Winning the Middlegame – Teaser and Pre-Registration


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A few days ago, I informed you that our upcoming course will be called “Winning the Middlegame” and is about the middlegame and pawn structures. Today, I am excited to keep on sharing more information about the course! 🙂 You can find the cover image of the course: Winning the middlegameTo give you more details about the course, we’ve published the teaser video on the course today!   You can watch the teaser video below:

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  I hope you liked the video. Feel free write your impressions of the teaser in the comments section of the video (or here), and please share this information with your friends to let them know about this informative course. designAnd most importantly, the pre-registration for the course is OPEN now! By pre-registering yourself for the course, you will be notified a few hours before the course launch, and you will get BETTER SPECIAL OFFERS than those who don’t pre-register! 🙂   This is a unique opportunity for you to get a higher discount on the course – so click on the link below to pre-register now! Pre-register

<<Pre-register now>>

 

P.S. Did you like the cover image and the teaser video? How excited are you about the new course? 🙂 Stay tuned for we’ll release the course soon!
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    1. It’s nice to hear from you again, Jonathan!

      Somehow it takes a few months for me to develop a new course that contains a few hours of videos 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy the result.

  1. The cover image is really nice, the teaser though is quite slow but ok the course should be awesome like others ! Glad to see it …

    1. We are glad that you like the image.
      Thank you for your opinion about the video’s pacing.
      Your feedback are always useful.

      Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  2. The cover image is really nice, the teaser though is quite slow but ok the course should be awesome like others ! Glad to see it …

  3. thankyou dear igor for this fantastic upcoming course you fulfilled my request you put a great effort in making this.sir my one request is please convinced vladimir chuchelov to work for a new course.sir please request him to add his strategic balance course in rca shop.

  4. thankyou dear igor for this fantastic upcoming course you fulfilled my request you put a great effort in making this.sir my one request is please convinced vladimir chuchelov to work for a new course.sir please request him to add his strategic balance course in rca shop.

    1. Hi Ayush,
      Thank you for your support for our new course.
      We would love to partner with Chess authors.
      Thank you for your suggestion

      Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  5. Hi Ayush,
    Thank you for your support for our new course.
    We would love to partner with Chess authors.
    Thank you for your suggestion

    Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  6. WOW thank you so much, I have huge gab problems in the Middlegame , and many times don’t know what to do if I not can acttack. I am a 1985 rated club player but the middelgame is still very hard for me.

  7. Hi Jan,

    Not sure if this makes you feel better, but I can reassure you – you are not alone! Several months ago I’ve conducted a survey asking the students about their main questions in chess. Many students shared similar troubles that you experience. That’s the reason why I’ve developed a new course about it.

    Here’s a quote from your comment: “…don’t know what to do if I not can attack” – You’ll be surprised, but it’s almost the exact title of one of the course’s video lessons! 🙂

    1. Great Thank you for your’re reply , you make happy.

      This is course will be great, like all your’re chess courses , and I am sure I will not only play the Middlegame better , also I will now Understand the Middlegame.

      I like your chess courses , because it give me a real chess Understanding 🙂

  8. WOW thank you so much, I have huge gab problems in the Middlegame , and many times don’t know what to do if I not can acttack. I am a 1985 rated club player but the middelgame is still very hard for me.

    My rating was 2065, but the good strong players play the MiddleGame better than me , and and I lost many points. 🙁

    1. Hi Jan,

      Not sure if this makes you feel better, but I can reassure you – you are not alone! Several months ago I’ve conducted a survey asking the students about their main questions in chess. Many students shared similar troubles that you experience. That’s the reason why I’ve developed a new course about it.

      Here’s a quote from your comment: “…don’t know what to do if I not can attack” – You’ll be surprised, but it’s almost the exact title of one of the course’s video lessons! 🙂

  9. Hello GM Igor Smirnov !

    I don’t know exactly where to post this message but ok, it’s about the course “Grandmasters Positional Understanding”. I’m currently doing the practical part (I reached bishops part) and I experiment some problems in game. There is the general scheme of a chess game (material, activity, attack, least active piece …) and there is also strategical themes like weak squares, good bishop, bad one … I try to use both together but I cannot always make a link between them. That’s to say for example, I have an undevelopped knight and I should care about a “good bishop vs bad bishop” situation before moving my knight ! Why ? I know it is complicated explaining it but if you understand me it will be really kind from you to answer me (most simply and clearly if possible).

    Thanks a lot for your courses,
    Pierre.

  10. Hello GM Igor Smirnov !

    I don’t know exactly where to post this message but ok, it’s about the course “Grandmasters Positional Understanding”. I’m currently doing the practical part (I reached bishops part) and I experiment some problems in game. There is the general scheme of a chess game (material, activity, attack, least active piece …) and there is also strategical themes like weak squares, good bishop, bad one … I try to use both together but I cannot always make a link between them. That’s to say for example, I have an undevelopped knight and I should care about a “good bishop vs bad bishop” situation before moving my knight ! Why ? I know it is complicated explaining it but if you understand me it will be really kind from you to answer me (most simply and clearly if possible).

    Thanks a lot for your courses,
    Pierre.

    1. Some factors in a position are more important than others, and no general rule can be relied on in every position. This is why every chessplayer is not a grandmaster. Supplementing Igor’s course with looking over your own games with your questions in mind is probably a reasonable method to slowly improve your understanding of these issues.

    2. The link between general principles and strategic rules is that the last follow from the former, they are more specific. Then a true value of a move can only be found if you can evaluate a quiscent position after properly calculating a candidate move. To calculate properly is the basic skill of a player. Most assume they can, but they actually not,
      Best Regards!
      DD

      1. For decades I was convinced that it was not possible to improve my tactical ability. However, after spending just a little time on Igor’s Calculate Till Mate, my tactics rating on chess.com quickly increased by 100 points.

    3. Hi there!

      The other students have already provided valuable advice to you, which is very nice.

      As you stated, knowing too many rules may be confusing. In the practical game you have time restriction, and you aren’t sure which rule to follow.

      In “The GM’s Positional Understanding” course, in the materials for printing section, there’s a mind map “Practical scheme” – just follow it in your games. This will make things simple and effective. Good luck!

      1. Hey !

        Thanks a lot for your answer, I was starting to be confused trying to obey to all the rules haha … But I understand now the link between these rules. Glad to finish this practical part and make improvements in my chess play.

        Always a pleasure to learn with you Igor Smirnov,
        Pierre.

  11. Some factors in a position are more important than others, and no general rule can be relied on in every position. This is why every chessplayer is not a grandmaster. Supplementing Igor’s course with looking over your own games with your questions in mind is probably a reasonable method to slowly improve your understanding of these issues.

  12. The link between general principles and strategic rules is that the last follow from the former, they are more specific. Then a true value of a move can only be found if you can evaluate a quiscent position after properly calculating a candidate move. To calculate properly is the basic skill of a player. Most assume they can, but they actually not,
    Best Regards!
    DD

    1. Hey !

      Thank you very much, I took time to answer you because I wanted to be sure you did no say me wrong things, sorry for that I did not trust you but now that Igor Smirnov said it was some good advices … I am happy haha.

  13. For decades I was convinced that it was not possible to improve my tactical ability. However, after spending just a little time on Igor’s Calculate Till Mate, my tactics rating on chess.com quickly increased by 100 points.

  14. Hi there!

    The other students have already provided valuable advice to you, which is very nice.

    As you stated, knowing too many rules may be confusing. In the practical game you have time restriction, and you aren’t sure which rule to follow.

    In “The GM’s Positional Understanding” course, in the materials for printing section, there’s a mind map “Practical scheme” – just follow it in your games. This will make things simple and effective. Good luck!

  15. Hey !

    Thanks a lot for your answer, I was starting to be confused trying to obey to all the rules haha … But I understand now the link between these rules. Glad to finish this practical part and make improvements in my chess play.

    Always a pleasure to learn with you Igor Smirnov,
    Pierre.

  16. Hi Dear Smirnov,
    I choose some candidate moves when position is quiet and there is no tactical move, but I can’t manage to choose the best strategical move while after game computer analyse says there is a little difference between my candidate moves (below 0.5 pawns)
    but how GMs choose the best move in strategical positions?

    1. That’s true, often times it’s impossible to define the best move via calculation. In this case you need to apply your general understanding of chess strategy (or ‘base principles’ as I call it). Moreover, having a good understanding of chess, you will exclude lots of candidate-moves right away, without any calculation.

      I remember I was reading Korchnoi’s book and he wrote something like “GM of my age would not bother calculating a move like that” 🙂

      In reality, you don’t necessarily have to be of Korchnoi age, you just need to have decent understanding of base principles.

  17. Hi Dear Smirnov,
    I choose some candidate moves when position is quiet and there is no tactical move, but I can’t manage to choose the best strategical move while after game computer analyse says there is a little difference between my candidate moves (below 0.5 pawns)
    but how GMs choose the best move in strategical positions?

  18. WARNING READ THIS BEFORE BUYING:
    Hi my name is Phil and I just want to warn you that your ELO may increase rapidly after going through Igors Courses. Lol. Ok I guess thats a bit dramatic , but seriously, I am the guy who used Igors courses to defeat an opponent rated 997 ELO points higher than me a few years. 100% of my success was due to Igor’s courses and to be honest I did really study them as seriously as I should have because of work and school. So if you are someone who is skeptical about any of his course just contact me and I will tell you what i honestly think, good and bad (hint the only bad part is all courses are not available on all mobile devices …yet). Ask for my email if you want more detail. THANKS Igor, looking forward to the new course

    1. Congratulations on your huge achievement and your warm words.
      All the best for your chess progress.

      Prasaadh | Support Officer

  19. WARNING READ THIS BEFORE BUYING:
    Hi my name is Phil and I just want to warn you that your ELO may increase rapidly after going through Igors Courses. Lol. Ok I guess thats a bit dramatic , but seriously, I am the guy who used Igors courses to defeat an opponent rated 997 ELO points higher than me a few years. 100% of my success was due to Igor’s courses and to be honest I did really study them as seriously as I should have because of work and school. So if you are someone who is skeptical about any of his course just contact me and I will tell you what i honestly think, good and bad (hint the only bad part is all courses are not available on all mobile devices …yet). Ask for my email if you want more detail. THANKS Igor, looking forward to the new course

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