About This Course

What Will I Learn?

What is the main factor of SUCCESS in chess?

Chess is inherently a strategic game. That’s why strategic SKILLS are the most important thing in chess. They allow you to UNDERSTAND what you should do in any position. Chess players usually call it “a chess understanding”.

In fact, it is not so difficult to study some opening lines or theoretical endgame positions. Players experience BIGGEST problems in complex middlegame positions, when they are not sure WHAT TO DO.

Remember the STRONG chess players you know. How do they win against weaker players? They create COMPLEX strategic positions and gradually OVERPLAY an opponent. They use their better chess understanding.

What is the problem?

Everyone heard about “a chess understanding”. So why didn’t everyone study it? There are 2 main reasons:

  1. MOST players DON’T KNOW what “a chess understanding” actually is. A chess understanding mainly implies your planning skills. If you understand a position, it means that you know what to do here. Thus it means that you can find THE RIGHT PLAN.
  2. There are NO EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS about it.
    It is the hardest topic really. It is very difficult to systematize knowledge about middlegame planning and to integrate them in a CLEAR PRACTICAL SYSTEM.

That’s why 99% of authors even don’t try to do it!

My System

How many chess books do you know, which offer an INTEGRATE SYSTEM of middlegame play?

OK, Nimzowitsch’s “My System” is pertinent. Is there anything else? Well, there are a few other similar books, but anyway it is a very short list. Nimzowitsch did a great work certainly. However his system is not full and quite difficult for a practical usage (even Nimzowitsch had some problems with that LOL). Also a lot of time has gone since that time. Modern chess has developed a lot.

That’s why I decided to create the course “Your Winning Plan”!

It took a long TIME and a lot of EFFORTS to create such product. With pride I present you the final result.

The course “Your Winning Plan” gives you an integrate system of a MIDDLEGAME PLANNING. Using this unique method you will be able to find the right plan in any position.

This will give you a deep chess understanding and will make you not just a strong player but an EXTREMELY STRONG ONE!

Key topics covered in this course

This lesson will give you the essential information about a planning. After a study of this lesson you will know:

☉ Why is planning so important and what most players don’t understand.
☉ How to predict a game continuation for many moves ahead?

In chess books you have probably seen the recommendation “to compose a plan in critical positions”. However they don’t say how to detect those critical positions. That’s why this trite rule is useless.

I will be telling you how Grandmasters really think in a practical game.

You will know the SPECIFIC TIPS, which you will be able to apply right after a study of this lesson.

☉ Typical mistakes of 95% of chess players.
☉ What is a guideline in a planning?

In this lesson I will tell you what EXACTLY you should do and exactly HOW you should THINK to create the right plan.

☉ The most important strategic rules regarding to the planning.
☉ How exactly the center bears influence on a planning?

Everyone knows about the center and different center types. However, most players don’t know how to use such knowledge in a practical game.
We will analyze how the universal scheme of planning works in different typical positions.

Thus you will get the UNIQUE COLLECTION of the ready-made PLANS. In 95% of situations it will be enough for you to simply use one of these plans to win a game!

You will study the important specific rules for positions with different center types:

☉ How to make your plan really effective?
☉ The typical mistake in defense.
☉ And many more useful tips…

I will give you 2 UNIVERSAL KEYS, which are applicable for any position. They will help you not just to create a plan but to create the MOST EFFECTIVE plan.

Often it is enough to only use one of these keys to WIN a game without any problems.

Also we will continue training the UNIVERSAL SCHEME of a plan composition. You will see how it is possible to systematize separate positional rules to remember and to use all of them EASILY in a practical game.

This will help you to use YOUR previous KNOWLEDGE (from your past trainings) most effectively and to get practical effect from them.

We have studied how to find the right plan. In this lesson you will learn how to REALIZE that plan CORRECTLY. So you will master these things:

☉ 3 stages of planning, which you should perform to win a game.
☉ How to figure out the best way for the realization of your plan?

Previous lessons were aimed for making you a strong player. This lesson will help you to become an EXTREMELY STRONG player! These advices are your guide “how to be on the TOP”.
This is probably the most powerful part of the course. I have never shared these secrets with a huge public and I doubt if any other GM ever decide to do it.

☉ Why Grandmasters win the games even after making mistakes?
☉ Which plans have more chances to be realized?
☉ How it is possible to get the full control over the situation? This secret allows Grandmasters to get good results ALWAYS (while others suffer from instability).
☉ When experienced players offer a draw?
☉ And much more…

This course includes:

2.4 hours on-demand video

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230 Lessons2h 22m

Video Lesson

1. Introduction7:54
2. The Best Time for Planning9:26
3. How to Compose a Winning Plan20:23
4. Specific Rules for an Open Center8:00
5. Specific Rules for the Closed Center9:59
6. Specific Rules for the Static Center6:27
7. Specific Rules for the Pawn Center10:46
8. Specific Rules for the Dynamic Center7:41
9. Two Universal Keys8:07
10. How to Realize Your Winning Plan14:41
11. Grandmasters’ Secrets of Planning39:15

Practical Part


5 Ratings

Reviews (5)

Planning was always somewhat of a mystery to me. This course gave me EXACTLY what to plan for and when!

As per GM Igor Smirnov's usual standard, this stuff is just great!!


This is foundational, practical chess advice, well-illustrated, and taught by an expert in chess AND teaching/learning methods. Superb,

great stuff – like the approach

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