How I Became an IM (The Bulmaga Method)

Streaming available
Production House
Gift this product by adding the recipient's email address at checkout. They will receive the gift with a personal message from you, and they won't be able to see the order amount. Read more on our Gift FAQ

Lowest price guarantee

100-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

Default Title

Shipping available: North America, Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico

We accept


Master Method Series #30

How I Became An Im (the Bulmaga Method)

Do you ever feel like you spend too many hours trying to find out how to study chess openings but your opponents outplay you anyway?

Do you ever feel like your game level is stuck at one single point and not going anywhere?

Well, let me tell you, you’re not alone. That often happens when the player is too busy at trying to improve in one aspect of the game, but then neglects the other important areas.

Ambitious players need to have an opening repertoire they can rely on. But when you start to face the serious “booked-up” players in tournaments sometimes is very difficult to know better than they do, end they end up taking advantage very early in the game.

Romanian master Irina Bulmaga knew she needed to keep an edge if she wanted to make rapid progress and beat ever stronger players.

So she took a whole different approach in order to have a solid opening repertoire and also avoid falling into endless lines of long theory with players who literally eat the books and memorize all the lines, her approach: master the sidelines.

About the Author

How I Became An Im (the Bulmaga Method)

Irina Bulmaga is a strong IM and WIM from Romania, currently rated 2419 ELO.

She became Romanian classical chess Women Champion, 2018 and got her first Fide title as WFM at the age of 11 in 2005.

By employing sound, tricky and lesser-known opening ideas against each of the main opening moves, Irina was able to able to consistently get great positions higher rated players and her rating skyrocketed from 2100-2300.

In this 15 hour course, IM Bulmaga will show you how to play the repertoire of sidelines that helped her reach gain more than 200 Elo points.

With these openings you will be ready to take your rivals out of their comfort zone and beat them on your battleground!

And that’s just the beginning of it.

How is this going to help me?

After learning the sidelines and integrating them into your own play, you go on to master the strategy behind the main lines too. It was this step that helped Irina go from 2300 to IM!

And finally, IM Bulmaga will give you insight into mixing it up and choosing openings that are going to be more difficult challenges for your opponent.

At higher levels, the person who learns how to study chess openings and gets the better position at the beginning of the game has a massive advantage for the rest of the game. Make sure that person is you and follow a proven path to success with IM Bulmaga’s How I Became an IM!


Part 1: 2300 Elo with sidelines

1) The Reversed KID
2) The Italian
3) The Pirc
4) Bb5+
5) The Paulsen
6) d4 c5 2.d5 e5
7) The Reti
8) The English Opening

Part 2: Mastering the main lines

1) The Ruy Lopez
2) Attacking the Paulsen
3) Attacking the …d6 Sicilian
4) Advance Caro-Kann
5) Attacking the French
6) The Najdorf – a deadly weapon
7) The Nimzo-Indian complex

Part 3: Opening evolution

1) Be2 against the Sicilian
2) d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3
3) Italian vs Spanish
4) Pirc, c3 vs Classical
5) King’s pawn vs Sicilian
6) Nimzo-Indian vs KID
7) c4 c5 vs 1.c4 e5

Enjoy your course!

Additional information

Running Time

+15 hours



Opening Name

, , ,

Type of Video

Production House