Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory – Chess Openings Course





Chess Openings for Beginners: Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory 

Chess openings, chess openings for beginners, Igor Smirnov

Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory by GM Igor Smirnov

In this course, GM Igor Smirnov will show you how to study powerful chess openings in a  convenient and effective also very effective way!

It will give you a complete chess openings repertoire on the GM’s level and will make your pre-game preparation extremely effective!

There is no guarantee that you will always win, BUT I guarantee Your Maximum Chances For A Win!

In modern chess, computers have made opening preparation a very powerful and even decisive factor.

Strong players spend most of their training time on opening analysis. There are serious reasons for doing that. Every chess player can recollect the situation like this:

Your opponent makes a pretty strong move, which is a novelty for you, in the opening. You start feeling nervous and thinking for a long time about a good answer.

At the same time, your opponent is calmed and confident. Of course, he has already analyzed your possible answers and knows all of them in advance. It makes your problems even more difficult to overcome.

Similar situations to this bring very annoying losses. You understand that have lost not because your opponent was stronger but simply because of your bad chess opening preparation.

Do you want to win chess games before they even begin? The strong players are able to do it often! If you want to become one of them, then welcome to the “Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory”

About the Author: 

Chess openings, chess openings for beginners, Igor Smirnov

Garry Kasparov is presenting the 1st prize to Igor Smirnov “Kasparov’s Cup-2009”.

Igor Smirnov is an International Grandmaster from Ukraine, currently rated 2507 Fide.

He is also a Chess Coach and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology.

GM Smirnov has developed numerous chess lessons, articles, webinars and training courses, including the famous courses that have helped many players of all levels improve their chess skills and break their barriers to climb up to higher new levels.

Is this course for me?

Certainly, an opening preparation cannot guarantee a win. And I do not recommend you to become obsessed with trying to study all the chess openings.

I am absolutely sure that your general understanding of a chess game is a much more important factor. However, an opening preparation will considerably increase your chances of success.

Let me say a few words about different opening materials. There is a huge quantity of different opening materials: opening books, DVDs, video lessons, encyclopedias, etc.

Unfortunately, they actually don’t help to IMPROVE YOUR RESULTS. Why? Let’s clarify what these materials are.

From my own experience (I have studied a lot of different materials), I can conclude that there are 2 main categories for the chess openings materials:

  • A collection of a large quantity of opening variations without normal text commentaries.
    Different opening encyclopedias, informants, etc. are included in this category. The main purpose of such materials is to confuse a chess player and create a chaos in his head

By the way, I am not joking really.

  • The lectures (books, articles) of a strong (or not so strong) chess player.
    In these lectures, the author usually tells the well-known variations of the given opening with superficial comments. Such lectures can be used for preliminary acquaintance with an opening. But it is only the beginning. It is obviously not enough for serious study.

Sometimes it is possible to find a good book about a concrete opening. It could be useful stuff, but even such books have 2 serious shortcomings:

  • They contain only the well-known variations and games. Nobody wants to share their own analysis, novelties and so on.
  • They contain a lot of unnecessary information. It makes it hard to use it PRACTICALLY.

Let’s say such a book contains 100 pages. Your opening repertoire contains 30 opening (15 for white 15 for black). Thus you have to study, remember and use 3000 pages of the opening variations. 1 lifetime could be too short for that

That’s why it is hard to use such opening materials for a pre-game preparation.

Why is this course better than others? 

This course will allow you to study powerful  chess openings in a convenient and effective way!

The practical part of this course was designed not only for studying, but also specially for your pre-game preparation (during the tournaments). It will make your pre-games preparation quick and extremelly powerful.

So what exactly you will get from “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”?

Grandmaster’s Opening Labratory – Pratical Section:

Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory - Chess Openings CourseAfter a huge practice (as a player and a coach) I have realized which openings work better for different level players. With pride, I want to offer you a COMPLETE POWERFUL OPENING REPERTOIRE on the Grandmaster’s level.

You will receive all the materials necessary for learning these openings.

Thus, the practical part contains 35 opening lines for your complete opening repertoire. The materials presented for every opening:

The theory database in *.pgn format.

I have already selected all the best lines and have analyzed them. So you will study only the NECESSARY information. Again, you will not learn everything, but only what exactly you need. Using this way, you will study the opening quickly and effectively.

All the theory lines contain my text commentaries. These explanations will allow you to understand clearly all the important ideas and plans regarding this opening.

The selection of the most instructive games (over 600(!) best games for all the openings).

These games will help you to realize better the standard plans and ideas of an opening. Again, you will not study everything, but only the best and only what exactly you need. The detailed instructions about what and how exactly you should study.

It will guarantee that you will study the course properly and will get the best effect.

These materials will help you:

  • To create your complete powerful chess openings repertoire on the Grandmaster’s level in a short period of time.
  • All the materials of the practical part are presenting in *.pgn format (the standard format of chess database). These materials are clearly systematized also. This will help you to use these materials for your preparation before the tournament games.
  • It will make your pre-game preparation easy, quick and extremely effective. You will be able to refresh (or even get) your knowledge in the certain opening easily.
  • The materials of the practical part contain not only the theory lines, but my own analysis as well. You will find some novelties, which will give you a strong advantage over your opponents.
“It took years for me to realize these things. And it took many months to prepare all these materials for you. Now you can study the complete powerful opening repertoire in 1 week!

Frequently Asked Questions.

I play some other openings. Should I change my chess openings repertoire following your recommendations?

It is obvious that your results depend on the way you play.

Thus, if your current results completely satisfy you, then you need to change nothing.

If you want to reach a chess progress then you should be ready for changes.

Usually chess players dislike to study new openings because it demands considerable efforts and time expenses. However for you it will be much easier, as you receive all necessary materials in the convenient form.

Which chess openings are presented in the course?

There are quite a lot of chess openings for beginners there: Ruy Lopez, Alekhine’s defense, different Sicilian lines, Benko gambit, French defense, Caro-Kann, Scandinavian defense.. etc (35 opening lines)

I do not answer this question in details, because simple enumeration of the openings doesn’t provide any helpful information. It is important to understand WHY the given opening is good or bad FOR YOU. Why one opening is highly recommended, but another one is a bad choice.

You will find the detailed explanations in the course’s materials.

I feel confident in the opening stage. Whether it is necessary for me to buy the course?

It is my favourite question 🙂

First I would like to say that I like your self-confidence. It is very important quality of character for any sportsman.

However let’s try to be objective. Do you usually get an advantage after an opening while playing against the Grandmasters? If your honest answer is “No”, you will find a lot of useful information in the course “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”.

The best investment is an investment in yourself!

In this case you pay only one time, but then use the new knowledge and skills about chess openings during the whole life. It does this deal on 100-200% (and even more) favourable to you.

Of course you may buy some opening books for every opening line which you are going to use, then study them seriously, choose the best lines, analyze them, try to play them, analyze your games and find mistakes, change some openings which you’ve found not good, then play again, and after some practice you will probably create a normal opening repertoire.

BUT I have some good news for you – I have already done all this work for you! Now you can get the full chess course for this very low price!

Important: This product works natively with Windows computers. If you would like to use it on a Mac you will either need to install Bootcamp with a copy of Windows or run the software using a Windows virtual box such as Parallels or VMWare.

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This course discusses the openings yet unrefuted even at the highest levels (International Super GM levels). 1300-2000 FIDE rated players will find it useful. However, if opening is your area of concern, this course will serve you well. – NM William Stewart


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11 reviews for Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory – Chess Openings Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grygoriev Alexey (UKR)

    “…these two courses simply invaluable as a help to save a lot of time and efforts.”

    “I am amazed how much methodologically competently (step by step) this course (by the way, and the first course “The GM’s secrets” too) is made.

    The focusing goes on the most important ideas (without any “water” or unnecessary variants); it helps to build correct system of thinking in a head. The Course shows the basic strategic ideas of an opening on which it is necessary to concentrate your attention first of all. Thus it becomes clear why some openings (for example, Pirc or King’s Indian defense) which seems good at first sight, actually are doubtful enough – because they transfer these unresolved problems to the middlegame.

    In a course there are many practical recommendations which I have found useful to myself: how to work effectively with a database, how to use the computer for an openings’ studying etc. The practical part of a course – which helps to create a powerful opening repertoire both for white and for the black – deserves separate panegyrics.

    By the way, for those who want to study chess seriously – these two courses simply invaluable as a help to save a lot of time and efforts.”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Dumoulin (France)

    of how an International Grand Master
    prepares an opening…”

    “Well, what can I say? Not only is Igor giving excellent practical opening advice and material, revealing some chess champions methods etc… above all HE IS SHOWING A LIVE DEMONSTRATION of how an International Grand Master prepares an opening line with ChessBase!
    Personally, I find this already worth the money and I have run the videos several times to make sure I have grasped all the details.
    I was even surprised by the fact that an opening repertoire for White and Black was included as a bonus.
    Igor is basically providing the “fish” and the “how to fish”!
    What I also appreciate about the course is the honesty and the effort Igor has put in revealing his ideas and points of view.”

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pedro Milet (Brazil)

    “I got that ‘a-ha!’ feeling…”

    Pedro Milet (Brazil), owner of the chess course “The GM’s Openings Lab.”

    “When I started playing chess competitively about a year ago, my first chess coach decided to teach me what he thought was a solid, coherent opening repertoire: the idea was to bring about Slav and Caro-Kann – type positions, where I would have a very solid position – and absolutely no idea what to do next!!

    The middlegame positions were always GM positions where I couldn’t find any plans; I felt lost and the game felt dry. Worse: I wasn’t learning much from the games.

    One year later, I stumbled upon Igor’s course: I was baffled by the simple yet effective advice Igor managed to pack in those lessons! I got that “a-ha!” feeling when I realized how wrongly I went about studying openings. For instance, before the master level, you shouldn’t learn openings that will beat other amateurs, you should learn openings that will bring positions that will strenghten your chess understanding!! Duh!!

    Then Igor sets out to teach you how to learn openings effectively and which openings are appropriate before and after master level. I must say I feel confident that I can now create a powerful opening repertoire that will finally bring the fun middlegame positions! And the ones that will actually teach me chess!”

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gyulia Mamedova (Azerbaijan)

    “The only thing I regret is I lost so much time looking for such a course!”

    “I’ve started Igor Smirnov’s “Grandmaster’s opening laboratory” recently. I was sure I would have any results after I have finished it. But my chess skills are improving so fast that I decided to share my results for today with other chess funs.
    Yes, I’m just a chess fun! The course is so easy to absorb that even beginners can use it without any difficulty. I.Smirnov leads you during the course, answers all the questions arising, explains everything in a very simple way.
    I’m advancing step by step and believe in becoming more and more confident in chess by the end of the course.
    My father was a professional chess player. He left me a lot of books on chess theory -from easy ones to very hard. I tried to learn them by myself but gave up many times. Why? Because I got lost in the information.
    Now, after I. Smirnov’s recommendations the openings in the theory books are very clear to me to choose. I appreciate I.Smirnov for sharing the opening secrets with anybody who is really interested in chess. Learning chess with such a professional coach helps to improve the ability of thinking in advance, analyze the situation, build a good strategy and tactics to achieve it.
    The only thing I regret is I lost so much time looking for such a course! So, I advise you not to waste time and start it.
    I would like to finish with saying “There is no limit in what you can do, once you put your mind to it”. And chess is no exception.”

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Muralidhara GK (India)

    “I found it very simple, clear and elegant.”

    “The Grandmaster’s openings laboratory”, the sequel of “The Grandmaster’s secrets”, is not only a great course but is a very practical help for Intermediate players. The conceptual knowledge imparted in “The Grandmaster’s secrets” are clarified and dealt with required fineness in the Opening Lab.

    I started enjoying opening with out actually studying it, where as my friends in practice games are more worried about this stage. As a chess enthusiast, Intermediate chess player and more important as a “father of child” interested in chess, I found it very simple, clear and elegant.

    It also helped me to correct “wrongly learnt and habituated” knowledge.
    I want to recommend it for all “beginner and intermediate” chess friends”.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mohammad Naji (Egypt)

    “… There is a lot of effort in these Videos, in addition to secrets.”

    Mohammad Naji (Egypt), owner of
    the chess course “The GM’s Openings Laboratory”
    (and owner of a nice car: Mercedes Bens ):
    “Honestly I was so impressed from the Videos! I watched them all, and now I am learning the Practical exercises.
    I cannot say anything else except there is a lot of effort in these Videos, in addition to secrets !

    Although it needs a lot of exercise, but if I follow all your recommendations, I will not be lost in learning all the openings 🙂
    Thanks a lot!

    Well, I will not recommend these videos to people who bought the other videos, because they will defently buy it.

    I will recomend it to people who is really (a lot of people) in a headache or trouble in wanting to master the Opening, which is a key to any Chess winning.
    Highly recommendable For Beginners and Professionals!”

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andreas Muegge (GER)

    “…you will get a sound and honest repertoire that can be played up to master level and beyond.”

    “It’s very tempting to study openings – who doesn’t want to get a good or winning position after a couple of moves? Unfortunately it doesn’t work this way and it’s not so obvious why. GM Igor Smirnov understands the dilemma and guides the chess student into the right direction.
    He shows how to learn the openings efficiently – any opening – and even better, he has prepared a complete opening repertoire, saving you a lot of time.
    It contains no shortcuts or exotic variations, you will get a sound and honest repertoire that can be played up to master level and beyond.
    I have used it in the last weeks and can say that it leads to exciting chess games. Does it make me a better player? Not without further work, but the focus is always on the basic principles of chess and I know clearly what to do in the middlegame where the real battle starts.”

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Werner Poets (Belgium)

    “You can have this unique and practical useful coure material for a price of less than two books. What are you waiting for?”

    I’m Poets Werner, 39 years old.

    The method of GM Smirov to improve your chess is based on working on a solid way of playing by channelling your thought processes. This is not only explained in the course “The Grand Master’s secrets” but you also find there significant material to practice this method so you can make it as a second nature.

    Therefore I recommend to you to study first the course “The Grand Master’s secrets”. Noteworthy is that this GM Smirov in this course recommend not to invest too much time in the memorization of openings and instead emphasizes more systematic thinking about your moves. This method increases your understanding of the game and this gives you greater confidence.

    Yet the first thing someone is confronted with in a chess game is the opening. And after a number of games, were it goes already wrong in the first ten moves, one may have the tendency to deal with his opening repertoire. Moreover, if you play the opening of a chess game with confidence this will positively affected the further stages of the game.

    This is why, I assume, GM Smirnov has developed the course “The Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory”. Here are the principles of the course “The Grand Master’s secrets” applied to the various kinds of openings. There is also a distinction between openings suitable for players below master level and master players or higher. It also explains why this is so.

    “The Grandmaster’s Opening Laboratory” gives you advice on building solid opening repertoire. You also get advice on opening lines which best fit the principles explained in the course “The Grand Master’s secrets” and to avoid developments in the game which require much knowledge of opening theory. That way you can make the most of own skills that you’ve acquired by studying the course “The Grand Master’s secrets”. I can assure you that it works.

    There are many books about openings. The problem is often that people, after reading such a book, will know how to play an opening game but not how it should after the opening phase. Therefore, GM Smirov has for every openings line which he suggest a great number quality games added according this line. Studying these games allows to get you inspiration for the further conduct of the game after the proposed opening line. These games are in pgn-format so you can go easily though them.

    You can have this unique and practical useful course material for a price of less than two books. What are you waiting for?”

  9. Rated 3 out of 5


    Good presentation and insights to improve opening knowledge, black is very well covered but white unfortunately lacks the same finesse (Lesson 3). The black options are well detailed but white is move 1.e4 with some moves given in database for white but is a little difficult to work out what openings they are without having membership for chessbase or something.

    The video and ebook work well, the interface could be more up to date and should also include the nice chessboard and pieces like the video. I know, but that is what I thought I was getting 🙂

  10. Rated 1 out of 5

    D’Juan Eastman

    Way too basic and focuses way too much on e4 openings. The 5 videos are short and I didn’t learn anything new from them. If you have chessbase and knowledge of basic openings, you should not get this one.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5


    I studied “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory’ and “Grandmaster’s Secrets”
    how you recommend to play against 1.b3 and 1.f4 as black??

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This course will allow you to study the really powerful opening repertoire in a convenient and effective way! It will give you a complete opening repertoire on the GM’s level and will make your pre-game preparation extremely effective! There is no guarantee that you will always win, BUT I guarantee Your Maximum Chances For A Win! In modern chess, computers have made opening preparation a very powerful and even decisive factor. Strong players spend most of their training time on