Feedback 1 on How to beat titled players
Kenneth Hills, USA, FIDE Rating: 2090 (Sept. 2013 List), FIDE ID: 2017440
The impact on the quality of my play and tournament results has been immediate. "Igor's course 'How to beat titled players' is packed with valuable practical advice. Just like his two previous works 'The Grandmaster's Secrets' and 'The Grandmaster's Openings Laboratory', Igor Smirnov has a way of explaining complex ideas in an accessible way while introducing you to material that I have never seen elsewhere. Let me emphasize the course is very much focused on practical aspects of improving your chess. I cannot rate this material highly enough and recommend it without reservation. The impact on the quality of my play and tournament results has been immediate. This latest course helps you understand how to go about beating stronger players and not just in an abstract way but, assuming you are willing to work hard at the course work he gives you, in a manner that improves your playing strength.
Feedback 2 on How to beat titled players
Debjit Banerjee, India
I am going through the most wonderful chess course ever created. It will take time to go through the practical part. I am repeatedly going through the videos to absorb the ideas. Now the games of Julian Hodgson and Mikhail Tal can be seen in clearer light. Even playing that style has a formula which your course proves.
One can become a fearsome opponent if the ideas of beating titled players can be applied. Even the strongest players will crack up if one can use the techniques given. I am happy that I have all the courses you have made so far. The last course complements grandmasters chess secrets. This course clearly shows how to get those positions from where one can execute combinations. Even subtle ideas have been made easy to understand. Studying chess with your videos is really enjoyable studying otherwise is so tedious which we all know. I request you to make a course on very important practical positions from the middlegame and endgame preferably in the form of a video, say sixty to eighty positions that can be remembered always. Nobody can explain better than you. [Note: The latest course "An Endgame Expert" by GM Igor Smirnov on middle to endgame transitions is available now. Please see the link at the top or down below]
In addition to what I have already written, I think it is important to mention that the examples selected by you in "Beating Titled Players" are so real that it appears that I had played similar positions before. I must appreciate your selection of examples. Yes I am playing much better after studying “GM secrets” and "Beating Titled Players". I have to go through the practical part of the latter thoroughly. I believe your courses will be recognised as the best courses ever created that would invariably improve ones playing ability. Very well compiled and illustrated.
With warm regards
Feedback 3 on How to beat titled players
Sahapol Nakvanich, FIDE Rating 1865 (Sept. 2013 List) Standard, 1842 Rapid & 1856 Blitz, FIDE ID: 6200478
FIDE Title: National Instructor (2010)
Secretary - Thailand Chess Association,Thailand
FIDE Title: National Instructor (2010)
Secretary - Thailand Chess Association,Thailand
It contains a lot of unique ideas, which are not presented in chess books.
After listening to your course on "How to Beat Titled Players" I recommend to anyone who wants to improve and want to beat titled players. It contains a lot of unique ideas, which are not presented in chess books. The course helped me to look at the chess game from another angle. Now, I know what is the best style of playing and how exactly I can win even against much stronger opponents.
I have purchased all your courses and I found them really useful!
Feedback 4 on How to beat titled players
Leonard C., UAE, (young boy)
I have learnt so much already from the first few modules...
My teacher told me, that I am already the best player at my school! I am 10 years old and live in Dubai (UAE), I am in the 5th grade. I started to play chess a few years ago, my parent taught me the rules and some basic strategies.
Even though I knew the game, I did not have the right strategical understanding to beat stronger opponents...but after watching Igor Smirnovs “GM Secrets” (together with my Dad) I suddenly was able to beat all players of my school (even the teachers, which played for years) and I managed to win against my Dad (former club player !) several times!
Yesterday, I received the new course "How to beat stronger Players" from Igor Smirnov and I already watched and studied a good bit of it. Again, this course is *SUPER*! I have learnt so much already from the first few modules and I am confident, that I will beat MUCH stronger opponents very soon (I plan to become a club player in the summer time...)!
Feedback 5 on How to beat titled players
Rami Hafez, Egypt
I have increased my standard chess rating approximately 100 points in a month. This course is a piece of art. It teaches you to play creative beautiful chess. Using the positional sacrifice concept I was able to play more beautiful games more frequently.
Also, the course is a good stress on the psychology of winning and helps you play with a really winning attitude. Focusing on being problematic to your opponent really makes him feel bad, especially if he expects you to be weak. Using counter blows -even if not well calculated - I was able to get advantages in inferior positions against human opponents. Also I have a good progress playing chess online and increased my standard chess rating approximately 100 points in a month and a half since I bought Igor's Courses".
Feedback 6 on How to beat titled players
Werner Poets, Belgium
This has the potential to bring your play to a level that might not previously thought possible. “How to Beat Titled Players” is without doubt the most advanced course presented by GM Smirnov until now. Yet there is no extensive fore-knowledge needed to benefit from this course. This course is also suitable for talented kids who want a to lift there play to a higher level. Those already familiar with the quality of the previous courses of GM Smirnov, I can assure that for them also this course exceeds expectations. As with previous courses, the key concepts are clearly explained and illustrated with concrete examples. This visual approach allows you to memorize the concepts easily. This contrasts with books where everything is explained with an algebraic notation. I think during a chess game using images and not an algebraic notation is useful. Is this also the case for you?
That GM Smirnov besides a chess player is also a psychologist, is clear from the first lesson. There is no explanation of how the opponent hypnotizes but how you can force a opponent, also a strong opponent, to make mistakes that you can exploit. For clarity, these techniques are methods to find good moves. Such good moves that their psychological impact on your opponent is profound. What weapons might be used to achieve this and how to handle them is explained in several lessons. These weapons are analogous to the techniques of a practitioner of martial arts. The different lessons are organized around a skill that is divided into sub techniques so that you clearly know what actions you need to perform so you can integrate them into your systematical thought process. Interestingly, all these techniques can be used in almost every game. It is not a collection of obscure tricks that seldom can be applied.
Special is that these techniques are complementary so that when they're well mastered they are mutually reinforcing. This has the potential to bring your play to a level that might not previously thought possible. I am sure that you also will be convinced of this potential even after the first time you are going through the course material. This will contribute to your motivation to exercise these techniques so that they become routine. Motivation is necessary because, although the techniques are easy to understand much time and effort be will needed to master these techniques (at least to me). To guide this in efficient manner in the good direction, plenty high quality en to the point exercises en tasks are included in the practical part of the course.
Feedback 7 on How to beat titled players
Christopher Wright (New Zealand), FIDE ID: 4303180; FIDE Title: International Arbiter (2005)
I got to apply the weapons in “How to beat Titled Players” immediately after I bought the course. My first game was against a player rated 350 points higher than myself. In that game, I sacrificed my Rook with a continued attack, and I obtained a winning position. The continuous barrage of applying and interchanging the weapons had such a psychological effect on my opponent, he felt nervous, he crumbled under the pressure, and eventually he resigned the game. My games are not without mistakes, but applying the tools and developing the skills has lead to many beautiful wins at my opponents expense. Strong players can be beaten.