Fortify your defences

Every chess player likes to attack. Every chess player likes to put pressure on their opponent. But when the tables are turned, and we become the target of an attack, we may feel uncomfortable, anxious, and insecure. Yet we can save an incredible number of defensive positions if we know the techniques and rules-of-thumb.

As a coach of the Austrian national women›s team for many years and as a certified psychological trainer, International Master Harald Schneider-Zinner shares his experience and knowledge, with the aim of strengthening your chess resistance. He demonstrates numerous methods and defensive ideas and gives lots of psychological tips. Topics such as «sense of danger»; «ghosts»; «emergency brake»; «trend»; «on and on»; and many other innovative approaches are discussed in detail. After studying, you too may be among the chess players who can offer amazing resistance, even in bad positions, and drive the attacker to despair!

  • Video running time: 5 h 10 minutes 
  • Interactive training including video feedback 
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Introduction Ding Liren vs Nepomniachtchi
  • Introduction Model Games
  • Chapter 2.1 - Mental strength and powerful defensive moves
  • Resilience
  • Playing On and on
  • Hasty resignation
  • Finding only moves 1
  • Finding only moves 2
  • Comparison
  • Elimination
  • Sense of Danger 1
  • Sense of Danger 2
  • Sense of Danger 3
  • Creating phantoms 1
  • Creating phantoms 2
  • Chapter 2.2 - Mental strength and powerful defensive moves
  • Emergency brake 1
  • Emergency brake 2
  • Transition into an inferior endgame 1
  • Transition into an inferior endgame 2
  • Setting a trap
  • Bucking the trend 1
  • Bucking the trend 2
  • Hanging pieces – so what?!
  • The bread-and-butter principle
  • Chapter 3 - Typical manoeuvres
  • Capablanca's advice: Not too many, not too few
  • Petrosian's Knight
  • Tower of strength
  • Wing play 1
  • Wing play 2
  • Eliminate attackers
  • Returning material
  • Defensive exchange sacrifice
  • Protective Shield
  • Little King moves
  • Passed pawns
  • Enigmatic Queen move
  • Chapter 4 - The final hope
  • Stalemate
  • Perpetual checks
  • Removing pawns 1
  • Removing pawns 2
  • A fortress motif 1
  • A fortress motif 2
  • A fortress motif 3
  • Chapter 5.1 Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10
  • Chapter 5.2 Exercises
  • Description
  • Exercise 11
  • Exercise 12
  • Exercise 13
  • Exercise 14
  • Exercise 15
  • Exercise 16
  • Exercise 17
  • Exercise 18
  • Exercise 19
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