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  1. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 1
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    Lesson 1

    In the first part of this lesson, an instructive game of the late world champion Alekhine is examined with the following theme: Opening Principles and when to make exceptions. In the second part, some basic concepts in King and Pawn versus King endgames are discussed. One of the important topics is how to hold a passed Pawn with your King. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess which features an endgame composition by legendary GM Benko.

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  2. Panov Botvinnik (9 part series)
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    New Ideas in…: Panov Botvinnik (9 part series). B13, B14: Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik attack, Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik attack, 5...e6. Panov-Botvinnik Attack against the Caro-Kann Defense - a line that can also be transposed to from many openings, including the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian Defense. The Panov-Botvinnik Attack has a unique important place in chess lore. After Capablanca adopted the Caro-Kann, it assumed a status as the solid way for Black to escape attacking efforts of e4 players. But Vasily Panov, a Soviet master, theoretician and Chess correspondent for "Izvestia", took a different view of the situation and decided to test Black's mettle with the direct action of 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 c4. Mikhail Botvinnik picked up on this and quickly formed it into a potent weapon that has since become the choice of determined king pawn players. Learn More
  3. Time, Space and Harmony – The Krush Method Master Method Series #08
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    Understand the essence of chess with the Krush Method, the 7 hours course from 7 times US Women’s Chess Champion GM Irina Krush. Learn More
  4. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 2
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    Lesson 2

    The first topic of this lecture is Space Advantage, which will be illustrated by a famous win of Kasparov, followed by a game of Susan herself, which resulted in her winning the world championship title in 1996. The second topic in this lesson is Distant Opposition in Pawn endgames. At the end of the lesson you can view an evergreen by Frank Marshall as part of the Miracle in Chess feature.

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  5. English Openings (5 part series)
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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: English Openings (5 part series) ECO: A22, A39, A25: English: Bellon gambit, English: symmetrical, main line with d4, English: Sicilian reversed With the London Chess Classic in full-swing, it is fitting we pay homage to the English Opening, made famous by Howard Staunton, who organized the great London International Tournament of 1851, the world's first international chess tournament. Many are confused what to play against 1 c4 because it has a reputation of being solid - but in a new series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, over the next few weeks our guru takes a closer look at three enterprising gambit lines against the English, where an unsuspecting and unprepared White player can easily be intimidated and terrorized: 1) the Bellon Gambit with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 e4 4 Ng5 b5!? 2) English Symmetrical with…. 3) the reversed Grand Prix Attack with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 f5 4 Bg2 Nf6 5 d3 Bc5 6 e3 f4!? made famous by Bobby Fischer after his famous 1969 New York Metropolitan League demolition job of Anthony Saidy. Learn More
  6. The London System – IM Eric Rosen [80/20 Tactics]
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    If you want to really know an opening, you should be familiar with its typical positional ideas and remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is not enough. Learn More
  7. Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Classical King's Indian with 7 … exd4 (3 part series). E93: King's Indian: orthodox variation. Ronen's show "Opening Survey" follows carefully the most recent trends in the chess world. Lately the King's Indian has been suffering big time, with GM Bacrot scoring 0 out 3 in the first rounds of the Biel Chess Festival, losing all his King's Indian games; it's time for our opening expert GM Ronen Har-Zvi to suggest ideas and opinions on this important piece of chess opening theory. In this new series Ronen will address the classical King's Indian with a more dynamic approach, opening the center and playing fast: Kramnik scored a fantastic win in Dortmund against Jan Gustafsson this year with the variation Ronen is taking in consideration in this series. Let's try and keep the King's Indian alive, with GM Ronen Har-Zvi! Learn More
  8. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 3
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    Lesson 3

    The first position in this lesson is an excellent example on how to gain control of an open file and take advantage of it by entering to the 7th (2nd) rank. The second position is a must know famous Pawn endgame by Reti, where White managed to catch the seemingly uncatchable Black passed Pawn! The last two positions of this lesson, both belong to the Miracle in Chess feature, are two truly amazing jewels! Guaranteed enjoyment!

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  9. Alekhine's defense (6 part series)
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    New Ideas in…: Alekhine's defense (6 part series). B02: Alekhine's defense. The new year brings with it a new Ronen Har-Zvi here on Chess.FM, as we rebrand his poplar weekly show from "New Idea In…" to "Ronen's Opening Survey". And in the first of his new series, our opening expert GM Ronen Har-Zvi shows just how best to handle the sometime difficult Alekhine's Defense with White's most reliable weapon of (1 e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 d4 d6) 4 Nf3 - a solid line used by all the top players that continues to score big for White. Learn More
  10. QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: QGD with 5.Bf4 (7 part series). D37: QGD: classical variation (5.Bf4). The Orthodox Defense to the Queen's Gambit (1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7) is an extremely resilient system for Black, and a solid favorite of not just your average club player but also many of the world's top stars. For many years, the two main lines against it used to be 5 Bg5 or 5 cxd5. But in the early 1970s, Hungary's Lajos Portisch revived an old favorite of English player Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) of 5 Bf4 with some pioneering new ideas in it. Players such as Kasparov, Karpov, Kramnik, Fischer, Carlsen, Topalov and Ivanchuk added it to their repertoire. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey for Chess.FM, our resident openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, takes a closer look at the many attractions to the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5 Bf4 and why you also should be adding it to your repertoire. Learn More
  11. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 5
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    Lesson 5

    In this session, Susan demonstrates through a number of practical examples how to exploit Weak Squares in the opponents position; and that Knights belongs on Outposts. Another topic discussed is the importance of the Kings active role in endgames. The Miracle in Chess feature in this lesson is a beautiful example of stalemate.

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  12. Tactical Mastery with GM Davorin Kuljasevic

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    “If you ever wanted to learn how to become a world-class tactician and start finding tactics subconsciously on an autopilot here is your real chance!” Learn More
  13. Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series)
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    Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series) "Pawns are the soul of chess," once opined the mild-mannered 18th century French musical composer Francois-Andre Philidor, who was also the most famous chess-player of his day. Learn More
  14. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 2
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    Lesson 2

    The focus of this lesson is Space Advantage in Chess through a Capablanca classic, along with one of Susans own games to illustrate the topic. These strategical masterpieces are followed by two basic King and Pawn versus King endgames with the focus on Opposition and Distant Opposition. The lesson ends with a brilliant endgame example of Miracle in Chess.

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  15. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 4
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    Lesson 4

    In this first lesson, the power of having your Rooks on the 7th Rank will be discussed, followed by several examples of Pawn Races in King and Pawn endgames which often include the pattern of Skewer. The lesson ends with a delightfully surprising example of Miracle in Chess.

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  16. Scandinavian Gambit (3 video series)
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    The Scandinavian or Center Counter with 1 e4 d5 is one of the oldest asymmetric defenses in chess history, dating back to 1475. It became a theory backwater though for many years until it was revitalized and rechristened "the Scandinavian" due to it being adopted by Denmark's Bent Larsen, who defeated World Champion Anatoly Karpov with it. It is now extremely popular at club level, and particularly the line 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6, the so-called Marshall Gambit (or Scandinavian Gambit) after U.S. Champion Frank Marshall. And in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows how the "Sizzling Scandinavian" can be a potent weapon for Black. Learn More
  17. Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series). B12: Caro-Kann: Tartakower (fantasy 3.f3) variation . We all know the classical variation of the Caro-Kann, with 3.Nc3 after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5, or the modern variation with 3.Nd2, the exchange variation with 3.exd5, and the advance variation with 3.e5, but the fantasy variation with 3.f3 has gained popularity in the last 2-3 years, since when GM Nepomniachtchi used it in some important games that allowed the young Russian talent to win the European Individual Chess Championship in 2010. White fights to keep his central pawns even at the cost of weakening his king, as most of the times his idea will be to caste queen-side. The likes of Ivanchuk, Timofeev, Judit Polgar and Jobava are used to play this variation. The line is mainly considered be aggressive, with play in the center and attack against black's king. GM Ronen Indiana-Jones Har-Zvi, in his 5-video series, takes us through the labyrinth of this interesting variation of the super-famous Caro-Kann Defense. Learn More
  18. Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series)
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    Repertoire for Black - The Chigorin (7 part series) Players: ECO: D07 Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Chigorin apparently valued the bishop pair less than most chess masters; some say he even preferred knights to bishops. This is probably why he developed the Defense named after him, to contrast the Queen's Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6). The Cigoring Defense actually violates several classical principles: Black does not maintain the center pawn at d5, the c-pawn is blocked, and Black must be willing to trade a bishop for a knight; nonetheless this opening is considered playable for Black. In this video series IM John Watson investigates this interesting opening. Learn More
  19. 2014 World Chess Championship: Anand vs. Carlsen
  20. Four Knights Sicilian with GM Davorin Kuljasevic

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    “GM Kuljasevic has 15 years of experience playing and coaching this “under the radar” opening. In fact, the Four Knights Sicilian helped Davorin to quickly jump from a 2000 player to an International Master.” Learn More
  21. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 6
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    Lesson 6

    This lesson focuses on the strength of the Bishops Pair when they work together in harmony to create a deadly attack. You will see a number of beautiful combinations involving Double Bishop Sacrifices on the kingside. You will also see a classical strategical example by the first official world champion William Steinitz. The Miracle in Chess feature this time fits in nicely with the general theme of the lesson.

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  22. Comprehensive Beginners Course
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    Most beginners have problems improving at chess because they simply lack the foundation needed to build upon. They have bits and pieces of knowledge, but that’s not enough to see a sustainable progress. Those beginners tend to study wrong things, in the wrong way. They are spending countless hours on openings and tactics, while what they really need is getting the fundamentals straight. And I can’t blame them… it’s not their fault! There is a huge gap in chess courses. Learn More
  23. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 5
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    Lesson 5

    The first part of this lesson introduces the element of Weak Squares & Outposts, through a tactical and then strategical example. The second part of this lecture demonstrates the power of the activity of the King in Pawn endgames. Finally, the lesson ends with a Miracle in Chess, this time an unexpected stalemate surprise.

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  24. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 8
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    Lesson 8

    This lesson introduces some of the most important Rook and Pawn versus Rook endgames, including the famous Lucena and Philidor positions. The Miracle in Chess features an endgame tactic of the late legendary world champion Alekhine. It is a must see.

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  25. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 20
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    Lesson 20: Susan examines a classic battle between Petrosian and Smyslov: provoking weaknesses and King safety

    In this lesson, Susan examines a classic battle between two former world champions: Petrosian versus Smyslov. Through that game you will learn about the importance of provoking weaknesses in the opponent's position and how important King safety is.

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  26. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 1
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    Lesson 1: What is the difference between check, checkmate and stalemate?

    This lesson focuses on two topics:

    a) Recognize the difference between check, checkmate and stalemate

    b) How to checkmate a lone King with King and Queen

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  27. Lasker defense (5 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Lasker defense (5 part series). D56: QGD: Lasker defense, QGD: Lasker defense, main line ,QGD: Lasker defense 8.Bg3, QGD: Lasker defense, Teichmann variation. The Lasker Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 Ne4) in the Queen's Gambit is one of those openings where the idea of "black to equalize" is seen in full force with the exchange of some minor pieces. It was the main weapon of Emanuel Lasker in his title defense against the American champion Frank Marshall in 1907, hence the name, and recently received a revival by being adopted by Vishy Anand in his title defense earlier this year against challenger Veselin Topalov. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, Chess.FM's resident openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, overviews the Lasker Defense in light of new interest shown in it following Anand's recent adoption of it. Learn More
  28. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 3
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    Lesson 3

    This lesson explains about the concept of Open File and how it can be implemented for a killer attack or for strategical gains. Later in this lesson, the Square Rule in King and Pawn versus King endgame is also explained. As usual the lesson concludes with an amazing example of Miracle in Chess based on the theme: Back Rank Weakness.

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  29. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 18
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    Lesson 18: Strategy in closed positions

    In this lesson, Susan explains about strategy in closed positions through two of her early games. In such type of positions, a lot of patience is required. In addition, a key question to try to find the answer for is how and when to break through? The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an elegant endgame study from the 18th century by Stamma, which ends with an unexpected checkmate.

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  30. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 4
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    Lesson 4

    In this lesson, the primary focus is on the importance of a Rook(s) entering to the 7th (2nd) Rank, through numerous middlegame, as well as endgame examples. The lesson as usual ends with a Miracle in Chess, an elegant checkmate in three.

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  31. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 7
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    Lesson 7

    In chess strategy, the Pawn structure determines most of our decisions. In this lesson, you will learn about why it is generally not a good idea to have Doubled Pawns. The Miracle in Chess example at the end of this lecture is a truly instructive one, demonstrating seven different ideas in just five moves!

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  32. Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Openings from World Championship Matches (7 part series). D17: QGD Slav: Wiesbaden variation. We are going to follow and enjoy the World Championship Match in May, with ICC Chess.FM LIVE commentary, and in a new series GM Ronen offers us a Special Opening Survey Series: he will be investigating openings played by the two contenders for the World Championship 2012: from Anand's opening in his previous Championship matches against Kramnik and Topalov, to Gelfand's openings in the candidates match that led the Israeli super-GM on to the great challenge. Ronen will be with us all the way through the big match, with updates and analysis on the openings and novelties played by World Champion GM Anand and challenger GM Gelfand. Learn More
  33. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 10
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    Lesson 10

    The topic of this lesson is the Long Diagonal. You will see how to create a Battery to take advantage of the weak squares along the long diagonal as well as some typical combinations on the same theme. Susan also talks about one of her all-time favorite games against Maia Chiburdanidze from the Chess Olympiad in 2004. The Miracle in Chess feature concludes this lesson with a Kubbel composition.

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  34. Caro-Kann (2 part series)
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    Caro-Kann (2 part series) Players: Andruet, Cocozza, Lie, Ogaard, Prie, Maenhout, Barasch, Akopov ECO: B13, A45 Another great piece of chess opening theory in this series by IM John Watson. Again against 1.e4, one of the most used replies is 1. … c6, the Caro-Kann. The Caro–Kann is a common defense against the King's Pawn Opening and is classified as a "Semi-Open Game" like the Sicilian Defense and French Defense, although it is thought to be more solid and less dynamic than either of those openings. It often leads to good endgames for Black, who has the better pawn structure. Watson explains this famous Defense with his usual pragmatic approach, to help you understand all the main motives of the opening. Learn More
  35. Prophylaxis Masterclass with IM Valeri Lilov

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    “In this masterclass, IM Lilov has adopted the same principles that have been proven effective time and time again by classic players (think Aron Nimzowitsch) …and bridged the gap to the chess players’ needs of today!” Learn More
  36. Smith-Morra Gambit
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    The Smith-Morra Gambit against the Sicilian Defense (1 e4 c5 2 d4 cxd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Nxc3!?) is perhaps not common in grandmaster chess, but at club level it can be a very potent attacking weapon.  The gambit is named after two players, Pierre Morra from France (1900-1969) and Ken Smith (1930-1999) of the Dallas Chess Club, who popularized it to the masses by writing nine books and fifty articles about it. At grandmaster level, the Nge7 variations are seen as best play against it - but at the recent US Open in Orlando, one of the world’s top grandmasters, Loek van Wely of The Netherlands, proved to be the highest-profile victim yet for the Smith-Morra, as he lost in a spectacular attacking game to IM Marc Esserman.  Learn More
  37. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 6
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    Lesson 6

    This lesson mostly concentrates on the amazing power of the Pair of Bishops when they are ideally coordinated. The lecture concludes with the Miracle in Chess feature, which is always entertaining and instructional at the same time.

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  38. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 9
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    Lesson 9

    This lesson explains about two very important elements in chess. First is the concept of the strength of Protected Passed Pawns, followed by a must know The Wrong corner in King, Bishop, and Rook Pawn versus King endgames. The lecture ends with a brilliant endgame Miracle in Chess by Petrov. It is an unexpected checkmate right in the middle of the board.

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  39. French (3 part series)
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    French (3 part series) Players: Sax, Korchnoi, Potkin, Shulman, Miezis, Shirov, Kasparov, CompMephExclus, Okhotnik, Cheymol, Ulibin, Lautier, Meijers, Mullon, Miezis, Glek ECO: C01, A28, A13, B14, C42 Here at ICC Chess.FM we are always looking for improvement, and to provide our members with useful and interesting material to improve their game. We felt the need for a brand-new show, aimed at beginners up to intermediate players, where they can learn how to build an opening repertoire. IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson continueshis new interesting series, sticking with the 1.e4 repertoire: the immortal French Opening. Learn More
  40. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 9
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    Lesson 9

    Protected Passed Pawns often guarantee a win in endgames. In the first part of the lesson, that will be the theme. In the second part of the lecture, you can learn about the Wrong Corner in King, Bishop and Rook Pawn versus King endgames.

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  41. Evaluation Mastery with GM Bryan Smith

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    “In this 8-hour course, GM Smith shares a very powerful methodology for evaluation of positions based on 4 groups of imbalances.” Learn More
  42. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 2
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    Lesson 2: The Passed Pawn

    This lesson focuses on basic Pawn endgames. The themes include Passed pawns, Breakthrough, the Square rule and even a couple examples of Pawn checkmates!

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  43. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 7
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    Lesson 7

    The topic of this lecture is Double Pawns. It is being illustrated through a number of middlegame as well as endgame examples. The lesson ends with another Miracle in Chess, where White, in spite of being down two Bishops, manages to escape by a miraculous stalemate.

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  44. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 16
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    Lesson 16: Typical tactical motives, strategical ideas, and plans in the Dutch defense, Stonewall variation

    This lesson focuses on typical tactical motives, strategical ideas, and plans in the Dutch defense, Stonewall variation. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a nice creation from the 18th century, based on a study by Stamma.

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  45. Heisman's Openings and Tabiyas Bundle

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    National Master Dan Heisman, one of the most instructional chess coaches in the world, brings us another winning video collection Openings and Tabiyas.
    Dan shows you in this useful 29-video series what to do after the "normal position" of an opening is reached. It is a different approach to the opening theory; how many times have you reached the limit of your opening theory knowledge to find yourself in doubt about what to do next? Dan likes calling these Tabiyas (what to do in a normal position), and how to plan ahead when the standardized position arising on the board.
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  46. Polgar Chess University: Advanced lesson #10: Weak Long Diagonal
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    Lesson 10

    In this lesson, you will learn about the concept of the Weakened Long Diagonal. Susan will illustrate the tremendous power of Bishop and Queen, if they are properly coordinated. The lesson ends with yet another Miracle in Chess, a beautiful endgame study by Prokes.

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  47. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 8
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    Lesson 8

    Philidor said: Pawns are the Soul of Chess. In this lesson, you will see how powerful Connected Passed Pawns can get. As you will often see, it is even worth sacrificing a piece or a Rook to achieve that goal. The lesson ends with two fine examples of Miracle in Chess.

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  48. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 12
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    Lesson 12: Simplification Combinations and when to trade

    This lesson will focus on Simplification Combinations, and in general, when to trade or not to trade pieces. Through the numerous examples you will see various tactical motives being used to accomplish a gain of one kind or another - material or simply strategical. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Newman, which involves a number of nice patterns: fork, removing the guard, and a pretty checkmate.

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  49. Ruy Lopez: Breyer variation (5 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Ruy Lopez: Breyer variation (5 part series). C94, C95: Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer defense, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation 13.b3, Ruy Lopez: closed, Breyer, Borisenko variation 13.Nf1. Hungarian master Gyula Breyer (1893-1921) was one of the leading members of the hypermodern school of chess theory, but is best remembered for the variation of the Ruy Lopez named after him: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Nb8. This line became fashionable in the 1960s, and soon became a big favorite of ex-world champion Boris Spassky and candidate Lajos Portisch during this period. It also received attention from both Kasparov and Karpov during their mighty duels through the 1980s. It then went out of fashion for over 20 years at the elite level, only to now come back in vogue as a new favorite of Norwegian superstar Magnus Carlsen. And in a new series of Ronen's Opening Survey, our resident theoretical guru, GM Ronen Har-Zvi tells us why we could be going back to the future by switching to lines such as the solid and ultrasound Breyer, especially as the Sicilian gets more and more "engined out". Learn More
  50. Sicilian, Chekhover Variation (7 part series)
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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Sicilian, Chekhover Variation #1. B53: Sicilian . The Sicilian variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4, named after the very famous Russian chess composer Vitaly Chekhover (sometimes also called the Hungarian Variation), is an interesting alternative for white to avoid many of the heavily analyzed lines in the Sicilian. Oftentimes this variation leads to a more positional rather than complicated play. Recently the world number 1 , which by now we can say be the highest rated player in History, has decided to put this variation to work, and we are here as always to follow and explain this interesting and surprising line, that deserves attention at any level. Learn More

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