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I'm definitely far from the best chess player on earth, but from my experience and lessons from coaches, pawns are almost always the best defenders, but not always. Watch for defended pieces, and your opponent trying to remove the defender of those pieces / squares to take advantage of the "hole" that's left behind. If you can piece together the kind of web ...


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First, I think you are looking for a hard-and-fast rule that does not exist since it really depends on the position. There still can be some guiding factors. In the Karpov game above, which only lasted another 6 moves, it turns out that literally every white piece was an attacker, and was necessary for the attack to succeed, so the original question about ...


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