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mkkid ♡ 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Whats the best way to learn to defend Has anybody got any ideas,books ,web site any help would be useful.

tulkos ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
I have an idea, start a game asking for someone over 1400 to play the KG against you. I think that after a few games of this sort you will get better at defending.
zdrak ♡ 42 ( +1 | -1 )
1. Find an opponent of your level (1400-1500)
2. Find a collection of GM games (for example, the Chess Informator)
3. Setup the final position in one of the games
4. Play for the side who resigned, and let your friend play for the other side.

Very soon you'll notice that a position which merits resignation for a GM is merely "somewhat worse" for an amature - and a good chance to test your defensive skills.
macheide ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak Dear friend,

A very good idea. Indeed, it's a geat idea for defensive training even for advanced players, not only for beginners.

Best wishes,

danrieke ♡ 69 ( +1 | -1 )
I think you have to... ...start with the basics.

First, "defense" is a general term. There is no "magic pill" for defense in all situations.

Defense has many guises, depending upon what it is that you are "defending" yourself against (in chess, that is).

For example, let's say that your opponent has a Bishop versus your Knight. That could be a good thing, a bad thing, or relatively unimportant.

Now, depending on other material on the board, and the distribution of material, your "defense" with the Knight against the Bishop, will take on different meanings, and different tactics.

It would help if you could describe for us what the basic situation is that you find yourself unable to "defend".
clemens ♡ 42 ( +1 | -1 )
I think zdrak gave excellent advice, and there's something similar I sometimes do (though it doesn't help defense, but rather technique): again, start where two grandmasters left off, but this time you take the side that won and let a good chess engine (or any other very strong opponent, if available) play the lost side. Sometimes it's harder to cash in the win than you might think....
brobishkin ♡ 31 ( +1 | -1 )
Suggested book... A book I will suggest is "The Art of Middle Game"... There is a particular chapter labelled "How to defend difficult positions" written by Golembek to help you with your plight... Though the book is written in discriptive notation... Reading that chapter should bring plusses to your game...

atrifix ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Book Suggestions "How To Defend Difficult Positions" in The Art of the Middle Game is a great piece, but it is written by Paul Keres. How To Defend In Chess by Colin Crouch is a fairly good book that looks at various games by Lasker and Petrosian, and The Art of Defense in Chess by Andrew Soltis is a good book but pretty advanced. Lyev Polugayevsky also wrote a book with the same name, but I've not had the chance to read it.
brobishkin ♡ 47 ( +1 | -1 )
Atrifix... If you look in the book "The Art of the Middle Game" you will find that particular chapter was written by Mr. Golumbek as I have stated... Though the rest of the book was a collaboration of Paul Keres and Alex Kotov, Golumbek did write that one chapter in the book "How to defend difficult positions"...

The Art of defence is a brilliant suggestion for mkkid... Some excellent reading there too... Due to the fact that it's more on the beginners side of things... Thats if mkkid is at that level...

brobishkin ♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 )
An apology... "How to defend in chess" was the book I was refering to on a beginners side of things... "The art of defense is advanced book like Atrifix has stated...

So the book "How to Defend in Chess" is the book recommended depending soley on mkkid level of play...

atrifix ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
No Keres wrote "How to Defend Difficult Positions"--by far the best article in the book. Golombek wrote "Planning in the Middlegame" or some such, which was mediocre.
zdrak ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
clemens, you're right - the guy who is playing for the "winning" side can also improve his technique of "winning in won positions" - so it's a 2-in-1 practice!

Switch places (winner/loser) after each game for best effect.

brobishkin ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
An apology to Atrifix... You are absolutely correct... Looked in my library of chess books (and had a hard time finding due to the fact "The Art of the Middle Game" was not on the shelf, but I found it under the bed) to confirm the facts, and I must have had some mental block all this time... I would have sworn Golombek wrote that chapter, but it was indeed Keres who wrote that excellent chapter... Thanks for the schooling Atrifix...

Some folks have all-timers... and some have some-timers... The older you get the closer to all you become... Sorry for the arguement... Thanks for the correction...

baseline ♡ 83 ( +1 | -1 )
mkkid perhaps the best way for you to learn to defend is to start incorperating defensive thinking in your move selection. When your opponet is thinking examine the position get a clear idea of the weak points on the board. always be aware of how safe your king is and make a special not of the pieces and pawns that are undefended. When your opponet moves first ask yourself "what is he attacking?" If he moved a knight "can he move it again and fork two of my pieces?" if he moves a bishop what would the bishop attack if the diagonal was free, can he move a piece to free up the diagonal with a double attack etc. When you are satisfied you understand his move you have to ask your self the most important question "Can I ignore what he is doing and continue on with my plans? or must I answer this move immediately"
jean-marc ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Attack ! Don't forget, most of the time, attack is the best form of defence...

Your opponent will spend less time attacking if you have direct threats (s)he must attend to.