Defending Gets a Bad Name

Defending Gets a Bad Name

NM CoachJKane
Jul 27, 2016, 9:08 AM |

Hi Chess Friends,

Most chess players like to think of themselves as exciting attacking players. Brilliant mating attacsk are always fun to watch, but is only a small part of what you need to to play good chess. Sometimes, the opponent finds a good attacking idea, but you can still win with careful defense. 

I've been teaching some open Sicilian ideas to students recently, so I figured I should play 1.e4 and head for the sharpest lines in my recent training game. I demonstrated that I didn't know the opening well and allowed my opponent too much activity, but careful defense kept me in the game. Eventualy, I was able steal a pawn and win without too much trouble. I thought that I should post it to promote the more workmanlike side of the game.

Here's a nice defensive combination from World Champion Vishy Anand. See if you can figure out how Anand came out ahead with black here. Good luck!