Registration for the New 2016 Prodigy Program Now Open! Anand Guest Instructor!

Registration for the New 2016 Prodigy Program Now Open! Anand Guest Instructor!

Jan 4, 2016, 10:18 PM |

The Prodigy Program has successfully completed its first year and the class of 2015 in the 900, 1200, and 1500 Elo sections has graduated to the next level. All sections will start from the very beginning this January and we also have a new 1750 Elo section! Prospective students have the chance to join our world-class Prodigy Program from the very beginning. To relaunch the Prodigy Program in the grandest way possible, we invited five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand and former world #4 player GM Alexei Shirov as special instructors who will teach on January 16th and 17th, respectively. Update:Late registration for the January 2016 Prodigy Program is open until 9:00 PM PST on January 11th, 2016. Read on for details!

* University's Prodigy Program*

Master Chess at Any Age, Within 5 Years

As our 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, detailed study guides, instructive homework, personalized game analysis, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, we provides ambitious chess players a clear path to chess improvement and mastery.

The University Prodigy Program is for chess players of all ages. We have taught children who are under the age of 5 and even the elderly over the age of 90! If you love chess and want to improve, look no further than our flagship Prodigy Program. Do you have children or grandchildren who are just starting out with chess? If so, hurry and get him enrolled into the Prodigy Program! We do have a section for beginning chess players that starts with the basics.


Important Information:

- The Prodigy Program is taught and led by Kairav Joshi,'s officially #1-selling coach and President of University, along with Assistant Director FM Dalton Perrine, FM Arne Jochens, FM Kostya Kavutskiy, and GM Alex Yermolinsky. Legendary grandmaster Alexei Shirov and five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand will also be teaching this month.

- 12 hours of live lessons spread out over about 10 sessions. The live lessons also get recorded and uploaded online so students can review them.

- Detailed weekly study guide.

- A few online correspondence tournaments each month.

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

- At least one private one-on-one emailed game analysis per month (sometimes two game analyses per month).

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

- Tuition: $150/month per student.

- Live lessons are taught mostly on weekends between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM PST (Pacific Time U.S./Canada).

- The 900 Elo, 1200+ Elo, 1500+ Elo, and 1750+ Elo sections are starting from the very beginning on January 10th, 2016. The 900 section is also open to complete beginners who will receive additional homework to get caught up to the 900 level (including the rules and basics).

*The January 2016 lessons for the 900, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo/USCF/FIDE sections begin on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 10:00 AM PST with an introduction session. The live lessons will be taught on the 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st of January.

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.

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? Message GeniusKJ on for an initial evaluation. If needed, we will have students complete a placement exam. Individuals without official ratings who want to join the 1200+, 1500+, or 1750+ sections should first contact GeniusKJ or email and then if advised to do so, complete the placement exam.

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.


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 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. Even with an average chess coach who 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. 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 and GM Vishy Anand. 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. 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."


January 2016 Registration:

Registration for January 2016 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 January 2016 by using the link below:

Link for one-time payment:

Simply follow the link above, select your section, and add to cart. After doing so, you can click on the cart on the top-right side of that screen and then click on checkout.

After completing payment, please fill out the Google form below to finish the registration process:


Registration Deadline:

Registration for the January 2016 month of the Prodigy Program ends at 9:00 PM PST on January 9th, 2016. This means, we must receive payment 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.


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