Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from RCA!


Ho Ho Ho, RCA wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in advance! 🙂 May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holy Season. Merry Christmas! Are you ready to celebrate it with us? I bet you are!

To start with, we’re providing you with a really massive 35% discount on all RCA courses from today till Thursday, 28 December (inclusive). All you have to do is use the coupon “holiday35”. If you don’t know how to use a coupon, please see here.
Merry Christmas from RCA

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If you are new to RCA and do not know which course to study first, I’m sure you will find this FAQ useful.

I would like to cheer you up further by sharing with you some of my interesting/funny photos.
GM Igor Smirnov funny photo with lion

It’s nice to take some rest during the Holiday Season – so I’ve decided to rest with a lion! 🙂    
GM Igor Smirnov selfie with lion

Wanna know about one of my biggest achievements in 2017? I stayed alive after taking this selfie. 🙂

Finally, I would like to share with you a video prepared by the RCA Team. You can watch it below:

  • R Bowes

    Getting that close to a Lion is not a good move. That blunder could have been fatal to your game if the opponent had seized on it.

    • Lol 🙂
      The guys gave me advice to cool me down, they said: “Just relax, a lion can run up to 50mph, so you can’t do anything anyway”.

  • Anup rajawat

    Merry Christmas to you sir. This Christmas i have celebrated Christmas by studying your course for whole day . I have learn so many new things . I have one question from your course .Q1) In any Position if our opponent has Weak Squares And Pawns at the same time.Then What should be our Plan ? ( First occupy weak squares or Straight Away Start exchanging minor pieces to Attack Weak pawns ) If I have to occupy weak squares I don’t have to exchange knights so that I can put them on that weak squares but if I attack weak pawn I have to exchange all minor pieces.I have confusion here what to do when we have both things together

    • Hi Anup,
      You’ve been the most productive man this Christmas, that’s for sure! 🙂

      If possible – attack opponent’s weak pawns. This can bring you decisive material advantage.
      If your instant attack can’t be executed, then start from occuping weak squares. Later on it will develop into more powerful storm.

  • Christos

    Merry christmas Igor. I thank you and your team also for the lessons and for your precious advice. Beautiful pictures.

  • male Gupta

    thxxx alto sir and same to you

    • Thanks for your continuous support!

      • male Gupta

        thxx for all your reples belwo you are the smartest man in the chess world and dynamic personality live 100 years thankss al ot sir

        • Thanks for your nice words!

          • male Gupta

            welcome sir

  • Anup rajawat

    ThanQ you Sir for helping me. Today I was doing practical part of 2 bishops where you are suggesting us to keep them on board if we keep them on board then we will not able to occupy weak squares But in weak squares lessons you are suggesting to exchange bishops to occupy weak squares I have confusion when we should keep our bishops and when we should occupy weak squares .

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,
      Thanks for the question.
      In the weak square section, Igor says to exchange opponent’s bishop since it is the main defender of weak squares and place a knight on the weak square.

      So if you have the opportunity you can exchange one of your knights for your opponent’s important bishop and put your other knight on the weak square.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • Anup rajawat

        ThanX Prasadh for help but still I want to Igor Sir, to explain in his words.


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