Successful Experience

During the last months we’ve been working on developing a new opening course. This work takes all my time, and that’s why I haven’t published any new free lessons recently.
Nevertheless, I just want to say “Hi!” to you :) , and to ask how things are going at your end. You are welcome to let me know about your recent chess achievements in comments below.
By the way, in the comments area of the recent article “5 Tips Taken From the Best Chess Course”, (link) one student shared his successful experience. I’d like to paste our little conversation here. If you read it carefully, you’ll notice a lot of useful practical advice.
AindasI think it is time to share with you guys and our teacher my success in a recent, very strong for me, tournament.
I played on the 3nd board for the Greek team championship and i scored 8 out of 9! It is my best ever achievement (for now…:O) The average rating of my opponent’s was 2100. I gained 55 rating points at this tournament. There I  employed something new for the first time in my chess life.
I decided to focus on chess solely. I didn’t care if the player in front of me was a 5-year-old child or Garry Kasparov. My aim was to play the board!
Before each game I was warming up with easy exercises for about 5 to 10 minutes.
And I kept thinking of the sayings of the old masters such as: a) I play against the pieces (Gligoric); b) I believe in good moves (Fischer); c) My aim is to play 40 good moves (Smyslov); and d) I don’t lose. I win or I learn (unknown :O)
The psychology lessons helped me a lot and I owe very much to our teacher who made me look at chess in a different way.
GM Smirnov: Congratulations! This is an awesome result!
What is your performance rating for this tournament? It’s an indicator of your potential (of what you should achieve!)
Let me bring up a little hint: it’s quite easy to find the right path; it’s a lot harder to STAY on it.
Aindas: My rating performance for my last tournament is 2449! And all this thanks to you Igor!
I understand the hint you mention above, because I have experienced it with the thinking system you taught us! I was quite amazed when I read about it for the first time. Just after that I participated in a strong tournament, where I beat an international master in a very nice game and drew against another with an exchange down!
But then something happened to my mind and I was finding it hard to follow. Then I recalled the advice you had given us: “you should improve your thinking system all the time”! It is hard work but it pays off! So yes, you are right. It is very hard to stay on it! But I try hard and read your lessons time and time again.
And I should add again that your psychological lessons help us very very much! I try to get a philosophical attitude to the game and this has helped me a lot.
Note: spelling of comments is corrected by our editor.
First, I’d like to thank Aindas for sharing his successful experience!
The easiest way to progress
is to adopt the successful techniques of more advanced players.
From this point of view, our community is an extremely powerful resource! By analysing the progress of thousands of my students, I can detect what techniques do work well. And that’s why I often publish successful experience of different players.
Now let’s be more specific. What conclusions have YOU made based on the above feedback? What new techniques can you adopt in YOUR practice?
In the next lesson I’ll provide further explanations, but your independent consideration is very important as well.
I’ve prepared several interesting positions from the recent tournaments for you. Test yourself!
Vitiugov – Swiercz
White’s turn
White has a material advantage, but the position is still tight. How would you handle it?
Hendrickson – Chakraborty
White’s turn
White’s position is very active and he has a couple of tempting checks. Which continuation is the most powerful?
Nikolic – Grandelius
White’s turn
Black’s last move 13…Ne4 mixed things up completely. Can you sort it out?
After you come up with the best move in all three positions, please download a solution here: LINK
If you don’t know how to open chess games in *.pgn format, please read this FAQ:LINK


Have a nice day!