By Karsten Müller

Guard to the tip! some of the most very important abilities a chessplayer wishes is the power to safeguard a place that's below siege. during this 3rd quantity within the hugely acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle booklet sequence, foreign Grandmaster Karsten Müller in addition to foreign grasp Merij van Delft learn and expound upon the important shielding thoughts and strategies used to repulse enemy assaults. significant subject matters contain (1) ideas and techniques of shielding; (2) protecting opposed to an immediate assault at the king; (3) Countering the initiative; (4) Saving the draw; (5) Passive as opposed to energetic safeguard; and (6) Use and improvement of counterplay. a few of the international s maximum gamers Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian have been well-known for his or her mythical shielding talents. Now foreign Grandmaster Karsten Müller in addition to overseas grasp Merijn van Delft will exhibit you the way you could attempt and increase Your shielding ability.

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116... 13d7 3b) Tactical Defense A very important defensive device is the so-called tactical defense, which means a clever move that indirectly (by tactical means) defends against a threat. Needless to say, finding such moves demands a positive attitude towards the defensive task at hand (fighting for your last chance and not giving up before the game is really over) and an open mind (looking for creative solutions ). Lopez (2403) USA-ch San Diego 2004 [BJ 119 ... Ag5?! A sample variation after the more stubborn 119 ...

The next few chapters will deal with more specific themes. In this fourth chapter, we deal with a theme everyone knows, perpetual check. If you have a winning position, that is often what you have to watch out for. As a defender it will often be your last chance of saving the game. In the middlegame a counterattacking queen versus an open king usually forms the basis of this motif. This is difficult for a computer, as the following fascinating example shows. advancing the kingside pawns and a timely d5-d6.

D6!? "\xbl! "\xd6 should be fine for Black) 26 ... ~xe5 with a level position. 24... Etc1 ~f6 26. ~f5 ~e7 Black has managed to establish the black-square blockade he was aiming for. §b4! Exchanging one pair of rooks further strengthens Black's control over the position. ~hl 4)e5! Etf2 ~a7 sight: having accurately calculated all lines, Leko was finally able to put the knight on its dream square. ~f6+ ~xh5 41. ~f5+ ~h6 42. ~d8+ ~e8 47. ~f6+ ~g8! , the black king will have escaped from the checks.

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