Bryan Smith Method

by iChess


Master Method Series #15

American GM Bryan Smith believes there are just a few factors that really make the difference in becoming a top player. He calls them “The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength”.

In this course, Bryan helps you climb each of these 4 pillars: calculation, intuitive understanding, concrete knowledge and psychological factors. Study hard and, by the end of the 14½ hours, you will be a razor-sharp, mentally tough competitor, ready to conquer any challenge.

Covering topics rarely found elsewhere such as the Kotov syndrome and how to sense a tactical weakness, The 4 Pillars of Chess Strengthis essential material for any competitive player.


Intro: “The Four Pillars of Chess Strength”

  1. Calculation
    1. Straight Line Calculation
    2. Advanced Calculation
    3. The Two Sides of Calculation
    4. The Kotov Syndrome
    5. Forgetting About the Opponent
    6. Assumptions
    7. Overlooked Candidate Moves
    8. Tunnel Vision
  2. Intuitive Understanding
    1. Prophylactic Thinking
    2. Physical Space
    3. The False Attack
    4. Time Advantage
    5. Open File
    6. Harmony
    7. A Positional Operation
    8. A More Effective Piece
    9. Two Bishops
    10. King Position in the Long-Term
    11. Chess Sins
    12. Positional Sacrifice
    13. Sensing a Tactical Weakness

    Extra: Etudes and Entertainment

    1. Koskinen-Kasman
    2. Etude by Kubel
    3. Etude by Moravec
    4. Etude by Platov
    5. Another Etude by Kubbel
  3. Concrete Knowledge
    1. The Spanish as White
    2. The King’s Indian as Black
    3. The Nature of Specific Endgame Knowledge
    4.  Shouldering
    5. Pawn Endgames: Space Advantage
    6. Pawn Endgames: Triangulation
    7. Pawn Endgames: Breakthrough
    8. Pawn Endgames: Promotion Tactics
    9. Opposite Colored Bishops
    10. The Battle of Minor Pieces
    11. Activity in the Rook Endgame
  4. Psychological Factors
    1. Critical Games
    2. Optimism and Pessimism

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