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The art of defense
Compiled by arsen387
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Pascal's law about how to defy a huge pressure
P Charbonneau vs Anand, 2006 
(B44) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Single N holds 4 pawns!
T L Petrosian vs B Vuckovic, 2008 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Defending with a pawn down on each side of the board
Shirov vs Aronian, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

An unstoppable attack? Not for Petrosian
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Weathering the storm
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Another fierce attack stopped coldly
Simagin vs Petrosian, 1955 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

The sweet escape
Shirov vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

The swindle worth a half point
Van Wely vs Aronian, 2007 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

The genius of attack against the genius of defence
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kamsky shows some really tenacious defence
Browne vs Kamsky, 1993 
(E97) King's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

Stubborn defence after a shocking novelty (9.Qa4!)
Aronian vs Leko, 2008 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Against the storm (whites missed 26.Rxf8!)
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Magic defence
Fedorowicz vs Petrosian, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Imperturbable defense combined with counterattack
Bologan vs A S Nadanian, 2002 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Holding it against Capablanca
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1928 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

The best defense is counterattack
Zhou Weiqi vs Kamsky, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Smashing counter-attack
Kotronias vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

A fierce attack with 2 active Rs on h file
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Something exciting
Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 
(A48) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

And again Petrosian
Lipnitsky vs Petrosian, 1951 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 0-1

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