A newly revised edition of the 1970 classic, designed to reflect modern chess thinking on the art of chess defence. A complete arsenal of defensive techniques: repairing, trading, neutralizing and reinforcing, with chapters on counterplay, sacrifice, and risk management. Illustrated with games played by masters of defence past and present, including the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen, plus quiz sections to test your knowledge.
Most chess games are not won – they are lost. Many instructional chess books tell you how to improve a position when it is already (or may be) favourable. This book offers help when you definitely do not have the advantage. Every chess player needs a sound arsenal of defensive techniques. This book covers them all – counterplay, when to accept sacrifices, how to anticipate short- and long-term threats, and how to minimize losses. It also helps you create a strong underlying psychological framework for defensive technique – it teaches you how to stay cool under fire, how to stonewall and how to exploit your opponent's weaknesses.
Demonstrating how to anticipate threats, accept sacrifices, and minimize losses, international grandmaster Andy Soltis shows defensive play to be intensely tactical and anything but dull. By giving advice on staying cool under fire, stonewalling and exploiting your opponent's weaknesses, he reveals the priorities, principles and mental attitudes of good defenders and shows you how to adopt them.
An up-to-date and invaluable resource for today's competitive player.
Andrew Soltis is chess correspondent for the New York Post and a very popular chess writer. He is the author of many books, including What It takes to Become a Chess Master, 100 Chess Master Trade Secrets and Pawn Structure Chess.