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Winning The Middlegame

A clear practical guide to the Middlegame play


Many of your questions will be answered

What should I attack?

 What should be my target in the middlegame?

 What can I attack in my opponent’s territory?

 How to play against double pawns?

 How to play with or against isolated pawns?

 How to make my army stronger than my opponent’s?

Many players don’t know clearly what to do in the middlegame. In the opening stage, one needs to develop one’s pieces, but after that it’s much harder to find the right moves.
There are many tutorials that cover different strategic and tactical motifs in chess, but there’s no single and clear guide. Our new course is designed to provide you with such a guide.

This course is designed mainly for students at a 1500-2000 rating level. However, it will still be useful for higher rated students as well.

For students of a lower rating, I would advise to start with “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” or “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” course.
You will have a much clearer understanding of middlegame play after studying this course. You will be able to apply this knowledge right away after you have finished studying this course.

By the end of this course, the gap in middlegame knowledge between you and your opponents will become so huge that it will be really difficult for them to compete with you.


GM Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in psychology. He’s the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy” company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their results. GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses.

Course Curriculum

Video Lessons
1. The Single Most Important Middlegame Rule FREE 00:14:00
2. What will you do when you cannot attack? 00:20:00
3. Evergreen Middlegame Strategy 00:17:00
4. Doubled Pawns 00:27:00
5. Isolated Pawns 00:24:00
6. When and How to Move Your Pawns 00:25:00
7. The Main Middlegame Plan Unknown to Amateur Players 00:22:00
8. Majority Attack 00:21:00
9. Practical Guide for Action 00:07:00
Practical Part
Instruction 00:00:00
Task 1 – Extra Pawn 00:00:00
Task 2 – Center vs Flank 00:00:00
Task 3 – Doubled Pawns 00:00:00
Task 4 – Isolated Pawns 00:00:00
Task 5 – Hanging pawns 00:00:00
Task 6 – Advanced Pawns 00:00:00
Task 7 – Minority Attack 00:00:00
Task 8 – Majority Attack 00:00:00
Bonus Lesson 00:00:14

Course Reviews


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  1. 5

    I would advise any lover of chess with this course,, it is very important for every player’s ambition to move forward, and anyone who wants to enjoy the chess in order to increase his enjoyment, Many thanks to our teacher GM Igor Smirnov….

  2. 5

    You know all the middlegame principles but can’t seem to apply them in your tournament games? Check out Igor’s Winning the Middlegame, which breaks down the middlegame into two fundamental choices on each move. Of course nothing is quite that simple in chess, but if, like me, you tend to be terribly indecisive as to which middlegame features are important in any given position and which should be ignored, this course is invaluable!

  3. 5

    In the past I had researched a lot of chess lessons that brought me to near 2000. Surprisingly, I fail to win a lot of winning games against weaker opponents and I must admit I was quite frustated in trying to find the cause until I had the tutorial from GM Igor Smirnov. It comes down to basic understanding. Now, I am in for any tutorial from RCA.

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  • 2 hours, 57 minutes

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  • The Secrets of Strong Players


    Hii igor, I want to tell you that your old courses are just brilliant you have provided lot of practical tasks in them which helps in digesting everything thoroughly.
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  • The Secrets of Strong Players


    thank u so much u r the greatest teacher i have ever seen
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