Creating a Plan in Chess Openings 🤔 GM Susan Polgar

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Chess openings shouldn’t be played simply by rote, churning out one memorized move after another. Four-time Women’s World Champion GM Susan Polgar strongly believes that chess isn’t something you simply memorize – chess is something you understand.

So, how can one understand chess openings? Or middlegames or endgames for that matter? Coming up with a chess strategy is one of the hardest obstacles new players face. Just as with everything else in life, there are short term plans, and long term plans to consider in each phase of the game.

In this video, Susan Polgar explains how to assess the positions that arise on the board, and how to come up with a chess strategy. Susan shows how to consider the pawn structure, where the kings have castled and where the pieces have been developed in order to formulate the best plan.

For example, your short term plan may be to capture an opponents piece or move to a specific square. Your long term plan may be to launch an attack down the kingside that may not come for another ten, twenty or thirty moves! If you can play solidly in the openings, you can achieve good positions early on and convert your initiative into a lasting advantage.

First, Susan looks at a position in the King’s Indian Defense, which arises after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7. The plan is to break with c5 and open up the c-file and try to enter Black’s position via the c7 square!

Next up, The Meran Defense, which is a position that occurs in The Slav after 1.d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7. Susan takes a look at what the opponent’s plan is (in this case to activate a bishop) and how knowing this can shape your own plans for the next stages of the game.

Finally in this video, a look at the Dutch Stonewall Defense which occurs after 1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 e6 4. g3 d5 5. Bg2 c6 6. 0-0 Bd6. White’s immediate plan here is to get a knight onto the e5 square, preferably after trading the dark-squared bishops off the board.

By learning how to create good plans and by being decisive, your moves will have more meaning and purpose, which will result in more wins.

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  • Thank you Susan! Eye opening lessons.

  • Very instructive. Thanks a lot.

  • maybe she plays well but she lectures horribly. waste of time

  • so chess is something u dont memorize.,but u memorize the King Indian Defense

  • This is nice

  • this is the best video now I know how to create a plan in chess

  • MarcoMarco

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    And how do you always know what the enemy always does? Never happen to me.

  • Wow that's nice.

  • 'Chess is something you don't memorize'!! really?

  • Great video Thank you for all your teaching. Love this book Rich as a King .

  • As a beginner , I don't understand why all player in chess must Memorize all openings variations . There are a thousand possibility in chess so , it's not always the same for each game

  • Great video! Susan Polgar explain very well. Thanks for share.

  • A great player… but poor production! There are better videos for beginners.

  • Chess is all about logistikk

  • FirstFirst

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    Wow so turns out there's an "easy way" to win at chess, what a fool i've been

  • fiquem sabendo que treinar com alguém melhor ou muito melhor que nós,agente consegue pensar lingual a esse alguém…tão eu recomendo treinar com o computador porque o computador e o melhor jogador de xadrez do mundo por causa do cálculo…porque?e porque o computador(PC)ele tem dois processadores que ajuda a máquina a jogar com muita facilidade porque os processadores possuem 100.000.000 de possibilidades por segundo,é como se ali dentro do processador tivessem milhares…milhares…milhares…milhares…milhares e milhares de partidas históricas escritas dentro de vários livros que ajuda a máquina a consultar antes de fazer uma jogada assim como grandes mestres do xadrez que gravam na sua mente tudo o que aprenderam sobre o xadrez,daí eles consultam como um computador jogando,então se você treina com ele todo dia,a tendência,é que você aproxime-se do cálculo dele assim como Magnus Carlsen um norueguês que abandono o futebol para se torna o maior prodígio do xadrez e ele treinava com o computador que na época dele já lançado ele treino com ele sozinho com 9 anos de idade e hoje é o melhor do mundo graças ao computador que é o melhor do mundo e ele se aproximou do cálculo e sendo o melhor do mundo.

  • really very strong combinations

  • Great chess player! sweet tutorial by her¡ Bella! I do like her! Gracias!! Im just a baby in chess!

  • In nutshells.

  • Piekna!

  • Great video. Where is the middle game plan?

  • Velcome to Vinning chess! Vi Vill talk about vinning chess easily 🙂

  • having a plan is great.

  • At 9:38, why doesnt d5xc4?, white bishop isnt there to defend

  • NevenNeven

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    Great video, too bad it is so short

  • When i'm practicing, usually friends or the opponent itself talk or giving thought to me that i'm in winning position, and even i also realize that; when i'am winning (for example winning two pawns, or winning exchange bishop/knight for rock) suddenly i thought my game will be "loss" to me coz my next moves-thingking was just to finish its game. Because this is practicing … i think the "winning" in practicing is if that games CAN give us the lack of our plan to being improved in the next time. How's that sound ….

  • Why i cant understand nothing?!

  • Mr.HMr.H

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    No wonder why I always lose 🙁 I have no plans for my lifee!!!!! D:

  • The plans are the same for all openings, white attacks Q-side, black attacks K-side. White attacks centre, black counters with Q or K-side attack. The plan is to win 😉

  • Nice.

  • I love Susan. "in nutshells" lol Very good teacher, very informative. Thank you.

  • I think the endgame can be many times more difficult than the middle game. Sometimes middle game plans are a lot more clear than how to convert or hold a difficult endgame position.

  • Helpful, must watch more

  • I had hn old micro computer that played those very plans in the classical KiD! I have one complaint to make and I find my rant to apply to all most all chess teachers. I feel this lesson fails in its mission as given in its introduction. to teach understanding chess rather then memorize.The white system. Susan very well understands because she after all susan. I am 1750is player that also understands! but only because I only rely on nimzowitch to teach this realm of the game. Teaching the principle of of restraint and blockade and then using lessons as these for eamples would make a lot of great kibitzers at least during the torunys!. Thanks susan you are one of my heros.

  • Very evident why she is a chess grand master with the ease she can conjure up chess attacks and defenses.

  • thanks

  • Loved the video, Lady Suesan you are a very good teacher, although it is nothing to do with the video, I found the adverts very distracting and unnecessary. 

  • a very useful lesson.thank u!!!!!!!!!!

  • GM Susan has a clear way of presenting the material.    Thanks.

    Thumbs up.