About This Course

In the past months, we have been working very hard on a comprehensive course that will set you apart from most chess players. We took it so seriously that we even decided to set the goal for you!

The course will help you become a 1st category player and will allow you to reach an ELO rating of 2000 points, or the strength of a player of that caliber.

We put our best foot forward to create a robust chess course that will help you progress up to the 1st category (2000 FIDE ELO). Is this your goal, to achieve this ELO? If yes, then this course is essential to your collection.

You can follow the recommendations of the Grandmaster Igor Smirnov in order to get all the necessary tools to your road to 2000 rating.

You can use the new secret techniques described inside the course to move forward to the next level.

What is Inside

This course is a step-by-step guide to become a 1st category player.

The course contains theoretical video lessons from 3 different authors. In addition to that, you can test your new skills in the practice section.

The practice is composed of 50 analyzed games grouped in 5 different categories. The videos with the tasks and the solutions make you learn a lot more! Thus, you’re going to understand all the ideas very well, and you can compare with your own replies.

How this course will help students. You’ll learn:

a) What are the main things that helped the course’s authors progress up to the 1st category (2000 ELO).

b) What are the most common mistakes of 1200-1500 level players and how to overcome them.

c) Why do lots of players stuck at a certain level, for example, 1500, and never improve after that.

Key Topics Covered in This Course

In the 1st step, we will give you a strong foundation for your chess progress, that will help you easily understand what you should prioritize, but also what your main roadblocks to progress are, and how to fight against them.

Lesson 01 – How Do You Progress in Chess?
Lesson 02 – This Is My BIGGEST Secret to Success
Lesson 03 – The Perfect Chess Style
Lesson 04 – Wishful Thinking
Lesson 05 – When and What to Calculate?
Lesson 06 – Pattern Interruption
Lesson 07 – Most Common Mistakes for Under 1800 Elo
Lesson 08 – The 2 Things You Should Stop Doing in Chess
Lesson 09 – Summary

In the 2nd step, you’ll learn: The most important principles of attack, how to create weaknesses and how to find attacking moves.

Lesson 10 – How to Attack in Chess
Lesson 11 – Most Important Principle for Attack
Lesson 12 – How to Find Attacking Moves Part 1
Lesson 13 – How to Find Attacking Moves Part 2
Lesson 14 – How to Attack Practically
Lesson 15 – Using Your Whole Army
Lesson 16 – How to Create Weaknesses

In the 3rd step, you will learn how to master the middlegame. In the opening stage, the player needs to develop the pieces, castle and connect the rooks, but after that (the middlegame) it’s much harder to find the right moves. With this step, you will master the middlegame stage learning what amateur players don’t know.

Lesson 17 – Evergreen Middlegame Strategy
Lesson 18 – How to Play in Center Forward
Lesson 19 – Middlegame Plan Amateurs Don’t Know Part 1
Lesson 20 – Middlegame Plan Amateurs Don’t Know Part 2
Lesson 21 – How to Use Your Pawns
Lesson 22 – Summary

Why 2000 ELO?

This is an achievable yet ambitious goal. Only the top 5% of chess players have this rating or more.

So, in this comprehensive course, we will guide you to be different from the vast majority of chess players.

Powerful Practical Tasks

It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 5 practical tasks (over 50+ games) in this course which will help you understand and remember the ideas of the course better.

The training program has a detailed explanation on what and exactly how you should do the practical tasks.

You’ll train on planning, attacking, defending, tactics, calculation and endgames.

About the Author

Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, Chess Coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in Psychology.

He founded the “Remote Chess Academy”, a company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their chess results.

He has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses, including the famous courses “The Grandmaster’s Secrets”, “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”, and “Calculate Till Mate”.


“The Right Way to Attack, From A to Z”

Attacking is an art that every chess player should master…

When we play a chess game, it is very important to have the ability to start an attack in order to win the game.

Students don’t know how to create weaknessess, let alone to attack them.

This course teaches you the strategies and tactics of attacking with success!

Crushing the King


“How to Coordinate Your Pieces Effectively, Enabling You to Find the Right Plans”

This course is about the chess pieces.

In chess, it is important to place your pieces in active squares, to coordinate them together and to find an active plan.

In this course, you’ll learn how to play effectively with your pieces.

You’ll be able to find good squares for your pieces, find the weaknesses of your opponents, understand better the game stages, and find the correct area of the board to attack and develop your initiative.


This course includes:

9.8 hours on-demand video

Learn Anywhere, Anytime and on Any Device

The courses can be accessed on ANY device (even non-Windows devices).

Video lessons, chess games, exercises, documents, all are there for you.

You can study RCA courses online or download them.


148 Lessons9h 47m

Video Lessons (Step 1)

Lesson 1 – How Do You Progress in Chess?
Lesson 2 – This Is My BIGGEST Secret to Success
Lesson 3 – The Perfect Chess Style
Lesson 4 – Wishful Thinking
Lesson 5 – When and What to Calculate?
Lesson 6 – Pattern Interruption
Lesson 7 – Most Common Mistakes for Under 1800 Elo
Lesson 8 – The 2 Things You Should Stop Doing in Chess
Lesson 9 – Summary

Video Lessons (Step 2)

Video Lessons (Step 3)

Practical Part

Theory Games


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Reviews (19)

Hello Igor Smirnov
Today, I just really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me part of the Igor nation and for 3 Steps to 2000 ELO.
My chess has really progressed especially in the middle and end game.
I am from south Sudan which is the world's youngest country now.
My dream is to achieve my chess goals in south Sudan and if Possible I should beat Magnus carlsen.
Don't tell Magnus about.

I liked the course, “3 Steps to 2000 ELO.” It was much better than the chess books I’ve seen, even ones written by famous people. Now if I could just keep my mind focused on what the threats are...

I have learned SO much. I wish I could apply it more consistently.

thank you

Exquisite instruction!! After just a few days of trying to implement these thinking patterns, I am already playing to a much higher and more consistent standard!

Excellent advice about different aspects of the game, I have learned a lot!

Honestly some of the explanations were a little broken, but otherwise it will be helpful for anyone unaware of certain methods for tactical shots.

I've got to say, after watching a few of Igor's videos, I like his style. This combined with the great deals, especially with the bundles made it a no brainer for me.

I've seen my Lichess score jump by 150 in the 2 weeks since I started.

I've cracked 1500, my original goal was 1800 but now with GM Smirnov's help, I am looking forward to 2000.



excellent conent, well presented in a logical manner

I really like😍 Thanks a lot for amazing courses.

Great videos and topics. Clear instruction.

This has definitely helped me as a beginner. I continually get better with each lesson.

It was great, thx!! Would also be helpful if all of the lectures had a simple slide summarizing each sub-lesson and also a summary slide at the end of each lesson. I also recommend having a final short video by GM Igor Smirnov at the end of this course. (Sidenote: Sometimes the presenters got a little monotone and they were hard to follow. Please use the same structure that GM Igor Smirnov uses.) All in all though it was a great course with experienced teachers and I am really very grateful for their help!

wasn't really satisfied and I don't think it will help me reach 2000 or even 1600 elo.

I like the way that this course is made.

Best course to improve yor chess.

I win games because of this course.

I’ve downloaded many of your courses, and I particularly loved the videos most. Thanks for helping me in improving my chess

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