3. Basic defensive strategy

Jul 12, 2010, 12:17 PM |

Sorry for the inconsistent updates. I'll try to post more.

Anyway, in this post I'll talk about how to manage your side of the board. First, look at this game and notice what I did wrong that ended in a loss for me:

The thing that I did wrong was that my side was too cramped. I saw many checkmate opportunities throughout the entire game, but I couldn't get a piece into position quickly enough. So learn from my mistake: keep your side clear!
Pawn structure is a good thing to learn, too. My pawn structure was terrible - FrancisCousins could easily sneak past them. Make sure that your pawns protect each other.
And finally, make sure to be wary of traveling knights. Moves 8-11 should tell you enough.