December 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

December 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

Nov 28, 2016, 4:37 PM |

Registration for the December 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  9:00 PM PST on December 2nd, 2016. Chess University's core team of world-class instructors will teach all the live lessons this month. Classes begin on December 3rd at 10:00 AM PST (Pacific Time). Sign up today and start your journey towards mastery. Read on for details!


*Prodigy Program*

Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years

As Chess University's 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 December 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Elliott Liu, IM Nazi Paikidze, and IM-elect Kostya Kavutskiy.
  • This month's program offers  13 hours of live lessons (that get recorded so students can review), three detailed study guides, class homework, online correspondence tournaments, and full email support for students.
  • Students may submit two games for personalized emailed analysis by our instructors. That's right! We analyze two games for each student and offer personalized tips and advice.
  • Students will be able take a comprehensive quiz at the end of the month to test their understanding of the material they learned.
  • The tuition for December 2016 is $150.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on December 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST and all the live lessons will be taught on the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th of December.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time).


Key Areas of Study in December 2016:



  • Understanding how to evaluate material sacrifices.
  • Improving at chess move by move.
  • Important strategic patterns you must know.
  • Common miscalculations made by beginners and how to refute them.
  • How to improve your thought process and decision making.
  • Basics of prophylaxis and safe play.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Not books needed for this month.


  • Finding candidate moves in complex positions.
  • Tactical planning in all phases of the game.
  • Logical decision making in advantageous positions.
  • Strategic patterns you must master.
  • Understanding positional maneuvers.
  • Defensive tactics.
  • Improving at practical decision making.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman is highly recommended.


  • Advanced tactical crash course: must-know pins, skewers, and visually tricky forks.
  • Improving at spotting double attacks, discovery tricks, x-rays, and other tactics.
  • Evaluating exchange sacrifices against a castled king.
  • The classic bishop sacrifice and other sacrificial patterns.
  • Coordination of pieces in closed positions (in opening and endgame).
  • Attacking patterns using ranks, files, and diagonals vs. castled king.
  • Planning and launching attacks against a castled king.
  • Improving thought process move-by-move.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Art of Attack by Vladimir Vukovic highly recommended.


  • Launching crushing attacks right from the opening.
  • Understanding opening subtleties move-by-move.
  • How to research and develop new opening theory.
  • Expanding your opening repertoire.
  • Understanding and properly interpreting engine evaluation of openings.
  • Punishing opening errors made by tournament players.
  • Improving thought-process and planning.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: No books needed this month but students should have a diamond membership on for repertoire work.



Naming of our sections is based on over-the-board Elo ratings. Online correspondence ratings tend to be inflated compared to Elo, by up to a few hundred points at lower rating levels. Message GeniusKJ on for an evaluation if you are not sure which section to join. Please note that the Prodigy Program is now in its second semester for the year and so the classes are more advanced than what the section names indicate. As an example, the 1200+ section is more of a 1400+ section and the 1500+ section is effectively a 1700+ section.


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 taught by best-selling, world-class coaches and players 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, one-on-one 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.
  • This program is recommended by five-time World Champion Vishy Anand and other legendary grandmasters.
  • Our rate of $150/month offers unbeatable value.
  • Our 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.
  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available. Period. We actively invest back into the program each month to continue making it better. If you truly love chess and want to become a much better player, study in the Prodigy Program.


December 2016 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the December 2016 Prodigy Program, follow this link to Chess University's student portal.
  2. Create a free account there.
  3. Click on the December 2016 course that corresponds to the rating section you wish to enroll in and click on "Take This Course."
  4. Email if you have questions before signing up for the December 2016 month of the Prodigy Program.


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the December 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 9:00 PM PST on December 2nd, 2016. We will accept late payments but late registrations won't be processed until a few days later.

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


Contact University President Kairav Joshi by sending a message on to GeniusKJ or sending an email to with CC'ed.