Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Modern Defense!
The Modern Defense begins with the moves:
1. e4 g6
1. d4 g6
There are many good chess openings for black that we have covered on this channel including the Pirc Defense, Hippopotamus Defense, Pterodactyl Defese, King’s Indian Defense, and Gurgenidze System! However, all of these chess openings can start out with the Modern Defense! The Modern Defense is a very strong chess opening for black that gives you a ton of flexibility in terms of how you want to approach the game. In this video alone we touch on the Norwegian Defense, Norwegian Gambit, Pirc Defense, Hippopotamus Defense, Gurgenidze System, Two Knight’s Varation, Hyper Accelerated Dragon, Pterodactyl Defense, Czech Pirc Defense, Modern Defense Standard Line, Modern Defense Gurgenidze Variation, Modern Defense Eastern Variation, Modern Defense Rhamporhynchus Variation, Modern Defense Three Pawns Attack, and King’s Indian Defense! The amount of chess opening theory here is astounding. And below I will give 3 reasons why you should think about playing the Modern Defense!
1. The Modern Defense is RARE
This matters more than most chess players give credit for. Many chess players go with the popular chess openings such as the Ruy Lopez Opening, Sicilian Defense, Semi-Slav Defense, and others! There is nothing wrong with openings such as these, but there is a huge disadvantage… and this is that the opponent knows exactly what is coming at them. Playing a rare chess opening gives you the advantage in preparation, confortability, and experience. I myself played the Hippopotamus Defense (which starts out with a Modern Defense) and I won many chess games with this since I understood the chess opening theory, chess opening ideas, chess opening strategy, chess opening lines, chess opening moves, chess opening variations, and chess opening principles better than my opponents. The Modern Defense is a chess opening that can use tricks and traps to win games fast, in addition to coverage of fantastic middlegame chess positions.
2. The Modern Defense is FLEXIBLE
As mentioned previously, there are so many chess openings that you can reach starting with this move! This includes the Pirc Defense, Modern Defense Standard Line, Modern Defense Gurgenidze Variation, King’s Indian Defense, Modern Defense Two Knights Variation, Hippopotamus Defense, Czech Pirc Defense, Hyper Accelerated Dragon, Pterodactyl Defense, Norwegian Defense, and Norwegian Gambit! All that to say, the Modern Defense is a gateway into many different chess opening options – all of which are rich in chess ideas, chess strategy, chess moves, chess lines, chess variations, chess tricks, chess traps, and chess theory.
3. The Modern Defense is GOOD
The chess openings for black against e4 (and chess openings for black against d4) that I have mentioned are not only for beginners! In fact, all of these chess openings have been played by chess Grandmasters in professional chess games! This is not one of those openings (like the Stafford Gambit, Englund Gambit, or Budapest Gambit) where we simply “hope” the opponent makes a mistake. This is a chess opening for black that can be played against players of all levels, no matter how high! When you combine the rarity, soundness, and flexibility of the Modern Defense, this all makes the Modern Defense one of the best chess openings for black against e4, and one of the best chess openings for black against d4! It makes it one of the best chess openings for beginners, best chess openings for intermediate players, best chess openings for advanced players, and best beginner chess openings.
0:00 Introduction to Modern Defense
1:20 Modern Defense: Norwegian Defense/Norwegian Gambit!
8:07 YOU GOT OPTIONS! Pirc Defense, Hippopotamus Defense, Gurgenidze System, etc!
9:28 Modern Defense: Two Knights Variation
11:02 Sicilian Defense: Hyper Accelerated Dragon / Pterodactyl Defense
13:22 Modern Defense: Standard Line
15:45 Modern Defense: Gurgenidze Variation
16:22 Modern Defense: Standard, Pterodactyl, Eastern Variation, Rhamporhynchus Variation
17:59 Modern Defense: Three Pawns Attack
20:44 King’s Indian Defense
23:23 What Type of Modern Defense DO YOU Want to Play?
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