Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

Massive Discount for November Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand!

Oct 27, 2016, 3:12 AM |


Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open at a highly discounted price! That's right, the world's best chess course is on sale for one month. Even better, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand will also teach in the Prodigy Program this month! Registration is open until  3:00 PM PDT on November 3rd, 2016 and live classes start at 10:00 AM PDT on November 5th, 2016.

Start your journey towards chess mastery today. I look forward to seeing you in the Prodigy Program very soon!

- Vishy Anand



*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 November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi, Shaun McCoy, 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 more than 12 hours of live lessons (that get recorded so students can review), three detailed study guides, class homework including puzzle videos and playthrough videos, online correspondence tournaments, a comprehensive quiz, and full email support for students.
  • Students may submit one game for personalized emailed analysis by our instructors. That's right! We will analyze one game for each student and offer personalized tips and advice.
  • The tuition for November 2016 is only $99 (instead of the usual $150).
  • We offer four rating sections: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on November 5th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT and all the live lessons will be taught on the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th of November.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time). Find out each section's full schedule by visiting and clicking on the individual sections for November.


Major Lesson Topics for November 2016:


900+ Elo Section:

  • How to play openings more intelligently and accurately.
  • Properly evaluating good vs. great opening moves.
  • Evaluating opening plans and ideas.
  • How to find and attack targets in the opening.
  • Refuting opponent's middlegame blunders with calculation.
  • Improving at early play move by move.
  • Simple attacking plans vs. a crippled castled king position everybody must know.
  • Punishing opponent for missing a concealed oversight in the middlegame.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: No textbooks needed for November.

1200+ Elo Section:

  • Properly evaluating opening moves to make better decisions.
  • Planning in the opening and early middlegame.
  • Overview of must-know opening theory for White in 1.e4.
  • How to plan decisive attacks right from the opening.
  • Determining whether to attack or not.
  • Exploiting a weakly castled king.
  • How to determine whether or not a dynamic idea works for you or your opponent.
  • Typical mistakes made by 1200-1400 level players and how to overcome them.
  • Logical decision making in the early middlegame.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman is recommended.

1500+ Elo Section:

  • Advanced tactical crash course: interference, deflection, etc.
  • Planning and executing clearance sacrifices.
  • Must-know ideas involving pins and skewers.
  • Improving at finding visually tricky forks and double attacks.
  • Improving at attacking an uncastled king.
  • Attacking a king who has lost the right to castle.
  • How to attack a castled king and understanding the dynamic and positional significance of castling.
  • Mating focal points, strategic focal points, and formulating attacking plans accordingly.
  • Practice planning and launching mating attacks step-by-step.
  • Improving thought process and calculation.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Art of Attack by Vladimir Vukovic is recommended.

1750+ Elo Section:

  • Understanding piece exchanges in endgames.
  • Improving at proper evaluation and analysis.
  • Understanding limits to calculation and making decisions when unable to calculate properly.
  • Comprehensive logic training: how to use the tools in your toolbox properly.
  • Improving accuracy of your play move by move by scrutinizing the candidate moves.
  • Understanding hypermodern openings and how they should be played.
  • Typical plans and methods in classical openings you should know.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: No textbooks needed for November.



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 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 almost two years 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 standard rate of $150/month offers unbeatable value but this month you can sign up for just $99, a price at which we may not even break even.
  • 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 learn from and interact with celebrity chess players such as five-time World Champion Vishy Anand.
  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available in the world. 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.


November 2016 Registration:

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



Registration Deadline:

Registration for the November 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 3:00 PM PDT on November 3rd, 2016. This means, we need to receive payment by then.

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


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