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Kevin D

Kevin D 2 weeks ago

Modern Philidor Course - 4.Nge2 Line

Thanks Avetik for another interesting installment in combating the Philidor Defence. I myself used to be very attracted to this 4.Nge2 line, but switched back to the more popular 4.Nf3 after finding it difficult to get an edge after [1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nge2 Nbd7 5.g3 Be7 6.Bg2 c6 7.a4 b6 8.0-0 a6 9.h3 h5! A typical idea often seen in many lines of the Najdorf], I don't remember seeing this h5 idea being covered in the videos but I could be wrong. Also after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nge2 Nbd7 5.g3 Black can now switch plans with 5...g6 and we have been tricked into a decent line of the Pirc outside our Repertoire. Perhaps an update or two would be in order showing how best to counter both the h5 ideas and a possible transposition into a Pirc. Below is an annotated game by GM Gawain Jones, with a few notes thrown in by me, that further illustrate the h5 idea in more detail:

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 weeks ago

Hey Kevin! 
Thanks for the great feedback as always. 
Yeah, h5 is an interesting option for Black. I will cover it in the advanced section. 
Also will take a look to g6,Bg7. In a few words, it will be a very similar plan. As in Karpov's famous game. 
Against pirc g3's only problem is when black goes c5 with Knight on b8 and without e5. 
In this case, it will be a very easy game for white. 
Anyway, I'll add that to the advanced section.  

Franck steenbekkers

Franck steenbekkers 2 weeks ago

Is Maybe the variation with 5 g4 not very dangerous for black
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 2 weeks ago

After g4 g6! is a good move.