Tenacity and Resilience

Tenacity is an important mental quality in chess play. You have to keep going even if your position is not the greatest. Resigning is overrated. Nobody every won or drew by giving up.

Tenacious defence means trying to find a way to save yourself and to fight back. Saving yourself against an attack means analysing your defensive resources accurately. Lots of attacks are unsound, and many, many sacrifices are made up of wishful thinking. Find the hole in your opponent’s attacking play, and play the best defensive moves.

Tenacious defence also meets active defence. Fight back. Find a way to create counter-play in some other part of the board. Consider a defensive sacrifice. Or if you’re down, look for a drawing resource such as a perpetual check with your Queen against the enemy King.

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