Mastery: Tactics

Clever Escapes from Common Mating Attacks

Clever Escapes from Common Mating Attacks

Stop mating attacks in their tracks!

Raise the shields! Most players would rather attack than defend - but if you want to take your game to the next level, you must learn the art of defense. Developing solid defensive skills will improve your understanding of chess - and your rating. This course will give you ideas and tricks every tournament player needs to defend against checkmate. Learn to frustrate your attackers and win more games! Start defending like a master today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Learn how to refute the famous "Greek Gift" sacrifice!
  • Find out how to turn around scary-looking positions!
  • Learn to convert your opponent's sacrifices into wins for you!
  • Should You be Scared?

    The Classical Bishop Sacrifice has several requirements in order for it to work. One of them is that h7(h2) cannot be defended easily ( i.e. by a knight on f6(f3) or by a bishop or a queen along the diagonal).

    • 5 challenges
  • Develop and Defend

    Proper use (or lack of use) of all your defenders can make you or break you in a chess game. This next example demonstrates the importance of how getting all of your pieces involved in the action is critical to solid play.

    • 3 challenges
  • Oops! Where can I move?!?

    Perseverance and not giving up are virtues that a chess player must have in order to become a very good defender. In this lesson, White's position is being dominated in every single aspect of the board, but with the correct defensive shot, White should...

    • 3 challenges
  • There's Always Hope

    A lot of chess players would resign or stop trying when they are down in material. In this example, we will witness that there is always hope even when our position is seemingly lost.

    • 2 challenges
  • The Tables Have Turned!!!

    At times it may seem that all is lost in a given position. At this point, taking the time to calculate and look for tactics is paramount to your success in becoming a better chess player.

    • 2 challenges
  • Simplify by Overpowering

    Sometimes opponents will sacrifice plenty of their pieces in order to obtain potential mating and/or seemingly crushing positions, what they forget is that we can use those material advantages against them before they get to reap the rewards of their...

    • 5 challenges
  • Simplify and Win

    Late in a chess game when you are up in material, one of the main winning plans of action (and perhaps, safest) is to simplify the board by exchanging pieces. In doing this, you can remove your opponent's subsequent threats by eliminating the number...

    • 3 challenges
  • A King's Best Friend

    Castling into an attack is one of the fears of the novice player. A pin of the pawn directly in front of the king can be dangerous if left unchanged. Accurate defense of the castled position often hinges on the ability to move the king out of trouble...

    • 3 challenges
  • Simplify to Deny

    Taking over control of critical squares, files, ranks or diagonals at just the right time can win you more than your fair share of games. Giving up the main avenues of defense can lead to just the opposite result. Let's take a look at seizing the right...

    • 2 challenges
  • Anticipate and Prevent

    Anticipating your opponent's mating plan and finding an effective antidote against his threats is one of the most useful defensive strategies that one can employ. This defensive strategy is called prophylaxis. As a defender, it is very important to be...

    • 3 challenges
  • A simple retreat...

    In order to become a better defensive player, you must be able to recognize all of your defenders at any time in a given position (coordination). Many beginning chess players disregard the use of defensive plans altogether, and consequently lose games...

    • 3 challenges
  • Easy as Pie

    One of the most critical aspects of defense is understanding what your opponent is planning to do and then finding a way to stop it. This lesson will illustrate how moving out of trouble is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

    • 5 challenges
  • Deflect and Draw

    There are times during a game when it seems that all is lost. One side appears to have built up a winning attack, for which there is seemingly no defense. It is especially important to look at all your options carefully and to calculate, calculate, calculate....

    • 3 challenges
  • Use The Force, Black!

    A well-timed draw during a chess tournament can mean the difference between finishing first and becoming the champion, or ending up tied for 5th place and out of prize contention. When the board looks one sided, and defeat is near, we must look at all...

    • 3 challenges
  • Save The Last Dance

    A significant material advantage nearing the endgame is the aim of many chess players. Although it is highly recommended not to put yourself in situations where you are an overwhelming underdog, you can still make a game out of any position, if you...

    • 3 challenges
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