Chesscafe Puzzle Book 3: Test and Improve Your Defensive by Karsten Müller

By Karsten Müller

Shield to the tip! some of the most very important abilities a chessplayer wishes is the power to protect a place that's below siege. during this 3rd quantity within the hugely acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle publication sequence, overseas Grandmaster Karsten Müller besides foreign grasp Merij van Delft research and expound upon the important protecting options and methods used to repulse enemy assaults. significant themes 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 security; and (6) Use and improvement of counterplay. the various international s maximum avid gamers Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian have been well-known for his or her mythical shielding abilities. Now foreign Grandmaster Karsten Müller in addition to foreign grasp Merijn van Delft will convey you the way you could try out and increase Your shielding ability.

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Svidler (2754) World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2009 34 ... 'i&f7! After the more passive 34 .. 'ot)f8? e3 Black gets duly mated. § xd5? This allows Black to take over the initiative. il1xd7. [BI 23 ... ~a7! ldf6+ Wh8 24 ... 'it>g7?? il1h4*. ~h4Wg7!! 'ljH6 ~xf2+ 28. ~xf2 gxh5-+ (Krasenkow) . 4Je4 §xd5 29. Wh2 ~e2 33. g4 g5 35 . Rizzitano Newton 1984 [WI Blackjust took on h3, what to do? Smirin (2652) Tel Aviv 1999 [B] White thinks he is attacking, but nothing is further from the truth. How did Black continue?

D4 ~e1 37. ~xa7 ~e7 38. ~a2+ ~g7 With the king on a black square and the heavy pieces well coordinated, Black is out of trouble. d5 E{xd5 41. ~b2+ ~h7 42. Etxf6 Yz-Yz The next example shows that defending can indeed be extremely difficult for humans: 25 ... ~g8! §e6! is the key idea, giving black compensation for the queen) 26 ... 'lird6! ~xd4 and here Shipov points out the cool idea 33 ... ltf7! 34:~d7 ~h8! with equality because ofthe weak back rank. h3! This small preventive move strongly underscores that White's king is the safer one.

Onischuk (2657) Biel1999 [B] Can you keep Black's shaky position together? (B) This is a known theoretical position from the Petroff Defense. Why doesn't Black simply lose a piece here? Spangenberg (2530) Matanzas 1994 [B] Black has many options, but only one of them keeps him in the game. Can you spot it? 50 Fighting against the Initiative 3c) Wresting the Initiative from the Opponent In the best case scenario, you can even wrest the initiative from your opponent. This is comparable to a "steal" (intercepting the ball) in basketball.

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