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Prodigy Program

Start your journey towards chess mastery with Chess University’s Prodigy Program, the world’s #1 live online chess coaching program.

Learn more about the Prodigy Program from five-time world champion GM VIshy Anand, who has taught over 10 live classes at Chess University.

About Prodigy Program

The Prodigy Program is Chess University’s comprehensive live online coaching program for players serious about improving at chess. Since 2014, the Prodigy Program has been revolutionizing online chess education by offering the highest quality of live lessons, video lessons, study guides, puzzle packs, personalized game analysis, and guidance from the world’s top coaches and players.

 The Prodigy Program was created by best-selling chess coach Kairav Joshi, FM Dalton Perrine, and FM Arne Jochens. Many grandmasters such as former world champions GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Anatoly Karpov have taught live lessons in the Prodigy Program and contributed to our rich curriculum. Registration for the Prodigy Program is now open to 100 new students. Apply now using the form on the right.

Prodigy Program Details

Chess University’s Prodigy Program provides chess players of all ages a clear path to significant chess improvement. Each month, the Prodigy Program offers 12 hours of interactive live training and a core curriculum for students to complete at their convenience. Here are the details for what our live training and core curriculum include each month.

Prodigy Program Live Training

All Prodigy Program students gain access to 12 hours of live online classes that focus on improving chess skills across the board. Half of these classes are catered to beginner/intermediate players whereas the other half are aimed at advanced students. However, students from any section can attend all 12 live classes each month.

These live classes are typically taught from 10:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-2:30 PM Pacific Time during the last two weekends of each month. Can’t attend live? All our live lessons get recorded so students can review on-demand afterwards.

Each month, our Prodigy Program students can submit one of their own chess games for personalized analysis and annotation. Simply email us one of your games and our coaches will thoroughly analyze it to identify patterns in your mistakes and provide useful feedback for improvement.

Prodigy Program Perks

We often surprise our Prodigy Program students with extra lessons or resources for improving at chess. Anybody that enrolls in the Prodigy Program in August 2020 will receive lifetime access to GM Viswanathan Anand’s recorded 1-hour masterclass on tactics and calculation.

Prodigy Program Core Curriculum

The Prodigy Program core curriculum is divided into four rating sections: 900+ (beginner), 1200+ (intermediate), 1500+ (advanced), and 1750+ (very advanced). Each month, enrolled students gain access to a new monthly curriculum for their section which includes:
– Detailed syllabus
– 6+ hours of core video lessons or prerecorded lessons
– Bonus playthrough video lessons
– Detailed study guide with recommended training tools and curated resources
– 1 puzzle packet and 1 monthly quiz with solution videos

With the changes implemented in 2020, all new students begin the Prodigy Program by studying the “Month 1” curriculum for their section and participating in the live training available to all enrolled students that month.

The tuition for each month’s Prodigy Program is $150 which includes one core curriculum package each month, one personalized game analysis per month, and the 12 hours of interactive live online classes per month.

The schedule and other details pertaining to a certain month of the Prodigy Program are provided below on this page.

 How To Enroll

  • Fill out the form above to apply for the Prodigy Program.
  • Check your email (including spam folder) for an automated email from us requesting more information.
  • We’ll get back to you with information about the next registration period.
  • Registration is limited to new 100 students – apply now!

How You Learn

  • Participate in interactive live online classes each month in which you can ask questions through chat or voice.
  • Watch our video lessons and go through our study guides.
  • Get ongoing tips and recommendations via email.
  • Get personalized advice from our analysis of your games.
  • You get lifetime access to each month’s curriculum you have paid for so feel free to review lessons as often as you’d like!

What You Get Each Month


12+ hours of interactive live classes with top coaches


Core curriculum with 6+ hours of video lessons


Playthrough video lessons, PGNs, bonus materials


World-class coaches available at your fingertips


Personalized analysis and feedback on 1 game


Detailed study guide, puzzle pack, assignments


Bonuses (1-hour GM Anand recorded lesson in Aug)


Lifetime access to months you've paid for!

Open Enrollment Sept 2020

Prodigy Program Live Classes Schedule

#1Sept 19th @ 10:30-11:30 AM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Dalton Perrine
#2Sept 19th @ 12:00-1:00 PM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Dalton Perrine
#3Sept 19th @ 1:30-2:30 PM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Dalton Perrine
#4Sept 20th @ 10:30-11:30 AM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Arne Jochens
#5Sept 20th @ 12:00-1:00 PM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Arne Jochens
#6Sept 20th @ 1:30-2:30 PM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Arne Jochens
#7Sept 26th @ 10:30-11:30 AM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Arne Jochens
#8Sept 26th @ 12:00-1:00 PM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Arne Jochens
#9Sept 26th @ 1:30-2:30 PM PDTGroup A: 900+ and 1200+FM Arne Jochens
#10Sept 27th @ 10:30-11:30 AM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Dalton Perrine
#11Sept 27th @ 12:00-1:00 PM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Dalton Perrine
#12Sept 27th @ 1:30-2:30 PM PDTGroup B: 1500+ and 1750+FM Dalton Perrine

Why Join Prodigy Program?

  • The Prodigy Program is the world’s premier comprehensive live online chess course.

  • The program is taught by best-selling, world-class coaches who have proven their ability to help students improve fast.

  • With detailed study guides, homework assignments, puzzle/quiz videos, one-on-one emailed game analysis, and guidance all in addition to the live lessons and video lessons, the amount students learn each month exceeds what they would get out of 10-15 private lessons with a coach.

  • Students of all ages, including seniors, have seen their ratings improve by hundreds of points.

  • One of our students broke the record for the youngest-ever chess master in American history at that time.

  • Five-time world champion Vishy Anand, describes our program as: “a brilliant solution for chess players around the world.”

  • This is the highest quality of chess instruction available in the world. Period.

  • Occasionally, the Prodigy Program hosts celebrity guest instructors. Where else can you participate in live online classes with legends such as GM Vishy Anand, GM Anatoly Karpov, and GM Peter Heine Nielsen?


We enrolled Christopher in Chess University’s Prodigy Program because we were looking for an organized and focused chess curriculum, which is pretty rare, but that’s exactly what we got!

Young-Kyu Woo

Father of International Master Christopher Yoo

Each instructor does a great job getting you to see chess on a deeper level. They provide a structured program to build your skills and each lesson really sticks with you.


Financial Advisor

Registration Instructions

To sign up for Chess University’s Prodigy Program, fill out the form on the right. Check your email (including your spam folder) afterwards for further instructions.

Once you apply, we can help you answer any questions you may have about the program and help you select the right rating section. Enrollment is limited to 100 students in the August 2020 Prodigy Program so go ahead and apply today to reserve your spot!

So what are you waiting for? Start your journey towards mastery today. We look forward to seeing you in the Prodigy Program very soon!

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