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cannot retaliate, offer exchanges ; and should he retire, when you present a piece to exchange, he may lose a move. It also may sometimes be expedient to act in this manner in case of other attacks.
8. Play your men in guard of one another, so that if any be taken, the enemy may also be cap­tured by that which guarded yours, and endeavour to have as many guards to your piece as your ad­versary advances others upon it; and if possible, let them be of less value than those he assails with. When you cannot well support your piece, see if by attacking one of his that is better, or as good, you may not thereby save yours.
y. Never attack but when well prepared, for thereby you open your adversary's game, and pre­pare him to pour in a strong attack upon you, as soon as your weak one is over.
10.  Never play till you have examined whether you are free from danger by your adversary's last move ; nor offer to attack till you have considered what harm he would be able to do you by his next moves, in consequence of yours.
11.  When your attack is in a prosperous way, never be diverted from it by taking any piece, or other seeming advantage, your adversary may purposely throw in your way, with the intent that, by your taking the bait, he might gain a move which would make your design miscarry.
12.  When, in pursuing a well-laid attack, you find it necessary to force your adversary's defence, with the loss of some pieces ; if, upon counting as many moves forward as you can, you find a pros­pect of success, sacrifice a piece or two to gain vour end : these bold attempts make the finest games.
13.  Never let your queen stand so before the
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