The Polgar Method, as applied to the opening, encourages understanding of the major plans for both sides as opposed to merely memorizing a series of moves. This way, when the game inevitably takes a different course, we still know what to aim for, what to avoid and what to watch out for.

In this volume, GM Susan Polgar demonstrates how to play the French Defense against all of the main variations available to White.

The French Defense is one of Susan’s favorite openings as it is based on a few strategic ideas and allows Black to dictate the direction of the game (after 1.e4 e6, White has to play against the French. After 1.e4 e5 White has many options).

By understanding how the main principles work in real games, you will be well equipped to deal with anything your opponent comes up. Not only is the French tough to break down, it also provides Black with many ways to play for a win.


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

The French Defense
1. Exchange variation (3.exd5) 00:19:00
2. Advance variation (3.e5) 00:24:00
3. Tarrasch variation (3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4) 00:13:00
4. Tarrasch variation (3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf4 cxd4 5.exd5) 00:18:00
5. Classical variation (3.Nc3 Nf6) 00:26:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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