The Polgar Chess University Mega Bundle





The Polgar Chess University Mega Bundle

The Polgar Chess University Mega Bundle is an incredible collection of over 300 lessons and 135 hours of material from one of the most famous chess coaches in the world, Susan Polgar.

A former child prodigy herself, Susan Polgar now coaches some of the most promising players in the US and has top 10 player Wesley So as a famous former pupil. The first female player to achieve the full Grandmaster title and sister of the strongest woman player of all-time, Judit Polgar, Susan’s expertise in chess and coaching is beyond doubt.

This Mega Bundle includes all of the training programs Susan has produced, segmented by chess strength and topic. From beginner to advanced level and covering everything from positional chess and tactics to attacking play and endgames, this Mega Bundle represents a complete chess course.

Each topic is built up piece by piece, making sure you understand a lesson fully and then adding to it again and again until it becomes second nature. For instance, there is a lesson showing the basics of the Bishop sacrifice on h7, then further information on when it works and when it doesn’t. Then you’ll witness games from GM play where a series of complications results in the sacrifice, the opponent almost defends only to fall into another combination – which was the original idea all the time.

Drawing on the most instructive games from players like Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Tal, Susan demonstrates the art of attack in chess, teaching you how to build an initiative, how to gain aggressive squares for your pieces and how to identify the critical moment when you must strike.

You’ll learn the art of defense from Karpov and Petrosian, using prophylaxis and positional exchange sacrifices to destroy your opponent’s plan and leave them with a passive position.

From the games of Smyslov and Botvinnik, Susan extracts the key principle of positional chess and strategy. The art of evaluating a position, trading pieces to gain an advantage and interpreting pawn structures to find the strongest plan are all covered.

The components of tactical play are built up from the basic motifs such as skewers and pins into complicated variations where many lines have to be analyzed – all with a smooth learning curve.

The same with endgames. The essential King and pawn endings are covered first, then the most important Rook endgames. Only in the later lessons do the most technical endings are deepest endgame strategies get discussed.

The games of Bobby Fischer are constant sources of lessons in this bundle too. Susan knew Bobby personally and has studied his games in depth. His clear style and precise play make his games perfect to learn from.

All in all, the Polgar Chess Mega Bundle is a complete 1000-2200 Elo training program which will give the serious student a very strong all-round game with no holes in their knowledge.  The structure of this course together with Susan’s lucid explanations of each topic will chess improvers achieve their potential quickly.

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The Art of Attack (Beginner)

In this 14 hour bundle, Grandmaster and elite chess coach Susan Polgar reveals the essential principles to successful attacking chess. You will learn why the King is in danger when left in the center, how to find the most aggressive squares for your pieces and the best way to coordinate them in powerful attacks. The lessons contained in this bundle teach not just how to finish your opponent off but also how to get good positions in the first place.

Secrets of Chess Strategy (Beginner)

Presented by Grandmaster Susan Polgar, a former chess prodigy and now a world-class instructor, the Positional Play and Chess Strategy course teaches you how to find strong moves in every position by targeting your opponent’s weaknesses and avoiding creating any of your own. You will learn how to look deeper into the position and see further ahead with Susan Polgar’s invaluable advice on planning – a key skill in chess strategy. And you’ll find out how to reduce blunders – mistakes that lose material – with sound positional play.

Secrets of Chess Tactics (Beginner)

In this 15 hour bundle, Grandmaster and elite coach Susan Polgar provides intensive training on chess tactics. Starting with the essential checkmate patterns and tactical motifs like the pin, skewer and fork, the material quickly advances to cover more complicated combinations – but with Susan breaking them down to show exactly how they work and the logic in the position that makes them possible.

The Art of Attack (Intermediate)

In this 14½ hour bundle, GM Susan Polgar, a former chess prodigy and now an elite coach, teaches how to play more sophisticated chess attacks – and how to defend against them. Using the most instructive chess games to illustrate the themes, Susan shows the practical decisions both sides have to make in real games, how mistakes are punished and what can be done differently to save the day.

Secrets of Chess Strategy (Intermediate)

In this 15 hour bundle, GM Susan Polgar looks at the most important components of positional chess, examining pawn structures, the relative value of the pieces, how to coordinate pieces most effectively and matters of chess technique. Even with completely level material, one side may have an overwhelming advantage because of the superior quality of their pieces. Susan’s lessons focus on what makes a position or a piece good or bad and precisely how to achieve (or avoid) that position.

Secrets of Chess Tactics (Intermediate)

In this 15½ hour bundle, GM Susan Polgar provides you with some of the more advanced ideas you will need as you play stronger opponents. With more games likely to reach the final phase, experience of these positions will pay dividends.

The Art of Attack (Advanced)

In this 15 hour bundle, GM Susan Polgar, coach of many very strong GMs including top 10 player Wesley So, teaches the advanced player the subtleties of attacking play using the most instructive games of chess legends such as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

Secrets of Chess Strategy (Advanced)

In this 15½ hour bundle, GM Susan Polgar discusses the more advanced topics of positional chess and strategy. Some of the concepts, such as using open files and weak color complexes, might be familiar which will help as Susan shows how they are used at the elite level.

Secrets of Chess Tactics (Advanced)

In this series Susan looks at deep sacrificial ideas from Grandmaster games, deconstructing them to reveal how they work and how we can find them in our own games. We see increasingly creative ideas and their inner logic plus familiar sacrifices that require an extra layer of subtlety to distract our opponents. Using the games of Anand, Shirov and Kramnik, we learn how to calculate in complicated positions as well as some advanced tactical patterns we can use in our own games.

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5 reviews for The Polgar Chess University Mega Bundle

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill (verified owner)

    I picked this up for my wife and I. My wife is an absolute beginner while I am more of an intermediate player. There is quite a bit of information in this bundle and I’m excited to get started. The only question I have would be where to start.

    • ichess

      I recommend you to start with beginner packages. I would combine them in order to achieve a balanced improvement.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rob (verified owner)

    Hi there,
    since a few days I have bought the P C U Megabundle,the material looks good
    and there is a lot to study(visual by video).The only thing what me disappointed is
    that there are no practiceproblems to solve(excersises.etc.) and some general explanation via text was also a good idea or maybe it is inside?

    • ichess

      Thank you for your latest purchase. I’m confident that you will enjoy your chess bundle. As you say these courses don’t include additional practical exercises but the samples explained in the videos have been carefully selected. You can use them as a practical tool if you pause the video before the solutions and then you try to solve them.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    Why did you not include some practiceproblems to solve?
    GM Daiman Lemos did, in his empire collection.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5



  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sam Scott

    I purchased the mega bundle and I think it will be very useful. There are some housekeeping issues that you can help me with.
    1. Because I am reviewing and remember some of the sequences is there a way to skip to the next problem quickly?
    2. In my download there is a blue marking in the first few sessions on the left hand side. Then there are several blank one followed by green markings. Explanation?
    3. Is there a way to mark within the program that I have completed a particular segment?
    Thank you

    Sam Scott

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