The Bryan Smith Method with GM Bryan Smith

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The Bryan Smith Method with GM Bryan Smith
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In this course, Bryan helps you climb each of the 4 pillars: calculation, intuitive understanding, concrete knowledge and psychological factors [15 hours].
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American GM Bryan Smith, having made the journey himself, believes it comes down to 4 factors:

  • Calculation
  • Intuitive Understanding
  • Concrete Knowledge
  • Sports Psychology

What’s the Method?

Been studying chess for years and still nowhere near the master level? It’s time to focus on the important stuff.

Unorganized training is like Kryptonite to your inner Superman. Don’t do that to yourself!

The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength is 15 hours of iChess laser-focused lessons on mastering the skills you actually need:

  • Calculation: cure yourself of the dreaded “Kotov syndrome” – Bryan’s 3 step approach cuts out the noise, giving you a clear sight of tactical solutions in half the time.
  • Intuitive understanding: GMs only have to look at a position to know what’s going on. There are 2 ways to reaching this level: decades of playing at master level or by studying Bryan’s 13 essential positional components.
  • Concrete knowledge: there’s some stuff you simply have to know. Bryan reveals how to win 85% of endgames using these building blocks of chess knowledge. Master these and you won’t need anything else until you break 2200.
  • Sports psychology: it’s not enough to play a good game, you must also win. Alekhine once said, “a chess master should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk”. Learn how to stay serene while you mercilessly hunt down your rival and become the most feared player around!

On top of the video lessons, you get the full PGN (with Bryan’s notes), practical tests and the PDF course summary for easy reference.

Let’s get started!


The Bryan Smith Method – Comprehensive Video Training

In this course, Bryan helps you climb each of the 4 pillars: calculation, intuitive understanding, concrete knowledge and psychological factors [15 hours].

Course Summary

The detailed summary in PDF format makes navigation a breeze, assuring that every lesson is easily accessible!

Challenging Puzzles

Practical tests are designed to test your knowledge to the limit!

Complete PGN File

PGNs are included so you can print or browse the ideas on your favorite chess software.

FREE BONUS: Exclusive Q&A Video with GM Bryan Smith

Question and Answer session with a presenter, where we ask him eye-opening questions about his rapid improvement method, etc.


I. Calculation

  • LESSON 1 Straight Line Calculation
  • LESSON 2 Advanced Calculation
  • LESSON 3 The Two Sides of Calculation
  • LESSON 4 The Kotov Syndrome
  • LESSON 5 Forgetting About the Opponent
  • LESSON 6 Assumptions
  • LESSON 7 Overlooked Candidate Moves
  • LESSON 8 Tunnel Vision

II. Intuitive Understanding

  • LESSON 1 Prophylactic Thinking
  • LESSON 2 Physical Space
  • LESSON 3 The False Attack
  • LESSON 4 Time Advantage
  • LESSON 5 Open File
  • LESSON 6 Harmony
  • LESSON 7 A Positional Operation
  • LESSON 8 A More Effective Piece
  • LESSON 9 Two Bishops
  • LESSON 10 King Position in the Long-Term
  • LESSON 11 Chess Sins
  • LESSON 12 Positional Sacrifice
  • LESSON 13 Sensing a Tactical Weakness

III. Concrete Knowledge

  • LESSON 1 The Spanish as White
  • LESSON 2 The King’s Indian as Black
  • LESSON 3 The Nature of Specific Endgame Knowledge
  • LESSON 4 Shouldering
  • LESSON 5 Pawn Endgames: Space Advantage
  • LESSON 6 Pawn Endgames: Triangulation
  • LESSON 7 Pawn Endgames: Breakthrough
  • LESSON 8 Pawn Endgames: Promotion Tactics
  • LESSON 8 Pawn Endgames: Promotion Tactics
  • LESSON 10 The Battle of Minor Pieces
  • LESSON 11 Activity in the Rook Endgame
  • IV. Psychological Factors
  • LESSON 1 Critical Games
  • LESSON 2 Optimism and Pessimism

Extras: Etudes and Entertainment

  • LESSON 1 Koskinen-Kasman
  • LESSON 2 Etude by Kubel
  • LESSON 3 Etude by Moravec
  • LESSON 4 Etude by Platov
  • LESSON 5 Another Etude by Kubbel

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.