more Reviews of our Chess School

"I think the materials are wonderful. Definitely they are not something you can read in a book, and they are also very practical for your play. I'm am very pleased with everything. I believe that after a year my play will have improved dramatically." - Eric E.

"Guys, this is a great product with a lot of great exercises. ...Thanks a lot for designing a real study program, which is the most difficult part of any discipline. This study, combined with reading less than 1/2 of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, gave a 200 point increase (after 3 months) in my chess rating (and a larger increase in my online rating).
Thanks for making a wonderful product. It's rare to find lessons so instructive without the presence of a teacher.... but dollar for dollar, this is some of the best money I've ever spent. I've improved more in the last year than I have in the five years prior." - Evan Buntrock

"My rating's around 1900. This is the first detailed program I have seen on visualization so I am trying to do my best with it. Most books say how important it is but don't have a program for training it." - Lucas R.

"I have played a number of tournaments and have applied my learning very well. I have been able to move my ratings from 1300 to 1614 (USCF). Your course is very well organized and I really enjoy it. I do spend about 3 hours a day on your materials. My goal is to hit 2000 (USCF) by Summer." - Aron K.

"I am excited about this course. This has helped my chess tremendously. The Thinking Technique makes things so clear.
The course is awesome. I am playing again in tournaments and with the knowledge I have now I am gaining more confidence each game. I just won a tournament in the U2000 section in Atlanta this past weekend scoring 3 wins and 2 draws. It was my first good tournament but each game got better. It is due to the course I believe. ...I appreciate the time you guys put into making sense of what confuses me in chess. Thank you." - Joseph Couvillion

"Signed up for the course 1 month ago and want to say I am very pleasantly shocked by the quality and depth of your instruction and all the related material. I'm a weak club player (1400 on PlayChess.com), but for 3 years I've been reading/studying everything I could find (Dvoretsky, Sokolov, Silman, Aagaard, Alburt, Watson, etc....) and nothing compares to your method/approach and the clarity. ...Only 3 weeks and already I look at the board with new and fresh perspective that promises to LEAD SOMEWHERE!! Michael C."

"First of all, I’d like to tell that your chess-course has an extraordinary effect on my latest results. ...but now, as more and more pieces of the puzzle start to fall in place, I’m playing with a lot more confidence, I have won almost all of my latest games and will be gaining at this moment already approx. 130 ELO-rating points in 3 months." - Bart C.

"I'm really very very very happy about these lessons. I'm 52 years old and began 2 years ago playing in Internet. I have a lot of books, DVD, and, believe me, no one explain chess like your Chess School. Now I begin to understand really HOW TO PLAY CHESS! To qualify these lessons there are only three words...1. EXCELLENT...2. EXCELLENT...3 EXCELLENT." - Balduino Lekeux

"I must say that your lessons are very interesting and am looking really forward to study hard at my chess. As a 2080 elo FIDE rated player, your method and approach look like a revolution to me and I realise now how bad I was working on my chess by my own. Thanks very much for your good work." Ronald A.

"Samir (child) has religiously completed 10 months of the course and plans to finish. His ratings has moved from 1300 to 1774 (USCF) since he started the course. Thank you for your very good material." - Mustafa P.

"Hello, first I'd like to really let you know how much I've enjoyed the first year of the lessons you sent me. It has been a wonderful year of learning many things about chess that I didn't know before. I particularly learned a lot about the center, about weaknesses of ponds in squares. I knew a lot of those things in a way as I am a 2000 player so I do have a grasp of some positional understanding. But the way you explained to me really helped open my eyes to new possibilities." - Roger M.

"I have been very impressed by the quality of your chess lessons!! I wish I had this quality when I was younger. ...has helped me a lot which has reflected in a 78% performance in my 2009 season playing in the Bezirkliga in the German league and as a result, helping my team to promotion to the Verbandsklasse." - U.B.

I have been looking for almost 2 years for someone like you to teach me chess. Believe me, when I say, I know how difficult it is to get good realistic and truly practical chess instruction. Your program is by far the best I have been able to find. My search is over. I feel I am certainly getting my money's worth and it is up to me now to work hard and get the most from what you are offering." - Robet L. Curry, USA

"First of all I'd like to thank you one more time for the wonderful course you have provided me. I'm in the 10th month and feel I now have a chess knowledge i'd never get anywhere else. And more important, thanks to your method I'm now more and more able to use this knowledge to actually make difference in my play." - I.S.

"This is definitely not going to be easy, but the material IS VERY understandable and I am confident that I will improve...even if it takes me a little longer that is fine. I am already thinking more and trying to be more logical in the way I approach chess. Thanks to all of you that made this course possible." - James H.

"Hi, I would like to thank you for the amazing study material! I am only been a member for a month and my online rating went from 1305 to 1470, big improvement, thanks! I'm looking forward to the rest of the course!" - C.M.

"Just want to thank you for the great program. It is helping me to develop chess thinking skills that I have never had. The time constraints that I have do not allow me to get through the lessons monthly as they are laid out, but I study at my own rate and am very pleased with your program. My game is improving, a lot. Thank you very much." - Alden I.

"My son does like your lessons which are very clear and instructional. I have worked with chess coaches before so I know how systematic and thoughtful you are! I am very grateful for the solid foundation you have given my son. He thinks of you as the coach who taught him how to play GOOD CHESS." - K.L.A.

"One of my students won the state championship for grades K-3 in March; he's just turned 9. This wouldn't have happened without the theoretical grounding ICS has provided which allows me to teach him with confidence." - Neil D.

"The ICS is AMAZING stuff, my rating went from 1300 online to 1612 in 2 months, thanks very much for all the effort." - S.G.

"I would just like to say that the chess school so far has improved my game tremendously. I play regularly on a site called () and before the chess school i was battling to consistently beat 100 - 150 (UK scale) rated players. I probably won one in every 3-4 games and now i am winning 7 out of every 10. I have put it down to making less silly mistakes because of looking for consequences as well as recognizing real threats from smoke screens so to say. So basically if after one month you have helped my game this much i can only imagine how it will help after a year." - David L.

"I completed about 90% of the 13 months of chess school. I would like to thank you and the staff for providing a high level of instruction at a low price. I won my first A-section tournament 1600-1900 section, with a score of 3 wins and one draw thanks to the chess school." - William M.

"Let me thank you for putting together this 13-month program. Speaking as someone who has over 500 chess books (I am somewhat of a collector) I have found this program to be HIGHLY instructive and easy to assimilate. After playing chess off and on for about 15-years I finally feel like I have a systematic approach that can help me stay on track and meet my goals. The problems are very challenging and insightful.
...The experience so far has definitely exceeded my expectations; kudos and thanks for the constant improvement of the program." - Roland W.

"I've been working with your materials for over a year now, and remain as impressed as ever. The ideas and analysis are insightful, clear and powerful. Thanks so much for creating the program. Keep up the good work!" - Chess Master Paul P.

"I am delighted with the lessons which are superb and by far the best instructional material I have ever read." - Laurence D.

"I like your chess school. I am at month 5. For the first time I was able to win against elo 2100 and draw against 2300." - Kyle B.

"Your product is superb. I really appreciate the "no-shortcut approach". I've learned a ton and can't wait to keep practicing and learning. Thank you for providing this service at such a good price as well. - Jared L.

"I think this will be a fantastic way for me to learn chess. I am very excited about it. It seems better than I could ever dream of. Also I recognize it will be alot of work and maybe it will take me longer than a month to do each month's lessons, but that is okay with me if it is with you. Who knows, maybe I will surprise myself and do them each in a month." - Mason T.

"I wanted to say how impressed I am with the quality of the material provided. I have an ELO of around 2150 and have read hundreds of chess books. Rarely, if ever, have I encountered such a clear explanation of a model thought process." - John M.

"First I would like to congratulate the staff of ICS for a very systematic and thorough program - it really is fantastic - I am already beating most masters more than half the games." - Eric J.

"First of all I'll like to thank you for the course that I think clears a lot of how the work to improve chess should be done... I wonder if I could have had these instruments when I was 14/15 years old and my chess passion started...(ca. 40 years ago)." - Michael D.

"My name is Roselyn Firman, one of a students who enrolled in you fantastic course. The course is really outstanding for the value that any one can expect."

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