Mastery: Strategy

How to Defend

How to Defend

How do Grandmasters avoid losing, even when they get into trouble? Join GM Dejan Bojkov, as he demonstrates his five key strategies for defending bad positions: Recognizing key priorities, fortresses, stalemates, perpetual checks and "the sticking defense."

  • How to Defend: The Key Priorities

    How do Grandmasters avoid losing, even when they get into trouble? Join GM Dejan Bojkov, as he demonstrates an instructive example of how to reach a fortress and survive down an exchange in the endgame.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Defend: The Magic Of The Fortress

    Sometimes in chess, you don't need an active plan to draw the game. If you can set up a fortress then all you need to do is sit tight and wait for the draw. Follow along as GM Dejan Bojkov shows you the most important fortresses to know.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Defend: Last Chance Stalemate

    Stalemate is the most famous and one of the most important ways to make a draw in chess. Always be on the lookout to sacrifice material and force your opponent to stalemate you!

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Defend: The Perpetual Defense

    When you're behind in a chess game, it often helps to focus your efforts against the opposing king. Even if you can't checkmate, you can draw the game by making a perpetual check. Join GM Dejan Bojkov and learn spectacular strategies to draw a bad game.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Defend: The Sticking Defense

    GM Dejan Bojkov finishes his coverage of defensive strategies with the little known, but essential Sticking Defense! Often you can prevent your opponent from making progress by making persistent threats of your own. Watch the video and find out how!

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
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