July 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

July 2016 Prodigy Program Registration Open!

Jul 2, 2016, 4:58 PM |

Registration for the July 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 July 8th, 2016. U.S. Women's National Champion IM Nazi Paikidze has joined the program as an instructor. Don't miss this chance to learn chess from the best! Sign up today and start your journey towards mastery. Read on for details!



*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 July 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Kostya Kavutskiy, IM Nazi Paikidze, and GM Alex Yermolinsky.
  • This month's program offers more than 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.
  • 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.
  • The tuition for July 2016 is $150.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on July 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 July.
  • 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 July by the 7th.

Key Areas of Study in July 2016:



  • Improving focus and time management.
  • Understanding how to quickly scan a position to collect key information from positions.
  • Improving decision-making.
  • Evaluating opponent's threats and planning accordingly.
  • The most important patterns you must know.
  • Calculation Training.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer


  • Intermediate tactical crash course (must-know patterns with forks and pins and detailed coverage of different types of forks and pins).
  • Understanding how to take advantage of opponent's structural weaknesses.
  • How to create targets in your opponent's territory.
  • How to exploit opponent's targets.
  • Understanding positional planning.
  • Important patterns to know and improving pattern recognition.
  • General training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman


  • How to dynamically use rooks in the middlegame.
  • How to positionally use rooks in the middlegame.
  • General middlegame positional training.
  • Understanding how to punish opponent's slow, passive plans.
  • Opening repertoire for Black vs. 1.e4: Accelerated Dragon and other Dragonish Sicilians.
  • Calculation and thought-process training.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman


  • Understanding advanced techniques for defending.
  • Advanced application of imbalances.
  • Applying knowledge regarding space and how to attack opponent's excessive space.
  • Evaluating pawn center and whether or not space-gaining in the center is justified.
  • Evaluating passed pawns (when useful, when useless).
  • Advanced techniques for using passed pawns (to distract opponent and enable attack elsewhere and other dynamic ways to use pawns).
  • Calculation and thought-process training.
  • Textbooks:Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman.




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 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.
  • 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.
  • The ability to interact with the world's elite chess players. Last month, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand was among the instructors! Such legendary chess players appear as instructors in the Prodigy Program almost every other month.
  • 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.


July 2016 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the July 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 or send an email to kairavjoshi@gmail.com.


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the July 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 7:00 PM PDT on July 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.

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 with kairavjoshi@gmail.com CC'ed.