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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staple for Chess Players, February 11, 2004
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Cordula R Sturm (Burke, Virginia USA) - See all my reviews
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The Art of Defense in Chess is an excellent book. Along with The Art of Attack, this book will help any serious chessplayer round out his/her style. Most books focus only on attack and the few books that do focus on defense usually turn toward counterattack as the only method. This book helped me to understand the principles of defense, which helps when you're being beaten and when you're beating someone. I can't emphasize enough how important the strategies that are discussed in this book are. You will not always be attacking, I guarantee it. Note that this is written in English notation, ie, KN7 and so on. If you only know algebraic, you'll have to practice this older system, but it will be time well spent since many books that one can find are written in this format. Also note that this book, if read correctly, will take a great deal of time to plow through. Basically, you need to have a board out and thoroughly analyze each and every position in order to get the most out of this book. I highly recommend this to intermediate and above players.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manual for chess survival., December 12, 2003
This book helped push me from a mid ranking player (ca 1500) to an advanced amateur (ca 1800). This book helped me learn how to hold onto a busted position and more so, learn how to shore up weaknesses and survive powerful attacks. It's a terrific learning tool, though not for the casual reader. I constantly used a set when reading this book, to analyze positions.
If openings like the Modern Benoni and the Sicilian appeal to you, then this book will eventually help you play more competitive chess and win more games.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good chess study, January 13, 1998
This review is from: The Art of Defense in Chess (Paperback)
If you can stand English notation and you like challenging positional study - then you will like this book. The exercises are very hard but they help you recognize the issues. This is a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll learn from this book how to defend when you need it., March 9, 1998
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Most of the books I've read deal only when you're on the attack, but in my games this does not happen very often. After reading this book my game improved as I learned how to defend well when I'm under attack and my attacking play became more precise as I am aware of my opponent's defense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Soltis Classic!, October 31, 2013
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R. Tobias (Oklahoma City, OK) - See all my reviews
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This, along with 'Pawn Structure Chess', is GM Andy Soltis at his best as an author. If you know him only from a hastily thrown together opening book or two, don't let that throw you, as his non-opening works tend to be of much higher quality. Defense, of course, is crucial in chess, and although there are many GM's who attack better than they defend, there are no weak defenders among truly strong players. Everyone loves to attack, but you will gain many half- and even full points if you become a tough, resourceful defender. (Many attackers either over-extend in their attack, or get impatient and play rash moves when faced w/ more resistance than they were expecting, so full points are not uncommon for fine defenders.) I hope that whets your appetite to learn defense, and if so, this book is a fine guide. Soltis insightfully points out that most games are not won, they are lost. That is, it typically takes a series of errors by the defender before the attacker turns an advantage into a win. Even very bad looking positions can be saved if the defense is accurate. He dispels myths about defense, and breaks down defense into key categories like counterattack, restraint, sacrificing to break an attack, exchanging off attackers, etc. Many, many instructive examples are given, and there are about 20 test positions. Soltis' explanations are clear concise and very helpful. This is a real gem of the chess literature. Other volumes have since been penned by Polugaevsky, Couch, Aagard and others, but this remains for me the best instructional text on defense for the developing player. This book is in descriptive notation (DN), but do not let that stop you! Spend one afternoon with this book, and you will quickly get comfortable with DN, and a whole new world of classic chess literature will open up to you ('500 Master Games of Chess' just to mention one gem.). Soltis recently updated 'Pawn Structure Chess', converting it to algebraic, and hopefully this one will receive similar attention. (A wish would be for more test positions in the revised edition.) Highly recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate service, March 12, 2014
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Adequate in all respects. A newer copy with less mileage would have been nice, but I am happy with what I got.
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