When I was younger I was pretty much like everybody else, in that I focused my effort and admiration on the the attacking aspect of chess. Then, with time, I have come to appreciate a cool defence. The “Sparkassen Chess Meeting” that finished earlier this week was won by a really cool defender, Michael Adams. His 6:th round encounter with Arkady Naiditsch ended abruptly, but featured a very ambitious defence from Adams:
In this game Adams acted as the chess equivalent of a master of Aikido; using the opponents momentum against him.