The most powerful ideas in chess (part-2)

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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