About This Course

You can find A LOT of different chess rules and instructions on how to play chess, however there are ONLY 7 MAIN THINGS which you should do while you play a game of chess.

In the past years, particularly the last 2 years with the pandemic, there has been a massive increase in online courses. This has led to an increase of content and an abundance of material to digest, while the day still lasts 24 hours 😊

What if I told you that ALL you need to know is 7 Key Ideas to play the game of chess correctly?

In an ideal world, knowing THOUSANDS of chess concepts would allow to master the game completely. In the real world, an excess of information that you would barely use will overload you, stress you and make you waste time ―a critical thing to consider when playing against an opponent.

Thus, at the Remote Chess Academy we created this course, called “7 Keys to Victory”

  • In this comprehensive chess course, GM Igor Smirnov explains these rules ONE by ONE.
  • Similarly, he explains in detail ONE MORE important thinking rule which will help your game to GROW UP on the next level!

7 Keys to Victory can help you IMPROVE your game and your thinking process during the game.

All the ideas are explained with simple examples to understand, even if you are a beginner.

However, the videos contain games from World Champions, like Kasparov, Kramnik, Tal and other top-rated players, so this course is also suitable for more ADVANCED players.


Video Lessons

We will analyze the first and most important principle of playing the game of chess. This is “The Principle of Attack”.

There is NOT always an attacking move at your disposal. For instance, in the starting position of the chess game, definitely there is no way for the attack.

Even if we make one move or a couple of moves, there would still be no options for you on how you can possibly damage your opponent.

By the way, this is the most common situation in the chess game because, even though the attack is the greatest thing you can do, more often than not, there is no direct way for an attack.

So, here comes “The Principle of the Least Active Piece”.

In most of the positions, there’s no direct way to start the attack right away. What should you do then?

In that case, you need to prepare your attack for the future; and, in order to do so, you need to activate your position.

You are going to learn how YOU can become a Terminator in chess.

Indeed, in chess games, sometimes, it’s crucial for YOUR SUCCESS to terminate your opponent.

And, of course, I don’t recommend that you do it in such a brutal way like Schwarzenegger did in his Terminator movies. But still, at times when you’re playing a game of chess, a certain opponent’s piece becomes really annoying for you, and then, it’s time to terminate it! How can you do that?

Who is going to be the attacker? Who is going to be the defender?

That depends on the ACTIVITY of your forces.

You wish to have your forces controlling the GREATEST quantity of the squares on the chessboard; and, therefore, to be the most active.

And the flip side of the same coin is that you wish the opponent’s pieces to be the least active and controlling the smallest amount of squares on the chessboard.

So, here come those principles of activity that we’ve been talking about in the previous lessons. And this time, we’ll just talk about the flip side of the same coin.

At first, this topic may seem very SIMPLE and straightforward. On the other hand, there are so many rules about this.

In this quick lesson, we’ll just streamline this for YOU and, therefore, we’ll narrow down this broad subject into a VERY SIMPLE and practical guideline that you can follow in your practical games.

How to make sure that your chess progress is STABLE; that you play well all the time and, if you’re stronger than your opponent, you win your games without any exceptions.


YOU will find Kasparov's moves

Now, YOU already know all the main strategic principles of the game of chess. And, in this lesson, you’ll put them in practice, so that, when you START playing your practical games, and it’s your move, you’ll know exactly what you should be doing.

It’s going to be a pretty cool examination for YOU because we are going to see the games of Garry Kasparov and you’ll be analyzing his moves.

I will be asking your opinion: How would you play in those positions? And you will try to guess the moves played by Garry Kasparov, who is one of the best chess players of all times.

Kasparov – West
White’s turn: Kasparov wins!


Additionally, there are 9 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.


What GM Igor Smirnov's students say

Look what chess people around the globe say about GM Igor Smirnov’s courses.
YOU can find full testimonials from much more students HERE

I myself used some of the materials presented by Igor on Youtube and I was a very satisfied costumer.
GM Jaan Ehlvest
I WON A 9 GAME GM NORM! I become the youngest International Master of my country...
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You can take the course at your own pace. The only deadline is your own drive to improve your chess expertise!

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course.

What if I want a refund?

We are happy to issue a refund within the first 30 days.

What skills will this course teach me?

You can check students stories HERE

So, although I can’t guarantee anyone’s success, that is absolutely the intended outcome!

What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?

You’ll need ANY device where you can access the Internet and a *pgn viewer. If you don’t have a *pgn viewer and need one for free, just check this link: https://chess-teacher.com/knowledge-base-rca/how-to-open-pgn-files/

If you also want to download the course (this is optional) you’ll also need a PDF reader and a video player.

Will I get access to the full course all at once?


What do I do if I need help?

If you need help with something related to the course, please contact us at support_manager@chess-teacher.com. Thanks!

How can I buy the course?

You can pay with Paypal, debit card or credit card.

This course includes:

3.1 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.


11 Lessons3h 7m

Video Lessons

1. The Key to Breakthrough00:23:00
2. The Most Important Chess Rule00:23:00
3. Maximize Your Power00:20:00
4. Becoming a Chess Terminator00:21:00
5. Limitation is Domination00:22:00
6. How to Control the Center00:23:00
7. The Key to Your Stable Progress00:23:00
8. Practice00:23:00

Practical Part


3 Ratings

Reviews (3)

5 star

I watched the first 5 lessons of the program. I thought, this was way too easy. No way this could be this simple. So I started playing against the chess program Shredder at a setting that it always beat me. I followed the principles and to my shock I beat the program! And it really felt so easy and effortless. Simply a natural and practical logic drives these “7 keys”.
(This also reminds me of my experience when after watching “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” I beat a player in our club for the first time. But then I started reading a ton of books, as haphazardly as I could do and I haven’t beat him ever since as my head was buzzing with conflicting and confusing ideas. Now I am looking forward to our next game, because I am baaaaaaaack!)

Your courses are truly amazing! They have revolutionized my chess and I look fwd to learning more from RCA!

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