New DVD Achieving GM: The Ultimate Goal

Achieving GM: The Ultimate Goal

a 2DVD set

Recommended for Intermediate – Advanced Players     

Achieving GM The Ultimate Goal V 1 FGM Jesse Kraai, GM Bryan Smith and IM Bill Paschall.

GM Jesse Kraai shows us what was important in his self preparation to achieve the title of Grandmaster. Kraai then walks us through his GM norms game by game and how his knowledge was applied. GM Smith talks us through his GM norms and what he faced in every game. Our bonus lecture by IM Bill Paschall shows us a game where Bill set back someone’s aspirations for GM.

ECO: N/A    Content: 5 hours and 50 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 11 lectures.     

Members of rated this series a 4.47 out of 5      

 Fans on said: Excellent example of fighting tournament chess. Nice insight on how your mental state at the time affects your decisions at the board. Well done sir!


GM Jesse Kraai: currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Jesse is an active chess coach.

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Some of his accomplishments include clear first in the 2008 National Chess Congress, first place in the 2006 U.S. Masters (qualifying to the 2007 U.S. Championship) and first place in the 2008 King’s Island Open, as well as winning many other Grand Prix tournaments. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001. Bryan is the highest rated player ever from Alaska and the first GM ever from Alaska.

IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Three-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.

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