The Polgar Method #01
The Polgar Method, as applied to the opening, encourages understanding of the major plans for both sides as opposed to merely memorizing a series of moves. This way, when the game inevitably takes a different course, we still know what to aim for, what to avoid and what to watch out for.
In this first volume, GM Susan Polgar teaches the London System, a versatile opening which can be played against almost any response from Black. We look at how to play when Black doesn’t fianchetto the dark-squared Bishop with …g6.
In these positions, Black usually focuses on the Queenside with …b6, …d5 and …c5 in some order. By examining the most instructive games in these lines (from Blackburne in 1889 right up to Magnus Carlsen in 2016), Susan shows how to build a powerful position, what weaknesses to target and how to prevent Black’s plans. You’ll also learn a few cunning traps.
- Typical games, Velazquez – Acosta
- Typical games, Blackburne – Harmonist
- London System against …b6 and …c5
- London System against …d5 set-ups
- London System against …b6, Carlsen – Tomashevksy 2016
- Black delays …e6
- Final Notes