Improving defensive skills - 1
In games of beginning chess players the attacker often has more chances to win, simply because learning to defend is more difficult than learning to attack in chess, and also : most chess players like to attack rather than defend.
Let's have a look at a few defensive tricks and hints.
I just played this game in a tourney, which had a typical finish :
Let's look at a typical queen-bishop battery :
Now, a similar queen-bishop battery with a badly placed defender :
Here, the same queen-bishop battery with a well placed defender :
Same position, with some more pieces, with an attacking trick :
Attacking tricks are useful to know for defenders. And defensive tricks are useful to know for attackers. It works both ways.
The following game by Max Euwe is for me a great example of defensive resources, which still inspires me to look for a good balance between attack, defense and counter attack :