Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind – Updated Edition

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GM Igor Smirnov
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What’s new in this version:

In addition to the first edition, you will get the following Bonuses:

1.Around 100 minutes of Bonus lessons by GM Igor Smirnov

All the questions we received from our students about the course have been answered.

GM Igor Smirnov’s summary and clear explanation of all the key ideas in the course.

Basic principles of chess used in Grandmaster games and how to implement these in your games

You will be able to compare a Grandmaster’s thoughts with the basic principles you know.

2.How to become a ‘Blitz Master’? by GM Maxim Dlugy

GM Maxim Dlugy will teach you the 26 secrets of playing blitz well while analyzing his victories against the best players in the world.


How do Grandmasters actually think during a chess game?

GM Maxim Dlugy

Have you noticed, when a Grandmaster or a top player is commenting on their games during a press conference or in any video lesson, usually they show you tons of variations that could happen in various lines.

The variations they show you might not relate to the actual thinking process. Some of those variations are their own preparations, while some variations they will simply never show you – because it is their secret weapon which they hope to use in their next games.

How GMs actually think?

Even if you have observed a couple of very interesting variations in the games of top players, still it doesn’t exactly clarify how can you find such moves in your own game within a short amount of time.

Next, you may be wondering about this question. It’s hard to calculate long lines, but what about knowing the strategic and tactical motives but not knowing typical plans in different openings; what if you study them and apply them – shouldn’t this clarify everything for you?

From one perspective, of course it could definitely help. But from another perspective, there are so many things you need to keep in mind while playing – about centres, about planning, open lines, weak squares, tactical motives, calculating and evaluating positions, etc. But the practical question is: how you can do that within just the one or two minutes you have for one move?

Theoretical and Practical Knowledge

There is a big difference in theoretical knowledge in chess and the practical thinking process. In theory, you need to take into account all the main strategic and tactical motives.
You need to compare a plan and calculate a lot of variations, come up with candidate moves and calculate each line until the end.

In a practical game, you need to play the right move within a few minutes, some within a few seconds. Therefore, you need to think quickly and efficiently.
That is why, in order to help you become a great practical player, we have created this course where we summarise how GMs actually think while playing the game of chess.

How exactly is this course different to many other famous books, like “Play like a Grandmaster”, “Think like a Grandmaster” or even my earlier course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets”?
Here, we are not going to talk about how to think like a Grandmaster or play like one, but to know what makes a Grandmaster a master at chess. Is it his training or just psychology?

What can YOU learn from this course?

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  • Limitations of Grandmasters.
  • Extraordinary skills a Grandmaster possesses.
  • Ability often to win games against weaker opponents.
  • How a Grandmaster survives bad positions.
  • Most important of all is that the course aims to give practically oriented training which provides you with specific skills that can be applied effectively in your games.

The Grandmaster style of play

  • Do you want to play your game effectively with different styles of play for all formats of the game, like Blitz, Rapid and Standard formats?!
  • Do you want to maintain a cool head while playing under pressure, whether positional or psychological, like a Grandmaster?

Then this new course is for you. In it, we’ll reveal the secret of handling a wide variety of games, ranging from rapid games to standard games. After studying and practising this course, you will be able to portray ideal Grandmaster skills in each and every game you play.

After intensive research by my team of chess specialists, which consists of many Grandmasters, we came up with these ideas which are lacking in the average player.

Let me present several examples now, to test if you can solve the problems in front of you, like we Grandmasters do.

Example 1

Playing actively is considered good for any player; therefore, how can Black play actively here? Do you think it’s even possible?

Black’s turn

Don’t worry if you can’t find the answer or think the right way, for I will give you the right principles to play actively.
Let’s see another example.

Example 2

What would you play as White here?

White’s turn

Are you able to find the move? If so, then absolutely, you should be a better player; if not, don’t worry.

Example 3

I definitely don’t like the position Black has, but wait – what would you do in such situations?

White’s turn

We have covered important ideas of Grandmasters, which they can often apply in their games.
So what exactly will you get from this course, “Unlocking the Grandmaster’s Mind”? Here is a detailed answer.

The course contains the following video lessons

  • Grandmaster’s ability:

    This lesson shows exactly how much a Grandmaster sees; and what’s also important is how much a Grandmaster doesn’t see.
    Do Grandmasters win just because they calculate more than their opponents?
    We will illustrate the ideas with RECENT games played by GM Maxim Dlugy. Therefore, you are shown exactly what went on in my mind during the game.
    Last, but not least, We will explain the importance of “practical” chances and how to use them in your favour, a subject that is often neglected.

  • Are assumptions good?:

    Sometimes Grandmasters have really bad days (like any other human being 🙂 ), where they either miss simple moves or judge positions wrongly.
    Here you will understand why Grandmasters are UNIQUE and how they handle such crises.

  • Winning made easy:

    Have you ever seen a win by a Grandmaster and said, “That was pretty simple!” – but were not able to repeat similar games yourself?
    It seems as if there is a “magic” behind that!

  • Rapid – the right way:

    Making quick decisions has a clear benefit: it saves time to do other things!
    In a game of chess, it is a huge advantage. For instance, it allows you to put pressure on your opponent and play properly under time trouble.
    HOW can you make quick decisions that can also be GOOD decisions?

  • Bad is not necessarily worse:

    In this final lesson, we focus on a very common thing: being too AMBITIOUS.
    When your strategy backfires, will you blame yourself? How can you find the BEST counter chances?

No chess improvement program would be complete without the MUCH-NEEDED training regimen to make sure that lessons sink in and to automate the skills necessary to transform your game and chess performance.

The practical tasks in*.pgn format.

We have already selected all the best lines and have analysed them. So you will study only the information that is NECESSARY. Again, you will not learn everything, but only what exactly you need.

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

The practical points contain six main themes with about 100 problems.

Six themes are planning, active play, imbalance, worse position, exchange and trap.

The best investment is an investment in yourself!

In this case, you pay only one time but then use the new knowledge and skills during your whole life. It makes this deal 100-200% (and even more) favourable to you. Besides, there is absolutely no risk for you. Moreover, I am ready to give you one more firm guarantee: “I am ready to secure my promise by a 31-day money back guarantee”!

Technical information!

  • You will get all the programs necessary for using the course. So you will definitely be able to open the course and use it properly.
  • The course works under a Windows platform only.
  • The duration of the video lessons is 203 minutes.
  • You will also get the text version of every video lesson. If you prefer to read more than watch the video – you can do so easily.
  • Even if English is not your first language, you will understand everything clearly. This is because you will hear the author’s voice, watch the video presentation and read the text, and you could also simply use a dictionary if needed.
  • You will get your special link for downloading the course after purchasing it. So you do NOT need to pay an extra shipping fee and wait for several weeks to get the course. That’s why our customers receive the course immediately after buying it.
  • The size of the whole course is approximately 420MB, so you should be able to download it quite quickly (it depends on your internet connection speed but should be less than an hour).

Additional information


GM Maxim Dlugy


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