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Opening Master

(Level – All Levels)

Susan Polgar is a FIDE Senior trainer and has coached some of the best players in the world. Now you can benefit from Susan’s expertise with her brand new, 10 volume training program, The Polgar Method.

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3 Courses (10.05 hours)

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Powerful Practical Tasks (+PGNs)

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3 Courses Included


Level – All Levels


About This Master Pack

Most players are let down by their weaknesses. The Polgar Method fixes that with a specific course on each aspect of chess.

First up is the opening. While this is probably the least important phase of the game until you’re over 2100 to, you still need to get to the middlegame with a decent position. That’s why Susan gives you her recommended repertoire for anything you might face. A versatile opening with a ton of attacking potential as White; a counter-attacking response to 1.e4 and an aggressive line against 1.d4/c4/Nf3.

In line with Susan’s chess philosophy, each opening is broken down into the strategic idea and topical themes. No need to remember endless variations, just understand what you’re trying to achieve. The most common opening traps are also covered. Not the basic ones everyone knows but the more subtle tricks that can appear early on. Even GMs have fallen for these so being familiar with them will save you some embarrassing losses and you help you catch a few people out.

Then we look at tactics. Again, the course assumes you know the basic motifs such as forks and pins. What Susan does is expand on these to show how they combine in real situations. You’ll also learn sneaky ways to push your opponent into your tactical trap.

Next, Susan reveals how we can improve our chess by learning from the masters of positional chess. Why having a Queenside pawn majority was enough for Capablanca to win games. How Karpov dominated the key lines and squeezed Kasparov off the board. These positional methods will serve you well throughout your chess career.

Then you learn the secrets of attacking the King, perhaps the most fun pursuit in chess. Susan breaks down the different plans of attack based on where the enemy King is: in the centre; on the same side of the board as your King or on the opposite side. Each King position requires a specific approach. What to attack with; how quickly; how much you should sacrifice and why. Susan reveals all with instructive examples taken from GM games.

Most club players never learn how to defend – part of the reason they don’t make great progress. Susan reveals how champions like Botvinnik and Magnus Carlsen combine defence with counterplay, staying safe without handing their opponent the initiative.

Finally, Susan makes sure you always get rewarded for your hard work by converting the endgame into a win. Endgame Play will teach you how to hold a Rook endgame a pawn down; why not all opposite-colour Bishop endings are drawn and how to use the bridge-building technique to escape perpetual check and win the Lucena position.

GM Susan Polgar has decades of experience of coaching at the highest level. A former prodigy, she knows what works and what is most useful at the board. The Polgar Method is loaded with lessons and practical advice to increase your chess understanding and help you find the strongest move at the board.

If you want a training program you can follow from start to finish and emerge a much better player at the end of it, presented by perhaps the most respected coach in the world, check out The Polgar Method.

Included Courses:

The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory

5 Lessons | 1.7 Hours | Game PGNs

That’s why I decided to develop a complete chess course; Introducing our top selling chess course “The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory”. With pride, I can say It will give you a complete opening repertoire on the GM’s level and will make your pre-game preparation extremely effective!

The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory 2

6 Lessons | 4.85 Hours | Game PGNs

The opening stage lasts for 15-20 moves and on every move, both opponents can play around 10 different logical moves. Ultimately this generates many thousands (perhaps millions) of variations. Obviously, there’s no way for us to analyze and remember them all.

Master the Grunfeld Defense as Black

13 Lessons | 3.5 Hours | Game PGNs

The course is suitable for intermediate level players, but it will be helpful for advanced level players, too. Even if your ELO is 1900+, this course will help you improve your opening skills.

In fact, this course was prepared in collaboration with former Junior World Champion GM Alex Ipatov, who is an expert in the Grunfeld defence showing his favourite lines. Therefore, this course will be suitable for players of ALL strength.

If you want to attack from the opening instead of defending, then this course is for you.

MEET THE AUTHOR:


GM Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov is a chess Grandmaster, coach, and holder of a Master’s degree in psychology. He’s the founder of the “Remote Chess Academy” company that has helped thousands of students worldwide to improve their results. GM Smirnov has developed lots of chess video lessons, articles, webinars and training courses.

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