A Promoted Pawn – My Chess Journey
This book summarizes the most valuable lessons from 20+ years of GM Smirnov’s extensive chess practice, both as a player and a coach.
You’ll learn what does work best for your chess progress. Also, you’ll be warned of typical pitfalls or will see the way out if you already stuck.
Finally, you’ll definitely enjoy reading a book full of interesting stories and witty advice. It may give a whole new meaning to your own chess study…
There will be a lot of advice, but also a lot of truth
There are many twists and turns down the road to chess strength and improvement. Chess students are told many things, and not all of them are correct. Some things are actually flat out wrong.
This same information gets passed down generation to generation and players don’t get any better. I hope to help the reader navigate through some of these pitfalls and steer them along with the better parts of the road for smoother travel.
What will you learn from the book?
- How to master the art of attack?
- How to deal with losses and pain?
- Solution for your time troubles
- How to create a system of chess understanding?
- Lessons from Garry Kasparov
- How to make good use of your computer?
- How to cope with the psychological pressure?
- How to prepare for a tournament?
How to develop solid and effective training?
In order to make your training effective, you should use active learning.
The book analyses the two main components of Active learning.
Learn how to overcome the difficulties of your chess journey.
I actually abandoned chess at one point in my career but then decided to return to the path of chess and am proud of that. In this book, I am going to share with you the real story of being a strong chess player.
- Promoted Pawn – The Book [222 pages]
This book summarizes the most valuable lessons from 20 years of GM Smirnov’s extensive chess practice, both as a player and a coach. You’ll learn what does work best for your chess progress. Also, you’ll be warned of typical pitfalls or will see the way out if you already stuck.
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- LESSON #1 Introduction
- LESSON #2 The Right Thinking
+ How to warm-up before starting a game? Yes, you have read it right. Just like physical exercise, you need to warm up before starting your game.
+ How to plan your time? It is common to see players waste most of their time in the early stages like the opening, only to end up in time trouble for the rest of the game. Here we learn an overall approach on how to plan your time for the whole game.
- LESSON #3 The Right Thinking – Continued
+ Why it is not good to think about only your own position?
+ What to think about after your opponent makes a move?
+ How to play more quickly?
+ Which moves are worth calculation and which aren’t?
+ How to make sure that your move is safe?
+ Anti-blunder check
- LESSON #4 Discover right way of thinking in Chess
+ What should you do when your opponent is thinking?
+ What kind of generalities should you consider while your opponent is thinking?
+ What are good and bad pieces?
+ How to secure your position?
GM Smirnov also provides answers to these questions from students:
+ Is the knight more powerful than the bishop?
+ What might be the gap between computer games and practical games?
+ How can I improve my thinking process, rather than relying only on intuition?
- LESSON #5 Smirnov Gambit
+ How to protect your pieces while you play gambit lines?
+ How to counter-attack?
+ The interesting and complex line d5
+ Developing your bishop
+ Preparing for a sudden attack
+ Building your pieces
- LESSON #6 Basic of Planning Explained
Planning’ sounds like something complex, but in fact, it simply answers the question “What should you be doing in a given position?“.
- LESSON #7 Simplify your Planning Process
+ How to attack in Middlegame?
+ Attacking the opponent’s king and weaknesses
+ How to promote your pawn?
+ How to capture opponents pawn?
- LESSON #8 Conclusion and Summary
It’s time for questions. In this lecture, I have answered many of the student’s questions about the topics that we discussed in the seminar.
+ How to make your army stronger?
+ Finding which plans to implement at which stage of the game.
+ How to track your opponents’ plan?
GM Igor Smirnov
Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in psychology. He’s the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy” company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their results. GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses.