Article PDF: 5.6 Defensive Advances

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Six rules defining the relationship between defending and advancing positions.

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This article explains how the commonly misunderstood idea of the best defense is a good offense. Defense means protecting our ability to exploit our position. It is the opposite of offense, which means exploring new opportunities for advancing our position. If we are always exploring opportunities and never exploiting them, we get no advantage from exploration. We can get into serious trouble when we do not clearly understand how defending positions relates to advancing them.