What Will I Learn?

 Reveal and explain EVERYTHING about Chess Strategy. You will learn how to think during a real game!

 The MOST important strategic and positional rules that enable strong players to demolish the opposition.

 Hand-hold you and train you so that you will UNDERSTAND chess at a very deep level.

 All the theory lines contain my text commentaries.

Stronger players UNDERSTAND chess better!

No, they don’t just calculate variations. Strong players don’t just memorize opening lines. They don’t just look for tactics every move. What set really strong players ahead of the pack is their DEEP and CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of the game. This clear understanding allows them to ‘JUST KNOW’ the right move!

With their deep positional and strategic understanding guiding them like a compass, strong chess players can tell the right plan and ideas and KNOW the RIGHT move ALL the time… without breaking a sweat!

Well, consider this. Modern tournament chess players spend LONG hours on:

1) Training their tactical skills and combination eye by solving hundreds or even thousands of tactical exercises.
2) Studying and memorising sharp opening lines. They even buy monthly chess opening publications to keep them up-to-date with the latest theory.
3) And when it comes to playing, they love positions that allow them to attack.

The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding isn’t just a theoretical discussion of positional play, this course is ALL about the MOST important strategic and positional rules and, more importantly, it will show you how to apply these in your games!

With the heightened UNDERSTANDING of chess, you will make that QUALITATIVE LEAP FORWARD in your chess development.


GM Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in psychology. He’s the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy” company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their results. GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses.

Course Curriculum

Video Lesson
1. Positional Understanding 00:14:00
2. A Look at All The Positional Principles 00:22:00
3. Step By Step Guide For A Practical Play 00:29:00
4. Strategic Elements-Pawn Structure – part 1 00:23:00
5. Strategic Elements-Pawn Structure – part 2 00:24:00
6. How to Take Charge of Your Future? 00:31:00
7. The Bishops and Company 00:36:00
8. Other Chess Pieces and Important Rules 00:23:00
Bonus Lesson
Bonus -1: Removing Obstacles 00:00:00
Bonus -2: Your Questions 00:13:00
Bonus -3: Your Questions (part-2) 00:14:00
Bonus -4: Your Questions (part-3) 00:15:00
Bonus -5: The Power of REAL Understanding 00:20:00
Bonus -6: The Power of REAL Understanding (part-2) 00:24:00
Practical Part
Practical Part Instructions and Download 00:00:00
Task 00:00:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Great Course


    After studying the GM’s Positional Understanding the wonderful thing is that now I understand why I was losing. Thanks, thanks, thanks.”

  2. The Foundation


    This course is the foundation of Igor Smirnov’s courses. I’ve already studied it at least 5 times. And still when I revisit it, it teaches me something new.

  3. Good one.


    I feel this is what I needed to improve my game. Thanks!

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