The most powerful ideas in chess (part-2)

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In the previous article, we’ve been talking about the most powerful chess tips about defense. I’ve told you why many players don’t make progress in chess despite their persistent training. It happens because they try to learn many abstruse ideas and can’t apply them practically afterwardThat’s why a reading of numerous books often doesn’t help.
quality chess learningLast time I’ve asked you to perform one task (to play against a computer and to use the defensive ideas I gave you). Those who tried to perform this task found that it is almost impossible to do it practically.

Here are some feedbacks:


“I did calculate but did so wrongly, also the position was complex and I felt paralyzed by the complications that arose on the board.”


“It’s so difficult to find good endings to couter the computer.”


“I understood which ideas I used (from your list) only after the game. 🙂 ”

(It means that you used the rules you are familiar with (already!). Thus, you didn’t use the rules I gave you.)


I got a lot of feedbacks and I can say that almost all of them weren’t able to apply the defensive ideas from the previous lesson. What does it mean?
It means that the usual way of chess learning is ineffective. Chess players try to read books to collect some abstruse rules. I’ve collected these rules already (to save your time) and gave them to you. Even after that, you were not able to apply them.

So what do you really need?


how to progress in chessI gave you the answer in the previous issue. You need to have some SIMPLE PRACTICAL rules and you need to AUTOMATIZE them. Making the same thing as masters of martial arts, you should train 5 actions 1000 times. Then you will really automatize necessary skills.

Perhaps you are wondering what the simple practical rules are? Here is one example: After every move of your opponent ask yourself “What is he going to do next?”. I told you this rule in the lecture “How to avoid blunders?”.

Some players (weak players) think that such simple rules are for amateur players, “not serious”, obvious, “they know it already” and so on.

In fact, a rule HAS TO BE SIMPLE, otherwise you will not be able to apply it. Also, you don’t need 100 rules because no one can think about 100 things at the same time. That’s why the last rule I gave you is much more powerful than the whole list of the rules from the previous issue.

That’s why I include only simple practical advices in my complete chess courses. These are the simple rules on the Grandmasters’ level (and there is no incompatibility here!).

Here are some students’ feedbacks.


“Dear GM IGOR,

I am quite happy to mention that your video of “Grandmaster’s Secret” helps me lot on understanding the Chess.

Really, I am very much clear how to think in the Strategic & Tactical position variations. The 2 videos of “How to play the Chess game” is very much useful. Mainly I can say the tactical video (lesson 1.2) is much more clear and easy to apply in our tactical positions…

As you said, I too was collecting lot of Chess books. It’s true that pointless knowledge never helps.

Now I plan to go for your “How to Beat GM” material.

With more confident in Chess


“Yes, we are planning to study your video courses. Even my son’s ICC coach told me that you have enlightened his way of improving chess, and rekindled his love for chess.” Min


“Hey GM!

Not replying does not mean I am ungrateful to your help……its aiding me in the right track..

At times I do not know why I delay myself to purchase one of your courses, but hey I am so confused to which I should get first…”


Finally, let me inform you that we are working on something big for you. For now, let me just share you a short video. Stay tuned 🙂

P.S. Have you studied any of my courses? What did you learn from them? Please, write your feedback in the comments below.

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  1. outstanding dear igor sir you are the best coach in the world other than jacod aagard and gm rb ramesh and gm chuchelov.god bless you.!!!!

      1. thakns sir please reply to my other post as well in the previous section about jacob aagard and his chessbase dvds and books and gm ramesh sir coaching.what new are you gona produce next??

      2. dear sir jacob aagard charges 100 euros per hour that is too much for an indian player or indian poeple what do you think his books are fantastic .???

        1. GM Igor has a busy schedule.

          Thanks for the suggestion for the about the book from Jacob Aagard.
          He is a famous author.

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          1. ok thanks sir for yoour great reply .i personally talked to him he told mei that he is very busy coach cant help everone there out.he charges 100 euros per hour.he has worked with gelfand and other top players.what do you think about rb ramesh book??

  2. Dear sir,
    I have studied your course The Grandmaster’s secrets and now studing Grandmaster’s opening Lab.-1. I won some Beautiful games against my opponent in recent tournament and beat the chess players who have 200-300 higher than me and one player who have 400+ higher. I lost some games because of time trouble or lack of few opening prepration. But i am very happy by this performance. Your course GM’s secrets increase my leval. I wanna show you a position of my last game in tournamemt.
    In this position my opponent played 14.Ba6 and it’s my trun when she played this move…… at first sight i saw that it’s loosing for me. But i practicly put your video lesson 1.2 which is fit for this position and easily find right continution. 15.Rd1 e5 16.Nxe4 ! Bxd3 17.Nd6 Bxd6 18.Rxd3 Bb8 19.Bg3 and i won this game latter. Thank you so much sir, credit only goes to you sir.

          1. thanks bro but fide rating maters more than online rating wish you best of luckfor your carrer please improve understanding of your game.

          2. Ya i have fide rating but it’s not high and i have to spend some years to increse it. But you have a great opportunity to get high rating.

          3. what is your age engage a private coach online from or study the new course of simon willaims you will able to go faster.

    1. Hi Narayan,

      Thanks for sharing info about your recent great performance! It’s very well-done by you, please, accept my congratulations!
      Calculation is a hard thing for the majority of players, therefore it’s especially nice that you have trained it to such a good level.

      Keep up your solid chess training and great results!

  3. Today I got another interesting article by GM Igor in my inbox and I translate in into Hindi for Indian chess lovers. I emphasize that the idea/rule given in this article has been taken from his premium course:- CALCULATE TILL MATE and if any chess player would follow this single idea, i promise he find his game to another level as I jumped ELO rating after automate this. here the Hindi version:-
    शतरंज के खेल में सबसे शक्तिशाली आइडिया (पार्ट – 2)
    बहुत सारे शतरंज के खिलाड़ी निरंतर ट्रेनिंग के बावजूद प्रगति नहीं कर पाते हैं। ऐसा इसलिए होता है क्योकि वे काफी सारे गूढ़/ मुश्किल आइडिया सीखने की कोशिश करते हैं और खेल के दौरान उसका इस्तेमाल नहीं कर पाते हैं। इसलिए असंख्य किताबों का अध्ययन हमेशा मदद नहीं कर पाता है। इससे यह साबित होता है कि शतरंज सीखने का सामान्य तरीका कारगर नहीं है।
    ऐसे में आपको क्या करना चाहिए?
    आपको सरल और प्रैक्टिकल नियम अपनाना चाहिए और उन्हे आत्मसात (automate) करना चाहिए।
    आप यह सोच रहे होगें की सरल और प्रैक्टिकल नियम क्या हैं? उदाहरणस्वरुप- विरोधी खिलाड़ी के प्रत्येक चाल के बाद अपने आप से पूछें ” अब वो क्या करने जा रहा है? ”
    कुछ खिलाड़ी (कमजोर खिलाड़ी) सोचते हैं कि यह सरल नियम सिर्फ अनाड़ी/ शौकीन खिलाड़ियों के लिए है संजीदा खिलाड़ियों के लिए नहीं।
    एक नियम को सरल होना चाहिए नहीं तो आप उसका इस्तेमाल नहीं कर पाएँगें। असल में, आपको 100 नियमों की जरुरत नहीं है क्योंकि कोई भी खेल के दौरान 100 नियम याद नहीं रख सकता। इसलिए जो नियम मैंने दिए हैं वो सब नियमों में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण और शक्तिशाली है।
    इसलिए मैं अपने सारे शतरंज पाठ्यक्रम में सिर्फ सरल और प्रैक्टिकल नियम ही शामिल करता हूँ। ये सारे सरल नियम ग्रैंडमास्टर स्तर तक के हैं।
    In this Hindi translation I have delebrately not taken the feedback of students and focuse only the main point that the GM Igor would like to deliver his students.

  4. Hi Igor! In my opinion, I dislike the rule: “after my opponent’s move, ask yourself for the tactical idea”. After opponents move, I only look at strategical stuff he’s doing, which is easy to do. But, I do NOT do tactical checks of my opponent idea. Because sometimes, it doesn’t have a tactic and then we make a move and only AFTER my move can opponent realize some tactic like fork which wasnt his plan of his move. That’s why I just simply consider moves I’d like to make and check tactically if they work like you taught us in the course GM Secrets. After opponents move, I check only strategical ideas, but NOT tactical for the reason i mentioned.

  5. Hi igor. I saw your video tutorials on youtube for good blitz play. What time control should i play? 3+0 or 3+2. I see that 3+0 is by far more popular on internet than 3+2 but I personally hate playing without increment

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