Evaluation Mastery with GM Bryan Smith

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Evaluation Mastery with GM Bryan Smith
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“In this 8-hour course, GM Smith shares a very powerful methodology for evaluation of positions based on 4 groups of imbalances.”

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Evaluation Mastery

There is nothing worse than playing in the last round game, hoping for a big win, those rating points, perhaps even a championship trophy… and making a devastating mistake that throws off the game because of a single ‘misevaluation’.

You play the moves and don’t even know it’s already over. And then, a few moments later you suddenly realize what has happened. It’s dead lost, even though you were winning.

How did that happen?

You picked the wrong line. You are desperate to “rewind” few moves back and correct the mistake. You feel the pain and resign. Those are the things that keep us up at night.

Sounds familiar?

You can’t fix the past. However, you can alter the future and the outcome of many of your games, by working on your evaluation skills.

Evaluation is one of the most crucial aspects of thinking and decision making in chess.

It evolves not just knowing who stands better or worse, if the position is equal, won or lost. Most importantly, it involves breaking down the position into elements and understanding what’s actually going on:

  • What are the stakes?
  • What both players are fighting for?
  • Where is the battle taking place?
  • Which advantages and disadvantages each side has?

That’s how GMs do it. And that’s how you should do it as well.

In this 8-hour course, GM Smith shares a very powerful methodology for evaluation of positions based on 4 groups of imbalances:

  • Material
  • Space
  • Time
  • Harmony

This approach SIMPLIFIES the whole thing and makes finding the right moves a breeze.

This is it.

If someone ever asks you to take on anything MORE complex than that, run in the opposite direction. Because every strong player I have ever come in contact with has thrived when they got serious about keeping it simple!

These very techniques have helped GM Smith and his private students win many games against the toughest competition. The few hours spent on understanding the ideas presented in this course will probably be your most valuable investment in chess.

Let’s jump straight in!

What’s Included?

Evaluation Mastery with GM Bryan Smith – video course [8 hours]

In this 21-lesson video course, GM Bryan Smith shares a very powerful methodology for evaluation of positions based on 4 groups of imbalances: Material, Space, Time and Harmony. This approach SIMPLIFIES the whole thing and makes finding the right moves a breeze.

Complete set of PGNs

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train the important chess motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

Application of Ideas [40-minute video]

Watch GM Bryan Smith playing live and applying every single principle covered in the Evaluation Mastery. GM Smith annotates the games on-the-fly, sharing his ideas and secrets of success. A must-have for any serious chess player.


  • INTRO Introduction to Evaluation Mastery
  • LESSON 1 Imbalances and their importance for chess thought
  • LESSON 2 How real chess evaluation occurs
  • LESSON 3 The Perils of misevaluation
  • LESSON 4 Material disadvantage
  • LESSON 5 Balance of unlike forces – Part I
  • LESSON 6 Balance of unlike forces – Part II
  • LESSON 7 Balance of unlike forces – Part III
  • LESSON 8 Material as one kind of imbalance compensation
  • LESSON 10 Advanced pawn structure
  • LESSON 10 Central Control
  • CHAPTER 11 Localized spatial advantage
  • CHAPTER 12 Development advantage
  • CHAPTER 13 Speed of maneuver
  • CHAPTER 14 Initiative
  • CHAPTER 15 Pawn structure – Part I
  • CHAPTER 16 Pawn structure – Part II
  • CHAPTER 17 Pawn structure – Part III
  • CHAPTER 18 Pawn structure – Part IV
  • CHAPTER 19 Control over lines
  • CHAPTER 20 Coordination of pieces
  • CHAPTER 21 King Safety
  • CONCLUSION To sum up

GM Bryan Smith (FIDE 2503)

is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.