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Igor Smirnov's Courses worth giving a try?

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Debistro wrote:
Geodesist216 wrote:

It's dedication friends I studied his course Calculate till Mate for six years and just last week I became an FM. I'm 21 by the way, learnt chess at age 12. By dream is to become the World Champion you'll be hearing from me soon. 

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I've read a lot a books too.

An FM with a blitz of 483. Indeed that stands out.

All of the games are only a few moves long - they don't represent his true strength.

ClassicalMusic101

The courses are really good, I've tried them. His e-books are also pretty useful. I recommend you try them.

KarelStepnicka

His courses are good. Someone may think it is not worth the money, that it isn't 100 hours lectures, but you need to understand that it is mainly YOU who need to practice, and improving at chess is not by watching videos.

In his lectures, he explains HOW to think, so you can pass there only a few hours, but then you need to spend weeks and months to do the practical section many times, in order to actually think like he presents. Then you will improve. The price is OKAY, you have got a training material for a lot of time.

If you want a complete review of a concrete course of his, come on smithyq.com - a chess improvement blog.

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KetoOn1963

Personally I love them! 

As cheesy as his advertisements are.  I enjoy the way he teaches things. 

jeidj

You should get GM igors self taught granmaster it will teaches you in the most effective training and that it will make your elo rate fast.It have some psychological knowledge so that you will realize how to use brain effective and in effective learning, guys this is the course you should beacaus its had the most effective training/learning so that it make your elo rate fast and its very unique because its not like other chess books, you know in every chess book it has the pic of chessboard,notations,techniques etc. it is centering the most effective chess progress

AreaElf
BiDaWay wrote:
Hi! As someone who has tried his course, and as a beginner I really liked the video lessons (which are organized in 9 chapters and each chapter has 4-5 videos spanning around 30 min each). I feel the videos are great lessons that go into detail and show the thought process of a grandmaster. I really feel I will becime a better player after this. My suggestion is to give it a try!

This comment didn't age well as no improvement occurred over the last 5 years. That's not an indictment of Igor Smirnov's courses (which are excellent) but rather of the player's study habits. It proves true Botvinnik's statement that "Nobody can teach you how to play better chess, you have to learn it".

TryMe1ce
korenar wrote:

His courses are good. Someone may think it is not worth the money, that it isn't 100 hours lectures, but you need to understand that it is mainly YOU who need to practice, and improving at chess is not by watching videos.

In his lectures, he explains HOW to think, so you can pass there only a few hours, but then you need to spend weeks and months to do the practical section many times, in order to actually think like he presents. Then you will improve. The price is OKAY, you have got a training material for a lot of time.

If you want a complete review of a concrete course of his, come on smithyq.com - a chess improvement blog.

smithyq.com is just one empty web page with the title 'smithyq.com' on top of it...

TryMe1ce

Would be nice to see GM Igor Smirnov in action, playing actual games (here or on lichess or youtube), but I can't find any games anywhere... That's a bit strange, right? He got his IM title at the age of 14 and became a GM at the age of 21, https://ratings.fide.com/profile/14110482 ). After winning the Kasparov Cup in 2009 (and that year also getting a Master’s degree in psychology) he seems to have left the official chess scene, probably wanting to focus all his time on a chess coaching/teaching career. Although I wish he would play online games here at chess com (and Lichess, etc.) and do some 'banter blitz' or 'rating climb' stuff on youtube, I do have to say that I enjoy his courses (and his youtube channel) A LOT :-) To me, his material was and still is a real eye-opener!. He's to the point and teaches how to think and play like a Grandmaster. In any case, watching (and practicing) his courses, and video's on youtube will improve your chess, there's no doubt in my mind about that! Cheers, Igor!

KarelStepnicka
Uživatel HikaruFan135 napsal:
korenar wrote:

His courses are good. Someone may think it is not worth the money, that it isn't 100 hours lectures, but you need to understand that it is mainly YOU who need to practice, and improving at chess is not by watching videos.

In his lectures, he explains HOW to think, so you can pass there only a few hours, but then you need to spend weeks and months to do the practical section many times, in order to actually think like he presents. Then you will improve. The price is OKAY, you have got a training material for a lot of time.

If you want a complete review of a concrete course of his, come on smithyq.com - a chess improvement blog.

smithyq.com is just one empty web page with the title 'smithyq.com' on top of it...

Well he has shut down the page by now but on web archive, the page with all the reviews is still available.

anthonydyson

Check the 31 day refund fine print before buying anything. It's buried deep and you can find that he won't refund your purchase in many cases. In addition, it looks like he will deduct any transaction fees etc if you are lucky enough to get a refund. I found this to be pretty unusual. I don't remember ever having such things happen. Try Chessable. They know the concept of lifetime value of a customer. Refunds in full, promptly and great courses.

zuzuxx

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Daceos
anthonydyson wrote:

I been having the same problem as mentioned regarding refunds w the people that handle IGor Smirnov courses transactions ( A group in Singapore ). They have been very difficult giving refunds. I may have to report this people to my credit card for proper action. I have send 10 E-mails to this people and still they own me a refund.

Daceos

Hi,

The GM Igor Smirnov courses are good but not magical. What ever he teach are in the chess books. The advantage of his courses is that you can hear a good lecture in an well organize manner. Also the format of a menu with links to the different clases make my life easier. The courses are well organized and good for beguiners and intermediates players ELO 600 to 1500 but that isa it in my opinion. To brake the barrier of the ELO 1800 you have to work very hard independenly than these or any other courses in the chess market. The bottom line is to play lots of games and analyse them well, finding your weakness and strenghts. Besides that you will have to do lots of practical excesices on all the areas of chess daily, prepare yourself for tournaments, play many but many games and let time do the rest.