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  1. World Chess Championship:  Anand vs. Carlsen!
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    By popular request, the ICC is making the ENTIRE broadcasts of the World Chess Championship available so you can live and relive each game!
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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: 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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
  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 17
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    Lesson 17: Attack and defense

    In this lesson, you will learn about attack and defense - and not all attacks are successful. Often the best defense is counter attack! 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 11
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    Lesson 11: Critical moments from the past

    In this lesson, Susan will analyze critical moments from five different games, all played at the legendary Nottingham 1936 tournament. Those include a classic "petite combination" by Lasker and a lucky escape by Capablanca, which lead the Cuban genius to eventually tie for first place with Botvinnik at that event. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Newman, which ends in an unexpected stalemate.

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  34. 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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  35. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 14
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    Lesson 14: Deflection

    The topic of this lesson is deflection, also known as removing of the guard. You will see a number of tactical examples of various difficulty levels which demonstrates this important subject. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a gorgeous miniature endgame study by Prokop - a true beauty.

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 13
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    Lesson 13: Bishops and Knights

    This lesson focuses on Bishops and Knights. The first few examples illustrate the strength of both minor pieces in the endgame, through a game of Karpov and Nimzovitch. In the second part of the lesson, you shall see some impressive examples where Bishops and Knights collaborate to make successful attack, including the famous Legal's mate. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an amazing endgame study by Blathy, which involves a remarkable dance of the Knights.

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  43. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 19
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    Lesson 19: King stuck in the Middle - trouble

    The topic of this lesson is A King stuck in the Middle - trouble! Susan analyses an evergreen win of the great world champion William Steinitz (against von Bardeleben) from the classic 1895 Hastings tournament. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a truly beautiful combination composed by von Vitonsti, which leads to checkmate in ten moves!

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  44. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 15
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    Lesson 15: Why time is important in chess

    This lesson illustrates through numerous examples, why time is important in chess. What does gaining or losing a tempo mean? You will also see some tactical examples of the Intermediate Move pattern. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an unusual example, where the only way to save the Rook endgame is by giving up the Rook. You have to see this to believe it!

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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. Tata Steel 2014
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    By popular request, the ICC is making the ENTIRE broadcasts of the Tata Steel tournament available so you can live and relive each game!
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    Own the entire series!  Nearly 54 hours (53:27:47), covering the entire tournament!  You can watch the FULL shows on your mobile device or computer. Take the videos with you anywhere!  

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  49. 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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  50. 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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