9 Rules To Defend Like A Pro In Chess

Every Chess player loves to attack and find combinations that lead to a glorious win. However, we don’t pay enough attention to improving our defensive skills. In this lesson # 214, we learn the 9 basic principles to call ourselves good defensive players. I hope you find it useful! 🙂

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37 Comments

  1. I think I know these…. but knowing and implementing are different things…and I'm not good at implementing them in my games 😶😶….

  2. "These things seem basic" NOT TO ME, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH

  3. en passant pawn kills the first theory but you really be seeing things i dont so maybe your right

  4. This is something that even me as a 1900 has always struggled with .

  5. Now we need 9 rules to attack, I assume the first 2 rules would be 1. Open lines 2. Attack weaknesses
    As far as trading pieces, I've heard about trading key defenders, but maybe it's better to keep pieces and try to 5. Build pressure by 6. Confusing your opponent, being in place ahead of time before he can defend, through 7. Maneuver and redeployment, strengthening your 8. Attacking front which you build through 9. Control of the center

  6. Dude, i just checked your contentthis is the most underrated chess channel ..amazing work you're doing here, looking forward to watch it all and expecting more in the futureKeep moving forward 🙂

  7. Ghazara Yaosharal • 𐤏𐤆𐤓𐤀 says:

    Just found u bro, love your work

  8. Nice discussion – will definitely look up some of those Spassky games.

  9. These 9 rules/resources are SO useful. I've found that defending in chess is very hard for me, so this is amazing!

  10. Would very much like to see more on confusion. As in creating , rather than experiencing !

  11. "How is THAT offering a queen trade?" (Of course I didn’t see it until you showed us) Thankyou for being kind to the plebeians among us.

  12. This is literally one of the best chess tutorial I have ever seen

  13. This is really useful, we all know these concepts but usually mindlessly do the wrong move or fail to look for defensive tactics

  14. In rule no. 5, relieve pressure, black night goes e8 to capture queen then white queen can take rook and becaomes exchange up.Please explain that.

  15. Defense and prophylaxis are my two favorite things about chess. This was very helpful, thank you!

  16. How are you coach ??
    I had a long break in coming to channel .
    Il finish all videos at once now

  17. Sir you are not going to believe I was looking for this topic.
    Thankyou sir. ❣️

  18. Hey coach just wanna say thanks and this is to tell you that we are following you 🙂

  19. Great video! Could you make a second part where you show some of your games where you survived an attack? Especially where you fianchetto and they do a pawn storm 🙂 Thanks

  20. Closing open lines is a big weakness of mine. I am an aggressive player, and I love an open board. Many of my losses come from bad pawn play in the middle game. It's a constant struggle🫠 I have noticed that opponents have a harder time attacking me if I am attacking them. So, obviously, my defense could use some help.

  21. thanks for this lesson on defense, usually we get the lessons on how to attack, but when it comes to defending, we give up easily

  22. 9:19
    Why Qxf8 isn't possible? That's a free rook right? Losing an exchange

    or

    1. Bxd8 Nxd6 2. Be7 forking knight and rook. Isn't it losing an exchange? 🙄🙄🙄 how Spassky missed these tactics?

  23. The match Spassky x Geller is the best lesson about the closed Sicilian. When I saw the games I immediately started to play the variation (that was years and years ago).

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