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3 Tips To Defend In Chess

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Tips for Chess Defense

It can be unpleasant to face an incoming attack, but learning how to defend is absolutely necessary for any developing chess player. Here are three tips to help you when defending:

  • Try to exchange as many pieces as possible, especially queens. If you can reduce your opponent's attacking forces, you can minimize the danger for your position. Queen exchanges usually make the life of a defender much simpler, as there is less chance of getting mated. Additionally, the defender should try to trade off the opponent's most active pieces.
  • Give back extra material to fend off the attack. If your opponent has sacrificed material against you to launch an attack, try giving back some of your extra material to ease the pressure and reduce the opponent's attacking potential. A timely defensive exchange sacrifice (giving up a rook for a menacing knight/bishop) could stop the attack in its tracks.
  • When in doubt, counterattack! Sometimes "the best defense is a good offense" can really ring true in chess. Often the most effective way to curb your opponent's initiative is to create your own threats for them to worry about. In positions with opposite-side castling, this is simply mandatory. Otherwise it'll be just a matter of time before your opponent's attack crashes through.

This article was presented by Chess.com and Chesskid.com.

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