Secrets of a Successful Defence
Today’s post is devoted on defense in chess! Every now and then, we ordinary players, face positions in which we need to defend and only defend effectively. In that kind of positions, no counter attack or active play would get us out of trouble and that’s why it’s so important to know the principles of successful defense in chess. In this lecture, I am talking about the secrets of successful defense and by secrets I mean all of these defensive techniques that may sound ineffective and counter-intuitive to the average player. Here, I am trying to explain why backwards moves may sometimes be useful and how we can find the most precise moves to defend our inferior positions successfully. For this lecture, I have selected a very instructive example, a game by the great positional player, Karpov, who managed to defend his position and exploit his opponent’s desire to attack when all his attacking chances were suddenly eliminated. Enjoy!