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  1. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 1

    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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  2. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 2

    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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  3. Polgar Chess University Beginner Bundle

    Polgar Chess University Beginner Bundle

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    Attack, Defense and Chess Endgames: Susan 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.

    Positional Play and Chess Strategy: Susan 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.

    Improving Chess Tactics: Susan 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. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  4. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 3

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 3

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    Lesson 3: The Rook and its role

    This lesson focuses on the Rook and its role in the various phases (the opening, middlegame and endgame) of the game. You will be introduced to important concepts such as the open file , the 7th rank and the back rank checkmate. You will also learn how to checkmate a lone King in King + Rook versus King endgames, and will be introduced to some other basic Rook checkmates.

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  5. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 4

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 4

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    Lesson 4: The Strength of Bishops

    This lesson focuses on the Bishop and its strength and weakness, both in the middlegame and endgame. You will be introduced to important tactical tools such as: the pin, the skewer and discovery, and strategical concepts like the weakness of the long diagonal and weak pawns. You will also see some powerful basic Bishop checkmates.

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  6. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 5

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 5

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    Lesson 5: The most powerful piece: the Queen

    In this lesson, you will witness the power of the Queen, especially in an attack against the enemy King.You will also learn about its role in all three parts of the game, the opening, middlegame and endgame. Additionally you will be introduced to themes such as: Trapping the Queen , perpetual checks and some typical Queen checkmates.

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  7. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 6

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 6

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    Lesson 6: The Knight: Its strength and weakness

    In this lesson, you will learn about a special piece the Knight - the only one that can jump over other pieces, which can make it especially powerful. You will see a number of examples of the famous fork and family fork by the Knight, as well as how the Knight can trap other pieces including the enemy King (smothered mate).

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  8. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 7

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 7

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    Lesson 7: The relative value of all the pieces & the legendary Damiano defense

    This lesson focuses of three main areas:

    a) The Value of each piece

    b) The Kings role game and

    c) The Damiano defense

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  9. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 8

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 8

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    Lesson 8: What is the threat?

    One of the most important qualities to improve your game is, to recognize your opponents upcoming threats. That is exactly the focus of this lesson. You will see numerous examples of simple checkmate (or other) threats and ideas on how to defend against them.

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  10. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 9

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 9

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    Lesson 9: Save the game by Stalemate!

    When things dont go well in a game, all seems to be lost, there are times when you one last resource: stalemate. It is very important to always be aware of that danger. For example when you are ahead (for example, being up a Queen) you dont want to fall for a stalemate trap, needing to settle for a draw. On the other hand you may save valuable half points, from seemingly hopeless situations, when your opponents are careless and allow it. This lesson will show you some of the most typical stalemate traps to look out for!

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  11. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 10

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 10

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    Lesson 10: Basic Opening Principles

    This lesson focuses on the basic Opening Principles, the to dos and not to dos in the opening. You will learn about the famous Fools mate and how to defend against it. Another important topic discussed in this lesson is King safety.

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  12. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 11

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 11

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    Lesson 11: What Combination in chess?

    In chess we do sacrifices or combinations to gain some kind of (material) advantage or even to force checkmate. You will see plenty of examples on this theme in this lesson. The tactical themes will include: back rank checkmate, skewer, clearance and the breakthrough to create an unstoppable passed Pawn.

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  13. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 12

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 12

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    Lesson 12: The Back Rank Problem

    This lesson will focus on details of the theme Back Rank Weakness. You will see examples on how to take advantage of an opportunity to win the game by giving the Back Rank Mate, as well as on some other examples that show how to avoid being on the losing side of the same trick.

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  14. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 13

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 13

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    Lesson 13: Forks and Double Attacks

    Forks and Double Attacks are one of the most common and powerful tools to gain material advantage throughout a game of chess. In this lesson you will see some examples, how each one of the pieces can create a fork.

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  15. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 14

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 14

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    Lesson 14: Not all Forks work!

    As you already probably know, Forks and Double Attacks are some of the most powerful tactical tools. However, it does not mean that all forks are dangerous and winning! In this lesson you will see a set of tools that can enable you to fight back against a scary looking fork, often with the help of a zwischenzug which is also known as intermediate move.

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  16. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 15

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 15

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    Lesson 15: What is a Pin in chess?

    A Pin is a frequent and powerful tactical tool in chess. In this lesson you will see a series of examples where one side creates a pin or uses an already existing one, to win material or even to checkmate. The concept of Absolute pins and Relative pins will also be introduced.

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  17. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 16

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 16

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    Lesson 16: How to get out of Pins?

    Pins indeed generally can be very dangerous. However, not all pins are deadly! Even when it seems that you got in trouble, there maybe a way out. This lesson focuses on showing a good number of examples, where the pinned side comes back (counterattacks) successfully.

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  18. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 17

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 17

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    Lesson 17: Opposition in Pawn Endgames

    This lesson introduces a basic element of Pawn endgames: the Opposition, including the Distant Opposition and the Diagonal Opposition. They are essential tools to improve your endgame skills, which often can make a decisive difference in the outcome of your game. Remember, in endgames, and especially Pawn Endgames, usually there is no room for errors.

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  19. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 18

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 18

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    Lesson 18: What are Discovered Checks?

    Discovered checks are perhaps the trickiest of all chess tactics, also extremely powerful at the same time. In this lesson you see a good number of examples from all three phases of the game, where the theme Discovered checks is effectively demonstrated.

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  20. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 19

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 19

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    Lesson 19: What is a Discovered Attack?

    Discovered attacks are very similar to Discovered Check, with the obvious difference, that the King does not get checked. However, other than that the pattern is identical. In this lesson you will find a series of examples on this theme, from real life situations.

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  21. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 20

    Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 20

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    Lesson 20: What is a Double Check?

    A Double Check can be the deadliest of all tactical motives, as te King is attacked by two pieces simultaneously and it means the King must move. In this lesson you will find a set of carefully selected examples to demonstrate its extreme power.

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