Last Chance To Join March Prodigy Program

Mar 11, 2016, 2:49 AM |

Registration for the March 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  3:00 AM PST on March 12th, 2016. Sign up and join University's flagship chess learning program today! Read on for details.


* 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 provides ambitious chess players a clear path to chess 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 March 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Kostya Kavutskiy, and GM Alex Yermolinsky.
  • 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. Plus students can submit two games for one-on-one emailed analysis.
  • The tuition for March 2016 is $150.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on March 12th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST and all the live lessons will be taught on the 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th of March.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PST (Pacific Time). Registered students will receive the full schedule for March on March 11th.

Key Areas of Study in March 2016:



  • Elementary opening theory for White
  • How to punish the opponent's opening mistakes
  • Tricks and traps in the opening and early middlegame
  • Training tactics and calculation
  • Improving general thought process in the opening and middlegame
  • Endgame training
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer


  • Enhancing opening and early middlegame play.
  • Maintaining an opening advantage by causing problems for the opponent.
  • Opening theory for White with emphasis on 1.e4.
  • Principles for the early middlegame.
  • Understanding the strategic ideas of early middlegames.
  • Lots of tactics, calculation, and thought process training.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman


  • Improving calculation and visualization
  • Precise play in the opening and overcoming fear of unknown openings
  • Starting opening repertoire for White with 1.e4
  • Step-by-step planning in different early middlegame situations.
  • Advanced opening strategy crash course.
  • The pawn problem: trade, push, reinforce, or ignore?
  • Training for all phases of the game including endgames
  • 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: Najdorf, Maroczy Bind, Hedgehog, and Benoni
  • Complex minor piece endgames
  • Converting a pawn advantage in different types of endgames.
  • Training for all phases of the game
  • 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 may indicate an actual strength of near 1200 Elo. Keep this in mind when selecting a section. Message GeniusKJ on 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 online comprehensive 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, 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.
  • In general, 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.
  • Opportunity to interact with the world's elite chess players. While there are not any guest instructors scheduled in March, during most months we have one or two guest instructors. In January 2016, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand and former world #4 ranked player Alexei Shirov each taught a live lesson to our students. Anand will teach again in April 2016.
  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available. Period. If you truly love chess and want to become a better player, study in the Prodigy Program.


March 2016 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the 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


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the March 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 3:00 AM PST on March 12th, 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 University President Kairav Joshi by sending a message on to GeniusKJ or sending an email to