Free Prodigy Program live lessons on January 6th/7th!

Jan 3, 2018, 2:05 PM |

To celebrate the launch of Prodigy Program 2.0, Chess University is pleased to announce that the first live lesson in each rating section of Month 1 (January 2018) will be completely free for anybody to attend. If you always wanted to experience how the Prodigy Program works, this is your chance to do so, without spending a dime.

Chess University's Prodigy Program is the world's foremost live, structured online chess learning program that has helped over 20,000 students to improve at chess. This January, we are launching the upgraded Prodigy Program 2.0, aiming to create the perfect live, online chess learning program while retaining the key elements of Prodigy Program 1.0 including live lessons, videos, study guides, etc.

The free Prodigy Program live lessons will be taught on January 6th and 7th, according to the following schedule. All times are given in Pacific Standard Time (PST, or UTC-8:00). Each section is intended for students in the given rating range, but on this occasion everybody is free to choose one, or even attend several sections.

900+ Elo Section, Live Lesson #1
Date: Saturday, January 6th, 10:30-11:30 AM
Topic: Typical Incorrect Assumptions and Mistakes
Instructor: FM Arne Jochens

1200+ Elo Section, Live Lesson #1
Date: Saturday, January 6th, 12:00-1:00 PM
Topic: Evaluating Forcing Pawn Moves
Instructor: FM Dalton Perrine

2000+ Elo Section, Live Lesson #1
Date: Sunday, January 7th, 9:00-10:00 AM
Topic: Endgame Calculation Depth - Calculating Till Completion
Instructor: IM Kostya Kavutskiy

1750+ Elo Section, Live Lesson #1
Date: Sunday, January 7th, 10:30-11:30 AM
Topic: Calculation Assessment and Tips
Instructor: IM Kostya Kavutskiy

1500+ Elo Section, Live Lesson #1
Date: Sunday, January 7th, 12:00-1:00 PM
Topic: Calculating and Tactical Training Session
Instructor: IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Students will be able to ask questions at any time during the live lessons by using one of the two chat options given below.

How to Attend
Students can choose one of the following two options, with the first option being the recommended one and the second option being a backup solution.

1. To attend via Twitch, visit:
and type a short message in the chat box. Once a box pops up, you will
have the choice to log in or sign up. If you have a username, go
ahead and sign in. If you do not, click on “sign up”, follow the
instructions and then register an account. Now, you will be able to use
the Twitch chat box.

2. To attend via Youtube, visit:
and click below the chat box. You will be prompted to sign in with your
Google account. If you don't have one, you can click on "Further options",
then "Create account" and follow the instructions. Now, you will be able
to use the Youtube chat box.

Technical Issues
For best results, use a computer with wired internet connection to attend
the lessons. Wireless connection is slower although often sufficient.
Tablets and mobile devices may be used to attend live lessons but we
strongly recommend using a computer.
If you don't see the stream when we are live or have an audio issue, the
first thing to do is refresh. If you are on a tablet, you can also try to
pause the stream and then un-pause after a few seconds. Always make sure
that you are not on mute. Scroll over the lower left side of the stream
and make sure you are not on mute if you unable to hear during a live
lesson. You can also try a different browser. If you still experience
problems, then please do let us know in the chat and we will try to help
you out.

For more information about the Prodigy Program and other online chess courses, go to or follow this blog.