The art of defense will win you as many points as studying tactics or attacking, yet few people learn it. However, all the World Champions have been excellent defenders and developing this ability will save you from many painful defeats. Even turn them into wins.

In Defensive Play, GM Susan Polgar analyzes instructive games involving successful defense to typical attacks. You’ll see Kingside pawns pushed forward, Rooks and Queens lining up along the h-file and other dangerous situations.

Susan reveals how to defend properly using a combination of counterplay, carefully calculated moves and ways to slow our opponent down. As you will see, even the scariest looking attacks can often be contained.

Many times, our opponents will sacrifice material giving us a winning advantage if we neutralize their threats.


GM Susan Polgar

is a FIDE Senior trainer and has coached some of the best players in the world. GM Susan Polgar has decades of experience of coaching at the highest level. A former prodigy, she knows what works and what is most useful at the board. The Polgar Method is loaded with lessons and practical advice to increase your  chess understanding and help you find the strongest move at the board.

Course Curriculum

Video Lesson
1. Positions Requiring Precise Calculation 00:26:00
2. Combining Defense with Counter-Attack, Littlewood – Botvinnik 00:11:00
3. Defending Kingside Attacks 00:18:00
4. World Champion Level Defense, Anand – Carlsen 00:22:00
5. Miraculous Endgame Defense 00:09:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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