Fortress
Example of Fortress

Fortress

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Hello my chess friends. What is a fortress and how can a fortress help you in your own games? In this post we’re going to talk about this. First I’ll try to explain it with my own words, and then we’ll see some practical examples. Let’s begin.

We have a fortress when we’re in obvious material disadvantage, but we can find a position for our pieces where our opponent doesn’t have a way to make any real progress. We’re going to see fortresses mostly in endgames, but it could also happen (rarely) in some middlegame. Knowing some basic fortresses may help you to save some points in your games with material disadvantage.

Let’s see some examples.

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These are some of the most important fortresses you should know. I hope you find this instructive. If you have any question about it let me know on the comments section.    

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