Defensive Technique for Beginners is the first video course produced by USCF Expert Ryan Murphy featuring four video lessons and four annotated PGN files.
One of the main mistakes beginner-level students make is that when they are faced with threats, they panic, often causing them to make false assumptions and select sub-optimal moves. This training course is designed to improve thought process and calculation habits when responding to our opponent's threats.
The course focuses on three general types of defense: reaction, prevention or prophylaxis, and counter attack. The author uses examples from his own tournament games to emphasize the importance of choosing defensive resources which are multipurpose and maximize the activity of the defender's pieces. There are many opportunities for the student to calculate and answer concrete tactical questions on their own throughout the course.
The course is aimed at beginner-level players but can be useful for players in the 900-1500 rating range. The total run-time for the course is 83 minutes.
Enroll today to bolster your defensive skills and reduce blunders!
USCF Expert Ryan Murphy is a chess coach from Wisconsin who joined Chess University in 2016. He works behind the scenes as the Operations Manager and has also helped teach live lessons in the Prodigy Program and analyzed hundreds of student games.
Ryan started playing tournament chess at the age of 17 and is currently working towards the goal reaching the USCF title of National Master. Ryan teaches many private students online and works for a chess academy in Wisconsin, teaching chess in after-school programs.
PreviewLesson 1: Introduction and Overview (19:26)
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StartLesson 2: Reacting to Threats (31:40)
StartReacting to Threats - PGN
StartLesson 3: Preventing Threats (18:37)
StartPreventing Threats - PGN
StartLesson 4: Creating Counter Threats (15:13)
StartCreating Counter Threats - PGN