Gaining a Grandmaster’s Chess Positional Understanding

Gaining a Grandmaster’s Chess Positional Understanding

Less than a week ago, I gave myself one week to better understand the Order of Operations(Chess Principles), you can read about it HERE.  I’m one day early but I think that I have developed a good understanding and now just need to work on perfecting it.  This material was gained only from lessons one through three of GM Igor Smirnov’s course The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding.  There are a total of seven lessons, a few bonus lessons and many practical tasks to complete.

I have moved on to lesson four but have yet to complete it. All I can say, at this time, is OMG and WOW!  So far it’s Pawns, Knights and Bishops, Oh My.  I didn’t even realize the presented material was something to be known.  The information is beyond helpful and arrived just when I needed it most.  Since I haven’t made it through the entire lesson, I have no idea how long it will take to complete.

I’m continuing on my journey; studying, playing and evaluating.  During my studies I have continued to play games on  At the time of writing this, I have completed 11 games, 7W – 4L – 0D and have a rating of 1048.  This is an amazing journey and I’m so excited to be on it.