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Calculate Till Mate: Middlegame Chess Technique
by Igor Smirnov

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Calculate Till Mate: Middlegame Chess Technique by Igor Smirnov

This is a COMPLETE 3-in-1 training system that will sharpen your tactics, calculation and visualization skills.

Modern chess = DYNAMIC chess

Modern chess, thanks to our 'silicon friends' Fritz, Houdini, and company, have advanced to a level that is never seen before. Just have a look at today's GM games - full of tactical twists and turns, intense fight for the initiative, sacrifices for dynamic compensation, and mind-boggling complications in ALL phases of the game.

Gone Are The Days When You Can Single-Mindedly Follow An Abstract Plan And Win Games!

True, positional play and strategic understanding are still important. But...

  • If you do NOT have a SHARP EYE for tactics
  • If you do NOT have an EFFICIENT calculation technique
  • If you do NOT have CRYSTAL-CLEAR visualization skills
...You will continuously get outclassed by players who are strong in these departments. You will LOSE to a tactical oversight after playing 40 good moves game after game after game. You will NOT realize your FULL chess potential. You only have two choices: adapt to this trend or be left out frustrated as your chess results rot away and your progress stalled.

So what is the improving chess amateur to do?

Are you still with me? Have you decided to keep up with the trend and play DYNAMIC chess? Good! That goes to show that you really want to get better at chess. But now, we come to another cross-road... another branching point where you have to make a crucial choice. When it comes to training tactics, calculation, and visualization skills, you ONLY have 2 options.

The First Option: To Do What Everyone Else Have Been Doing. And that involves:

  1. solving truckloads of tactical exercises and
  2. reading or watching game analysis of strong tactical GMs.
Take a close and objective look at the chess DVDs, databases, training software and programs, etc. You will soon realize that, while their titles are different, they are published by different authors, ALL of them only offer either or both of the above training methods.

So what's the problem with that? A BIG ONE I'd have to say!

I'm pretty sure you have solved and waded through thousands of tactical exercises yourself, and watched GMs like Anand, Shirov, Kasparov, and other heavy-weights analyze their very best and most entertaining games. Here's an honest question that needs an honest answer. By doing the above OVER and OVER again...Can You HONESTLY Say That Your Tactical Skills Got BETTER, Your Calculation Got More EFFICIENT, And Your Chess Vision Got SHARPER? I bet NO, otherwise, you wouldn't be here in search of a SOLID and RELIABLE way to take your dynamic chess skills to the next level.

Yes, the well-known methods are lacking. They are easy to do: just solve puzzles and check the solution, sit back and relax as your favorite players comment their games. However, when it comes to the improving your game, they're a cut or too short. You can stick with the traditional methods of training your tactics, calculation, and visualization skills... which DON'T bring significant progress. OR, you can go for the Second Option...

To Use A COMPLETE Training System That's Been Used Only By My SELECT Chess Students And Close Friends... One That Has CONSISTENTLY Brought Success!

  • Increase in their chess rating by leaps and bounds (100-300 rating points increase).
  • Win more tournaments and bag BIGGER and BETTER prizes.
  • Win games in BRILLIANT and BREATH-TAKING fashion.
  • And even convincingly grab GM and IM norms!
These are just to name some of the AMAZING successes of my chess students and friends. And if that sounds like a good deal to you, then my BRAND-NEW course - CALCULATE TILL MATE is for you!

No fluff and no hype - "CALCULATE TILL MATE" is a COMPLETE and UNIQUE 3-in-1 training system that will sharpen your tactics, calculation, and visualization skills like no other chess book, DVD, or training program could. If you have always wanted:

  • To WIN MORE games, and win them in fine attacking, tactical, and entertaining style that will win your fellow players' admiration.
  • To learn how to calculate like a strong Grandmaster.
  • To completely eliminate blunders from your play.
  • To find tactical blows in most game you play and nuke your opponents with them.
  • To visualize moves and variations CLEARLY and EFFORTLESSLY.
then Calculate Till Mate is the dream chess course that will take you there! After deep and careful study of this course, you will walk away MANY TIMES stronger and armed with:
  • An efficient and strong thinking system that GM's use day-in and day-out.
  • Training techniques that will only further improve your play. These techniques cannot be found in any of the books today!
  • Mental shortcuts that will cut the time you spend in analyzing positions and calculating variations in half.
  • Improve your concentration, memory, visualization, and other cognitive skills that are valuable in daily life.
  • And MANY more
YES, you will be a stronger chess player with a keen eye for tactics and ready to WIN more games and tournaments. I know what you are thinking: "This all sounds good. But what exactly do I get when I get the course?" A LOT.
  • 9 Video Lessons (309 minutes) - And these are not your average chess videos. I have stripped the fat and you are guaranteed to get info-packed lessons that are filled with practical advice for sharpening your tactics, calculation, and visualization skills.
  • Hundreds of Special Tasks & Games - Built from the ground up to make sure the lessons in the videos stick and to help you develop the necessary skills, these special tasks and games are deeply analyzed and commented for maximum learning potential.
  • Detailed Instructions On WHAT And HOW Exactly You Should Train - I'm a step-by-step kind of guy & I hate leaving my students in the dark. I will show you what skills you should train to get the best bang for your time and how precisely you should train it. No stone is left unturned!
  • Completely Standalone - When you get the course, you get all of the programs necessary for using it. No need to buy anything else!
  • Answers To ALL Your Questions About Tactics, Calculation, And Visualization - Before releasing this course, I asked thousands of subscribers to submit their questions relating to the topic my course covers. And this course contains the answers to the most common, most interesting, and most instructive questions I got.
Video Lessons

LECTURE #1: Deepest And Most Fundamental Tactical Knowledge! The very first video lesson is all about setting the SOLID and RIGHT foundations for the intense training and games ahead. No fillers in this video, we get down to business right away by showing you the DEEPEST and MOST FUNDAMENTAL tactical knowledge.

LECTURE #2 (Part-1): Be A World-Class Calculator. After setting the foundation, we will now look at what it takes to be a VERY good at chess calculation (Hint: There are 3 skills you need to have). We will take a look at:

  • The whole calculation process summarized in a nutshell.
  • When we should calculate (it's not the same for every position!)
  • The whole calculation process summarized in a nutshell.
  • The compass for forming plans and calculating variations - main strategic goal of a chess game.
  • When to MAINTAIN or BREAK contact and tension..
  • And so MUCH MORE!
LECTURE #2 (Part-2): Be A World-Class Calculator. Your training to be a world-class calculator continues with this video lesson. Building up from the previous video, I will REVEAL.
  • What it's IMPORTANT to do BEFORE any calculation.!
  • Which moves you should calculate first.!
  • What you should keep in mind when calculating and predicting your opponent's next move.
  • The compass for forming plans and calculating variations - main strategic goal of a chess game..
  • The "Comparison" & "Elimination" Method and how useful they are when calculating.
  • And tons of other 'no non-sense' and practical tips and techniques!
LECTURE #3: Within The Thickets Of Variations. With the thorough explanation about the process of calculation provided on Lecture #2, it's now time to get down on specific techniques and tricks to make you a SHARPER and far more EFFICIENT calculator! You will learn:
  • WHAT to do when there's another branching point in your calculation
  • WHEN to conclude your calculation & evaluate the resulting position
  • HOW to evaluate activity
  • A simple but very important technique you should implement after calculating complicated variations
  • And those are just to name a few!
LECTURE #4: Practical Tips For Peak Performance. Applying ALL of the techniques and tips from the previous lesson will make you a formidable player, but we will take your performance level up another notch with this lesson! We will weed out the bad mental approaches from the good. You will learn:
  • One of the MOST HARMFUL things most players do in real games.
  • Correct mental approach during your practical games.
  • HOW to evaluate activity
  • How to avoid time-trouble and what you should do if you find yourself running out of time.
  • And other juicy and very useful mental tools and approaches that can only boost your game!.
LECTURE #5: Tactical Hurricane. In the previous lessons, the whole calculation process has been ripped apart into bite-sized and easy-to-digest chunks. For the fifth lesson, the spotlight focuses on combinations! Yeah, the stuff that has and continues to mesmerize and motivate us to play chess! But this time, you are more than a spectator to jaw-dropping combinations. You will learn how to produce these sparkling combinations and sacrifices in your own games!
  • Learn what a combination is and how you can apply them in your own games.
  • The interplay of activity and material, and how these two factors strongly influence your choice of moves and make combinations possible..
  • The different types of sacrifices and the advantages they bring.
  • What to do when you are ahead in the 'activity department' and HOW to gain such an ADVANTAGE.
  • Where you should attack (there are 3 important factors to keep an eye on).
  • The definition of tactical weakness and how you can spot them.
  • Why attacking and marching forward whenever possible is IMPORTANT!
After this lesson, you will have a solid and deeply-grounded understanding of combinations...and finding and playing them on your games will be so MUCH easier!

LECTURE #6: All The MAIN Combinations. Understanding how combinations work and having the right mental approach and tools will make it 10 times easier to find and play such 'shockers'. Now, imagine if you learn ALL of the main combinations? That would only sharpen your combinational and tactical vision! And that's precisely what you will get in the 6th lesson. I will show you all of the typical combinations that should be in your arsenal. Along with that, you will learn:

  • The REAL importance of knowing typical combinations... and WHY overdoing your study about these would lead to diminishing returns.
  • More on sacrifices, and why you should play them even if it's impossible to calculate it down to a win.
  • Important 'rules of thumb' about compensation when you sacrifice a pawn or a piece in the opening
  • And tons more!
LECTURE #7: Training And Bringing Your Skills To Practice! With the 6 previous lessons, the focus was giving you the right tools and orienting you on the necessary skills needed for improving your tactics, calculation, and visualization by leaps and bounds. In the 7th lesson, I will show you, STEP-BY-STEP, how you can train these skills. I will REVEAL:
  • How to PROPERLY analyze games of STRONG attacking players.
  • What questions you should ask when analyzing to train your understanding of chess THOROUGHLY.
  • How to train your calculation system and the IMPORTANCE of IDEAL calculation in this process.
  • How to improve your knowledge of typical combinations 10 times better than just solving tactical exercises from a book or chess database.
  • How to train your visualization skills even if you have a hard time visualizing a whole board filled with pieces.
The Practical Part - the course's unique training program.

No chess improvement program would be complete without the MUCH-NEEDED training program to make sure lessons sink in and to automate the skills necessary to transform your game and chess performance. We now come to my most favorite part of the course - the Practical Part. Day-in and day-out, following this program down to the "T" will let you experience the AMAZING progress and success that my private students have been enjoying in secret!

  • 25 Main Tasks: These tasks have been built from the ground up to make sure that your tactics, calculation, and visualization skills get the MASSIVE boost it needs! From writing down your current calculation system to pinpoint deficiencies, analyzing strategically and tactically complex positions, naming the combinational motifs used, to playing and replaying games blindfold, Calculate Till Mate covers ALL! The MAIN Tasks Are STEP-BY-STEP! - They are carefully designed and sequenced to develop your visualization technique and blindfold skills in the BEST way possible!
  • HUNDREDS Of Training Positions and Games: These are not rehashed from other sources and chess books! Long hours have been spent to make sure that you get the MOST instructive and challenging chess positions and games. Study them and CAREFULLY follow the steps and you will be rewarded with MORE rating points and MORE wins! Note: These tasks are NOT easy. They will push you and your chess skills to the LIMIT... and going through them CAREFULLY, through the DETAILED steps I outline, will reward you with enhanced tactical 'muscles', calculation skills with laser-like precision, and visualization skills with UNRIVALED clarity!
  • Train A COMPLETE And PROPER Way Of Thinking: Principles without giving you any idea how to use them - this is the biggest mistakes chess books make. But "CALCULATE TILL MATE" fills the gap by showing you not just the principles and components of a good chess thought process... I will show you how to put them together for maximum improvement! I'll hand-hold you throughout the process, to make sure you do everything right!
  • Learn Exactly How To Find and Play Combinations In Your OWN Games - After careful study of the course and religiously doing the tasks, you will be transformed to a UNIVERSAL player who can play good positional moves, build up his position, and play swashbuckling tactical blows when the chance arises!

Video lessons are accessible as MP4 files and ebooks as PDFs. Thus the contents of this course can be viewed and read on any device that supports these formats: PC, Mac, tablets and phones.