Polgar’s Tactical Secrets – Learn GM Susan Polgar’s Best Tactics



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Polgar's Tactical Secrets - Learn Gm Susan Polgar's Best Tactics

GM Susan Polgar Best Chess Tactics – Polgar’s Tactical Secrets

The Polgar Method #06

Polgar's Tactical Secrets - Learn Gm Susan Polgar's Best Tactics
Polgar’s Tactical Secrets – Learn Gm Susan Polgar’s Best Tactics

Tactics play a very important part in chess. Even the quietest positions can suddenly present an opportunity to win material or even checkmate. That is why we have to be alert at all times, ready to take advantage when the chance arises.

Polgar’s Tactical Secrets makes things easier by looking at the different types of tactical motifs and seeing how they can appear in games.

Even at the Super GM level, we see pins, forks and surprising intermediate moves winning games.

Often the final moves come at the end of a 2 or 3 move sequence so spotting the potential for the tactic is crucial.

This course will show you how to set up combinations with forcing moves; give you a ton of new tactical patterns and ideas plus reveal what features of the position suggest a possible winning sequence.

About the Author:

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

Polgar made history back 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 Women’s World Champion).
  • 2003 Grandmaster of the Year and US Open Blitz Champion.
  • Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author.
  • Founder of the non-profit Susan Polgar Foundation, promoting chess for young people.

Is this course going to help me?

If you really want to take the frustration out of chess improvement and have a clear path to becoming a much better player who dominates chess tactics, then this is the ideal next step for you.

Susan Polgar is a former chess prodigy, her father’s training methods helped her and her sisters achieve astounding success, setting and breaking records wherever they went.

Susan became an accredited FIDE Senior Trainer 12 years ago but that only hints at her coaching excellence. Coaching is her passion and her emphasis on teaching chess logic has helped propel her students all the way to the top 10 in the world (Wesley So).

Here are some of the most important concepts you’ll be able to learn with this course:

Chess Tactics Secrets – Intermediate Moves

Polgar's Tactical Secrets - Learn Gm Susan Polgar's Best TacticsIntermediate moves (also called in-between move or intermezzo) is an important resource in chess tactics. It appears in many chess games, either on the board or in calculations, and the idea is very simple.

It is an unexpected move that interrupts an apparently forced tactical sequence and changes the outcome of the entire combination.

In the following position, White just played the move 1.b5 which attacks two Black’s pieces simultaneously. Black plays the move 1… Nxc3 which removes the defender of the b5 pawn but also attacks White’s queen.

It all seems like Black has just won a clean pawn, but then we see one of the best chess tactics resources in action, the intermediate move 2.Qd3, which threatens to checkmate Black’s king and also defends the b5 pawn.

Black plays 2… g6, and after 3.Bxc3 White is winning a clean extra piece.

The Fork

A fork occurs when a piece attacks two or more pieces at the same time. For instance, a pawn that attacks to minor pieces at the same time, or a Knight that attacks Queen and King at the same time. In both cases, at least one of the pieces will be captured, unless there’s a possibility to defend both at the same time.

This project took a lot of hard work as Susan boiled each topic down into its core principles and selected the most instructive and memorable examples to accompany them.

Enjoy the course! 

Additional information

Running Time

1 hour 10 minutes



Chapter List


  1. Tactical Secrets – The Fork
  2. Tactical Secrets – The Pin and Discovery
  3. Tactical Secrets – Intermediate Moves
  4. Tactical Secrets – Clever Combinations