Learn From Vishy Anand in September 2016 Prodigy Program!

Learn From Vishy Anand in September 2016 Prodigy Program!

Sep 4, 2016, 3:40 AM |

Registration for the September 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  3:00 PM PDT on September 9th, 2016. Five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will also teach in the Prodigy Program this month! 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 September 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Elliott Liu, FM Kostya Kavutskiy, IM Nazi Paikidze, GM Alex Yermolinsky, and 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.
  • 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 September 2016 is $150.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on September 10th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT and all the live lessons will be taught on the 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25st of September.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time). Click on the section name here to see that section's schedule: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+.


Key Areas of Study in September 2016:



  • Applying the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame.
  • Understanding basic piece vs. pawn endgames.
  • Must-have knowledge regarding K Q vs. K P or K P P endgames.
  • Calculation and thought-process training.
  • Converting simple minor piece endgames into wins.
  • Must-know plans in the later phases of the middlegame and endgame.
  • Maximizing the power of your pieces in the middlegame and endgame.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman.


  • Applying the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame at the intermediate level.
  • Understanding tricky piee vs. pawn endgames.
  • Acquiring endgame wisdom.
  • Reviewing important theoretical king and pawn endgames.
  • Pawn breaks everybody must know.
  • Winning imbalanced fights in the endgame.
  • Improving thought-process in the middlegame, especially when positions appear to be equal.
  • How to improve at analyzing games.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman


  • Knight endgame theory.
  • Gaining in-depth understanding of bishop vs. knight endgames.
  • How to win the K B N vs. K endgame.
  • Endgame calculation and improving endgame technique.
  • Same color bishop endgames.
  • Pawn majorities and understanding pawn play in the middlegame and endgame.
  • Typical patterns everybody must know.
  • Improving tactical awareness.
  • 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


  • Improving at tactical thinking and decision making.
  • More advanced endgames involving unbalanced material.
  • Improving at evaluating how winnable an endgame is.
  • Improving at planning in later phases of the middlegame.
  • Coverage of various other endgames.
  • How to select great moves from potentially good candidate moves.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman, 100 Endgames You Must Know 4th Edition by Jesus de la Villa.



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 Chess.com 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 even though section names haven't been updated. As an example, the 1200+ section is more of a 1350+ section and the 1500+ section is effectively a 1650+ 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.
  • 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 such as five-time World Champion Vishy Anand.
  • 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.


September 2016 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the September 2016 Prodigy Program, follow this link. http://shop.chess-university.com/collections/frontpage/products/prodigy-program-september-2016
  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 September 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 3:00 PM PDT on September 9th, 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.