Chess Training Package: Doctor Salgado – Know Yourself!
With GM Iván Salgado López
Chess Training Package:
Doctor Salgado – Know Yourself!
Your Chess Trainer
Hi there! I’m Iván Salgado, Grand Master (peak rating 2662). Ever since I was 16 years old, I have assisted many top grandmasters in his competitions (the ex-World Champions Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomariov, Francisco Vallejo and Ivan Cheparinov among others). In these 15 years of experience, I realized that one of the biggest differences between the top players and the others is that they are aware of their strengths and their opportunities for improvement (no weaknesses, everything can be improved!). While we were planning the matches, sometimes I had analyzed some variation and they might say: “This line is perfect against him” or “Here I’m better, but it will be very difficult to beat him here, it is better to play something more complicated”
My Training Method
One of my tasks as an assistant is not only to analyze lines but to understand which lines are the best against a concrete opponent! In order to do that, I developed a method to know better the opponents. The best thing about this method is that you can use it with yourself as well! This is the goal of this course.
Small-Group Training for 4 people
It is very important to understand that improving alone is more difficult than improving in a group. This is the reason why this is a group training package. In this group, there will be four students and me. I will be guiding the process, but you will help each other as well. We will create a group where we will share our knowledge, support others, and understand something very important: We make mistakes, different mistakes, but all of us make mistakes. When we see how someone else does something better than us, we see the way to improve.
Duration – Details of the course
This is a 10 hours course (1 hour the first session and 6 sessions of one hour and a half). This course is divided as follows:
Introduction: Get to know each other: In the first meeting, we will get to know each other. We will understand our goals. Each of us will share why we are here, what we expect, and what we want. Immediately after that, we will create the “Sharing group” and you will get your first homework (yes, there will be homework all the time, be ready to work)
Opening Phase: I will show you how the top grandmasters train their openings, so that you could do that yourself. I will show you the main principles in opening preparation, where to get the right information, how to remember your files, how to react after the opening is finished and many other things.
Middlegame, tactical phase: We will analyze how you deal with the concrete aspects of the game. I will show you the Tactical Triangle, a very useful tool to understand these kinds of situations and how you can improve your play.
Middlegame, technical phase: This is connected with the abstract aspect of the game. Here I will show you the Technical Triangle, like the tactical one but for “calm” positions where calculation is not so important.
Endgame: practical phase and theoretical phase. We will analyze how you deal with the endgame. I will show you the right approach to play from the start till the end.
Psychological approach to the game: Do you get frustrated when the results are not coming? Do you offer draws because you are not sure about yourself? Do you push too hard to play for a win and you finally lose? We will understand what is going on and how to deal with it.
Strengths, opportunities for improvement and Working Plan
Once we finish the course, you will get:
More than 30 of your games analyzed by myself in detail.
A dossier about your strengths and your opportunities for improvement.
An estimation of your level in each of the phases of the game. This will give you a better view of who you are as a chess player.
6 months plan about what you should do and how to improve! Once the course is finished, we will have a monthly common meeting where we will discuss how things are going on and how things can be improved! The group will be still working so you can help each other along the way! Of course, I will be happy to receive your emails and see how you are improving!
Cost of the chess training
This course costs €1699. If you are a yearly member of Killer Chess Training in 2021, this course will cost you only €1199(about $1470)! There are only 4 spots available. All the members will be around similar ratings, no more than 100 rating points difference, so don’t miss this opportunity to work with GM Iván Salgado López and 3 more similar-oriented chess players.
If you are interested in this course, please send us a message at [email protected]
Doctor Salgado – Questionnaire
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