How to defend

  • Don't panic!
    • You need a clear head and a calm heart
  • Defend threats
    • You must spot and defend threats
  • Don't make weaknesses (if you can avoid it)
    • Don't help your opponent!
  • Don't open lines (if you can avoid it)
    • Don't help your opponent!
  • Seek swaps
    • Get the Queens off (if you can)
  • Make blocks and strong points
    • Especially in the centre
  • Make repairs if you can
  • Prevention is better than cure
    • Try to see threats coming
    • Stop the idea before it appears on the board
  • Counterplay
    • You must take over the attack sometime
    • Especially -- counterattack in the centre
  • "Throwing a spanner in the works"
    • Sometimes straightforward defence leads to a simple loss
    • Make a mess, make it hard for your opponent to decide what to do
  • When you're losing?
    • You have to change the way the story ends!
    • Keep active pieces on
    • Take risks: you're already losing! so what are you risking?
    • Make threats: your opponent has to make a mistake