Mastery: Strategy

Defending Difficult Positions

Defending Difficult Positions

What should you do when all seems lost? NM Jeremy Kane demonstrates his favorite techniques to hold on, even in the most hopeless looking positions. Figure out when you need to complicate the game, simplify to a draw or just keep persisting.

  • Defending Difficult Positions: Complicate It

    How do you defend tough positions in chess? One important way is to complicate the game, muddying the waters so your opponent has to work hard for the advantage. Learn how to defend by complication in this lesson.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Defending Difficult Positions: Simplify

    How do you defend tough positions in chess? One strategy is to simplify to a salvageable position. Look for stalemates, fortresses and other tricks to survive!

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Defending Difficult Positions: Persistence Pays Off

    How do you defend against a Grandmaster, when you know your position is already losing with best play? NM Jeremy Kane demonstrates how he held on and turned things around by slowly improving each piece until he had an irresistible attack.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
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