The Polgar Method – GM Susan Polgar’s Complete Course for Club Players




Advanced Chess Strategy: The Polgar Method

Chess course for beginners. Advanced chess strategy

GM Susan Polgar

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.

Most players are let down by their weaknesses when it comes to advanced chess strategy.

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 Elo, 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.

About the Author

Grandmaster Susan Polgar is a Hungarian-American chess player, and one of the strongest female players ever. Her highest rating is 2577 Elo, and she was the Women’s World Chess Champion from 1996 until 1999.

She made history in 1986 by becoming the first ever female player to qualify to compete in the World Chess Championship.

Other achievements:

  • 4 time Women’s World Champion.
  • 5 time Olympic Champion (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze).
  • Only World Triple Crown Winner (World Blitz, Rapid, and Classical World Champion).
  • 2003 Grandmaster of the Year and US Open Blitz Champion.
  • Award-Winning Best-Selling Author.
  • Founder of the non-profit Susan Polgar Foundation, promoting chess for young people.

What You Will Learn in This Course

In line with Susan’s chess philosophy, each opening is broken down into strategic ideas and typical 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 about, but the more subtle tricks that can appear early on. Even GMs have fallen for these, so being familiar with them will save you from some embarrassing losses and help you catch a few people out.

Advanced chess strategy

The Lasker Trap in The Albin Counter-Gambit

Then, Susan looks at tactics. Again, the course assumes you know basic motifs such as forks and pins. What Susan does is expand on these to show you how these combinations appear in real situations. You’ll also learn sneaky ways to push your opponents into your tactical traps.

Next, Susan reveals how we can improve our advanced chess strategy by learning from the masters of positional chess.

Why was having a Queenside pawn majority enough for Capablanca to win games? How did Karpov dominate the key lines and squeeze Kasparov off the board? These positional methods will serve you well throughout your chess career.

Then you’ll 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 center, 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 grandmaster games.

Most club players never learn how to defend – a large part of the reason they don’t make great progress. Susan reveals how champions like Mikhail Botvinnik and Magnus Carlsen combine defense with counterplay, staying safe without handing their opponents 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-colored Bishop endings are draws, and how to use the bridge-building technique to escape perpetual check and win the Lucena position.

Is this course for me?

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 understanding of advanced chess strategy 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.

Please Note: The Physical disks contain all 10 courses on 3 DVDs.

Enjoy your ride to success with this awesome course!

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 7 x 2 in
Running Time

15 hours




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2 reviews for The Polgar Method – GM Susan Polgar’s Complete Course for Club Players

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Douglas Marshall

    Great course for club players, with Susan explaining the fundamental issues involved in each subject. Well worth the money (and increased ELO!).

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This chess course is a must for club players (or even tournament players). Susan’s methods will skyrocket players chess knowledge. Really a complete course! This is the course I’ve always watch from time to time.

    But I there is one thing I want to recommend to GM Susan is that when presenting playing with the Black repertoire, like French defense or King’s Indian defense, much better if the Black pieces is presented in the bottom of the board and not at the top so that the lectures will be easily grasp and appreciate by the player playing with the Black pieces. I have a hard time getting an actual board and rotate it.

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