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Igor Smirnov
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 2001 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2496
Highest rating achieved in database: 2505

Overall record: +11 -12 =22 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B90 B33 B42 B50 B78
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (14) 
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(born Oct-28-1987, 33 years old) Ukraine

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Igor Smirnov became an IM in 2001 and a GM in 2008.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Smirnov vs A Viatchaninov  ½-½352001UKR tt U18 3rdB32 Sicilian
2. V Malakhatko vs I Smirnov  ½-½812001UKR-chTE12 Queen's Indian
3. M Adamski vs I Smirnov  0-1222001UKR-POL m U18C42 Petrov Defense
4. I Smirnov vs D Kedyk  1-0482001UKR-ch U14B50 Sicilian
5. D Losev vs I Smirnov  ½-½502001SpringB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
6. Varavin vs I Smirnov 1-0252001SpringC42 Petrov Defense
7. Savon vs I Smirnov  1-0472001UKR-chTE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
8. A Averjanov vs I Smirnov  ½-½202001UKR-chTC42 Petrov Defense
9. Yagupov vs I Smirnov  0-1652001Alushta Golden Autumn 2ndC42 Petrov Defense
10. M Oleksienko vs I Smirnov  1-0352002UKR-ch U16C42 Petrov Defense
11. D Maximov vs I Smirnov  ½-½532002UKR-ch U18C42 Petrov Defense
12. Y Kruppa vs I Smirnov  ½-½422002UKR-chTA58 Benko Gambit
13. D Kononenko vs I Smirnov  1-0542002UKR-chC42 Petrov Defense
14. G Livshits vs I Smirnov  0-1342002Alushta Autumn IC42 Petrov Defense
15. Stellwagen vs I Smirnov 1-0392002Wch U16C42 Petrov Defense
16. V Rogovski vs I Smirnov  ½-½182003UKR ttC42 Petrov Defense
17. N Firman vs I Smirnov  1-0412003UKR-ch U20C42 Petrov Defense
18. Alexey Alexeev vs I Smirnov  ½-½522003UKR-chC42 Petrov Defense
19. A Peskov vs I Smirnov  ½-½442003ch-UKRA58 Benko Gambit
20. I Smirnov vs Zubov  ½-½202004Alushta Autumn 4thB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. A Tukhaev vs I Smirnov  ½-½612004UKR-ch sfC42 Petrov Defense
22. M Paragua vs I Smirnov  ½-½522004Alushta Autumn 4thC42 Petrov Defense
23. I Smirnov vs A Zhigalko  ½-½762005Czech OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. I Smirnov vs S Chanda  0-1562005Czech OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Kuzubov vs I Smirnov  ½-½272005Ukrainian ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
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May-28-11  JoergWalter: <perfidious: My point here was simply that whilst Smirnov's score in this DB is indeed only 45%, he made GM somehow, and some of the players he's lost to here are very strong. When I was active, I wouldn't have scored as well as he.> Please, don't get me wrong but this guy is advertising this on "how to beat titled players": <Pretty often, a weaker player wins against a stronger opponent. Again, it means that it is possible to do. The question is “HOW can you do it?”. How can you beat a titled player or a player whose rating is 100-200 points higher than yours?> and also he writes <Actually, I wasn’t going to share this information with a huge audience. I’ve had doubts about whether or not I should give such a powerful chess weapon to everyone.

After all, I am also a titled player, and I don’t want everyone to be able to beat me!>

Well, did he sell his secrets to his opponents before playing them? or should one buy his opponents systems?
you know, selling winning systems in casino gambling follows a similar pattern of cheap salesman talk. it gives additional income to the sellers but won't make you a casinos nightmare.

May-28-11  JoergWalter: <perfidious> imagine 2 players who follow his teachings perfectly will play a game. they, of course cannot both win at the same time?!? the only winner is the talented guy who collected the enrollment fee. welcome to the club!
May-31-11  jpsingh: Well friends, FIDE site lists 38 games of GM Igor Smirnov, UKR (2007-2008) where GM Igor wins 13 games, draws 21 games and looses only 4 games. Please see

That gives a better picture. He is just 23 years at present, so most of the games are of the time when he was quite young. For a review of his courses visit http://chessthinkingsystems.blogspo...

Jun-01-11  JoergWalter: <jpsingh> here is what GM Igor writes:

<"Full advantage of GM Igor's courses can be taken after watching his video lectures several times and solving all the exercises. But if you can give 2-3 hours daily to GM Igor's courses, they can take your FIDE rating to 2300 easily in 2-3 years. GM Igor's chess knowledge is no doubt superb"> And though GM Igor was in doubt to give his secrets away to the public (see his statement in my post above), he is now rushing his sales: <"Also, for a limited period, GM Igor Smirnov is at present offering a heavy discount of US $80 on purchase of all the six courses together as a full chess training package (or purchases of $300 or more at a time">

Jun-01-11  jpsingh: Education (even in chess) can only polish your talent, it can't create one. So, if equally educated players will play, more talented will win. You will rarely find a GM who does not have an original style of chess in him.
Jun-01-11  JoergWalter: talent is important but very rare. where are the talented instructors? or at least the well prepared instructors?

on http://chessthinkingsystems.blogspo... in his first video on "breaking stereotypes" GM Igor discusses the famous Winter vs. Capablanca game, Hastings 1919 wherein the white QB gets cut off from the game. According to Capablanca in his "chess fundamentals" after 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 the trap c6-c5 allowing Nd5 was fatal. in his words: " White falls into the trap. Only lack of experience can account for this move. White should have considered that a player of my experience and strength could never allow such a move if it were good." GM Igor does not address this at all if I remember correctly. Finally, the board position at the end where he says black plays b5 and wins is not correct. Black played b5 when the c pawn was on c6 and not on c7. (the moves 21.b3 c6 22. Ra2 are missing I guess).

Jun-03-11  jpsingh: What is WOK set??
Jun-03-11  jpsingh: Overall record of GM Igor Smirnov at FIDE site looks quite impressive - 117 games (57 won, 48 drawn, only 12 lost)
Jun-03-11  JoergWalter: chinese cooking device. offered in those very "entertaining" TV commercials: you buy one - get a second for free etc. etc..
Jun-17-11  snits: Re: Smirnov's record

Big Database 2010 has 407 games, scoring 68% with White, and 53% with Black.

Feb-06-12  renumeratedfrog: The guy doesn't seem to have played any competitive games in 3 years...
Feb-07-12  AlphaMale: He's on ice.
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  cro777: Here are some biographical data:

2002 – Championship of Ukraine (juniors) - 1 place.

2003 – Title of International Master.

2008 – Title of International Grandmaster.

GM Igor Smirnov combined his chess experience and psychological knowledge and started to create his own system of chess education.

2004 – Got the certificate of chess trainer (in the Sevastopol’s Sport School).

Since 2005 became a chess coach.

2009 – Got the Master’s degree in psychology.

Garry Kasparov presenting the 1st prize to Igor Smirnov at the "Kasparov's Cup-2009".

Aug-31-13  jancotianno: Has anyone here bought any of his courses and know if they are actually any good?
Sep-03-13  jancotianno: I can't help feeling that it's a scam.
Sep-03-13  dx9293: I have his courses and I like them. The best way to get a feeling for whether you will like his materials or not is to watch his youtube videos (he has a lot of them). If you like those, try one course. If you like that course, try others.

I found his materials interesting and helpful for my chess thinking, but it may not be that way for someone else.

May-11-14  ralph46: Being a good chess coach is not equivalent to being a great tournament player. For ex MARK DVORETZKI who is a great coach wrote some great books about chess training was never a real great tournament player. You cannot judge someones coaching abilities by tournament results. Anyhow there is not a single coach that his system fits everyone . Even a good master player can teach youngsters a lot. You do not have to be a famous grandmaster in order to be able to coach/
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  cro777: GM Igor Smirnov was interviewed by the team from "October Obsession", where he spoke about chess coaching, psychology, his own experiences as a chess player and about chess in general.

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  perfidious: <ralph46: Being a good chess coach is not equivalent to being a great tournament player....>

Agreed--one of the better coaches I have seen was actually no more than a novice, but had the ability to impart information as few have in my experience. Had she stayed with chess and broadened her understanding, in my opinion, she would have become outstanding.

<....For ex MARK DVORETZKI who is a great coach wrote some great books about chess training was never a real great tournament player....>

If you are judging this player by his results, absolute rubbish--Dvoretsky was strong enough to attain a rating of 2540 at his peak (when that meant clearly more than it does today) and play in the final of several Soviet championships. That he never became a GM is largely attributable to his formative years being spent behind the Iron Curtain, where few opportunities for international events were available unless one were in the elite. Put Dvoretsky in a US Championship at any time from the mid seventies into the eighties and he would have contended, despite the baleful presence of Walter Browne et al.

Apr-11-16  beerpatzer: This guy stopped playing chess the moment he got the GM title. Now he trumpets this fact in all his videos. Obviously nothing more than a marketting scam.
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  chancho: Dvoretsky was a strong player.

This game alone makes that patently clear.

M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974

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  Domdaniel: Smirnov's youtube videos are actually quite good. There's some hyperbole, of course, and I won't be rushing out to pay for his courses - but he makes some good points.
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  GM Igor Smirnov: Hey guys, have you seen my top 3 amazing chess sacrifices? :) Enjoy some beautiful combinations & a few typical tactical patterns that you’ll be able to apply later on in YOUR own games -
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  tpstar: <GM Igor Smirnov> Welcome to the site. =)

Message the Administrators here ("contact us" down below) and they will upgrade you to Premium Membership, while giving you Moderating control over your own player page.

Best wishes.

Sep-02-20  BIDMONFA: Igor Smirnov


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