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The Modern Defence (1.e4, g6;) is an opening that will appeal to player of an experimental nature. Black allows White to establish an apparently impressive position in the centre. The plan is to use this structure as a target - it will be restrained, undermined and eventually destroyed. When this plan works it can succeed beautifully but, naturally, if Black's play is inaccurate there is a danger of being overwhelmed. For this reason a thorough understanding of the intricacies of this opening is essential.
Opening Repertoire: The Modern Defence examines all White's major set-ups against the Modern, including Be3/Qd2 systems, The Austrian Attack with f4, the Fianchetto System, e4-d4-c3 positions and Bc4 "cro-magnon" attacks. The book also looks at the Modern against the English Opening. Lakdawala recommends a setup for Black with pawns on g6, d6 and c6 in the repertoire outlined here.
The book covers all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans. The suggested lines for Black are based around the very latest games and analysis.
* A complete repetoire for Black in the Modern Defence.
* A question and answer approach provides an excellent study method.
Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master, a former National Open and American Open Champion, and a six-time State Champion. He has been teaching chess for over 30 years, and coaches some of the top junior players in the USA.
Published 2019, softback, 415 pages.