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One way to handle Defensive Players

Today, id like to share an instructional game with notes on one simple way to overcome a defensive player who simply digs in and waits for you to go and get him, hoping you might overextend your position.  hope you enjoy this game from round one of the New South Wales (Australia) Country Teams Chess Championships held early this month .

FM John Curtis (TheMagician)


  • 6 months ago


    Yeah! On the top! Add me as a friend if you like 15min. games.

  • 6 months ago


    Great game!!!

  • 10 months ago


    This is a good game for learning players, despite the cries of "give us stronger players" from below. Learning players need to know how to improve their positions when someone does nothing.

    TheMagician was playing the man as well as the board, so no hope chess going on there!

  • 14 months ago


    thanks the magician for the game, i come from victoria and might be playing nsw soon.

  • 15 months ago


    what's wrong with being defensive ? petrosian did it :)

  • 15 months ago


    Black resigned because he has no answer for white's passed pawns. If he plays a waiting move, white can simply queen the pawn on the A file. Black can attempt a few checks and attack the A-pawn but then white can simply push the B-pawn:


  • 15 months ago

    FM chesskingdreamer

    Why don't you show a game where opponent is your strength? Then your comments will be okay. Come on he is 1600, what is your point? If you want to show a game against a 1600 then give knight ods or something

  • 15 months ago


    I now feel like I can get to FM in my lifetime.  Thanks. 

  • 15 months ago


    Bxd5 was a strong move, which makes white's positional assets concrete.

    Probably the author could be criticized for publishing such an obviously lopsided struggle, against a poor 1600 who only wanted to survive, and went about it with his modest means (and didn't play at all badly for his rating level). 

    However it is true that he also has a point to make, on playing people who play nothing but pure defense, while making no obvious blunders - where the win is frequently achieved through step-by-step strangulation (I'm more impatient and generally try to force an attack through... another approach which also has its merits). 

  • 15 months ago

    NM Bab3s

    @TheMaudlinOne - You can hope for something to happen and not be playing "hope chess". For example, after 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Nf3 g6 5. Bc4 Bg7 6. Nxd4 cxd4 7. Qf3 I hope you will either not see the mate threat or play a sub-par move like 7...e6 (then 8. Nb5 with a big advantage for White). However, I have a plan even if you play the main line 7...Nh6 (7...Nf6 8. Ne2 0-0 9. Nxd4 d5 10. exd5 e6 is a gambit which I have never seen played; I don't think it's good for Black).

    Anyway, about the game itself: this is a horrible game. I mean, just look at Black's 15-18th moves: Nf8-d7-b6-d7-f8 really???? Black already played poorly to reach that point (...Re8 was dubious, and not playing ...Nxc3 is inexcusable). Anyway, Black then allowed the so-called "double exclamation mark" move Bxd5 (puh-leeze; that's no double exclam move. You don't give double exclams to moves that are so obviously decisive) and then Black's game-long yearning for a loss was fulfilled.

  • 15 months ago


    Thanks for sharing, it has certainly helped. Smile

  • 15 months ago


    Crappy grammar and spelling, doesn't instruct very well as you essentially mock him for being low-rated and not playing as well

  • 15 months ago


    Your comments reveal a lot of "hope chess" going on...

  • 15 months ago


    Nice ending Smile

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