In Opening Traps, GM Susan Polgar reveals some of the more surprising traps to be found in the early stage of the game. The tactical patterns in this course will help you spot opportunities in similar positions and, of course, avoid making the same mistakes yourself.

Susan has selected traps based on the 3 types of opening: semi-open games (1.e4 c5, 1.e4 d5); open games (1.e4 e5) and closed (1.d4). By grouping them in this way, you get to see which combinations tend to appear in different positions.

The traps are also based on themes, such as the weak f7 square, pins that aren’t pins and removal of the guard. This means you don’t have to just hope somebody plays a certain sequence of moves, you’re able to spot the potential for the trap and play it when the opportunity appears.


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

Opening Traps
1. Semi-Open Games (1.e4 c5, 1.e4 d5) 00:22:00
2. Open Games (1.e4 e5) 00:28:00
3. Closed Games (1.d4 d5) 00:16:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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