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“Attack is the best form of defence” – famous proverb
Hello dear readers,
In this series, we will be exploring some techniques of defense that are commonly used. In this article, we will pay attention to counter-play, which is one of the best ways to respond to an attack.
The game of chess, however, doesn’t always allow us to respond to an attack with a counter – attack, and sometimes we simply don’t have that option and we need to rely on other defensive techniques such as stubborn defense (e.g. creating a fortress), exchanging attacking units of our opponent, etc. We will be discussing these techniques in the articles to follow.
A famous saying in chess is that a flank attack must be met by a counterattack in the center. This illustrates the concept of counter-play very nicely – we divert our opponent’s attention from his attack by attacking ourselves, or use the weaknesses in his position that are created as a result of his attacking intentions to counterattack.
The following game is a well-known classic where Black used the concept of counterattack quite successfully
Now, I would like to direct the reader’s attention to a game where counter-play was more of a necessity than a choice in order to hold the balance.
I hope the above mentioned example have helped the readers enrich their understanding of counter-play as a technique of defense.
Finally, here’s a position for our readers to solve.