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The Art of Defense in Chess Paperback – January 1, 1983

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

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Most games are not won -- they are lost. The vast majority of instructional books tell how to improve a position when it is already (or may be) favorable. The Art of Defense in Chess analyzes the practical aspects of not having the advantage:
-- How to obtain counterplay
-- When to contest open lines
-- When to accept sacrifices
-- How to anticipate short- and long-term threats
-- How to restrain your opponent's pieces
-- How to create a defense perimeter
-- How to minimize losses
-- And much more

The Art of Defense in Chess also discusses the proper psychological attitudes for successful defense -- coolness under fire, the Saving Grace, stonewalling, etc. -- as well as the Principle of Exploitable Weakness and the Principle of Economy, as illustrated in more than one hundred positions taken from competitive play.

About the Author

Andrew Soltis, International Chess Grandmaster, is chess columnist for the New York Post and the author of several popular books on chess, including Pawn Structure Chess Mistakes. and The Catalog of Chess Mistakes.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0679141081
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0679141082
  • Product Dimensions : 4.9 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Publisher : David McKay (January 1, 1983)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 8 ratings