8. Dear Igor Sir,
    I bought your Grandmaster’s Secrets , Positional Understanding and Calculate till mate. How to study these course and in which order. Should I study one video lesson and one practical or whole video lessons followed by practical part.
    Thanks in Advance for responding

  9. Hello Igor, I would be very happy to meet you. My name Ziv and I live in Israel .I really like the site .kniti the video series endings but I can not open them successfully and I do not know why. I’m waiting for an answer and help.
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Ziv

    1. Hi Ziv! Thanks for your invitation and for high evaluation of my lesson!

      I’m not sure why you can’t open the videos. Please, describe your problem in more details and our support team will be happy to help you.

  10. Hello Igor, I would be very happy to meet you. My name Ziv and I live in Israel .I really like the site .kniti the video series endings but I can not open them successfully and I do not know why. I’m waiting for an answer and help.
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Ziv

  11. Dear Igor, thank you for everything, hope to receive an email from you in the future as I would be glad to meet you in America. In the mean time, I have been studying the course “The Gm’s secrets” slowly, but surely, I already see unexpected progress, so thank you on that. My new question to you is this. In endgames, I see to have trouble where I probably should not. More than once, I would get to a superior position, would neutralize my opponent’s pressure, tan enter a superior endgame. Normally (especially the tricky opponents) do things which are described as objectively wrong as “the worse guy should not insistently push their pawns, this helps the opponent”(I paraphrased:)), however this is exactly what they do. They push their pawns, play aggressively, and usually I draw or lose these types of winning positions for this reason. Recently I tried the strategy of playing against their pawns, but that usually ends up leading to passive, bad positions. What is the correct way to play against an opponent like this in general (though every position is different, I just mean overall)? Thank you for your time, reading this, and hopefully be able to help me.
    Michael Witt
    P.S. Looking forward to meeting you one day
    P.S.S. Have you ever heard of Ohio in America? You would love it here, I sure do,

  12. When I try to open the application is a video series offered me to extract everything. I extricate Then he writes that the same volume can’t be used both the source and the destination

    1. Hi Ziv,
      We have contacted regarding the problem to your e-mail id.
      Please continue the conversation via the e-mail id.

      Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  13. When I try to open the application is a video series offered me to extract everything. I extricate Then he writes that the same volume can’t be used both the source and the destination

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