Secrets of Chess Strategy (Beginner)

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Beginner Chess Strategy Secrets – GM Susan Polgar

Beginner Chess Strategy Secrets - GM Susan Polgar

If you are relatively inexperienced in chess and want to start off on the right track then this 15½ hour course is the perfect training material.

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.

As you advance through the course, Susan reveals how to keep finding ways to improve your position, how to choose between 2 or move moves that appear equally useful and how to “read the mind” of your opponent.

Ultimately, this course will enable you to select strong moves and think strategically, helping you to find your own way to victory whatever the position.

About the Author:

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

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

Other achievements:

  • 4 time Women’s World Champion.
  • 5 time Olympic Champion (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze).
  • 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.

Is this course for me?

If you are a chess beginner and want to improve your chances of victory in your training games, or even in tournaments, this course would the be the perfect choice for you.

Susan Polgar’s coaching credentials are unrivaled. She is in the unique position of being both a former chess prodigy and a world-class trainer.

She was the first woman to achieve the full Grandmaster title (instead of Woman GM), the former Women’s World Champion and is now an award-winning coach, with Wesley So (peak 2788!) one of her former students.

Here are some of the key concepts you will learn:

Beginner Chess Strategy Secrets – GM Susan Polgar

Obtain control of the center.

The center is the most important section of the board since your pieces can pretty much have access to the whole board when they are correctly located in the center.

That’s the reason why this strategic principle is so important, and it has been proven over and over by the best players in the world. This players always try to keep their pieces adding pressure to the center.

Develop all your pieces as quickly as possible.

Developing your pieces quickly is also a very important strategy concept since your pieces are like your army, they are the ones that will help you dominate the board, and eventually help you win the games.

Susan’s crystal-clear explanations will help you notice what most club players miss so you make fewer mistakes yourself and know how to punish them when your opponents inevitably slip up against you.

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Running Time

15+ hours

Type of Video

Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

  • Lesson 01 – The Rook and its role
  • Lesson 02 – The power of the Bishops
  • Lesson 03 – The Queen, the most powerful piece
  • Lesson 04 – The Knight, it’s strength and weaknesses
  • Lesson 05 – The relative value of the pieces and using the King
  • Lesson 06 – En passant
  • Lesson 07 – Opening principles
  • Lesson 08 – Opening traps
  • Lesson 09 – Queen v pawn on 7th rank
  • Lesson 10 – Targeting weaknesses
  • Lesson 11 – Decision-making
  • Lesson 12 – Decision-making (part 2)
  • Lesson 13 – To check or not to check
  • Lesson 14 – Blocking a rank, file or diagonal
  • Lesson 15 – When to open a rank, file or diagonal
  • Lesson 16 – Opening traps in the French Defense
  • Lesson 17 – Opening traps in the Sicilian Defense
  • Lesson 18- How to win a won game
  • Lesson 19 – How to prioritize
  • Lesson 20 – Learning from mistakes
  • Lesson 21 – Natural looking moves
  • Lesson 22 – Choosing between captures
  • Lesson 23 – Blunders and how to avoid them
  • Lesson 24 – Opening traps in the Caro-Kann Defense
  • Lesson 25 – How to develop a plan
  • Lesson 26 – How to win material
  • Lesson 27 – More opening traps
  • Lesson 28 – To check or not to check (part 2)
  • Lesson 29 – Learning from other peoples mistakes
  • Lesson 30 – Choosing between captures (part 2)
  • Lesson 31 – Getting critical decisions right
  • Lesson 32 – Planning and strategy, game analysis
  • Lesson 33 – Chess openings, the Philidor Defense
  • Lesson 34 – Kasparov vs Deep Blue, how to improve your position
  • Lesson 35 – Working out your opponent’s plan
  • Lesson 36 – The importance of controlling the center