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  1. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 1

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 1

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    Lesson 1

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan will introduce a number of important opening traps. These patterns are essential to be familiar with for all who are interested in 1.e4 e5 and 1.d4 d5 openings. In the second part, the concept of shouldering in King and Pawn versus King endgames will be discussed. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a Queen endgame with amazing twists and turns.

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  2. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 2

    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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  3. Polgar Chess University Intermediate Bundle

    Polgar Chess University Intermediate Bundle

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    Attack, defense and instructive games:  GM Susan Polgar, a former chess prodigy and now an elite coach, teaches how to play more sophisticated chess attacks – and how to defend against them. Using the most instructive chess games to illustrate the themes, Susan shows the practical decisions both sides have to make in real games, how mistakes are punished and what can be done differently to save the day.

    Positional play and chess strategy: Susan Polgar at the most important components of positional chess, examining pawn structures, the relative value of the pieces, how to coordinate pieces most effectively and matters of chess technique. Even with completely level material, one side may have an overwhelming advantage because of the superior quality of their pieces. Susan’s lessons focus on what makes a position or a piece good or bad and precisely how to achieve (or avoid) that position.

    Chess tactics and endgames: Susan provides you with some of the more advanced ideas you will need as you play stronger opponents. With more games likely to reach the final phase, experience of these positions will pay dividends. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  4. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 3

    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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  5. 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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  6. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 5

    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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  7. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 6

    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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  8. 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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  9. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 8

    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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  10. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 9

    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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  11. 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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  12. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 11

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 11

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    Lesson 11: Critical moments from the past

    In this lesson, Susan analyzes the critical moments from six different games where one side is under attack and seems to be in trouble. In each example, the key is to find the hidden defensive resource. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Isenegger, which ends in an unexpected checkmate.

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  13. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 12

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 12

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    Lesson 12: Simplification Combinations and when to trade

    This lesson focuses on Simplification Combinations and in general when to trade or not to trade pieces. You will see in each of these examples an option to trade Queens or another piece. Susan explains why in some exchanges are good and others are bad. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful Rook endgame, which ends with a surprising checkmate.

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  14. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 13

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 13

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    Lesson 13: Catching the King in the middle

    This lessons is about "catching the King in the middle". Susan demonstrates this important topic through three short games, including one of Bobby Fischer's, and one of her own all-time favorites. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Barrett, introducing the concept of zig-zag or ladder in chess.

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  15. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 14

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 14

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    Lesson 14: Why time is important in chess

    This lesson illustrates through numerous examples why time is important in chess. What does it mean gaining or losing a tempo? You will also see some tactical examples of the Intermediate Move pattern. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a pretty checkmate in three from Stamma's book back from the 18th century.

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  16. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 15

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 15

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    Lesson 15: The importance of having pieces on protected squares

    In this lesson, Susan talks about the importance of having pieces on protected squares. And what trouble pieces can get into when they are on unprotected squares. You will see various tactical patterns such as discovery, skewer, and forks being used to take advantage of the situation. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an amazing endgame study by White. David against Goliath!

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  17. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 16

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 16

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    Lesson 16: Take advantage of the mistake when your opponent does not castle timely

    Learn about how to take advantage of the mistake when your opponent does not castle timely. Susan demonstrates this important topic through two games of Tartakower. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an impressive nine move checkmate combination composed by Stamma in the late 18th century.

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  18. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 17

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 17

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    Lesson 17: Attack and defense

    In this lesson, you will learn about attack and defense - and that not all attacks are successful. Often the best defense is Counter attack! Susan shows two of her games from the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvia. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an elegant six move checkmate combination composed by Stamma in the late 18th century.

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  19. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 18

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 18

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    Lesson 18: Closed positions and maneuvering

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan explains about strategy in closed positions and talks about maneuvering. The second part of the lesson is about breakthrough in Pawn endgames. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a wonderful study from the 18th century by Stamma, which ends with an unexpected checkmate.

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  20. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 19

    Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 19

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    Lesson 19: Zugzwang

    The topic of this lesson is: Zugzwang. Susan shows a dozen examples on the topic which mostly arises in the endgame phase of the game. But you will see of few examples when zugzwang happens with still a lot of pieces on the board - in the middlegame. About half of these examples would qualify for the Miracle in Chess feature!

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  21. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 20

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    Lesson 20: Keep your King safe

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan explains why it is important to keep your King safe, and not to walk around in the middle of the board. You will see how to chase such a King to checkmate. In the second part, you can learn about the famous "Fried Liver Attack".

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