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April 2016 Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand

April 2016 Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand

Apr 4, 2016, 12:16 AM 28

Registration for the April 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  7:00 PM PDT on April 8th, 2016. Five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will teach a one-hour lesson in the Prodigy Program on April 16th, 2016! Sign up today and start your journey towards mastery. Read on for details!


*Chess.com University's Prodigy Program*

Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years

As our most comprehensive and ambitious course, the Prodigy Program is designed to create chess prodigies out of youth players and take them, or any chess player at any age, to master-level within 5 years. By offering the highest quality of live lessons, study guides, homework, personalized game analysis, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, we provide dedicated chess players a clear path to improvement and mastery. The Prodigy Program is for chess players of all ages. If you love chess and want to improve, look no further than the Prodigy Program.


Important Information:

  • The April 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Kostya Kavutskiy, GM Alex Yermolinsky, and five-time World Champion GM Vishy Anand.
  • This month's program offers 12 hours of live lessons (that get recorded so students can review), three detailed study guides, class homework, simuls with masters, online correspondence tournaments, and full email support for students.
  • The tuition for April 2016 is $150.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on April 9th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT and all the live lessons will be taught on the 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th of April.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time). Registered students will receive the full schedule for April by morning of April 8th.

Key Areas of Study in April 2016:



  • Elementary Opening theory for White: Sicilian, Pirc, and more.
  • Tactical pattern recognition.
  • Understanding consequences of moves such as space left behind.
  • Reducing blunders.
  • Improving general thought process.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer


  • Finishing basic opening repertoire for White: Sicilian, Pirc, Alekhine, and more.
  • Tactical pattern recognition.
  • Understanding typical plans and maneuvers in closed positions.
  • Playing more dynamically.
  • Calculation and visualization training.
  • General training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman


  • Improving calculation and visualization
  • Opening Repertoire for White vs. Caro-Kann, Scandinavian, French, Pirc, and Alekhine's Defense.
  • Improving at planning in early middlegames.
  • Understanding and properly evaluating opening initiative.
  • Understanding the impact of bishop for knight trades in the opening.
  • How to handle central tension and early central attacks.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman


  • Advanced planning
  • Understanding pawn structures: King's Indian, French, Dragon, and Scheveningen set-ups.
  • Advanced endgames (including tricky queen endgames)
  • Improving calculation and thought-process.
  • Training for all phases of the game
  • May start our coverage of advanced attacking.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman, How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman, and Chess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide by Mauricio Flores Rios



Naming of our sections is based on over-the-board Elo ratings. FIDE, USCF, and CFC, for example, use Elo for ratings or something similiar to Elo. Online ratings tend to be inflated, sometimes heavily at the lower rating levels. A 1500 correspondence rating on Chess.com may indicate an actual strength of near 1200 Elo. Keep this in mind when selecting a section. Message GeniusKJ on Chess.com for an evaluation if you are not sure which section to join.


Why Join Prodigy Program?:

  • The Prodigy Program is the world's first and only comprehensive online chess learning program. It has been running successfully for over a year now.
  • The program is led and taught by world-class coaches who time after time have proven their ability to help take chess players to the next level.
  • With detailed study guides, homework assignments, puzzle/quiz videos, game analysis, and guidance all in addition to the live lessons, the amount students learn each month exceeds what they would get out of 20-30 private lessons with other coaches.
  • Our rate of $150/month offers unbeatable value.
  • Chess.com University students perform exceedingly well at tournaments. A few students have even won thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in prizes at tournaments like the Millionaire Chess Open.
  • No long-term commitment is required. Try out the Prodigy Program for one month and start realizing your chess potential.
  • The ability to interact with the world's elite chess players. You get to learn from the legendary Vishy Anand and ask him questions! This opportunity is priceless.
  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available. Period. If you truly love chess and want to become a much better player, study in the Prodigy Program.


April 2016 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the April 2016 Prodigy Program, follow this link:
  2. Then select your section, click add to cart, and click on the cart icon on the top-right. Click on "Checkout" to send payment.
  3. After completing payment, you will be prompted to fill out a student information form. Fill this out if you are a new student. If you don't receive this form after completing payment, message GeniusKJ on Chess.com.


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the April 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 7:00 PM PDT on April 8th, 2016. This means, we must receive payment and your student information (via form) by then. We will accept late payments but late registrations won't be processed until a few days later. As lessons also get recorded, students who register late shouldn't have trouble catching up.

Sign up for the Prodigy Program today and start your journey of becoming a chess master.


Contact Chess.com University President Kairav Joshi by sending a message on Chess.com to GeniusKJ or sending an email to kairavjoshi@chess.com.

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