Merry Christmas, release of the new course, and special offers


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Finally, it’s Christmas time! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🙂
GM Igor Smirnov Merry Christmas

And the new course, “Your Top Chess Questions, Answered”, has been released today! The course contains my answers to students’ questions regarding my book, A Promoted Pawn: My Chess Journey.
Your Top Chess Questions, Answered

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Note: the top-150 buyers of A Promoted Pawn: My Chess Journey will be contacted soon and provided with the course “Your Top Chess Questions, Answered” for FREE, as we promised when releasing the book. 🙂

 

Special offers

 

To celebrate Christmas and the New Year, I’m going to provide you with some exciting offers. 🙂

 

Special offer #1:

 

There will be a huge 20% DISCOUNT on all RCA products from today (25 December) until 4 January (inclusive).
20% discountSimply use the coupon “20off” when making your purchase. If you don’t know how to use a discount code, please check here.

 

Special offer #2:

 

Apart from the above-mentioned 20% discount, I’ve thought of providing something for FREE! 🙂 And yes, you will get a FREE RCA premium video for every course you purchase from today (25 Dec.) until 4 January (inclusive).
FREEThat’s cool, isn’t it! Therefore, if you purchase a course during these dates, a simple calculation would be – you get a 20% discount on the course and also a premium video for free.

Note: the free premium video will be sent to the email address you used for the purchase of the course.

 

Special offer #3:

 

Additionally, if you haven’t studied my book, A Promoted Pawn: My Chess Journey yet, don’t worry.

 

You can get the “Promoted Pawn Package” – which has both my book, A Promoted Pawn: My Chess Journey (worth $49), and the new course “Your Top Chess Questions, Answered” (worth $31) – for just $65. Hence, you make a HUGE saving of $15 (a discount of almost 20%)! 🙂

Note: if you purchase the package on or before 4 January, you can get an additional 20% discount – as the 20% discount applies to all RCA products. So, it’s actually a double bonus for you if you haven’t purchased my book yet. 

Promoted Pawn Package

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P.S. I wish you, in advance, a very Happy New Year. Stay tuned, as more exciting stuff is on the way! 🙂
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    1. Hi Raj,
      I have asked my manager regarding this question.
      I will get back to you with the answer soon.

      Prasaadh
      Student Support Officer

  1. Does ‘Your Top Questions Answered’ have a value in itself or do I still need the main book (Promoted Pawn)? I mean, will I understand the lessons on YTQA even without the main book?

    1. Hi Ernesto,
      That is very important question.
      Your Top Question Answered is a separate course and to understand the course you do not need to buy the e-book the promoted pawn.

      Prasaadh
      Student Support Officer

  2. Does ‘Your Top Questions Answered’ have a value in itself or do I still need the main book (Promoted Pawn)? I mean, will I understand the lessons on YTQA even without the main book?

    1. hello Igor!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Probably i should have asked the following question before the release of the course “Your top chess questions, answered” so that you could answer it there. Because i have an interesting question to you Igor. Probably i am not alone who read the interviews of Top players and some famous coaches as well in which they advice solving endgame studies, compositions for chessplayers who are serious with their chess. i understand that most of the times solving compositons is not practical, however endgame studies seem to be very good for improving ones endgame, vizualization and calculation skills. i would like to know your opinion about that. is it a good idea to solve endgame stuies, compositions by the famous authors like Troitsky, Kasparyan and others? is it a good idea to solve one endgame study per day before the training as a warm up?

      1. Hi Misha, and thanks for your greetings!

        As for the ‘chess studies’, there’s a general idea that training should imitate the practical situation closely. That’s why I am not a big fan of ‘compositions’ – sometimes those positions are very artificial.

        Nevertheless, I do agree it can improve your creative thinking and calculation. Hence, it’s fine to solve those puzzles, but I would recommend spending LITTLE time on it.

        Did you study “Your Top Chess Questions, Answered” course? What are your impressions?

  3. hello Igor!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Probably i should have asked the following question before the release of the course “Your top chess questions, answered” so that you could answer it there. Because i have an interesting question to you Igor. Probably i am not alone who read the interviews of Top players and some famous coaches as well in which they advice solving endgame studies, compositions for chessplayers who are serious with their chess. i understand that sometimes solving compositons can be not practical, however endgame studies seem to be very good for improving ones endgame, vizualization and calculation skills. i would like to know your opinion about that. is it a good idea to solve endgame stuies, compositions by the famous authors like Troitsky, Kasparyan and others?

  4. Hi Misha, and thanks for your greetings!

    As for the ‘chess studies’, there’s a general idea that training should imitate the practical situation closely. That’s why I am not a big fan of ‘compositions’ – sometimes those positions are very artificial.

    Nevertheless, I do agree it can improve your creative thinking and calculation. Hence, it’s fine to solve those puzzles, but I would recommend spending LITTLE time on it.

    Did you study “Your Top Chess Questions, Answered” course? What are your impressions?

    1. Thanks for the answer. i’ve already watched a few lessons there but havent finished the whole course yet, as soon as i do it i will rate the course in udemy.

  5. Dear Igor, another question closely related. When speaking of “objectivity”, do you mean the best moves, or just good ones. Perhaps this could help me understand.

    1. Michael, you seem to found the answer youself 🙂

      It’s enough to make ‘good’ moves, and in most of the cases it’s not required to strive for ‘the best’ ones.

      Especially on the club level, the games are lost because of a mistake, not for lack of ‘perfect’ decisions. Those mistakes occur when you lose objectivity.

      Best of luck in your chess battles!

  6. Hello Igor, sorry for the interruption, but I had a question about one of your courses I’m studying. In “self taught grandmaster, you really put emphasis on “checking for objectivity (the best move in any position or something like that)” and “trying to find the best moves at all times while not being thrown off by other ideas.” On the other hand, you occasionally recommend the opposite, like in the course “calculate till mate”, you recommend NOT to strive for perfection(objectively the best). I also see this in your introduction video “unlocking the GM’s mind (which I also have.) My question is can you clarify what I am viewing wrong (with these seemingly counter ideas) and how I can change it. If you find this and can help me, I would be grateful. Thank you and a happy new years.

  7. Dear Igor, another question closely related. When speaking of “objectivity”, do you mean the best moves, or just good ones. Perhaps this could help me understand.

  8. Dear Igor, thank you for the answer to my question. It was very helpful and clarified a lot for me. Now I will be able to analyze my games and others easier, so this really helped me. However I did run into a semi-weird “technicality” issue. In the course “Self taught GM.”, you give a very nice, comprehensive explanation on studying chess, however, I got confused on a “misunderstanding” by me in the explanation of what to study. For example, in +300 spurt, we automate are thinking system of base strategic principles and basic calculation skills. This is a part of the GM’s secret’s. However the other part of preparation against an opponent is not talked about until the last lesson in “Breakthrough.” Also, I noticed the course “How to beat G.M.’s” is split and several of the lessons are recommended throughout the training system (logically). This leads to the question when I am studying a certain part of the training plan, should I only study the part of the courses that correspond to the learning block (to include reading, video’s, and practical part)? If this is so, or if I am wrong and should study it wrong, and you could help me again, I would be grateful. Thank you for everything, it means a lot, and happy new years.

    P.S. If it is the second way, when exactly should I study “How to beat G.Ms?”

  9. Dear Igor, thank you for the answer to my question. It was very helpful and clarified a lot for me. Now I will be able to analyze my games and others easier, so this really helped me. However I did run into a semi-weird “technicality” issue. In the course “Self taught GM.”, you give a very nice, comprehensive explanation on studying chess, however, I got confused on a “misunderstanding” by me in the explanation of what to study. For example, in +300 spurt, we automate are thinking system of base strategic principles and basic calculation skills. This is a part of the GM’s secret’s. However the other part of preparation against an opponent is not talked about until the last lesson in “Breakthrough.” Also, I noticed the course “How to beat G.M.’s” is split and several of the lessons are recommended throughout the training system (logically). This leads to the question when I am studying a certain part of the training plan, should I only study the part of the courses that correspond to the learning block (to include reading, video’s, and practical part)? If this is so, or if I am wrong and should study it wrong, and you could help me again, I would be grateful. Thank you for everything, it means a lot, and happy new years.

    P.S. If it is the second way, when exactly should I study “How to beat G.Ms?”

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