A fragment from the book by Y. Kirillov ‘Искусство защиты’. Part 37
It is not always possible to come out of the opening with the best position and at the end to fight for the victory, you also have to defend. Sometimes it seems that the position is already ‘impossible to save’, after a while you will have to give up, but there is the only plan that still leads to a cherished draw.
The art of defense in the draughts game is certainly one of the indicators of the player’s skill. We express our gratitude to Yuri Kirillov for the book of paradoxically drawish positions ‘Искусство защиты’. Perhaps in this book you will find the game that was ‘not saved’.
|Diagram No. 186 |
In a tough position black have found a good idea!
|Diagram No. 187 (black to move)|
White pieces are in the centre, and black need to make a draw.
|Diagram No. 188 |
White attack is inevitable; what black can do?
1.CD4 BA7 2.DB6 AC5 3.ED4! CE3 4.FD4 DE5! 5.DC5 ED6!! 6.CD5 HF4 7.GF2 FG3!! 8.FH4 EF4. Draw.
|Diagram No. 189 (black to move)|
Threat of losing a piece makes black to play precisely!
|Diagram No. 190 (black to move)|
Black have found very nice and hard draw in this position.