>the modern (neophyte) defense

>Below is a recent game of mine on Chessworld.net. My opponent is the highest rated player that I have beat by checkmate. At the time he was rated 1577 and I 1435 on Chessworld, which puts both of us in the strong beginner classification. I was playing black. (You can flip the board to see the game as I saw it.)


We started with 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7. My goals here was to try and learn what is called the Modern Defense. So I followed the book, as it were, for the first several moves. I allowed* him to advance quickly and gain valuable territory, but my defenses were still relatively strong and I ended up capturing a number of his pieces – frequently as trades – which changed his position somewhat. At 10.Bxe6 I feel he began to blunder a bit, advancing his Bishop without a clear strategy. He was hoping that my d pawn would take him, setting up for his knight to fork my Queen and rook. All I had to do was not fall for it. And then, by bringing my knight deep into his territory, I was able to open up the g file, which became his undoing. Not that I had a clear strategy at this point either. The end, however, took a fair amount of thinking on my part in terms of move order.

* At this stage in my development I can’t really say the I “allow” my opponent to do anything. I don’t have that much power on the board.

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