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The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength (Bryan Smith Method)

The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength (Bryan Smith Method)
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Been studying chess for years and still nowhere near master level? It’s time to focus on the important stuff. Legendary World Champion Emanuel Lasker once claimed any beginner could reach master level in just 200 hours – if they focused solely on critical skills and essential knowledge. Which raises the question: what are those critical skills and essential knowledge?

American GM Bryan Smith, having made the journey himself, believes it comes down to 4 factors: calculation, intuitive understanding, concrete knowledge and sports psychology.
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Been studying chess for years and still nowhere near master level? It’s time to focus on the important stuff.  Legendary World Champion Emanuel Lasker once claimed any beginner could reach master level in just 200 hours – if they focused solely on critical skills and essential knowledge.

Which raises the question: what are those critical skills and essential knowledge?

American GM Bryan Smith, having made the journey himself, believes it comes down to 4 factors: calculation, intuitive understanding, concrete knowledge and sports psychology.

Work on these for 200 hours and you will reach master level – and Bryan details exactly what and how to study in his new course The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength.

Unorganized training is like Kryptonite to your inner Superman. Don’t do that to yourself!

The 4 Pillars of Chess Strength is 15 hours of laser-focused lessons on mastering the skills you actually need:

  • Calculation: cure yourself of the dreaded “Kotov syndrome” – Bryan’s 3 step approach cuts out the noise, giving you clear sight of tactical solutions in half the time.
  • Intuitive understanding: GMs only have to look at a position to know what’s going on. There’s 2 ways to reaching this level: decades of playing at master level or by studying Bryan’s 13 essential positional components.
  • Concrete knowledge: there’s some stuff you simply have to know. Bryan reveals how to win 85% of endgames using these building blocks of chess knowledge. Master these and you won’t need anything else until you break 2200.
  • Sports psychology: it’s not enough to play a good game, you must also win. Alekhine once said “a chess master should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk”. Learn how to stay serene while you mercilessly hunt down your rival and become the most feared player around!

On top of the video lessons, you get the full PGN (with Bryan’s notes), practical tests and the PDF course summary for easy reference.

Run time: 15 hours of laser-focused lessons on mastering the skills you actually need

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Bad value. Review by rmham
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Some of the material presented is quite interesting. Some of the analysis, also. I cannot in any way discern a "Method" here, though. He gives no guidance on how to develope one's own approach to learning. This is not, however, my main problem with this series. It, in common with so many chess videos, suffers from absolutely woeful production values. Sometimes a rehearsal of the material helps. Sometimes a second take is in order. When people walk behind the speaker, when dogs bark or traffic noises drown out the speaker, when he flubs what he is saying, is there no possibility of stopping and editing?? The analysis is often meandering and muddled, as if he is making it up on the spot. The totally soporific delivery drains the energy out of the listener. The material is not exceptionally high level - probably 1400 to 1700 level, but it is really hard to follow sometimes. And - will someone PLEASE get the man a handkerchief??? (Posted on May 10, 2018)
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Hard to Understand Review by lovely-14
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This course is great--for those who are already masters.

Bryan Smith goes into extreme, unnecessary details during the series. The 14 and a half hour course requires you to already have a significant chess understanding.

I only recommend this course for people who are very close to masters (i.e. 2100s). Maybe, just maybe, you may be able to break 2,200. But for those who are rated lower, like 1600s, this course will just be lost time and money. (Posted on April 8, 2018)
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Not for beginnes Review by grandprof
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The first pillar was so exhausting I could not follow his thinking and why various options were taken. This discouraged me from even looking at the other pillars. Certainly not for a 1209 rating trying to figure out why even three step moves or a given defense that is needed will work. For beginners Polgar Univ. is much better. (Posted on April 5, 2018)
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One of the best courses I've ever purchased Review by daunpenh
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Certainly not for the beginner or anyone, I'd say up to 1200 or even 1300. But Bryan Smith's cool laid-back delivery and brilliantly insightful analysis of many aspects of his own (and other's) games - cleverly selected to illustrate exactly the points he wants to make - cannot fail to thrust anyone stuck in a chess quagmire and move them onwards and upwards. I'd be very keen to purchase other courses by Bryan (but only after I've been through is 15 hours of this course at least three times). (Posted on April 4, 2018)
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Excellent video series Review by FirstKnight2
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This is a well thought out and well presented series of videos. I have been watching it on the train during my commute. His method of presentation is barely within my grasp and forces me to use the pause button to be sure I am following a calculation This is something termed “desirable difficulty,” by education researchers. It has really improved my calculation and move selection already. The included games are nice to go over—included with and without variations in pgn files along with the videos. It took about half of one video to get used to his speaking style, then I found it to be well-paced and encouraging, without being frantic. It inspires calm and focus, always needed at the board. Well done! (Posted on April 1, 2018)
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Not very good Review by eickegao
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After watch the video I think it is not worth purchasing. (Posted on March 31, 2018)
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