The Art of Defense – IM Valeri Lilov

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All chess players want to learn how to attack, but they don’t realize that the reason why their ELO isn’t 2200 yet is because of their poor defensive technique, not the attacking skills. The truth is, the ability to attack and to defend are equally important.
There are simply no strong players out there that only know how to attack and don’t know how to defend.

No tournaments are won without a solid defense. Period.

Majority of club players have trouble realizing that being attacked is a part of the game. It is not necessarily a bad thing. These players collapse under a minimum pressure because they are not trained to handle the defense correctly. If you are one of those players that have trouble playing solid defense, even against a tougher opponent, you should really think about working on this part of the game.
Learning good practices of defensive play will save you many-many games, which you would’ve normally lost. Everyone knows, that the path for becoming a strong player lays not only through winning games, but most importantly through not losing. And that’s where a good defense comes into play.

The question is how do you work on your defense?

It is not tactics, not opening and not even the endgame. A different training approach is needed. That’s exactly why he brought together this comprehensive defensive video course.
In this course IM Valeri Lilov shares some of the must-know defensive techniques in a clear and organized matter. IM Lilov goes through many different defense situations and explains how these positions should be handled.
Simply applying the techniques demonstrated in this course will bring your defensive skills to a whole new level. What you previously considered “a devastating attack” would now appear as a “minor pressure”.


CHAPTER 1 – Busting a Defense
– Maneuvering
– Weakening Opponent’s Position
– Piece Activity Domination
– Center Control
CHAPTER 2 – Finding a Counterplay
– Opening a Flank
– Pawn Structure Break
– Quick Counterattack
CHAPTER 3 – Executing a Counterplay 
– Liberating Moves
– Piece Coordination
– Stabilization
CHAPTER 4 –  Methods for Defense
– Blockade
– Forcing Sequences
– Taking Over the Initiative
– Fighting the Opponent’s Strongest Point
CHAPTER 5 – Critical Patterns 
– Penetration Points
– Practical Chances
– Evaluating Active Possibilities
CHAPTER 6 – Typical Defense Mechanisms
– Neutralization
– Discovering Weaknesses
– Risk Factors

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Running Time

3 hours



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