Attacking Play – Attacking Secrets from a World Renowned Chess Coach



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GM Susan Polgar

The Polgar Method #08

Attacking the enemy King is most player’s favorite part of the game. But as we face stronger opponents, more precision is needed if we wish to break through and deliver checkmate.

In Attacking Play, GM Susan Polgar shows how to build strong attacks based on where our opponent’s King is. If the King is in the center, we want to keep him there while opening lines as quickly as possible. If he is on the opposite side of the board to our King, a pawn attack will be dangerous. On the same side, we need to bring our pieces to bear down on his position.

GM Susan Polgar analyzes model games for each type of position, highlighting typical sacrifices and ways to make things difficult for the opponent. This will help develop your attacking intuition, knowing when sacrifices will pay dividends and when we should proceed more slowly.

Attacking Play will teach you when to start an attack, how to get at the King and how to make defending as difficult as possible for your opponent.


  1. Attacking the King in the Center
  2. Attacks with Kings on Opposite Sides of the Board
  3. Piece Attacks with Kings on the Same Side of the Board

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Running Time

1 hour 15 minutes