Chess Lessons From Chess University’s Prodigy Program

For the last several months, I have been receiving chess lessons at the Prodigy Program through Chess University.  I have taken lessons prior to this from GM and IM players, with mixed results, and expensive fees.  With the Prodigy Program, I am able to receive the highest quality live lessons from top current players and coaches, at a fraction of the price.

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From Chess University:

As our most comprehensive and ambitious course, the Prodigy Program is designed to create chess prodigies out of youth players and take them, or any chess player at any age, to master-level within 5 years. By offering the highest quality of live lessons, study guides, homework, personalized game analysis, and unlimited guidance from our world-class team of coaches, we provide dedicated chess players a clear path to improvement and mastery. The Prodigy Program is for chess players of all ages. If you love chess and want to improve, look no further than the Prodigy Program.

I enrolled in the Prodigy Program in the 1750 class, and so far have received many lessons from top players like GM Shirov, Yermolinsky, world champion GM Anand, and the author of “Chess Structures” GM  Rios.

The live chess lectures have included:

  • Complex minor piece endgames (Various lecturers)
  • King and Pawn endgames (Shirov and Yermolinsky)
  • Pawn Structures – Following through the Chess Structures book with the Author concluding
  • Deep calculation techniques

Every course purchased also comes with:

  • Weekly play-though videos and puzzle videos relating to the topic material
  • 2 games analyzed per month
  • Simul with FM
  • Around 12 hours total video lectures held on the weekend, and available to download
  • PGN’s of all the lectures, with lifetime access to the material
  • Homework material – videos and chess articles to digest and reinforce the material.
  • The highest quality of chess instruction available, and the ability to ask questions to the world’s top players


Example Game Analysis I received:

For June 2016 the various sections will be studying these topics, as well as having 5 time World Champion Viswanathan Anand lecture this month

Key Areas of Study in September 2016:


  • Applying the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame.
  • Understanding basic piece vs. pawn endgames.
  • Must-have knowledge regarding K Q vs. K P or K P P endgames.
  • Calculation and thought-process training.
  • Converting simple minor piece endgames into wins.
  • Must-know plans in the later phases of the middlegame and endgame.
  • Maximizing the power of your pieces in the middlegame and endgame.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman’s Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman.


  • Applying the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame at the intermediate level.
  • Understanding tricky piee vs. pawn endgames.
  • Acquiring endgame wisdom.
  • Reviewing important theoretical king and pawn endgames.
  • Pawn breaks everybody must know.
  • Winning imbalanced fights in the endgame.
  • Improving thought-process in the middlegame, especially when positions appear to be equal.
  • How to improve at analyzing games.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman’s Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and Amateur’s Mind by Jeremy Silman


  • Knight endgame theory.
  • Gaining in-depth understanding of bishop vs. knight endgames.
  • How to win the K B N vs. K endgame.
  • Endgame calculation and improving endgame technique.
  • Same color bishop endgames.
  • Pawn majorities and understanding pawn play in the middlegame and endgame.
  • Typical patterns everybody must know.
  • Improving tactical awareness.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman’s Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman and How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman


  • Improving at tactical thinking and decision making.
  • More advanced endgames involving unbalanced material.
  • Improving at evaluating how winnable an endgame is.
  • Improving at planning in later phases of the middlegame.
  • Coverage of various other endgames.
  • How to select great moves from potentially good candidate moves.
  • Training for all phases of the game.
  • Textbooks: Silman’s Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman, 100 Endgames You Must Know 4th Edition by Jesus de la Villa.



Why get live chess lessons from Prodigy Program?

The price for one month’s course is $150, but has been given a special coupon code for our readers to receive $15 off their first month in the program.  Considering this is the cost of 2 lessons from a top instructor, the value is incredible, and has certainly helped me raise my rating, understanding, and love of chess.

So, if you are a chess player, and want to improve your game use the below link and coupon code to checkout. See you in class!

Link -> Chess University Prodigy Program  Use coupon code :  NEWSANDVIEWS   to receive $15 OFF at checkout, and follow the instructions after purchase, to select your section 900, 1200, 1500, 1750