modern defense

Modern defense is a very ambitious line where you give away the center to your opponents and attacking from the very first move. It's very dynamic line good for attacking players.If White doesn't know what's going on, he's in big trouble.This opening is played by attacking players such as Peter Svidler,Alexander Morozovich,Azmaiparashvili,Chernyshov,Jonathan Speelman and GM Hillarp Tiger Pearson and IM Cyrus Lakdawala are well known and have wrote books in this openings.

What do you think about this agressive opening?

Kevin D

Kevin D 1 month ago

I think White needs a clear and cohesive attacking scheme to combat both the Modern and the Pirc which is flexible enough to avoid being move-ordered. I like the so called 150 Attack setup and the best move-order to get it against the Modern is to go: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be3!? now black has a big choice to make, transpose to the Pirc with 4....Nf6 and allow the 150 Attack, or try to stay in Modern waters with something else and risk an inferior King's Indian or inferior Pirc. The suggested setup also has something else going for it, the seal of approval of Anish Giri.
Aswin Ahangama

Aswin Ahangama 1 month ago

The 150 attack won't come against a modern player. Be3, f3,Qd2 setup is called the psuedo dragon and has answers for this line without transposing to anything that you mentioned. Modern is very different compared to pirc. Modern is  agressive while pirc is somewhat passive.Black replies for the psuedo dragon with a6,Nd7,b5,c5 or Nb6 and if White doesn't know what's going on, he's in big trouble. Modern could be a big novelty in chess sooner. It's effective mainly because everyone does not care about this opening while we know it well gives us better chances to win.When I'm playing the modern psuedo dragon is my favuorite line to face.I almost won every single game against it.If you want to know a good way to play against the modern,  experts(and me) suggestion is Austrian attack which is considered the best reply against the modern-1.e4 2.d4 3.Nc3 4. f4. Still Black has answers.
Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 1 month ago

Aswin, I like the modern defence very much, since I am a very aggresive player. I often play the Hungarian opening for white 1. g3 e5 2. Bg2 d5 3. d3 Nf6 4. Nf3 (or e3) Be6 and then thinking about castling. I often transpose it into Hippopotamus setup, and have beaten even 1900 players with these openings. Currently, I am 1780 blitz on lichess.org and I have to say that my opponents have far more little theoretical knowledge than me ( the chessmood courses have made me very confident in the way I play my repetoire). I don't play the Pirc defence a lot, because I find it a bit passive opening, and my opponents know how to play against it. The key to play the Modern defence is to give to your opponent the centre, but from the 4th move you start to undermine it, without trying to occupy it yourself. It is true that the openings starting with 1. g3 or 1. ... g3 are very fexible and can ajust to any opening which includes a fianchetto of the kingside Bishop. 
Aswin Ahangama

Aswin Ahangama 1 month ago

I never play the pirc. It's very passive.Modern is very different compared with pirc.
Aswin Ahangama

Aswin Ahangama 1 month ago

Modern will sooner become a novelty! Why? If you look at the chess live book, the best reply e4 is 1...c5. The second best reply is 1...g6!