About This Course

Could You Become One of the so-called Strong Players?

What does it mean to be a strong player?

Let’s start by knowing what a strong player is or, in other words, what a strong player is capable to do.

A strong player is someone who really understands the game of chess. They are players who make no random moves. Their moves always conform to a thoughtful analysis of the position. Their chosen move has been strategically and tactically calculated. Their results are consistent with the strength of play.

Quite the contrary, an amateur player (even if they’ve already studied the game of chess) doesn’t have a trained system of thinking. The game among amateurs is erratic. They jump from one move to another without clear strategical purposes. Their moves are chosen almost randomly. Most of their games are resolved by silly mistakes.

This quick overview could give us a clear picture of who deserves to be called a strong player.

I am an International Grandmaster from Ukraine, currently rated 2507 ELO FIDE. I am also a Chess Coach and hold a Master’s degree in Psychology.

I have developed numerous chess lessons, articles, webinars and training courses, including the famous courses that have helped many players of all levels improve their chess skills and break their barriers to climb up to higher new levels.

All my life as a chess trainer, I have been carefully watching how amateurs play chess and their way of thinking. I have analyzed their faults and the causes of these faults. I’ve identified what their limitations are. I’ve listened to their complains. I’ve searched in depth for an answer to the question: “Why can’t I make progress?”

Hi, I’m Grand Master Igor Smirnov!

Here’s why I created the course The Secrets of Strong Players

That’s why, in this course, I wanted to teach you the major differences that I see between the amateurs’ play and the Masters’. It’s my wish that this course becomes the pole you need to successfully jump to higher levels. 🙂 Because I truly know that you too can become a strong player!

The Secrets of Strong Players

A clear blueprint to elevate your chess performance to the next level

The main idea of the course is to show 9 major differences which put apart advanced players from average players or beginners. This shows a clear blueprint to elevate your chess performance to the next level.

I have identified the most critical differences which exist between amateur players and master level players. Throughout this course, you will see how they work in examples, and you will be able to train them yourself. At the end, you will have a whole secret and new knowledge which you could apply immediately in your own games.

What You Will Learn

  • How an amateur plays
  • How a strong player thinks
  • Immense differences between a strong player and an amateur
  • Concrete ideas of the strong players
  • What to do to be a strong player?


Video Lessons



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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.

I hope you become the strong player you want to be.


I am a chess Grandmaster, Chess Coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in Psychology.

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

I have 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”.

So, TRUST ME, I really know how to make you improve!

This course includes:

4.5 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.


27 Lessons4h 28m

Video Lessons

Introduction: The MAIN Secret that Differentiates Strong Players00:25:00
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 Players00:19:00
Secret #4: Understanding the Games of Top Grandmasters00:14:00
Secret #5: When You Should Start Attacking (and When It’s Premature)00:17:00
Secret #6: How to Avoid Blunders?00:21:00
Secret #7: Planning in a Middlegame (Most Players’ Pain Point)00:13:00
Secret #8: How the Favorite Idea of Amateurs Is Just Wrong00:16:00
Secret #9: Step-by-Step Guide for a Practical Game20:04

Practical Part


5 Ratings

Reviews (5)

This is an excellent introductory course on how to find middle game plans.

This course improved my playing immediately.

I'm not quite done this first course in the Super Pack I purchased. Yes I'm serious about getting my rating and play up! :-) I have learned so much so far that I had no idea about. To Take is a mistake-move forward-stop always thinking about king attacks-3 move calculation (which I can handle) is almost always enough--- and many more ideas and "habits"/principles. And yes these are general principles, but when you see how they work you can really appreciate them AND more importantly apply them. At my level some of the practicals were a bit over my head, but still I got maybe 60% correct and because you can download games and get PGN player you can get Stockfish and see continuations.

I love Igor's style and presentation which is why I went with him as my "chess coach" in the first place.

As far as Splainr goes. We are all entitled to our opinion, but IMO there are positions that ARE ambiguous and debatable because that's the way chess is at times. If you ever watch streams from Hikura or other top players they are uncertain in lots of situations. And that's when the principles and lessons of these courses come in to help you find good ideas in your own games.
And sometimes computers are ridiculous because they aren't "real life" situations. IE.....Stockfish doesn't "like" gambits, but there are gambits that are hard to come up with all the right defensive moves in real Life/Time.

Anyway I'm a big Igor fan and am looking forward to all 23 courses in the Super Pack!!

Last video controls broken on mobile

if you suggest a "best move" then it needs to be demostrated why it is. I have seen really debatable "answers" to situation that are not supported or contrasted against the seeming inferiority of other moves. This a tremendous waste of my time to have ambiguous, debatable suggestions of what is better and what is worse in given situations. And who is this greek fellow? I signed up to learn from Igor Smirnov, and no one else. I'm disspaointed and pained at time wasting in the suggested first course: "secrets of stronger players". I see debatable "answers" in the Task List lessons.

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