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Improving defensive skills - 1

May 5, 2016, 5:45 PM 2

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 :

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1042835 (Geller-Euwe)

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