Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Nigel Davies on The Modern Defense
GM Nigel Davies offers an inspiring introduction to The Modern Defense (basically 1...g6 and 2...Bg7 against most any White opening) at the Chessville website, featuring his own games with the system. If you have ever thought of trying the Modern, this would be a great place to start. You might also play through some of IM Mark Ginsburg's games with the line, posted at his blog under "Some Interesting Modern / Pirc Games" (with PGN.) If you feel inspired, I recommend reading Joe Gallagher's Starting Out: Pirc / Modern (2003), Jon Speelman and Neil McDonald's Modern Defence (2000), or Tiger Hillarp Persson's Tiger's Modern (2005)--the latter of which is usefully reviewed at Chessville by Rick Kennedy.