New January 2017 Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand - Sign Up Today!

New January 2017 Prodigy Program with Vishy Anand - Sign Up Today!

Jan 6, 2017, 6:06 AM |

The Prodigy Program has successfully completed its second year and the class of 2016 in the 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections has graduated to the next level. All sections will start from the very beginning this January and we also have a new three month long 1900+ Elo training course! Prospective students have the chance to join our world-class Prodigy Program from the very beginning. We will launch this year's first Prodigy Program month with grandeur by having five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand as a guest instructor. Vishy Anand will teach a live lesson on January 22nd.


Registration is open until Friday, January 13th. Classes start on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST (Pacific Time). Sign up today and start your journey towards mastery. Read on for details (or simply go ahead and sign up)!


Chess University's Prodigy Program

Start Your Journey Towards Mastery Today!

Chess University's Prodigy Program is the world's premier and most comprehensive online chess course designed to help adults work their way towards mastery and create chess prodigies out of youth players.

By offering the highest quality of live lessons, detailed study guides, instructive homework, personalized game analysis, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, we provide ambitious chess players a clear path to chess improvement and mastery.

The Prodigy Program is for chess players of all ages from all walks of life. Our virtual classroom often features five-year-old children learning chess together with corporate executives, entrepreneurs, university deans, and sometimes even celebrities.

Join the Prodigy Program if you are seeking a structured way to learn chess from the world's most qualified instructors and are interested in interacting with legends such as former World Champion Vishy Anand.


Meet The Team:

  • The Prodigy Program is taught by Kairav Joshi,'s officially #1-selling coach and President of Chess University, along with FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Elliott Liu, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, U.S. Women's National Champion IM Nazi Paikidze, former U.S. National Champion GM Alex Yermolinsky, and five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand.
  • Individuals helping our instructors include: Senior Teaching Assistant and Quiz-master Marek Simon and Teaching Assistants Paul Bevans and FM Mari Joseph.
  • Top scholastic chess trainer Mike Hoffer, known for coaching Truman Hoang to back-to-back U.S. K-9 National Championships, will start contributing to the Prodigy Program this month.


January 2017 Prodigy Program Information:

  • This month's program offers over  12.5 hours of live lessons (that get recorded so students can review), couple hours of bonus video lessons, 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 the January 2017 Prodigy Program is $150. Jan-March 2017 three-month Prodigy Program package costs $399.
  • We offer four rating sections: 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo.
  • Program begins on January 14th, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST and all the live lessons will be taught on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th of January.
  • Most live lessons are taught somewhere between 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time). Visit to find each section's full schedule for January.
  • Note: The new 1900+ Prodigy Training Course is a three-month offering that starts one week after the Prodigy Program. Those who completed the 1750+ section of the Prodigy Program or are already above 1900 Elo should take this training course in January. Learn more about the 1900+ training course here:


Key Areas of Study in January 2017:



  • Understanding fundamental endgame checkmates: K Q vs. K, K R vs. K, and basics of K B B vs. K.
  • Introduction to forcing moves and basic tactics.
  • Understanding endgame principles.
  • Introduction to basic chess theory - having the right mindset when you play chess.
  • Basic endgame training and important endgame tricks to remember.
  • Basic endgame facts: what's won, what's drawn, and how to apply that knowledge to make better decisions.
  • Understanding chess move by move - logic training and key guidelines to remember.
  • Understanding what to do in different types of positions.
  • Learning from the most common mistakes 900+ Elo players make.
  • Training to better grasp fundamentals of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by IM Jeremy Silman and Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer are both highly recommended.


  • Mastering fundamental endgame checkmates: K Q vs. K, K R vs. K, and K B B vs. K.
  • Winning the fundamental endgame checkmates:K Q vs. K B and K Q vs. K B.
  • Understanding basics of the K Q vs. K R, K Q vs. K B B, K Q vs. K N N, and K Q vs. K B N endgames.
  • Improving understanding of formations, coordination, protection, etc. by studying unbalanced multi-piece endgames such as K Q vs. K R N, K Q vs. K R B, and K Q vs. K R R.
  • Introduction to multi-move tactics and basic combinations.
  • Understanding importance of forcing moves, forcing replies, and forcing continuations.
  • Everything about squares: critical squares, weak color squares, and outposts.
  • How to convert dynamic advantages into wins.
  • Learning to play forcing, aggressive chess move by move.
  • Evaluating pros and cons of typical forcing pawn moves.
  • Learning from mistakes 1200+ Elo players often make.
  • General thought-process training in different types of positions.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by IM Jeremy Silman and Amateur's Mind also by Jeremy Silman are both highly recommended.


  • Mastering rook endgame fundamentals such as the Lucena Position and Philidor drawing method.
  • Basics of K R P vs. K R and K R P P vs. K R endgames.
  • Introduction to the forcing move thought process at the 1500+ Elo level.
  • Tactical and calculation training in the middlegame and endgame.
  • Improving tactical play move by move.
  • Introduction to queen and pawn endgames.
  • Improving at understanding what matters most in different types of positions.
  • Learning how to masterfully use advantages in development and initiative to win games.
  • Understanding when forcing moves may NOT be the best.
  • Thought-process training to better apply concepts from this month, especially in the middlegame.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman's Complete Endgame Course by IM Jeremy Silman and How To Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman are both highly recommended.


  • Understanding combinations: combining tactical ideas, logic, and principles.
  • Typical sacrificial patterns you must know.
  • Insight into how strong players calculate effectively and what we can learn from them.
  • Understanding how strong players simplify calculation.
  • Learning which false assumptions commonly lead to major calculation errors.
  • How to better scrutinize our options and remove unnecessary candidate moves from our calculation.
  • Understanding the importance of move order when calculating.
  • Calculation training in the endgame.
  • Learning from typical calculation mistakes made by 1750+ Elo players.
  • King and pawn endgames where one subtle mistake can flip the game's evaluation.
  • Gaining pawn structural understanding.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: No books needed this month but students should have a diamond membership on


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.


Why Join Prodigy Program?:

  • The Prodigy Program is the world's first and only comprehensive online chess learning program. The program has been operating successfully for two years now.
  • The program is taught by best-selling, 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 emailed 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.
  • The Prodigy Program gives students the opportunity to learn from and interact with celebrity chess players such as five-time World Champion Vishy Anand.
  • 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 but we give you long-term access to course materials pertaining to the course/section you take!
  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available in the world. Period. We actively invest back into the program every month to continue making it better. If you truly love chess and want to become a much better player, try out the Prodigy Program.


I developed an interest chess as an adult and was exploring alternatives for learning this fascinating game in an orderly and systematic way.   I was willing to put in the time and effort, all I needed was a roadmap.   I found that road map in The Chess University's Prodigy program.  The quality of the instruction is outstanding, but more important to me has been the disciplined nature of the program that has given me an opening repertoire, improved my tactical skills and developed my confidence in the end game.  My online rating has increased over 400 points in less than a year and I feel like the sky is the limit.  Thank you Kairav and the entire Chess University staff.  I recommend the program to anyone seriously committed to improving at chess.
I have been a prodigy program member since Feburary. The value associated with this program FAR exceeds the 150 a month. Have you ever read a book where you really didn't understand a certain thought process or move order and really wish you had someone really skilled to ask. Yup, we get that in our live lessons. Ever want your game reviewed/commentated by FM/NM/IM/GM, yup we get a couple of those a month. My personal opinion is that this program is fantastic for people who actually want to improve at the game.

January 2017 Registration:

  1. To sign up for the January 2017 Prodigy Program, follow this link to Chess University's student portal.
  2. Create a free account there if you don't already have one otherwise simply log in.
  3. Click on the course corresponding to the rating section you want to join here:
  4. Click on "Take This Course" and complete checkout.
  5. Email if you have questions before signing up. Note that if you wish to sign up for Jan, Feb, and March 2017 for our $399 promotional pricing you will need to email us to request a custom order because we don't have this offer available directly through the Chess University website.


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the January 2017 month of the Prodigy Program ends at midnight on Friday, January 13th but students should sign up in advance so they have enough time to get oriented before live classes begin.

So what are you waiting for? Start your journey towards mastery today. We hope to see you in the Prodigy Program very soon.


Contact Chess University President Kairav Joshi by sending a message on to GeniusKJ or sending an email to