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The main idea of the course is to show the 9 main differences between players at the beginner and advanced level. This shows a clear blueprint for elevating your chess performance to the next level.

GM Igor Smirnov selected several most critical differences between the amateur players and the master level players. Throughout this course, you will see how they work in different examples, you will be able to train them yourself; and therefore, you will be able to apply this new knowledge right after watching this course.

Powerful Practical tasks

It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 8 practical tasks (over 50+ games) in this course which will help you to 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.

About the author

Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, Chess 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 chess results.

GM Smirnov 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”.

Course Curriculum

Video lessons
Introduction: The MAIN Secret that Differentiates Strong Players 00:25:30
Secret #1: Which Plan to Choose When There’s no Attack? 00:21:00
Secret #2: How to Find the Right Moves all the Time? 00:20:00
Secret #3: The Most Common Mistake of Amateur Players 00:19:00
Secret #4: Understanding the Games of Top Grandmasters 00:14:00
Secret #5: When You Should Start Attacking (and When It’s Premature) 00:17:00
Secret #6: How to Avoid Blunders? 00:21:30
Secret #7: Planning in a Middlegame (Most Players’ Pain Point) 00:13:30
Secret #8: How the Favorite Idea of Amateurs Is Just Wrong 00:16:00
Lesson-9: Step-by-Step Guide for a Practical Game 00:20:00
Practical Part
Instructions 00:25:30
Task 1 00:09:00
Task 1 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 2 00:09:00
Task 2 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 3 00:04:00
Task 3 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 4 00:08:00
Task 4 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 5 00:05:00
Task 5 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 6 00:06:00
Task 6 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 7 00:05:30
Task 7 – Answers 00:00:00
Task 8 00:11:30
Task 8 – Answers 00:00:00

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