Prodigy Program - August 2015 Registration Open

Prodigy Program - August 2015 Registration Open

Aug 4, 2015, 3:05 AM |

This is a detailed article regarding University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety if you are a new student or a prospective student wanting to join the program in August. Most importantly, registration for all three sections of the Prodigy Program is now open for the August 2015 month of the program.


Want your child to become a chess prodigy? Yes? So do we! Or are you an adult and want to master chess yourself? Great, we will get you there! Read on to learn more about our program.

* University's Prodigy Program*

Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years

This online super-coaching program by University is designed to create chess prodigies out of youth players and take them, or any chess player, to master-level within 5 years. By offering high-quality live lessons, detailed study plans, relevant homework, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, we have created a program that can take any chess player from beginner to master within 5 years! The University Prodigy Program is for kids as well as adults. It is open to chess players of all ages.


Important Information:

- Taught by Kairav Joshi,'s officially best-selling coach and President of University, along with Assistant Director FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, GM Alex Yermolinsky, and many other top coaches. Other who have contributed to the program and occasionally teach live lessons or play simuls include: GM Alexei Shirov, GM Valeriy Aveskulov, GM Maxim Dlugy, GM Erwin l'Ami, IM Valeri Lilov, IM Attila Turzo, NM Julian Lin, and others.

- At least 12 hours of live online classes per month spread out over 8 to 10 sessions. The live lessons will also be recorded and uploaded online so students can review them.

- Detailed weekly study plan (an awesome 7-page PDF sent each week!)

- An online correspondence tournament each month.

- A simul with a chess master (sometimes grandmaster) each month.

- Two games analyses per student, usually through email but sometimes live.

- Full email support for all students. Unlimited guidance and tips!

- Tuition: $150/month per student.

- Live lessons will be taught mostly on weekends between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM PDT (Pacific Time U.S./Canada). One of the lessons may be held on a Monday.

- The 900 ELO and 1200 ELO sections of the Prodigy Program launched with over 100 kids and adults in December, 2014. The third section of the Prodigy Program, the 1500+ ELO section, started in January, 2015. The program has continued to grow since then. New students are able to join in during any month. Each month is designed to be a course itself making it easy for new students to join.


Key Areas of Study in August, 2015:

900: Absorbing tactical patterns and mating patterns, improving attacking skill and intuition, calculation training, and endgames.

1200: Continuing a crash course on intermediate tactics and combinations that helps students with pattern recognition and calculation, intermediate endgames, and discussion of development and initiative.

1500: Intermediate positional play, statics vs. dynamics, creation and exploitation of targets, brief discussion of attacking, continuing opening repertoire for Black (mostly vs. 1.d4).

*The August lessons of the 900+, 1200+, and 1500+ USCF/FIDE sections begin on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT with an introduction session.

Note: While the sections have not been renamed, they are now covering material aimed at a more advanced audience. For example, the 900 section can be thought of as a 1050+ section, and so on.

Note: Our ratings refers to the standard over-the-board rating system. Rating systems that are used by FIDE, USCF, CFC, etc., are Elo or 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.

Understand that what we are offering is indeed a beginner-to-master program. Adults who join the program have an excellent chance at achieving that elusive chess master distinction. Parents who sign up their kids can (and should) expect their children to improve at chess very quickly. I myself have sent an 8-year-old student to the world youth championships and have numerous student competing and winning at the state and national levels. Let me tell you that we can certainly make your child a chess prodigy too! In fact, several Prodigy Program students have already won school, club, city, and state championships!


Our program will continue for a long time. Students can join in or opt out at any time. We expect that youth players who study in our program for a few years will end up being among the best players in their age group. But those who only study with us for a few months will still improve by leaps and bounds. Our rate of $150/month offers unbeatable value. With our detailed, guided study plan in addition to the live lessons, the amount students learn each month may be equivalent to about 25-30 one-on-one hourly lessons with coaches. If the typical skilled coach charges $30/hr, that would cost $900/month!


With University, it is $150/month and that is paying for the highest-quality of chess instruction available anywhere. That is paying for neverending tips and guidance. That is paying for the opportunity to learn from the best chess coaches while also getting a chance to interact with the world's best chess players such as GM Alexei Shirov. If you truly love chess and want to get better quickly, sign up for the world's best chess-learning program.


Here are comments from former USCF President and #1 blitz chess player Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy regarding the Prodigy Program:

"By designing the Prodigy Program, University has created a brilliant solution for chess players around the world. By offering lectures, training sessions, game analysis sessions, homework, and guided study plans all in an organized manner, the Prodigy Program enables easy and efficient chess learning."

"Technology has made it easier than ever to learn and improve at chess. I wish such programs existed when I was a young and ambitious chess player!"

"If you want to make your chess study productive and want to become a strong chess player, I highly recommend joining University's Prodigy Program."


Don't have an official over-the-board rating?

What about those who don't have an ELO rating and are not sure which group is best for them? We have written a placement exam for them. Individuals without official ratings who want to join the 1200+ or 1500+ sections should complete the placement exam and achieve a satisfactory score.

The placement exam has been posted in the University group on

That link will only work for University members. If you are not a member, click here to join and then follow the link given above.

August 2015 Registration:

Registration for August 2015 is now open for all sections of the Prodigy Program. Presently, we accept payment Bitcoin, credit/debit card, and PayPal

The monthly tuition for the Prodigy Program is $150/student. Students can make a one-time payment for August 2015 by using the link below:

Link for one-time payment:

PayPal should redirect you to a Google form. Please fill out the form to complete your registration for August if you are a new student. Current students, only use the PayPal link directly sent to you via email for renewal. Note: PayPal occasionally doesn't redirect students to the Google form. If you don't get redirected, please contact GeniusKJ on and provide your registration information such as name, username, section, etc.


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the August 2015 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 3:00 PM PDT on August 8th, 2015. This means, we must receive payment by then. We will accept late payments but late registrations won't be get processed until a few days later meaning that such students would not be able to attend the first lesson live. Please complete payment in advance if you would like to learn in our Prodigy Program this August.


Discounts and Commissions:

We offer family discount. We also give 10% commission on valid, successful referrals. 

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


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