How Grandmasters Defend Tough Positions (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos

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Empire Chess Volume 30

In this chess DVD, GM Damian Lemos stresses the importance of paying attention to the underlying balance of the position and to remain alert to the changing dynamics of any position and be ready to adapt and change to a more solid, defensive posture.

Learn when it’s time to switch into Defense Mode

Many beginner players are unable to defend well because all of their focus is on memorizing openings and playing into attacking patterns they have studied. However, if things don’t go according to their plans, they can be caught off guard and be forced to defend. The art of defense can be extremely difficult to learn, especially for beginner players because it is very hard to know when it is appropriate to stop attacking and start defending. There is always a balance of power in chess, and sometimes your position is not strong enough for you attack.

How to Defend Tough Positions

If you are a beginner chess player and you aren’t able to defend tough positions, you are going to be giving away points for free because you will not be saving hard games. GM Lemos points out that to succeed at any level in chess, you must be versatile and able to defend tough positions! Giving away free points just because you haven’t dedicated time to studying defense is definitely not going to help your rating out! If you are a beginner chess player looking to improve your game, this chess DVD is guaranteed to help your results skyrocket by not only saving draws in tough positions, but fighting back to win games that you would have quickly lost before!


1. Danielsen vs Nielsen
2. Ivanchuk vs Topalov
3. Lemos vs Vernay
4. Kengis vs Ruzele

Additional information

Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in
Running time:

2 hours 11 minutes


GM Damian Lemos


Standard H.264, .mp4, compatible with all Apple and PC devices.

3 reviews for How Grandmasters Defend Tough Positions (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calvin Hori

    It’s fun to attack all the time, but what do you do when you find yourself in a situation where you must hunker down and prevent an attack or loss of material? You listen to what GM Lemos says on this DVD! In this last of his Beginner Course Series, he shows you the final step in becoming a well-rounded chess player. He shows you how to repel your enemy blows and when he has exhausted all his bullets, you are ready to strike! A fitting conclusion to a great series.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brenda Martinez

    Learn to attack is fun, but learn to defend is smart. You are prepared for EVERYTHING! GM Damian is the best explaining this techniques.. Highly recommended!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cedric Lewis

    This DVD helped me to organize my ideas and defense moves, now I’m ready to attack opponents and defend my pieces and places. One of my best inversions ever!

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