The Secret of Success

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I constantly receive feedback from my pupils. That’s why I can easily see who gets better results and why.

One of the major characteristic features of successful players is their SERIOUS attitude towards learning.


There is a huge difference between educational and entertainment materials.


–> When you read a book (or watch a film etc) at your leisure – you read it once, have some joy and forget it. That’s OK because you achieved your purpose.


–> When studying educational materials we automatically use this method too. However, this method is not suitable for learning. Probably you will have joy, but not the positive practical results.

When you study the chess material (book, video etc) for the 1st time, you familiarize yourself with new ideas. You are far away from a real understanding still! You can’t understand something deeply until you have PRACTICED it for some time.


Here is a mini-plan for proper studying of new chess material:


1. Study it. Here you familiarize yourself with this information.


2. Try to apply it practically. Now you will REALLY understand what the author talked about. Of course, you will also face some unexpected problems/questions.


3. Study the material again. This time, you will understand the material much better and will notice some new useful ideas. Also, you will find the answers to your questions (from the 2nd item).



Maybe you think that your chess training is serious enough. Then I can tell you one thing. I receive quite a lot of questions about my training courses. 95% of these questions were answered in the course already! However, people overlooked it, because they did NOT study the material SERIOUSLY.


I can’t resist from quoting my student’s e-mail, which I received a few minutes ago:


“Hello Igor,

I hope everything is well with you. I really enjoy your Breaking Stereotypes series. I was happy to see the first one about playing h3, I had asked a question about it during your recent survey.

I am now going through the 300-spurt stage of your self-taught GM course. I was a 1300 player for 10 years and now reached 1600 in about 6 months. My next goal is 1800.

Kind regards,


That’s what a SERIOUS study can give you!


I recommend that you repeat my past lessons (from paid courses or from this blog). Pay attention to the topics from your problem areas. Perhaps you have seen these lessons already. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend that you study them again! It will be useful for sure.


Here is another feedback:


“Everytime I read the lesson I understand something new. So I realized that italian chessplayers MUST know GMS, and the work to translate will help a lot of people to improve their game.



This man was translating the course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” to the Italian language. He learned these materials many times already. Pay attention to the 1st sentence of his e-mail.


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  1. Hi Igor….your courses are fantastic,,i have understood gm’s secrets to a certain extent…..but i wanted to know what the GM’S actually think during the game…..what kind of ideas pop up in their mind?

  2. Hi, coach Igor,
    very compliments for your work: very simple but very very effective to undestand always the best move! You say that the MOST important think for chess club player is to improve a system of thinking. TWhat do you think about corrispondence games to improve system of thinking?

  3. Hello Mr. Smirnov. I am a weak player trying to inprove my game. I bought The Grandmasters Secrets and I am amazed at how it simplifies analysis. I am going over the practical part now. But there is 1 thing that I am afraid might hold me back.
    I am pretty good at strategy in many poositions, much better than my overal playing performance BECAUSE of blundering. What advice can you give non-masters to help them stop blundering. Since blunders are the usual thing holding weak players back, do you think it would be a good idea to make exercises specificaly to stop simple bllunders, like piece hanging?
    I realize analysis is key, but getting the mind going in such a way that one won’t blunder is difficult. If there where exercises specifically targeting this, I think weak players(like me) would improve dramaticaly, and maybe even strong players would find some benefit. My email is [email protected] ; thanks.

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