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The End of Attack and Defense

  • GM BryanSmith
  • | 15/nov/2012
  • | 8157 visualizzazioni
  • | 42 commenti

We have come to the end of our journey through Attack and Defense. I will be starting a new column next week, where I will be discussing chess books. The editors of Chess.com wanted to switch up the columns somewhat, and I realized that many people have asked me for recommendations about chess books – thus the topic.

It has been fun doing this column “Attack and Defense” – at least in a certain way. I intentionally chose a very vague topic, and haven’t even stuck to it much of the time. For example, what does a haunted chess tournament have to do with attack and defense? Okay, okay...the black knight attacked, the white one defended...But still, probably I haven't stuck to the topic much of the time.

What is Attack and Defense? It is yang and yin, the active and the passive, the light and the dark. Our game is somehow based around this duality. But you have to know that “active” is not always in control, and “passive” is not always the loser. Sometimes the attacking side is being forced into action, being forced to lay all their cards on the table, while the defender finds power in passivity, in being able to react.

In every move, and in every position, there are elements of both attack and defense. The key is to get the proportions and the harmony correct. And this, I think, is the key to Attack and Defense.

Now, here are some puzzles. They are very difficult, so by putting them in puzzle format I am just giving you the option to try - if you get stuck you can always click "show solution". But don't get frustrated, because they would also be very difficult for me to solve.

In the following, momentary initiative wins out - White "runs the table" despite being otherwise in a worse position.

The next is a battle between the attack and defense, culminating in an amazing cross-pin:

In the following, Black takes a momentary initiative, but when it runs out, then White takes over. 
Who is really the aggressor in the following study?
The pendulum.

Commenti


  • 20 mesi fa

    jefferson-Amaral

    muito obrigado são todas belas dicas.

  • 20 mesi fa

    pesariruni_2020

    tnx

  • 20 mesi fa

    shahrokh1975

    thanks! you made me thinkWink

  • 20 mesi fa

    roaming123boy

    good. it should have been part of chess mentor section with some explanations.

  • 20 mesi fa

    Foxman49

    I have loved your columns ever since you started writing columns for chess.com. Keep up the good work.

    For a future article could you talk about Larsen's game collection. I know very little about Larsen or his writing style and I would like to know if it is a worthwhile book to read.

  • 20 mesi fa

    Rook98

    good puzzels but it would have been nice to have a explanation at the end of the puzzels

  • 20 mesi fa

    TheIronDuke

    Pretty sure I've seen all those puzzles in tactics trainer.  Of course I have done like 12000 of them...

  • 20 mesi fa

    Toddcert

    These puzzles can become quite easy if you really get into it.

  • 20 mesi fa

    18SolidSnake

    damnn difficult though... :)

  • 20 mesi fa

    Sutirtha11

    The third one is brilliant!! Awesome puzzles

  • 20 mesi fa

    mottsauce

    that cross-pin is insane, i can never see those!

  • 20 mesi fa

    pazzka

    incredible puzzles, i really enjoyed them

  • 20 mesi fa

    ferdinandplebie

    im sure these puzzles have been part of kasparov's youth

  • 20 mesi fa

    HasanBadshah

    The Best Puzzells in my chess career

  • 20 mesi fa

    AndyAlcott

    Some great puzzles there. Thanks.

  • 20 mesi fa

    retu66

    Thank you great puzzles:)

  • 20 mesi fa

    sofouuk

    i liked the third puzzle too, but the first part seems unnecessary. why not start from the move 4 knight sac?

  • 20 mesi fa

    wik8

    incredible puzzles, i really enjoyed them

  • 21 mesi fa

    Kasvarof

    very nice. thanks :)

  • 21 mesi fa

    Kinn72

    Thanks, 3rd & 4th are the best.

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