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)


  • 16 months ago


    Great game. Thx for sharing!

  • 17 months ago


    Thanks for the share ! Cool
    I've always wanted to see an share of handling defense or what to do when your opponent 0NLY waits for you to make an attack or move in the game while that opponent is just defending ..etc

  • 20 months ago


    Nice work!...The one question I have John is move 14, why not just play Nd6 as you mentioned,then after Rd8 play Rc1 or even Nd2 to strengthen Nd6 at e4?  oreven  transposing to your line 14 Rc1 Rd8 15 Nd6!....?

    Thank You!

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    Great game!!!

  • 3 years 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!

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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:


  • 3 years ago

    IM 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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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). 

  • 3 years ago

    NM Bab3s

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for sharing, it has certainly helped. Smile

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    Nice ending Smile

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