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77_Middlegames - The Art of Counter-Attacking
Compiled by whiteshark

<What is a counter-attack <?>>

A counter-attack could refer to 2 different situations:

< You can counter an immediate threat against your position by making a threat which is even stronger than the threat against you.

Launching a full scale attack to counter the attacking plan of your opponent.>

This collection deals specifically with the first situation countering a threat against you with an immediate stronger threat.

The <counter-attacking move> is a very powerful weapon which you should naturally consider when you are under threat. It is possible to be so taken up with finding a good defense that you forget about the possibility of a counter-attacking move. Searching for a counter-attacking move should in fact be your first response reaction to a threat made against your position. ... Turn your knowledge of counter-attacking moves into a permanent skill:

Searching for counter-attacking moves should be your automatic response to a threat against you. It is just natural to be afraid of a threat against you and immediately look for a suitable or good defense however this thinking habit can be the reason why you miss a great chance to make a counter-attacking move which throws your opponent on the back foot. To develop this habit of automatically thinking about a counter-attacking move can be achieved by doing high quality exercises in which you train your mind to actively seek for the counter-attacking move first. You can find exercises to train your thinking process in this collection.


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Game Collection: Great Counterattacks

Timman vs Keres, 1971 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 25 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Anand, 1999 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

23...Bxd6 (Q:RN sac)
P Mithrakanth vs Anand, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 0-1

15...Qxb5 stopped it
Shabalov vs Gelfand, 2004 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

25...Qh4! followed by 26...Re2!!!
Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

22...Rh8!! deflects the strongest piece
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

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