Prodigy Program - November 2015 Registration Open!
Registration for the November 2015 month of the Prodigy Program is now open. Sign up and join Chess.com University's flagship chess learning program today!
*Chess.com University's Prodigy Program*
Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years
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, detailed study guides, instructive homework, personalized game analysis, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, our program provides ambitious chess players a clear path to chess improvement and mastery.
The Chess.com University Prodigy Program is for kids as well as adults. It is open to chess players of all ages.
- Taught by Kairav Joshi, Chess.com's officially best-selling coach and President of Chess.com 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 recently 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 more.
- At least 12 hours of live online classes per month spread out over 8 to 10 sessions. The live lessons also get recorded and uploaded online so students can review them.
- Detailed weekly study plan (an awesome 7-page PDF sent each week!)
- A few online correspondence tournaments 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 PST (Pacific Time U.S./Canada).
- The 900 ELO and 1200 ELO sections of the Prodigy Program launched with over 100 kids and adults in December of 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 November 2015:
900: Intelligently applying opening principles, opening knowledge, and ability to evaluate and calculate different kinds of positions to play the opening phase accurately. We will also discuss evaluation in general and practice improving calculation and visualization. A few lessons will focus on tactical patterns.
1200: Applying opening principles effectively and properly transitioning into the early middlegame. We will overview a few openings for both sides and will have training-based lessons on tactics, attacking, calculation, and visualization.
1500: Learning advanced tactics and combinations, training calculation and visualization, and learning the art of attack! Indeed, for 1500s, it is time to sharpen up the attacks!
*The November lessons of the 900+, 1200+, and 1500+ USCF/FIDE sections begin on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST 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 1100+ 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 Chess.com 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.
And these days, with high-end chess tournaments such as the Millionaire Chess Opening existing, our students also have the ability to earn great prizes! In fact, a few Chess.com University students have won tens of thousands of dollars in prizes at the Millionaire Chess Open!
Our program will continue for a long time. Students can join in or opt out at any time. Our rate of $150/month offers unbeatable value. With our guided study plans, game analysis, homework assignments, etc. 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 Chess.com University, it is $150/month and that is paying for the highest-quality of chess instruction available anywhere. Period. That is paying for neverending tips and guidance. That is paying for the opportunity to learn from the best chess coaches while occasionally 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, Chess.com 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. If you want to make your chess study productive and want to become a strong chess player, I highly recommend joining Chess.com 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 Chess.com University group on Chess.com:
That link will only work for Chess.com University members. If you are not a member, click here to join and then follow the link given above.
November 2015 Registration:
Registration for November 2015 is now open for all sections of the Prodigy Program. Presently, we accept payment via Bitcoin, credit/debit card, and PayPal.
The monthly tuition for the Prodigy Program is $150/student. Students can make a one-time payment for November 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 if you are a new student. Note: PayPal occasionally doesn't redirect students to the Google form. If you don't get redirected, please contact GeniusKJ on Chess.com and provide your registration information such as name, Chess.com username, section, etc.
Late registration for the November 2015 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 3:00 AM PST on November 11th, 2015.
Sign up for the Prodigy Program today and start your journey of becoming a chess master!
Contact Chess.com University by sending a message on Chess.com to GeniusKJ.