The best defense

oginschile
oginschile
Jan 11, 2008, 3:27 AM |
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One of the beautiful things about chess is finding your way out of a tough spot. I can't count how many times I've had an attack going, and I played a move which seemed crushing, only to find my opponent had a forced sequence out trouble. Often when this happens the psychological effect is devastating, and my game usually turns to a dark brown substance which is good for fertilizing gardens and being thrown by monkeys.

However, when it is my turn to sweat about an apparently crushing move my opponent has played, and I get those wheels a moving in my head (oh how slowly they turn), there is no greater feeling than finding a deeply concealed path to freedom. Often times, as the defender, the window of opportunity lasts about 1 move. If your opponent has the initiative, you will be responding more than acting... but your opponent may play a weak move, or a non-forcing move... or (s)he may break the tension too early... and it is this moment you must be ready.

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A game between Stefanova and Galliamova at the North Urals Cup waaaaaay back in 2007. Black's move from the position looks dangerous and strong, but it turns the game in white's favor.

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Another game from one of my favorites.. Morozevich. Here Moro is forced to go on the initiative, and certainly raises some hell, but Sutovsky defended with a cool head and emerged with a won position.