ChessMood 10 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: How to Defend in Chess – 8 Must-Know Defensive Ideas
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amit mishra

amit mishra 10 months ago

Excellent Article !!
Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 10 months ago

Very interesting article but you should know that defence us my favourite part of the game. Especially in the Accelerated dragon, Schevenningen with black and Najdorf with white, which I also maintain ( The Sicilian is the most important part of my repertoire ), I have saved my king mostly with the escaping king or the brave king technique. When I played Schevenningen once, I marched from g8 to e4 through e6 and then back to c7, ending the game in a draw. 
Claudio Thoux

Claudio Thoux 9 months ago

Thank you 4 article. I followed the 1st 4 course. 

By the way, at the end, on counter attack, under diagram is written white to move but N is already on g5 (in fact I thought about Nf7+ Rf7 Qe5+ Kg8 - if Rg7 probably Rd8+ followed by QxQc3 - exf7+ Kf7 Rd7+ followed by QxQc3)

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 9 months ago

Correct! :) 
Just fixed :) Thanks! 
Richard Bowes

Richard Bowes 9 months ago

Good advice for sure. These are techniques anyone can apply.  Lasker taught the principle of economy in defense (minimal concessions) and advised the defender should strive for the (unattainable) ideal that all the lines of resistance are equally strong. Rushing defending pieces to the side where you're being attacked would seem to be in accord with the idea of strengthening the lines of resistance. Prophylaxis allows one to resist while making minimal concessions.
Kevin D

Kevin D 9 months ago

@ Richard

The ultimate goal is that all these defensive ideas eventually become intuitive and the urge to implement them happens on a subconscious level, such economy saves a lot of mental energy for the ensuing battle.

That's why learning the Open Games is so important in your early chess development. The nature of 'The Open Games'  results in your attacking and defensive instincts becoming highly developed at an early stage as if by osmosis. :)