Positional play is the art of improving your piece activity and control of the board. It involves planning, understanding positional factors and taking advantage of tactical opportunities to progress.

In The Polgar Method for Positional Play, Susan Polgar analyzes 6 instructive Grandmaster games. Each one shows how a particular, small advantage can be increased until we reach a completely won position.

You will learn how to put pressure on one weakness then attack somewhere else to overload your opponent’s defense. You’ll learn how to improve your position by trading your opponent’s best piece and when it actually makes sense to swap your good Bishop for their bad Bishop.

This course will help you with often overlooked decisions like which pieces to recapture with and when to maintain the tension. At the end of this course, you will see the less obvious factors in the position and know how to make best use of them.


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. The Queenside Pawn Majority, Marshall – Capablanca 00:15:00
2. Strategic Play 00:25:00
3. Dominating Open Files, Karpov – Kasparov 00:18:00
4. Winning with a Superior Minor Piece 00:12:00
5. The Power of the Fianchettoed Bishop, Rubinstein – von Holzhausen 00:12:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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