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

By Karsten Müller

Guard to the top! the most very important talents a chessplayer wishes is the facility to guard a place that's below siege. during this 3rd quantity within the hugely acclaimed, best-selling ChessCafe Puzzle booklet sequence, overseas Grandmaster Karsten M??ller in addition to overseas grasp Merij van Delft study and expound upon the very important protective recommendations and methods used to repulse enemy assaults. significant subject matters contain (1) rules and strategies 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 lively safeguard; and (6) Use and improvement of counterplay. some of the international s maximum gamers Steinitz, Lasker, Petrosian have been recognized for his or her mythical shielding talents. Now foreign Grandmaster Karsten M??ller in addition to overseas grasp Merijn van Delft will exhibit you ways you could try out and enhance Your protecting ability.

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E4+! A clever trick, but Fishbein doesn't fall for it. ~xb5! Now in the remaining ending one can see that a rook tends to outclass two minor pieces on an open board (whereas in the middlegame the opposite is usually the case). c;t>d5? fails to 107 ... g5 and now the easy-to-miss 48 Fighting against the Initiative remaining knight is helpless against the white passed pawns. 121 ... ~g71-0 The following example underlines the importance of always keeping a cool head. Ag5) and felt obliged to resign.

Especially on an amateur level, having the initiative is a most powerful weapon, because most people do not know how to defend properly or simply do not feel like defending; they lose heart and with it the game. In this section we will examine this tricky subject and we will see that it is not as difficult as one might imagine. If your opponent is in possession of the initiative, the first thing you need to do is to see if you can get some counterplay. Often correct defense comes down to precise calculation.

4Jg4 with a slight initiative. 'it'h1 can now be answered by 19 ... 4JeS :8c7=. 19... 1i,xc6 ~xc6 22 . £id3 Yl-Yl and a draw was agreed as Black is certainly not worse after 22 ... Ad6. 34 ... dxe5? The king cannot survive in the middle. There was a very pretty and surprising way to bring it to safety: 34 .. ~al O-O-O! and Black is fine. Suddenly castling queenside on move 34 has greatly accelerated the evacuation of his king. xe5+ 'it'f8 36. ~hl ~g7 Inserting a check on d3 wouldn't have helped either: 36...

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