Questions and Recommendations

Before we kick things off, let me answer one VERY common question. After I announced the new course, our support zone got bombarded by a lot of questions. The most common one is this:
“I already have your course … (“The GM’s Secrets” etc). Does your new course (about calculation) contain similar lessons?”
Most of my previous courses were about strategy (understanding, planning, principles etc). Yes, I’ve touched on tactics too, but that was rather brief.

That’s why I’ve decided to fill in this gap, and to develop a new course that shifts the spotlight on tactics and calculation. There we will:
Analyze these aspects of chess in MUCH greater details.
 You’ll learn a lot of NEW techniques.
You’ll learn ADVANCED skills that titled players use.
And more…
So if you studied some of my previous courses already, then this new course will bring your skill to a whole NEW LEVEL. You have a solid and deep enough understanding for studying new and more advanced techniques.
Moreover, I do NOT recommend my new course to those who have NOT studied my strategic courses (“The Grandmaster’s Secrets” or “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”).
Chess is a strategic game. You need to have a deep understanding of chess fundamentals BEFORE you can move on to more advanced facets of the game.
By the way, this is a great delusion of those people who suggest that amateur players should focus on tactical puzzles. It’s like trying to learn words without knowing letters.
At the same time, perhaps you are excited about the new course. Plus, during first few days of the release, there will be a special price for my regular students. :)
Probably you don’t want to miss it, even if you haven’t studied my previous courses yet! I have thought about it, and I can offer you a solution.
At the time of a new course’s release, I’ll set a discounted price for my strategic chess training courses (mentioned above). You’ll get the NEW course + a STRATEGIC course, and get a special price for both.
I’m sure this will please everybody. :)
In the past, I used to publish the RESULTS of my students. Then I somehow stopped doing this. It’s not because there the success stories have run dry! :) Quite the contrary, there are A LOT!
I just didn’t want to bother you with similar stories, but probably I was wrong. Sometimes we all experience problems; and our results are not as good as we expected. It’s during those times that it’s important not to lose your ENTHUSIASM!
It’s very helpful to know how other people overcame similar difficulties. This reaffirms that YOU CAN do the same!
Hello Mr. Smirnov. I just wanted to tell you, I have been using your “The GM Secrets Course” for a few weeks now, and I am absolutely amazed with it.
My performance has now gone all the way up, and I am beating opponents that I used to struggle with a lot…
Hi GM Igor Smirnov,
My name is Marcos, Brazilian, Engineer and I am an amateur chess player.
The intention of this message is to provide you a feedback about the chess course “The Grandmaster Secrets”.
I did not complete the whole course yet, because I am studying the lessons very slowly but with good focus only on the Quality (not the Quantity). Attached you can find some concrete results:
Almost 400 rating points gained in the Internet Blitz
73 points (ELO Fide) gained with the 1st prize of a Classic Chess Tournament (9 rounds).
Now I am on my way to complete the Tactical Tasks of the course, and I believe that I going to improve continuously!
Thank you very much!
To top it off, here’s a task for you from the current USA Championship:

Your task is NOT to play Nbd4. :) On a more serious note, you should find the best move for White and calculate its consequences.
After that download the solution here: LINK

Dont forget to read my other courses too!

The Grandmaster's Openings Laboratory
How to Beat Titled Players
Your Winning Plan
An Endgame Expert
Self-taught Grandmaster
The Grandmaster's Positional Understanding
Calculate Till Mate