Top 25 Middlegame Concepts with GM Igor Smirnov

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Top 25 Middlegame Concepts with GM Igor Smirnov
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Top 25 Middlegame Concepts is a theoretical and practical course for those who want to take their chess to the next level. In recent months, GM Smirnov has been working on creating a course that serves as a guide for average players so that they can enrich themselves with the most essential concepts that occur in the middlegame.

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“The Only Ideas You Need to Win in the Middlegame“

We’re happy to provide you with the course as it was so much requested!

Top 25 Middlegame Concepts is a theoretical and practical course for those who want to take their chess to the next level.

How can you take your chess to the next level?

This is a typical question that most players ask themselves and that they don’t know how to answer.

Where to start? It seems there is too much to learn

The problem is that many times WE WANT TO STUDY to improve our game, but we don’t know where to start.

There are so many concepts out there, so many rules and so many exceptions to the rules as well!

All of this can be very overwhelming for most players.

Coming to the middlegame is like getting lost in a jungle.

And after a few opening moves, we arrive at a MIDDLEGAME, in which we must be clear about what chess concepts we can apply in order to draw a plan with solid foundations.

In recent months, GM Smirnov has been working on creating A COURSE that serves as a guide for average players so that they can enrich themselves with the most essential concepts that occur in the middlegame.

What will you learn:

  • You will learn fundamental middlegame concepts that will help you get to the next level.
  • You will learn to better evaluate pawn structures.
  • You will know what makes a minor piece better than another and exploit this advantage.
  • You will understand how exchanges can benefit or harm your position.
  • You will learn to use a different system of thought.

The PURPOSE of this course is to provide you with the 25 most crucial concepts.

In this way, the course works as a COMPLETE middlegame GUIDE for YOU.

You don’t need to study HUNDREDS of books, courses, and videos out there.

You get it ALL with this comprehensive course!

We are narrowing down the study to JUST the MOST IMPORTANT concepts so that you can get the BEST of the best within the shortest amount of time available!

Chess Concept:

A chess concept is a GUIDELINE ―a certain relatively universal pattern― that you can use in every chess game.

Knowing a pattern (rule) makes your life so much easier!

Chess concepts really make your decision-making in chess a LOT SIMPLER.

Even though we’re talking about middlegame concepts, in fact, they’re QUITE UNIVERSAL.

In an OPENING position, some of these concepts are still completely applicable. And a similar concept would be 100% suitable for the ENDGAME just as well.

You learn what the most important guidelines in chess are.


We start with fundamentals, to dig then into the following rules:

  • Pawns & Pawn Structure
  • Rules for Knights
  • Rules for Bishops
  • Rules for Rooks

After learning everything about the pieces, I teach you the rules for exchanges!

Finally, you will see how to apply the system practically.


We’re learning a system, not just a set of random and individual rules.

If you’re only equipped with different RANDOM RULES, that you learned here and there, then it’s always HARD to actually make decisions in chess. It’s hard to memorize those rules, let alone apply them.

You only have some seconds to make your decision…

How do you find the right move?


  1. First of all, it allows you to memorize the rules.
  2. Secondly, it makes you understand how the rules are related and which ones have a higher priority.
  3. Most importantly, with this system, you will know which rule is the most important in a position, so YOU CAN JUST FOLLOW THAT.

Thousands of Rules…

When you just try to study different chess books, videos, and courses, you can spend your lifetime learning chess without really mastering it.

How’s it that there are some 12-year-old kids who are already chess masters?

They’re FOCUSED on the most important concepts. You don’t need to know everything; you just need to know the best and most important ones!

  • This course will equip you with 25 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPTS based on GM Smirnov’s experience as a coach.
  • He has discovered the most common errors that amateur players make, as well as the ideas that bring people the most progress.
  • He is actually amazed to see how, sometimes, people get ALL THE WAY to the Master FIDE level just by basically following these concepts.


Introduction: The Most Important Guidelines in Chess

A Simple System that Explains Everything

Lesson 1 – The Most Important Principle
Lesson 2 – The Simplest Way to Find the Right Move
Lesson 3 – How Do You Know When It’s Time to Attack?
Lesson 4 – The Most Common Mistake of Amateur Players
Lesson 5 – An Unknown Principle that Makes You a Great Attacker
Lesson 6 – How to Start Your Attack?
Lesson 7 – How to Avoid Blunders?
Lesson 8 – The Evergreen Rule
Lesson 9 – How to Counter an Opponent’s Attack?

Chapter 1: Summary

Lesson 10 – The Easiest Target to Attack
Lesson 11 – This is the Real Way to Win Fast
Lesson 12 – Champion’s Lesson: Karpov’s Winning Plan
Lesson 13 – It’s Supposed to Be a Well-known Rule
Lesson 14 – Dealing with Your Opponent’s Passed Pawns
Lesson 15 – A Flawless Method to Start Your Attack
Lesson 16 – Are Knights Truly Better in Closed Positions?
Lesson 17 – Champion’s Lesson: Petrosian’s Favorite Plan
Lesson 18 – How Classical Books/Tutorials Deceived you
Lesson 19 – Answering Popular Questions from Students
Lesson 20 – What Can Make Your Attack an Easy Success?
Lesson 21 – Everyone Forgets About This
Lesson 22 – Champion’s Lesson: Carlsen’s Way to Win
Lesson 23 – Everyone Knows the 1st Half of This Rule
Lesson 24 – How Exchanges Can Favor or Harm Your Attack
Lesson 25 – Champion’s Lesson: Capablanca’s Way to Defend

Conclusion: Applying the System Practically


It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 6 practical tasks (over 50+ games) in this course, which will help you understand and remember the ideas of the course better.

The training program has a detailed explanation of what and exactly how you should do the practical tasks.

About the Author:

GM Igor Smirnov [2505 FIDE]

is a chess Grandmaster, Chess Coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in Psychology.

He founded the “Remote Chess Academy”, a company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their chess results.

GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars, and training courses, including the famous courses “The Grandmaster’s Secrets”, “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding”, and “Calculate Till Mate”.