A fragment from the book by Y. Kirillova “The Art of Protection”. Part 30


It is not always possible to come out of the opening with the best position and at the end to fight for victory, you have to defend yourself. Sometimes it seems that the position is already “impossible to save”, a little more, and you will have to give up, but here is the only plan that still leads to a cherished draw.

Few people know the art of defense in the draughts game – this is certainly one of the indicators of the player’s skill. We express our gratitude to Yuri Kirillov for the book paradoxically no draw positions “The Art of Protection”. Perhaps it is in it that you will find the party that was once “not saved”.

Chart151 (black move)

White found the simplest draw.
1… AB4!!  2.HG5!! FH4  3.FE5 BC3  4.ED6 HG5  5.DC7!! BD8  6.CD2! CE3  7.GF2 EG3  8.HH6! Draw.

Chart 152

White found an excellent defense.
1.BA3! GF4  2.EG5 CE3  3.AB4 FH4  4.BA5 BC5  5.CD4 EF2  6.EG3!! CE3  7.AB6 HF2  8.BC7! Draw.

Chart 153 (black move)

Black found a good draw.
1… HG5!!  2.FH6 DE5  3.FG3 CD6!! Draw.

Chart 154 (black move)

Black found a great defense plan.
1… DE5!!  2.BC5 GF4  3.CD6!! FH2  4.DF4 AB6  5.FE5 HG5  6.ED6 BC5!!  7.FB4 GF4  8.BC5 FG3  9.FE3 GF2  10.CD6 FD4  1.DE7 HG3  12.EF8 DC3!  13.DB4 GF2  14.GE3  HG1!! Best draw.

Chart155 (black move)

White found a great draw.
1… CB6!!  2.CB4!! BA5  3.FE5!! DD2  4.CE3 GF4  5.BC5 FG3  6.CD6 GH2  7.DC7 HG5  8.DC5, draw.


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